John Newsome previews this weekend’s Premier League games. Can Arsene Wenger get one over, on his old and bitter rival?
CHELSEA v NEWCASTLE
Home win, as Chelsea will be way too strong for Newcastle – even though Newcastle came from 2-0 behind to earn a respectable draw against West Brom last time out as Chelsea are a different proposition at home. The Lions beat a poor Swansea side by a single goal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and with home advantage again, will get all 3 points.
Home Win 3-0
BRIGHTON v LIVERPOOL
Brighton played out a stale 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at The Amex on Tuesday night and are again at home against a rampant Liverpool side who attack for fun, coming off the back of an away win at Stoke 24 hours later. With the fixtures coming thick and fast its a case of who will be fit and available to play, but if Mane, Salah and Coutinho are playing, Liverpool will beat Brighton, not by too many goals, but they will get the result.
Away Win 1-3
EVERTON v HUDDERSFIELD
Everton have struggled this season and interim manager David Unsworth was reluctant to pick Wayne Rooney, but brought him back with emphatic results on Wednesday. Rooney scored a hat-trick in a good home win against West Ham, the third being up there with one of his best goals ever. What do they say, ‘ form is temporary, class is permanent’? Everton have a new permanent manager now in Sam Allardyce and will be more organised and structured. Huddersfield are not as good away from home and this is their second away trip of the week. After losing their last two games against Man City and heavily at Arsenal, a third defeat in a row looks on the cards.
Home Win 3-0
LEICESTER v BURNLEY
Leicester got the result against Tottenham on Tuesday night and again should get all 3 points against a good solid Burnley side. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scored in that win and with the arrival of Claude Puel, Leicester are finding a bit of form especially at The Kingpower Stadium. Burnley are exceeding all expectations this season and are coming off the back of a good away win against Bournemouth, but with Leicester having an extra day to recover, this should be a step too far for Burnley.
Home Win 2-0
STOKE v SWANSEA
Stoke lost to Liverpool on Wednesday night and will want to bounce back and give their own fans something to cheer. This game gives them the perfect opportunity as Swansea are struggling with confidence after yet another defeat to a good Chelsea team last time out. There won’t be many goals as both teams are struggling at the moment so expect a low scoring home win.
Home Win 2-0
WATFORD v TOTTENHAM
Tottenham have hit a sticky patch at the moment, losing two out of their last three games, and only drawing the third, so something needs to change if they want to get back winning. However, this doesn’t appear to be that game, as Watford are a good strong side especially at Vicarage Road. They lost on Tuesday to Manchester United but did show spirit to score 2 goals. Tottenham need their top players to start to perform and fast. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen appear to have gone off the boil and this as culminated in Tottenham’s poor form.
Home Win 3-1
WEST BROM v CRYSTAL PALACE
West Brom have just appointed Alan Pardew as their new manager but have coped well in the interim games after Tony Pulis was sacked. Pulis had them organised but was negative, all Pardew has to do is get West Brom attacking and this should be a fairly easy transition. Crystal Palace have improved under Roy Hodgson who managed West Brom before his ill-fated England stint. Pardew won’t want to lose his first game so expect a low scoring draw.
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER UNITED
Clashes between Arsenal and Manchester United are among the most anticipated in the Premier League but Arsene Wenger will have to overcome a dreadful head to head record with rival Jose Mourinho, if the Gunners are to keep up with United on Saturday. Arsenal are better at The Emirates, but after easily beating Huddersfield here on Wednesday night United will be a different proposition. This is United’s second away trip to London in a row and the second game in a row in front of the BT cameras. After defeating Watford on Tuesday night but that game gives them an extra 24 hours to recover. A close game is forecast with not many goals.
BOURNEMOUTH v SOUTHAMPTON
Sunday football. This south coast derby sees two teams who both played Wednesday night, but have an extra day to recover. Southampton are coming off the back of a win and a loss. After hammering Everton last Sunday at St.Marys, they then lost to a last minute goal away to Man City on Wednesday night. The same night, Bournemouth lost to a strong Burnley side and are struggling at The Liberty. Both teams do score and concede, so Bournemouth can get a draw.
MAN CITY v WEST HAM
The final game of a busy ten days of Premier League fixtures sees the unbeaten City take on West Ham at the Etihad in front of the Sky cameras. City scraped a last-minute winner against Southampton, on Wednesday night, after a somewhat lucky win against Huddersfield. They seem to have slowed down in the goal scoring department and they do concede, especially from set pieces, but will outscore West Ham who were hammered by Everton on Wednesday. David Moyes is still waiting for his first win as ‘Hammers’ manager, but this won’t be his day.
Home Win 4-1
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