Hard to see daylight between Chelsea and Arsenal, United bounce back - 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.
Manchester United 2 Leicester City 1
Why? United are “in crisis” having lost three games in a row before their League Cup win at Northampton on Wednesday, but things stack in their favour here. Leicester also are not in great form either, United are at home, the players will have had an earful from an angry Jose Mourinho. There’s no way they can lose another league match, right?
Bournemouth 1 Everton 1
Why? Everton have had a strong start to the season and beat Sunderland 3-0 in their last away trip, but they face a Bournemouth side who need a big game after being thrashed by Manchester City last week. Bournemouth need good results at the Vitality Stadium this season to stay up – Everton will find them tough to get past.
Liverpool 3 Hull City 0
Why? Jurgen Klopp’s men have produced two impressive results together with a 4-1 win over Leicester City and a 2-1 victory at Chelsea. The stage is set for them to make it three in a row against a Hull side who were well beaten by Arsenal last time. If Liverpool don’t score at least three, it will be a surprise given their current form.
Middlesbrough 1 Tottenham 1
Why? There’s a chance Tottenham struggle initially without the injured Harry Kane up front. They were impressive against Sunderland last Sunday, but needed more than 20 shots to get a goal. Middlesbrough have a decent defence and can keep it tight.
Stoke City 0 West Bromwich Albion 0
Why? Stoke’s poor start to the season is surprising with just a point from five games. They’ll be happy to get a point here, having conceded four goals in three of their last four games. West Brom, having scored two-thirds of their season’s goals in just one game, won’t have too many chances.
Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 3
Why? Palace found their scoring touch at home to Stoke on Sunday, netting four. Sunderland do not have much of a defence to shout about. This was 2-2 last season but Palace’s superior fire power, with Christian Benteke leading the line, should edge it.
Swansea City 1 Manchester City 3
Why? City are yet to drop a point in the league, and with Sergio Aguero back from suspension it is hard to see that happening here. Swansea did pull a comeback out of the bag against Chelsea when they were being outplayed so could surprise City. Unlikely though.
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1
Why? Another week, another big game for Chelsea. They were beaten at home by Liverpool last week, but may have John Terry back for this one, which should be an improvement on David Luiz. The way Diego Costa is playing at the moment, he is a good shout for a goal.
West Ham United 1 Southampton 0
Why? Like Stoke, West Ham just need to get back on track and do the basics right, like conceding fewer than four goals a game. Luckily they face a Southampton side who are struggling to score, with four goals so far. It’s a good match-up to get back on track with.
Burnley 0 Watford 1
Why? Watford were expected to struggle this season, but as they showed on Sunday in beating Manchester United, they have a lot of quality. One difference to last season is the amount of goals they’ve scored – 10 already at a rate of two per game. Burnley are the opposite. They’ve put in some decent performances but have struggled to score. Watford can back up the United display with another victory.
Published: September 22, 2016 04:00 AM