We are six weeks into the PL season, and it has been chaotic and really unpredictable. It’s safe to say most teams are still trying to find a balance, and there are no guarantees. This weekend is the first after the opening round of European football for the big guns, which could mean rotations and fatigue have a part to play in what could be demanding gameweek. I have a guest to help preview the matches quickly and also add his predictions. He starts with the first Friday night football of this season.
Aston Villa vs Leeds United (Friday, 8:00 pm)
Despite brilliant performance from both sides this season, Aston Villa remain the team with the perfect slate in the league, you would expect that would not last for long. I really think Leeds would edge this one due to Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical prowess.
Prediction: Villa 1:2 Leeds (Patrick Bamford to score).
West Ham United vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
After a stuttering start to the season, Pep showed he is still a tactical genius with a win against Arsenal. I expect this weekend to be different and also a win regardless of the Irons’ form.
Prediction: West Ham 1:3 Man City (Raheem Sterling to score).
Fulham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3:00 pm)
Fulham are yet to find their feet this season. This London derby might be the chance to kickstart their season as Palace themselves have not been so convincing either. The chances created for the team has been very as well.
Prediction: Fulham 1:1 Palace (Wilf Zaha to score).
Manchester United vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30 pm)
Old Foes meet again, both teams are yet to exactly find a balance. Super Frankie would look to have his first league win over Ole has I feel it’s long overdue, his defence would be a real issue to sort out, Ole should edge this one again.
Prediction: Man United 2:1 Chelsea (Marcus Rashford to score).
Liverpool vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 8:00 pm)
Sheffield wouldn’t be looking to play the champions right as they have not been alive this season, but if there’s a time to beat the champions and kickstart their season it’s now. Liverpool would be without their leader at the back but would love to sound a warning that they are competent to win without him.
Prediction: Liverpool 3:0 Sheffield (Mo Salah to score).
Southampton vs Everton (Sunday, 3:00 pm)
They have both made one of the best starts to both of their seasons, Everton especially has shocked everyone but will be without playmaker James for this one. Would be fun to see how Everton play out this one.
Prediction: Southampton 2:2 Everton (Danny Ings to score).
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United (Sunday, 5:30 pm)
The toons were beaten last weekend in a match where the scoreline didn’t depict the actual match. Wolves beat Leeds by a thread as well. If Newcastle attack in the first half as they normally do, it should be fun as wolves have shown to be a second-half team. Wolves should win by a lone goal.
Prediction: Wolves 1:0 Newcastle (Raul Jimenez to score).
Arsenal vs Leicester City (Sunday, 8:15 pm)
Leceister might be without marksman Vardy, which is a torn in Arsenal’s flesh. Arsenal are now expecting to Partey with the inclusion of the specialist in midfield. The Gunners are still bottom of the table in chances created, and shots fired in the league. Leceister suffered a setback in the hands of in-form Aston Villa and would want to respond very quickly.
Prediction: Arsenal 2:1 Leicester (P. E. Aubameyang to score).
Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Bromwich Albion (Monday, 6:30 pm)
Seagulls should edge this as West Brom’s defence is one word, non-existent.
Prediction: Brighton 3:1 West Brom (Neal Maupay to score).
Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur (Monday, 9:00 pm)
Spurs have been an attacking prowess but still, last time out they showed they might just lack some mental strength, but should see this one out.
Prediction: Burnley 1:3 Spurs (Harry Kane to score).
Olajide Kanyinsola. Twitter: @_kanyin_
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