Chelsea and West Ham bounce back; Tottenham v Manchester City to be a close one: Premier League predictions
Ahead of the seventh round of Premier League fixtures, Thomas Woods provides his predictions for all 10 matches. For our results this season click here.
Hull City 1 Chelsea 2
Why? Hull are trending downwards having won their first two games of the season. Mike Phelan’s side have conceded nine times in their last two games so this is a juicy fixture for Chelsea as they look to bounce back from their 3-0 mauling at Arsenal. Look to Eden Hazard to step up. He is Chelsea’s star player and needs a big performance.
Everton 2 Crystal Palace 1
Why? Everton suffered their first defeat of the season last week at Bournemouth, but shouldn’t let that detract them from a fantastic start under Ronald Koeman. Interesting here will be to see Yannick Bolasie face his former club following his summer move to Everton. The DR Congo winger should be in the thick of the action.
Swansea 1 Liverpool 4
Why? Liverpool have now put three fantastic results together, scoring 11 goals in the process, and you have to fancy them to continue that run against a struggling Swansea City side. However, the visitors’ defence is their main weak spot. They haven’t kept a clean sheet this season – they even conceded when they were 3-0 up at home to 10-man Hull. Swansea should get on the scoresheet and scoring first is their best chance of victory.
Sunderland 0 West Brom 1
Why? Sunderland get another home game to attempt to make up for throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Crystal Palace last time. But few things seem to be going right for David Moyes and Sunderland at the moment. We saw West Brom sucker punch Palace on the opening day of the season and they could do it again here.
Watford 2 Bournemouth 0
Why? Watford look to be more effective in attack this season. They’ve already scored 10 goals whereas they managed just 40 in the whole of 2015/16. Continue at this rate and they’ll score 63 this season. That is why they will beat Bournemouth, who have the worst goalscoring record in the league with just four in six games.
West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 0
Why? West Ham have now lost four games in a row and each by at least two goals. Either they are going to rebound and perform somewhat like last season’s side or this is a sign that Slaven Bilic’s days are numbered as manager. A home game against a promoted side who have also lost three on the bounce seems like a perfect match to start a comeback run.
Manchester United 2 Stoke City 0
Why? The way United played last week in beating Leicester 4-1, it is tough to see how they don’t win this game. Add to that the fact that Stoke are on a woeful run of form with a striker, Wilfried Bony, who appears to have forgotten where the goal is, and this is a sure-fire three points for the home team.
Leicester City 2 Southampton 2
Why? This could be the game of the weekend. Two exciting sides, plenty of counter-attacking class and full of goals. Leicester may struggle a bit after their midweek Champions League game, but they have the squad to allow manager Claudio Ranieri to rotate. Southampton’s last game was a 3-0 win at West Ham, so they have enough strike power to trouble the champions.
Tottenham 1 Manchester City 1
Why? This is the game where City’s 100 per cent record ends. Pragmatically, Pep Guardiola will be fine with that. There’s no way his side will win every game this season and a draw should be a decent enough result after a midweek trip to Celtic. The battle between in-form Son Heung-min and City rightback Bacary Sagna will be thrilling to watch.
Burnley 0 Arsenal 3
Why? Arsenal are playing so well at the moment. They beat Watford 3-1 and Hull 4-1 on their last away trips. Look for that to continue with the excellent Alex Iwobi getting on the scoresheet.
Published: September 29, 2016 04:00 AM