John Newsome shares his thoughts, on this weekend’s upcoming Premier League fixtures.
Arsenal v Tottenham
This is the first Premier league game of the weekend and the first after the International break. Harry Kane and Dele Alli missed the games for England but should both be fit to play in this North London derby. Olivier Giroud injured himself in the France game so may not feature. This should be an high scoring game and with Arsenal at home, a score draw of 2 2 looks the most appealing bet. Lacazette should be looking for a recall to the starting line up after his goal against Man City last time out from the subs bench. Harry Kane will want to continue his fine form by scoring against Arsenal so include Lacazette and Kane in Anytime Scorer bets.
Result: Draw 2-2
Crystal Palace v Everton
Crystal Palace remain bottom of the Premier League with 4 points – 7 points behind Everton. Roy Hodgson will have worked on Palace’s defensive fragilities over the International Break and should be in a better place. Both teams have different managers from when the season started and David Unsworth will want to continue the improvement of Everton’s last game when they came from 2-0l down to beat Watford 3-2. That said, both teams should benefit from the break, using the time to work on their shapes. Don’t expect many goals in this game, with the outcome likely to be a draw.
Result: Draw 1-1
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West Brom v Chelsea
West Bromich Albion don’t score goals, it’s as simple as that. To be in with a chance of winning any game of football, you have to score goals. Their defence, under Tony Pulis is always going to be tight but once they concede, it is very difficult to see how they are going to get back into the game. James Mclean looks superb for the Republic of Ireland yet he cannot get into a poor West Brom side. Chelsea are back on track after an excellent tactical win against Manchester United and the likely outcome of this game is an away win, with goals from Morata and Hazard.
Result: Away win Chelsea win 0-2
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
It’s fair to say Huddersfield have been the surprise package in this seasons Premier League. Most people had them as odds on favourites to go down and as the season progresses, may be proved right. At the moment though Huddersfield are enjoying life and playing some very good football, which included a coupon busting win against Manchester United. To continue their fine season, they have to beat a below par Bournemouth side. Eddie Howe’s men are struggling just above the relegation places and Huddersfield can capitalise on Bournemouth’s poor form by beating them at The Vitality Stadium.
Result: Away win Huddersfield win 0-3
Liverpool v Southampton
At Anfield Liverpool are impressive – the stats show that Liverpool don’t concede goals at home, they score for fun too, home or away but the main point is that they don’t concede at home. Mane is key to Liverpool even though they rely heavily on Coutinho, Mane provides the energy and pace which is evident when he doesn’t play. Southampton are a solid hard working side but Liverpool have the quality, married with home advantage to comfortably win. Goals from Firminho, Salah and Mane should see an easy home win.
Result: Home win Liverpool 3-0
Leicester v Man City
Away win, simple as. Man City are currently unbeatable and whilst Leicester have steadily improved since the arrival of Claude Puyol, they don’t have the tools to stop rampant Citeh. Pep has developed a side which, whilst do concede goals, score for fun. ‘You score 2, we’ll score 5’ mentality. He has worked on a system which contradicts the general rules of defending. He keeps two players out on the wings knowing that the full backs on opposing side will automatically tuck in leaving the wide player for City to receive the ball in space, cross for Aguero, Jesus, and Sterling to tap in. When done at pace this is virtually unstoppable. Leicester can stop this by having their fullbacks stay out wide, but conventional rules on defending indicates Leicester will automatically refer to type and the fullbacks will tuck in. What it needs is a manager to be strong enough to ask the fullbacks to stay disciplined and not tuck in, however. Also, Leicester should man mark De Bruyne – sounds simple but this can negate City. Goals in this game, 1 for the home side and 4 for City.
Result: Away win Man City 1-4
Burnley v Swansea
Years ago there was a song when Arsenal played at Highbury ‘ONE NIL TO THE ARSENAL, ONE NIL TO THE ARSENAL’ well now, when Burnley play at Turf Moor its ‘ ONE NIL TO THE BURNLEY’ . Burnley are organised and tough to compete against especially at home, they rarely concede and often just nick a goal late on to take the 3 points. Swansea are struggling in the bottom 3 and have only managed 3 away goals all season so Burnley must be confident of obtaining all 3 points and extending their excellent start to this campaign.
Result: Home win Burnley 1-0
Manchester United v Newcastle
Remember Rafa Benitez infamous rant against Fergie and Manchester United whilst Liverpool boss? Two previous Real Madrid and Chelsea managers go head to head at Old Trafford. Manchester United will want to get their title race back on track after defeat to Chelsea last time out and playing at home should be more than a match for the United of Newcastle. Although Newcastle have made a solid start since gaining promotion as Champions, they simply haven’t got the players to trouble United. Benitez is too defensive and will try and stifle Manchester but the class of Lukaku, Rashford and Matic will shine through and Manchester should win easily in front of the cameras.
Result: Home win Manchester United 3-0
Watford v West Ham
This is the only game on Sunday and Watford have started well under the guidance of Marco Silva. This will be the first game for West Ham since the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of David Moyes. The West Ham owners have decided David Moyes is the answer to their relegation problems however stats show he has no real track record of saving teams. Whilst Moyes will organise the defence he is an negative manager and won’t provide Watford with any real threat unless Andy Carroll can get himself fit. With Carroll in the side West Ham are different team and unfortunately Bilic couldn’t use Andy as much as required. Watford should still be too strong for the Hammers so back an Home win.
Result: Home win Watford 2-0
Brighton v Stoke
Monday Night Football. The final game of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures see Brighton take on Stoke at the Amex. Brighton along with Newcastle and Huddersfield are holding their own quite comfortably in the Premier League, while Stoke are a perennial mid table team. Stoke concede goals both home and away so expect goals, in this encounter. Brighton don’t concede that many but don’t score that many either so this should be a home win.
Result: Home win Brighton 2-1