Fourth Week Predictions

Newcastle vs Arsenal –  0-2
I expect Cech to keep another clean sheet and at the other end of the pitch I don’t think Arsenal will have any problems scoring. Newcastle haven’t had an extremely good start this season but neither have Arsenal.

Aston Villa vs Sunderland – 0-0
Two teams that I expect to be relegated. I think this is going to be a boring 0-0 game.

Bournemouth vs Leicester – 1-2
Leicester are the far better team but with Mahrez and Bournmouth’s Wilson both in form this will be an exciting game.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – 3-1
Chelsea have the home advantage and Pedro so I think they will dominate this game. Still I expect Crystal Palace to score. They have more pace up front than Chelsea’s center-backs.

Liverpool vs West Ham – 2-0
Liverpool are the better team by far and West Ham – except for Payet – haven’t been performing in the last few games.

Man City vs Watford – 3-0
I’m going for another clean sheet and 3-0 victory for City. Although Watford have been quite good so far, they are nothing compared to City.

Stoke vs West Brom – 2-1
Stoke are the far better team but I think with Rondon playing West Brom will be able to get on the score sheet.

Tottenham vs Everton – 1-2
I think Everton have had the better start to the season. Looking at the statistics I think Everton will score the winner in the last ten minutes

Southampton vs Norwich – 2-1
These are two teams who will be tough opponents to play against this season but I think Southampton will have the upper hand in this game.

Swansea vs Man United – 1-2
Gomis will score for Swansea but Depay and Rooney will score for United.


Third Week Predictions

Manchester United vs Newcastle – 2-0
With Memphis Depay in form after two goals against Club Brugge, I think United will be able to win. They will have got into their stride a bit after two mediocre performances against Spurs and Villa. Newcastle have Janmaat suspended as well.

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa – 2-1
Crystal Palace are one of the best teams in the Premier League outside the top five or six and no one can go to Selhurst Park without a fight. Bolasie, Puncheon and Zaha are some of my favorite players and Dann is an very good defender. Aston Villa, on the other hand, haven’t been playing very well so far this season.

Leicester City vs Tottenham – 3-1
I know this is a surprising prediction but Leicester have been brilliant lately, especially Mahrez. Although Tottenham are a good team, they need to sign another center forward before they have a serious goal threat.

Norwich vs Stoke – 1-2
They are two very good teams that can score goals, but Stoke now have Xherdan Shaqiri who will add a lot of fire-power to their attack. Although I am predicting that they will lose, I think Norwich have been playing brilliantly so far.

Sunderland vs Swansea – 0-2
Quite simply, Sunderland have been awful in their last two games and I can’t see anything changing. Swansea have been very good so far, especially Gomis and Montero. Swansea are going to stroll to the victory here.

West Ham vs Bournemouth – 2-1
Although I expect Bournemouth to get their first ever Premier League goal, West Ham, and Dimitri Payet in particular, are much better than them.

West Brom vs Chelsea – 1-3
I think that result against Man City will have wakened Chelsea up to how badly they are playing and I think they will be able to get their first win of the season here.

Everton vs Manchester City – 0-3
City’s last two results have been 3-0 and if they are able to do it against Chelsea they can easily do it against Everton. They need to keep Lukaku quiet, though.

Watford vs Southampton – 1-2
Although Watford have been good so far this season, I think Southampton, despite their defeat at Everton, are going to win this, altough it will be close.

Arsenal vs Liverpool – 1-2
Arsenal lost to West Ham and needed an own goal to beat Crystal Palace. I may be biased but I really think Liverpool are in with a fighting chance here.




Second Week Predictions

Aston Villa vs Manchester United – 0-1
Although Man United were awful last week they have too much quality to lose to Aston Villa. Still it will be a struggle for United. Without any more new signings I cannot see them finishing higher than fourth. I think Aston Villa will have a chance, though, if they can get forward and create enough chances.

Southampton vs Everton – 2-1
Quite simply, Southampton are the far better team and they are going to win. Everton seem to be going through a ‘boring‘ period, just like Chelsea, Sunderland and Manchester United. All four of these teams need to snap out of it now or they will not be able to achieve anything this season.

Watford vs West Brom – 1-1
Two similarly matched teams who can score goals. West Brom’s new signing Rondon will help with the goal scoring side. I think it’s going to be very even.

Sunderland vs Norwich City – 1-2
Sunderland’s defense was awful when they played Leicester last weekend but Norwich were very good against Crystal Palace and really should have got a point from that game but a bad decision from the referee could have possibly cost them the game.

Tottenham vs Stoke City – 1-0
Tottenham and Stoke are both strong teams but I think at the moment Spurs pose more of a goal threat. They seem unable to pull off any emphatic victories, though, so I’m going for a narrow 1-0 win.

West Ham vs Leicester – 0-1
Leicester were brilliant against Sunderland and they can score goals. West Ham, on the other hand, while impressive against Arsenal, their win was mainly because of mistakes by Petr Cech and bad tactical decisions by Arsene Wenger. Leicester are the better side in my opinion.

