Chelsea and Liverpool will score; Man City and Arsenal on the up: Premier League predictions
Ahead of the latest round of Premier League fixtures, Thomas Woods provides his predictions for all 10 matches. For our results this season click here.
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Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
Why? Liverpool have goalscorers all over the pitch but still can’t defend, conceding seven in four league games. Chelsea look strong going forward too but the absence of John Terry — and the fact he is being replaced by error-prone David Luiz — is cause for concern. Big games can often be tight but expect this one to open up with early goals.
Hull City 0 Arsenal 2
Why? Arsenal’s best performance of the season was on the road at Watford and thy should produce an equally dominant display here. Hull could be hard to break down, as they showed by holding off Manchester United until injury time, but an early goal — and Arsenal’s ability to move the ball around quickly — will be too much to allow Mike Phelan’s men to get back in the game.
Leicester City 3 Burnley 0
Why? Leicester need a confidence booster after a poor start to the season. The 3-0 Uefa Champions League thrashing of Club Brugge was a start. They have Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham away in three of their next five league games after this, which is a daunting prospect for the champions. Last season they blew teams like Burnley away at home, and this will be the same.
Manchester City 4 Bournemouth 1
Why? City were excellent in the derby against Manchester United last week and they are scoring at a rate of almost three goals a game. Bournemouth will not offer much resistance and the only concern for City is the quick turnaround from Wednesday night’s Champions League game. However this early in the season, squad fatigue should not be a problem.
West Bromwich Albion 1 West Ham United 1
Why? Last week’s epic collapse against Watford, which saw West Ham throw away a two-goal lead to lose 4-2, will be hard to immediately bounce back from. It all started so well, with Dimitri Payet’s return to the team sparking West Ham into a two-goal lead. Slaven Bilic’s side certainly have the potential to comfortably defeat West Brom, but the home team will battle stubbornly for a point.
Everton 2 Middlesbrough o
Why? Now that Romelu Lukaku is back in goalscoring form, Everton will be even stronger than the side that has made such a fine start to the season. They sit third in the table, level with Chelsea, and should be able to take three points from a Middlesbrough team who have made a promising start to the season. The visitors will find it tough to get past Everton’s resilient back four.
Watford 0 Manchester United 1
Why? Being completely outplayed by Manchester City in the derby could dent United’s confidence, but Jose Mourinho has the squad to shuffle his line-up and get United back on track again. Key will be keeping a handle on Watford’s forward pairing Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, who were impressive in the comeback win at West Ham. Daley Blind may pay the price for his lack of pace and height in United’s back four if Mourinho chooses to combat power with power and pick Chris Smalling.
Crystal Palace 2 Stoke City 2
Why? Stoke are better than their place at the bottom of the league table and will be more than a match for Palace. This could be a tale of two of the Premier League’s most physical strikers — Christian Benteke and Wilfried Bony — with both a good shout to get on the scoresheet for their sides.
Southampton 1 Swansea City 0
Why? Southampton will be fuming from last week’s defeat at Arsenal, having conceded a penalty for a soft foul. They have a point to prove. Swansea’s season looks like it is going to be a slow journey towards the safety mark of 40 points. They don’t have a massive goal threat and it will cost them on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Sunderland 0
Why? Tottenham clicked at Stoke last week, winning 4-0 while Sunderland look like they are in major trouble again this season. Very little goal threat and a poor defence is not a great combination. After helping Lukaku get some confidence back on Monday night, it might be Sunderland’s turn to help Harry Kane this week.
Published: September 15, 2016 04:00 AM