Seventh Week Predictions

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.


Sixth Week Predictions

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 2-2
I expect the London derby to end in a draw. Although beating Maccabi Tel Aviv was not difficult, I think it will have given them a psychological boost. However, I still think not all of Chelsea’s problems are psychological and I think Arsenal will not have difficulty in putting two goals past them.

Aston Villa vs West Brom – 1-1
If Villa are not able to beat Leicester when they are two goals up with 30 minutes to go, I don’t think they will get more than a point here. Things are bound to improve soon, though.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland – 2-3
This will be a very hard fought victory for Sunderland, and a humongous psychological boost for a side that has been struggling in the past weeks.

Newcastle vs Watford – 2-1
I expect Newcastle to edge it here. Watford haven’t been scoring enough goals so far this season and if that doesn’t change they might have trouble staying up in the Premier League.

Stoke vs Leicester – 1-1
Stoke are a very very good side and are going to be a hard test for Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester who have shown some amazing spirit so far this season – coming from behind to beat Aston Villa, for example. Although Stoke have been in very good form this season, they have a lot of quality in their squad.

Swansea vs Everton – 1-2
Both of these are teams are good sides but Swansea’s last game was a defeat to Watford, while in Everton’s last game they beat Chelsea.

Manchester City vs West Ham – 2-0
I’m going for another win and a clean sheet for City, even though they were defeated in midweek by Juventus.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – 1-2
Even Man City had trouble beating Palace, and the Eagles where also able to beat Chelsea – they are a very good side. I think they definitely should be recognised as an established Premier League side, like Swansea.

Liverpool vs Norwich – 2-0
This is a good opportunity for Liverpool to return to winning ways. Norwich will be a hard test, though.

Southampton vs Manchester United – 2-1
I have a funny feeling United will be at the wrong end of an unexpected result again this season (losing to Swansea and PSV, drawing with Newcastle).


Fifth Week Predictions

Everton vs Chelsea –  2-2
On paper, Chelsea are the better team and should be winning this match but I expect them to come away with another disappointing result.   Even in pre-season I was noticing Chelsea’s vulnerabilities at the back and they still haven’t resolved that.

Arsenal vs Stoke – 1-0
Arsenal will have a hard test here but I expect them to have the edge against Stoke. Arsenal’s two first choice centre-backs are available after injury and illness, and that will make a very big difference.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – 1-2
I think it will be here that City concede their first goal of the season.  No one comes to Selhurst Park and has an easy ride,  but no one plays City and has an easy ride either.

Norwich vs Bournemouth – 1-1
This is the kind  of game both teams need to win if they want to stay up but I expect neither team to have the edge today.

Watford vs Swansea – 1-2
Again I expect Gomis and Ayew to have a big influence on this match.  Although Swansea City have not yet lost a game this season, they have kept just one league clean sheet.

West Brom vs Southampton – 1-3
Southampton have had quite a disappointing start to the season apart from that win against Norwich but I think they will be able to beat West Brom.  Still, unlike last season, West Brom have three very good strikers in Berahino, Lambert and Rondon.

Manchester United vs Liverpool – 1-2
If Kolo Toure replaces Louvren in defence I think Liverpool have a good chance to win this game.  United seem to have no team spirit – Rooney is not scoring and at least five newspapers have reported that many United players are unhappy with Van Gaal and his methods of training.

Sunderland vs Tottenham– 0-2
Sunderland are still searching for their first league win of the season but I don’t think they’re going to get it here.

Leicester vs Aston Villa – 2-1
The stats are that Villa have scored an average of one goal per league match, and have only won one match in the league so far – against Bournemouth.  Leicester haven’t lost a match this season so far.

West Ham vs Newcastle – 2-0
Strangely West Ham have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool but lost to Bournemouth and Leicester.  Newcastle haven’t won a league game this season but on the last day of last season Newcastle beat West Ham 2-0.