What will happen in the next round of Premier League fixtures? Will both Manchester clubs be sitting at the top?
Huddersfield v Tottenham Hotspur
Huddersfield have started life in the Premier League very well by standards predicted by many pundits before the season began. They will be on the hunt for another surprise as they take on a resurgent Tottenham side. However, Pochettino’s men have a very good away record, having won all three games away from Wembley. With Harry Kane in serious form too, I expect this to be an easy three points.
Tottenham to win: 3:0
Bournemouth v Leicester City
Both teams have undoubtedly struggled this season, failing to perform when the pressure is on. Bournemouth have picked up just three points all season whereas Leicester haven’t done much better with 4 points to their name. However Leicester have played the big boys so far and this fixture will be a lot easier for them to handle, especially considering how poor Bournemouth are playing right now. I think the home side will score, but the Foxes will be all too clever.
Leicester to win: 2:1
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Well this looks like a field day for Manchester United as they come against a Crystal Palace side who have failed to score a single goal in six games so far. A dismal record which I think will continue as United flex their muscles once more. This will be a walk in the park for Mourinho’s side and expect Romelu Lukaku to rack up some more goals.
Man United to win: 4:0
Stoke City v Southampton
Southampton have had an up and down start to the season, and the game last week showed they can play well, they just need to score more. It’s not been the best start for the Saints but positive will be from having kept 3 clean sheets in the last 4 games. Coming up against Stoke City is going to be a tough clash, especially considering how Mark Hughes’ men have managed to beat Arsenal here and draw against Manchester United. Even though they lost at the Britannia to Chelsea, I think that was just a blip and Southampton will have to be at their best. I reckon it’ll be a low-scoring draw.
West Bromwich Albion v Watford
West Brom’s defeat to Arsenal was their fourth winless game in a row and Tony Pulis is feeling the pressure as his side have failed to keep their good start of two wins going. They’re up against a Watford side who are enjoying their football at the moment. Aside from a drubbing against Man City, Marco Silva has got his side playing good attacking football which has seen them score 9 goals so far in the season. It’ll be a tough game to call but Watford will edge it.
Watford to win: 2:1
West Ham v Swansea
Both West Ham and Swansea have claimed one win each this season and languish towards the bottom of the table. The Hammers have conceded 10 goals in their last 3 games and need to tighten up at the back but they are up against a team who have only scored 1 goal in their last 3 games. It’s a poor defence against a poor attack and to me, this will lead to a poor game.
Chelsea v Manchester City
The big one. The race for the title sees an early clash between these two and it promises to be some game. Manchester City are in terrific form, having won all four of their previous games and scoring an impressive 18 games in that time. Chelsea, after their poor start, recovered brilliantly and aside from the draw against Arsenal, have managed to win four of their last five fixtures. This will be a big clash at the top and one that everyone will be watching.
I think the attacking power of City will overcome the Chelsea defence. Aguero and co. are just in too good form to be stopped here and with David Luiz serving suspension, it will be difficult for the Blues to handle their title rivals.
Man City win 2:1
Arsenal v Brighton
After the 2-0 win last week, Arsenal are looking very good at the Emirates Stadium, having won all three fixtures held there this season. With Lacazette hitting top form, this should be an easy win against a side who are still finding their feet in the league. Brighton are a good side but their away form without a win leaves a lot to be desired.
Arsenal win 3:1
Everton v Burnley
Everton have not had the ideal start to the league with defeats to Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea derailing their season. But they are a very good team on paper and have a good manager, so will do better against lower opposition. Burnley’s away win at Chelsea was something amazing and they have been a real thorn in the opposition when playing away from home. Having prevented Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool from getting full points, they’ll do well against Everton here.
Newcastle v Liverpool
Liverpool do not have anything going right for them at the moment, having conceded 11 goals this season, scoring 12. Having not kept a clean sheet for 4 league games in a row, they face a Newcastle side who have recently looked good at home. With 3 wins in their last 4 games, the Magpies must be feeling confident that they’ll exploit this weak Liverpool defence.
Newcastle to win: 3:2