Another international break is over, and we welcome the return of the Premier League. From the Merseyside derby to a London derby, clubs trying to recover from humiliations to others trying to build on their starts to the season. These games make up for an entertaining weekend of Premier League football.
Everton vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
We were all talking about how we expect Liverpool to retain their crown and then out of nowhere, Aston Villa exposed too much of their defensive frailties. Klopp’s concerns will be how to put this behind them as they welcome their city rivals. Playing against the league leaders might not be the preferred thing to do after a 7-2 dubbing, but I think it can make for an interesting twist to the season, especially if they manage to win here. Everton will want to add to their opponent’s miseries while keeping their perfect start to the season. This match will be their hardest test so far, but I believe Ancelloti’s thriving midfield and star striker have what it takes to give “wounded animal” Liverpool more reasons to worry.
Prediction: Everton 2:2 Liverpool. (Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score).
Chelsea vs Southampton (Saturday, 3:00 pm)
It felt like the blues might be finally getting a rhythm in their game against Crystal Palace, but there may still be concerns. They will obviously need some time to get the groove going, but the Premier League is unforgiving, it will punish you for any time lost. Key players may be available for Lampard for this game, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic returning to fitness. New boy Mendy is injured, so either of Kepa or Cabellero will return to post. Danny Ings and Southampton might be excited at the prospect of that. They’ve won their last two games and keeping clean sheets while at it. Chelsea will be a different beast, but I’m sure they can give them a run for their money. I’ll like to think Chelsea will win this but still want to see a performance from the saints.
Prediction: Chelsea 2:1 Southampton. (Che Adams to score).
Manchester City vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30 pm)
Mentor vs Apprentice! This game over the very recent years only produced one winner, and for the fact that people now feel Arsenal has a chance shows how well Mikel Arteta has done. It really doesn’t matter the result here Arsenal fans know they will see a well-drilled team out there. The introduction of highly-rated Thomas Partey might be all the Gunners need to edge this game. Pep’s team have not been convincing this term. Throw their injury/covid-19 list in there, and it doesn’t look better. Even if they still have the firepower to hurt teams and their centre back options are solid, the absence of Kevin De-Bruyne will be felt. It’s a must-win for the home side, but I think Arsenal might have enough to match up to them.
Prediction: Man City 2:2 Arsenal. (Sterling to score).
Newcastle United vs Manchester United (Saturday, 8:00 pm)
The Magpies will be licking their lips as Man United come into town. The Red Devils doesn’t seem like a team ready to stop shipping in goals and would be low on confidence after they were completely destroyed at home in the last game. They are out of sorts and pressure will be mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he tries to turn things around. He has hard decisions to make as regards keeping Harry Maguire out of the team, and how to set up in front without Anthony Martial and new signing Edison Cavani. If he feels, he deserves to be in the toughest job in the world, now is the time to show that he is worth his salt. Steve Bruce will set up perfectly with low blocks and counter-attacks to take something out of this game. I really doubt Man United’s potency to win this type of matches which will make me settle for a draw here.
Prediction: Newcastle 2:2 Man United. (Marcus Rashford to score).
So there you have it, what are your thoughts? Kindly leave your feedback in the comments and don’t forget to share & subscribe.