Swansea City vs Newcastle – 1-2
Both teams performed well last week but I think overall Newcastle are the better side at the minute. Newcastle can win if they are able to control Gomis, who is Swansea’s main goal scorer.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – 1-3
Arsenal’s last game was just a tactical error and is not an indication of how they will do in this match. It will help if Alexis Sanchez is fit again after the Copa America but I’m not sure if he is. Crystal Palace, although good, cannot really compete with Arsenal at their best. It is just a question of whether they will be at their best or not.

Man City vs Chelsea – 2-1
When City played West Brom they were AMAZING. Chelsea will be playing with their second choice goalkeeper, were awful against Swansea and haven’t won a game this season yet. Chelsea will be outclassed by a mile.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth – 2-0
Liverpool will be able to win this easily. Bournemouth need to learn to take their chances because you can’t waste chances in the Premier League like you can in the Championship. Liverpool will be even better than they were at Stoke because they hadn’t really had any quality opposition on their preseason tour.


Match Predictions for this weekend.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur = 0-1
I know this will sound strange, but I am expecting Spurs to clinch it, maybe with a Harry Kane goal. Man United’s defense is absolutely awful and they don’t seem to have the right balance to their squad. It was a humongous mistake to sell Van Persie and Di Maria. I’m honestly not sure how good a manager Van Gaal is – selling one of the best strikers in the world to Fenerbahçe and not being able to get Di Maria and Falcao to perform. On the other hand, Spurs were great last season and although I don’t expect Harry Kane to be just as good as he was last season he will still be huge threat to a defense as weak as United’s. This is going to be a one off.

Bournemouth vs Aston Villa = 2-1
It’s Bournemouth’s first match in the Premier League and I just have a feeling that they will be so motivated that they will win this match. Aston Villa Have lost two of their best players (Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke) and will still have the memory of the FA Cup final thrashing by Arsenal. Even with Delph and Benteke, they were not a extremely good side. Still, I think they’ll get one goal.

Everton vs Watford = 2-0
I expect Everton to do quite badly this season but I also expect Watford to be relegated. I can’t see Everton losing to them. I think Watford are the team with the worst chance out of the promoted teams.

Leicester City vs Sunderland = 1-1
If it was still Nigel Pearson managing them I would say 2-1 but it’s now Claudio Ranieri. I expect both sides to get a goal but I imagine that the game will not have many chances.

Norwich City vs Crystal Palace = 1-2
Crystal Palace were brilliant last season and I expect them to win this. Bolasie and Cabaye are brilliant and will probably be a major part in this. Still, I think Norwich will get a goal.

Chelsea vs Swansea City = 2-0
Chelsea will win. This won’t be a very exciting or spectacular game. Although the goals may be spectacular, the general play won’t be (at least from Chelsea). Toning down their game at the end of last season and earning the nickname ‘Boring Boring Chelsea’ will make it a little bit harder for them to do anything spectacular for a while.

Arsenal vs West Ham = 3-0
Remember, Arsenal beat Chelsea in their last game and that’s without Alexis Sánchez. The FA cup final was a reminder of what they can do to teams in the lower half of the table. West Ham were put out of the Europa League by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu and needed penalties to beat Malta side Birkirkara – not a performance to be extremely proud of. Arsenal are the better side by a huge margin.

Newcastle United vs Southampton = 3-2
Newcastle will definitely not have such an awful losing streak like last season. They are now stronger than ever. Southampton, though, will not be beaten without a fight and they have goalscorers in Pelle and Mane.

Stoke City vs Liverpool = 0-6
Just like Newcastle, I think Liverpool’s awful form at the end of last season means that they will come back stronger, more determined and more motivated. I can honestly imagine Liverpool beating Stoke 6-0. It will be at least 3-0 to Liverpool. Usually, this would never happen to a team like Stoke, but usually Liverpool don’t get beaten 6-1. They are out for revenge. I think they’re going to get it.

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City = 0-3
I don’t think Man City will be in the top four this season but there is no doubt they are a very strong side and much stronger than West Brom. It’s not going to be hard for City unless they do something stupid like playing Sterling instead of Aguero, or David Silva or someone.


2015-16 Premier League: Predicted finishing positions.

I realise I am taking a bit of a chance here, posting this in August 2015, but this is a list of my predictions for this Premier League season.

  1. Arsenal
  2. Chelsea
  3. Liverpool
  4. Manchester United
  5. Manchester City
  6. Tottenham Hotspur
  7. Stoke City
  8. Crystal Palace
  9. Southhampton
  10. Swansea City
  11. Newcastle United
  12. West Ham United
  13. Everton
  14. West Bromwich Albion
  15. Bournemouth
  16. Norwich City
  17. Leicester City
  18. Aston Villa
  19. Sunderland
  20. Watford

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