Tottenham vs Manchester City – 0-2
Despite their recent defeat to West Ham, I expect City to win this comfortably. Tottenham are still finding it difficult to get goals but City definitely aren’t, as evidenced by their 6-1 win over Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.
Leicester vs Arsenal – 1-2
I think in the Chelsea vs Arsenal game last week Arsenal deserved to get a point – bad refereeing meant that they were a man down shortly after half time and swung the game in Chelsea’s favour. So I expect them to win this one. Leicester will be a hard test though.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa – 1-1
Put simply, if Liverpool need penalties to beat Carlisle United, they are not able to beat Villa either. On the other hand if Villa can’t beat Bournemouth they won’t be able to beat Liverpool. Both teams are capable of scoring a goal or two so I am predicting a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United vs Sunderland – 2-0
I can’t see Old Trafford being the place where Sunderland will end their losing streak. Anthony Martial has been excellent so far and means the pressure of being United’s only major striker has been lifted off Rooney.
Southampton vs Swansea – 2-2
Bot these sides were impressive last weekend, Southampton more than holding their own against United and Swansea holding Everton to a goalless draw. I’m going for another draw here. These two are sides that can be competing for a top seven finish this season.
Stoke vs Bournemouth – 1-0
Although Stoke haven’t won a league game this season I think they will get one here. Bournemouth are a hard side to play against, though, and will present a real test.
West Ham vs Norwich – 1-2
I know West Ham beat City last week, but they seem to really struggle against so called ‘lesser sides’. I’m going for another shock result today, but one that isn’t going in West Ham’s favour.
Newcastle vs Chelsea – 0-2
I said earlier in this post that Chelsea didn’t deserve to win the London derby by such a large margin but I think they will still be able to comfortably beat Newcastle. Chelsea have improved a lot since beating Maccabi Tel Aviv, and their performance against Arsenal was encouraging for their supporters.
Watford vs Crystal Palace – 0-1
Although I think Palace will just clinch the victory, this will be a big test for their defense as Ighalo, the Watford striker, is in amazing form. There also is the element of the unknown for Crystal Palace, and I think that may be why players like Callum Wilson and Ighalo are doing so well at the moment, because as they were playing in the Championship last season their games are largely unknown.
West Brom vs Everton – 0-2
Everton have been much better than I expected them to be this season but West Brom are a quality side with quality players. Rondon, Lambert and Berahino may struggle to break down Everton’s defense, especially John Stones.