The Premier League comes early this week with Friday night Football. The second week of the European games has been done with some interesting results, some of them might affect the teams in the 10 games this Gameweek will give us as we head for another international break.
Brighton vs WestHam (Friday, 8pm).
WestHam seems to have turned their season around, the win at the London Stadium against Man United was impressive and well deserved. Marko Arnatovic looks like he will be scoring week in week out now and Mark Noble is well supported in the midfield by the youthful Declan Rice and the tenacity of Pedro Obiang which is helping him play better than his age suggests, the team is functioning now. Brighton usually play better or sort of raise their game at the Ammex and they need to continue that if they want to escape the drop. They will have to increase the urgency of their counter attack and make use of their team possession whenever they have it. This game can produce goals and I think the Hammers can win it. Prediction: WestHam win 2-3 (Yarmalenko to score).
Burnley vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm).
Burnley have also turned their season around and are getting necessary points now, scoring goals but their defence is still not strong enough, the number of saves made by Joe Hart is league high. Burnley are back at home and they should record victory over the toothless terriers. David Wanger has called on his Huddersfield to give a performance of their lives so we might get a real game at the Turf Moof but regardless I’ll back Burnley to get 3 points. Prediction: Burnley win 2-0. (Barnes to Score).
Crystal Palace vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm).
Palace can be good then bad then good then bad and then shocking. Last week they started poorly, recovered in the second half and then lost it in the final minutes, such errors will always be costly. They need to fix up, press, counter and be on the front foot against Wolves. Wolves are doing great and I won’t be shocked to see them in the top half of the table come May. They keep possession really well and the press well when they lose possession. I hope this match will be a classic and I think it will end in a draw.
Prediction: 2-2 draw (Jimenez to score).
Leicester City vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm).
Leicester were all over Newcastle last week and Everton were all over Fulham last week, if I’m to go by this, then I’ll expect a goal galore but it might not. The foxes are good at home and Everton might struggle. Although, Everton might turn up to the challenge and give Leicester a run for their money, I’ll stick back Leicester.
Prediction: Leicester to win 3-1. (Maddison to score).
Tottenham vs Cardiff (Saturday, 3pm)
Spurs have to pick themselves up after that devastating defeat to Barcelona in midweek, not like they didn’t play well or put effort but the Spanish club was simply better. Playing Cardiff at Wembley could be a way to get back some sort of confidence and they will have to work hard to break the wall Neil Warnock will likely come to build. Spurs are missing key players but I think they will get the win.
Prediction: Spurs win 3-0 (Kane to score).
Watford vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm).
Watford will be sad they couldn’t get a point against Arsenal last week, they were that good. Watford have been relatively good over the course of the season and I think they will be back to winning ways against Bournemouth that can be Hot today, Cold tomorrow. If Watford keeps up the performances, inevitably the results will come along but they have to weary of Bournemouth on Saturday.
Prediction: Watford win 3-1 (Gray to score).
Manchester United vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 5:30pm).
Both teams are having problems on the field and off pitch as well. Both teams were terrible against their PL opponents last week. Both teams can’t afford to drop points as we head into this international break. Manchester United doesn’t look like a team that can score at the moment, Newcastle doesn’t look like a team that will stop conceding goals at the moment. Both teams have to fix up. The match feels like it will end in a bore draw, but I’ll back United to nick a goal and win it to reduce the pressure on their manager.
Prediction: Man United win 1-0 (Pogba to score).
Fulham vs Arsenal (Sunday, 12pm).
Arsenal have won eight games in a row and it’s somehow going unnoticed, they’ve found good momentum and Fulham might not be able to live with it. Fulham have turned made an haven in their cottage with Mitrovic getting the goals, the more I watch Fulham, it becomes obvious McDonald is who you need to get past to beat them. Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this PL season but Leno looked assured when he came on last week. Fun match and could have plenty goals.
Prediction: Arsenal win 3-1. (Lacazette to score).
Southampton vs Chelsea (Sunday, 2:15pm).
I think Chelsea needs more sources of goals than just Hazard, Pedro was delivering before his injury but the strikers have got to start scoring too. Southampton’s defending have to stay active for the whole game. Chelsea must also be wary of Southampton’s counter attack and also snuff out any threat Danny Ings might pose. Chelsea needs to win this game to keep the pressure on Liverpool and City who will meet later.
Prediction: Chelsea win 2-0. (Hazard to score).
Liverpool vs Manchester City (Sunday, 4:30pm).
Massive game that both teams have to win! Kloop seems to always find a way against Pep but this game could be very well different. I’m interested in the Formation and tactical plans Pep wants to use for this game, because he has used 3 different ones against Liverpool last half season and all 3 didn’t work. The Napoli game will surely have drained a little energy from Liverpool. This is always a great game to watch, the press, the counter press and the Anfield atmosphere, but I’m backing Man City to win the game.
Prediction: Man City win 3-2 (Mane to score).
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