Welcome back everyone to our predictions table, here we dissect and analyze the famous English Premier League games and deliver takes on possible outcomes. Last weekend, Huddlesfield town and Burnley ruined the scripts, beating Crystal Palace and the reigning champions respectively; while it wasn’t pretty for Frank De Boer on his premier league bow, it was all shades of ugly for the Blues who had two men sent off and a first loss recorded against Burnley in the premier league era. Manchester United lead the pack, and they lead the fixture pile up this weekend with a trip to the south to face Wales side, Swansea, it ends this weekend in Manchester where the most expensively assembled side host high flying Everton… Premier League Predictions!
Saturday 19th August
Swansea vs Manchester United
Romelu Lukaku shrugged off preseason criticisms to land two goals on his league debut having netted in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, four sleek goals past West Ham saw Manchester United top the league, a dangerous situation considering how strong Jose Mourinho usually is in his second season everywhere he goes. Swansea managed to hold Southampton to a goalless draw on the opening day and now face a daunting task without their talismanic attacking midfielder Gylfi Siggurdsen, the Iceland playmaker switched to Goodison to join Everton in midweek in a £45m deal. The Red Devils are firm favourites here and nothing should go wrong.
Verdict: United to win
Bournemouth vs Watford
AFC Bournemouth didn’t start as planned, a lone goal reverse at Westbrom ruined their start to their third straight season in the topflight but they can begin again. Watford rallied after falling behind from a strong position against Liverpool at Vicarage last weekend, 2:1 up and then 3:2 behind in quick fashion but a late late and super late equalizer came fortuitously at the death. Both sides need to go for this, it is too early to annoy fans, Eddie Howe is a big fan of attacking football, so is Marco Silva who had to deal with injuries at home to Liverpool. Score first and defend might do it for the visitors, something they did poorly in their season opener but they also have to deal with the pace in the Bournemouth team.
Verdict: Bournemouth to win or draw
Burnley vs Westbrom
Stand up for Burnley, big thumbs up for big Sean Dyches, give a guard of honour to the slayer of the champions, from nowhere, somehow, Sam Vokes and co ruined the bookmakers’ scripts by rounding Chelsea and seeing out the Champions’ late charge. Burnley beat Chelsea on the opening day, moving on, they face Westbrom who managed a clean sheet and a neat headed goal to record a win over Bournemouth. Two bogey teams squaring up, Burnley suffered crazily on the road last season, losing all but two, they made Turf Moor a fortress and would look to do that again while improving on the road. Tony Pulis and Co must be wary of these Cherries…
Verdict: Full time draw
Leicester vs Brighton
King Power Stadium
Leicester went from brilliance to stupidity on the opening day at the Emirates, they were heading for a win against Arsenal only to concede two late goals to end up on the losing side, something that continued their poor opening day history, they have never won on the opening day. Brighton and Hove made their league debut against Manchester City, not much was expected of them but they did show some grit in the 2:0 loss. Leicester have it all to play for here, Riyad Mahrez looks set to stay amidst reports of Roma back out but want away midfielder Danny Drinkwater doesn’t look like staying. Brighton can shock the former champions if they stay compact and wait, but with Vardy in this sort of mood, landing two against a very questionable Arsenal defence, you wouldn’t expect much.
Verdict: Leicester to win
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
The next of the simultaneous fixtures takes us to Anfield, a team facing a sort of crisis on and off the pitch, the defence that shipped three against Watford needs a hell of sticks and the situation with Phillip Coutinho needs a final solution. Crystal Palace were dealt a heavy blow at home by new boys Huddlesfield and must rally, albeit against a team that underperformed and needs results too. Frank De Boer against Jurgen Klopp, a cracker it should be but school boy errors won’t be far away if they turn out as they did last weekend. Mohammed Sallah would headline this as well as Firminho, Benteke and Townsend should come to party for the Eagles but whichever way, it should be entertaining.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Southampton vs Westham
St Mary’s Stadium
St Mary’s Stadium witnessed a stalemate last weekend as Swansea fought out an opening day point in front of the frustrated Saints, it’s the venue for the last of the 3:00pm kickoffs and it should be a cracker. Mauricio Pellegrino and the Southampton board are fighting hard to keep Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk and look set to win the battle, although it would be seen how they manage to keep the relationship up after the defender handed in transfer request last week. Westham fell terribly at home to Manchester United, without much fights and just one shot on target, woeful to say the least, reminiscent of how they started last season, they must avoid that this term. Come On Hammers!
Verdict: Saints to win or draw
Stoke vs Arsenal
Whatever Arsene Wenger told the boys with ten minutes remaining at home to Leicester should be packaged and sold on Amazon. With minutes remaining, the gunners rallied and scored two powerful late goals to win on the opening day, defensively, the gunners were extremely poor and would have been put to the sword by a more clinical side, with Koscielny and Mustafi due back, it should be better. Stoke aren’t joking with ambitions after Marco Aurnatovic switched to Westham on the premise of ambition, the Potters have landed Jese Rodriguez on loan from PSG, that’s champions league winner number five in the squad, the loss to Everton on the opening day would mean less with a strong showing here. Arsenal must be wary of Mark Hughes’ new found style, the Potters could make good use of the Britannia air, all eyes would be on new boy Rodriguez and he would want to prove points.
Sunday 20th August
Huddlesfield vs Newcastle
David Wagner’s side proved bookmakers wrong with a strong showing at Selhurst Park against last season’s survivor, Crystal Palace, new boy Mounir struck twice in the 3:0 win, too early to blow trumpets but wins like that mean massively when it’s time to take stocks. Newcastle lost at home to Tottenham Hotspur on day 1, losing Jonjo Shelvey in the process, and he’ll be unavailable for this fixture, Rafa Benitez have points to prove after going down with the Red and Black armies two season ago, transfer market seems frustrating to the former Real Madrid manager but excuses wont be tenable in the end.
Verdict: Newcastle to win or draw
Tottenham vs Chelsea
White Hart Lane
The champions are in trouble, home loss to a lowly rated team on day one, two players down owing to red cards, Diego Costa unavailable for selection, but with Alvaro Morata showing great signs like that you can only hope for better days. Step forward Tottenham, enduring a torrid transfer window with nothing serious yet, although news filtered in on Thursday night of agreements with Ajax for young Center back Sanchez but he won’t be available for this fixture. Spurs are turbo charged but it only realistically ends with the first eleven, a good team will stretch them and expose their bench weaknesses, hence a need for them to strengthen. It’s no doubt the fixture of the weekend, and it should end well for the hosts.
Verdict: Tottenham to win
Monday 21st August
Manchester City vs Everton
Last but not the least fixture of the weekend takes us to the rich half of Manchester, a team oozing so much prestige with heavily prized buys, sleek win over Brighton should be followed up here but Everton aren’t the same; they may have lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but Wayne Rooney has shown how much of a competent man he would be for them this season. With Europa playoffs engagement almost sorted with the 2:0 home win on Thursday, Everton can concentrate on the league and trouble this expensive side with a compact and fleet footed showing. City aren’t completely convincing yet, fixture pile up won’t affect them as such though with considering the depth in the squad, Everton have landed their long term target with a super robust left leg and dead ball instincts… Barkely can wave goodbye now.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Strictly the writer’s opinion… Bet responsibly