With fixture congestion likely to play a key role, over the forthcoming weeks, John Newsome runs the rule over the coming weekend’s Premier League matches.
WEST HAM v LEICESTER
This will beDavid Moyes’ first game at the London Stadium, since taking charge of the Hammers and both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats against Watford and Man City respectively. This looks a tight affair and although it’s a Friday night game, don’t expect many goals with Moyes working tirelessly on his defence and hoping to make it difficult for Leicester to score. Leicester usually score away from home, but with a boosted defence West Ham can get a low score draw.
SWANSEA v BOURNEMOUTH
Swansea will want to bounce back, after defeat to Burnley. Bournemouth are coming off an all important victory against Huddersfield last time out and were down to 10 men for all of the second half against Huddersfield. Swansea are struggling at The Liberty Stadium and do concede at home, but Bournemouth are also finding it tough this season. However, they have performed better away from The Vitality Stadium so a score draw looks the result.
MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON
This is the first fixture between these two teams since an FA Cup game in 1993 and the first in the top flight since 1983, the same year Manchester played Brighton in the FA Cup Final going to a replay after the first game finished 2-2. Manchester won the replay 4-0 (played unusually at the time on a Thursday night). Although Brighton have started the season well, they shouldn’t be a match for United at Old Trafford. Mourinho’s men have only conceded 1 goal at home in the Premier League, while Brighton have let in 6 already away from home. Therefore, the result to back is a home win but not by many goals.
Home Win Manchester United 2-0
TOTTENHAM v WEST BROM
Home win, simple as that. Tottenham have got the hang of playing at Wembley now, so should see off a poor West Bromwich Albion side reeling from losing emphatically to Chelsea last time out. West Brom don’t score much, especially away from The Hawthorns, so a home win is the only logical outcome. Kane didn’t look 100% fit against Arsenal and should be rested for the midweek Champions League game. He could come back rested to score a hat-trick, against a weak-looking team.
Home Win Tottenham 4-0
NEWCASTLE v WATFORD
Newcastle have performed better at St James Park than away from home, obtaining 10 of their 14 Premier League Points there and like most teams score more goals at home. They will want to get back on track, after a heavy defeat to Manchester United last time out. Watford do score but concede plenty of goals as well, so this should be a high scoring game resulting in the points going to Newcastle.
Home Win Newcastle 3-2
CRYSTAL PALACE v STOKE
Anything could happen in this game, but it could well be like watching paint dry. Roy Hodgson has had plenty of time to work with Crystal Palace and should be looking to get all 3 points, after drawing against Everton last time out. Stoke are away for the second game in a row and regularly concede goals, so a home win is the logical outcome.
Home Win Crystal Palace 2-0
LIVERPOOL v CHELSEA
What a cracker of a game to bring to a close Saturdays Premier League games live on TV! Both teams are coming off the back of good wins and games against each other are usually high scoring. It’s nearly 10 years ago since there was a -.0 between these two teams. Chelsea are a good strong side but not the same as the Champion winning team of last season and with Liverpool scoring plenty at Anfield, the pace of Mane and Saleh should lead to plenty of goals in a home win.
Home Win Liverpool 3-2
SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON
Southampton must respond to the loss against Liverpool last time out and do score at home. They are also pretty tight in defence. Everton concede a lot of goals home and away. With the Merseyside club having just played in Europe (and they are still without a permanent manager) the result is likely to be a home win with both teams scoring.
Home Win Southampton 2-1
BURNLEY v ARSENAL
‘ONE NIL TO THE BURNLEY, ONE NIL TO THE BURNLEY’ should be the cry, once again although Arsenal had a good home win against Tottenham and appear to be the stronger team. Burnley are currently on the same points as Arsenal in the league and with Arsenal coming from a Thursday night game in Europe, should win this fixture 1-0. Arsenal will find this trip to Turf Moor very tough. Burnley are a good strong side who don’t concede many goals and Arsenal struggle away from the Emirates, so a narrow home win is the logical outcome.
Home Win Burnley 1-0
HUDDERSFIELD v MAN CITY
The final Premier League game of the weekend sees Huddersfield Town take on the ‘High Flying Birds’. Even though Huddersfield beat Man United at The John Smiths Stadium, City are a different proposition and score for fun both at the Etihad and away. They are the overall leading scorers in the division and the leading away scorers too so an away win with plenty of goals seems the likely outcome. Huddersfield do concede at home and may get a goal, but City will get a lot more.
Away Win Man City 1-5
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