Written by Jonnie Baron
Manchester United v Tottenham
The ‘big game’ of the matchday, spurs will be hoping to continue their momentum in the league after their convincing 4-1 win over Liverpool, where as United will be looking to recover following a poor performance last week at Huddersfield. United’s performances have been less than impressive to watch, however results had come until the loss at Huddersfield and it’ll be interesting to see how Mourinho goes against a free-flowing spurs side. It should make for an open and exciting game and I would expect goals from both sides. Spurs will be fully motivated following a disappointing loss in the cup so expect them to come out firing scoring early goals, however a day’s extra recovery and an early kick-off will play a part and I would expect united to become stronger in the end and come back for a draw.
Prediction : 2-2
Arsenal v Swansea
Arsenal looked impressive against a poor Everton side last week and were nearly shown up in midweek if it weren’t for 18 year-old Eddie Nketiah. Arsenal always seem to be one result away from being slated by their own fans as was shown at Watford, but really I think expectations need to be lowered, they are no longer a title challenging club, or not this season with the power of Guardiola’s City. To beat Everton 5-2 was a great achievement for Arsenal to come back after the Watford game but how Granit Xhaka is playing regularly in place of Jack Wilshere I do not know. Swansea just survived last year and lost to manager-less Leicester last week and I don’t see them as a match for Arsenal, Tammy Abraham looks a quality player and expect them to park the bus for 90 minutes like they did at Spurs, I can’t see them holding out though this time and Arsenal will capitalise in the second half.
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Crystal palace were shocking in midweek, there’s no other way to put it, to be dominated by a championship side like they were was mystifying given the incredible performance against Chelsea. West Ham on the other hand showed incredible fight and desire to turn it round in the second half at Wembley, their defending in the first half was at times woeful but you have to acknowledge the incredible performance in the second half. I expect Palace to want to turn it around following their cup exit and Wilfried Zaha will cause problems for the cagey Hammers defence. However I feel a corner has been turned for West Ham and a point here would be good, away from home.
Liverpool v Huddersfield
Huddersfield pulled off an incredible result last weekend in beating Manchester United and I see them having no problems staying up this year with that kind of fight and strength. Liverpool were dominated by Tottenham last week and until they get a new defence they will not get near to a title, their attacking options are title challengers but with the amount of goals they concede at top teams they won’t get close to the title. Before long players such as Firmino and Mane will realise with a defence like this they will not win titles and will move elsewhere. Their attacking firepower should be too much for Huddersfield though.
Watford v Stoke
How Watford didn’t beat Chelsea last weekend is beyond me, the two Richarlison misses will haunt Watford fans and Watford deserved more from that match. Stoke on the other hand were poor at Bournemouth and pressure is beginning to mount on Mark Hughes. Roberto Pereyra will once again be a big miss for Watford but with Andre Carillo waiting on the bench they shouldn’t find it hard to replace him. Watford are in great form and Stoke simply aren’t, I can’t see them turning it around here.
West Bromich Albion v Manchester City
WBA have been unfortunate so far this season, lots of late goals against them and the results haven’t always told the full story, they are a strong team, good at set pieces and I can see them causing City’s defence a few problems from these but city’s pace should be enough to out-score them, I can’t see any team getting close to city this season, they have too much firepower up top, and with Kevin De Bruyne they have one of if not the most in-form player in the world. Sergio Aguero has the opportunity to becoming City’s leading scorer and I can see him taking his opportunity at the Hawthorns
Brighton v Southampton
Brighton have been impressive recently, especially with their convincing win over West Ham last week, Southampton have had some good results and some bad, a good win against West Brom last week mixed in with losses to Stoke and Watford. Brighton will try and take the game long as they did against Everton but I think Southampton will knick it.
Prediction : 0-1
Leicester v Everton
Both sides recently sacked there managers and Claude Puel’s appointment seems strange to me, they picked up a good win however last week at Swansea and they have enough quality in there squad for Puel to be successful. Everton put in an improved performance in midweek but still lost against Chelsea, they simply don’t have enough pace and lack a clinical finisher. I see Leicester coming through with the win in this one.
Burnley v Newcastle
Two of the sides with most impressive starts to the season, rightly Sean Dyche has been linked with the Everton job but I can’t see him leaving Burnley unless one of the top 6 come for him, he’s built something amazing at Burnley and I can’t see him stepping away from it unless it is one of the top clubs, Everton’s start to the season suggest they may not be in that category. Newcastle have surprised me, I didn’t think they did enough business in the summer but they’ve been superb, however it is worth noting they have only face 1 of the current top 8. Benitez has got Newcastle feeling like a proper club again though and they are definitely on their way back upwards. Fancy Newcastle to take this one and continue their good start.
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