City face goal-shy Southampton at The Etihad Stadium, while Liverpool travel to Arsenal in the weekend’s big fixture. If Arsenal were to win, the blues will find themselves at least two points clear at the top of the Premier League table come Sunday night. But will it pan out like that or will Liverpool put a dampner on it? And how will my predictions hold up this week? Let’s take a look.
Bournemouth v Man Utd
In years gone by, this match would have been a dead cert United win. But this is the present day, unpredictable United who are good one week, atrocious the next. Which will turn up at Bournemouth? The Cherries are enjoying life in the top half of the table and are only one point off the top five. They scored a 3-0 win at Fulham last time out while United scraped past Everton. I’m predicting a scrappy game but one that will end in a Bournemouth win.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd
Cardiff City v Leicester City
This will be an emotional match for the visitors after last week horrific helicopter tragedy after their home game against West Ham. Cardiff were hammered 4-1 at Liverpool and still only have one win to their name this season. It remains to be seen how Leicester players will react and they will want to win in memory of the chairman who gave so much to the club, and I think they will do it and do it in style.
Prediction: Cardiff City 1-4 Leicester City
Everton v Brighton
Everton narrowly lost at Old Trafford last weekend after winning their previous three matches after a tough start to the season. Brighton beat surprise package Wolves 1-0 to record their third straight win and are only one point behind the Toffees. I think this one will end in a draw.
Everton 1-1 Brighton
Newcastle v Watford
Poor Newcastle still can’t get a win, and if they don’t do it soon, it goes without saying that their relegation fight will be so much harder. When City failed to win any of their opening ten games of the 95/96 season, the blues went down and it will be a similar fate for the Toon unless they start winning. Watford are still flying high, winning their last two after losing the previous two and are busy chasing Bournemouth again for a place in the top six. Will they get it? I think so.
Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Watford
West ham v Burnley
This match last season sparked demonstrations from the home supporters, but there won’t be similar scenes this time. Not yet anyway. The Hammers are only three points clear of the relegation zone and if things don’t go right for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, they could find themselves close to or in the danger area. Burnley are in the same position and are only below the Hammers on goal difference. Like West Ham, they haven’t won in three matches and something has to happen soon for both teams or they’ll be fighting each other to stay in the Premier League. I think it will be West Ham’s day
Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Burnley
Arsenal v Liverpool
Arsenal’s winning streak came to an end at Crystal Palace last week and face a Liverpool side who fancy challenging City for the title. Arsenal’s new manager seems to have worked out how to get the best out of his players, and while it may not be this season, he could turn them into title challengers in the next couple of years. Liverpool beat Cardiff handsomely to temporarily take top spot, but face a difficult match at the rejuvenated Gunners. I’m predicting a first defeat to the Anfield outfit.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool
Wolves v Spurs
Wolves lost their second consecutive game at Brighton and are showing signs that their early season form was only temporary. They are the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top ten and even Fulham, who sit in 18th place, have scored more. Spurs were out of ideas against City on Monday and looked a little toothless. Although they did attack more towards the end of the match, in truth they never looked like scoring. Spurs seem to be happier on the road and I think this will be a comfortable win for them.
Prediction: Wolves 0-3 Spurs
City v Southampton
As the head to head statistics show, City are unbeaten against the Saints in eight matches, but have only kept one clean sheet. However, Saints can’t buy a goal at the moment, scoring just six goals in ten matches and haven’t scored since a 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth on 17th September. That run will have to end sometime, but not on Sunday.
Prediction: City 4-0 Southampton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Chelsea hammered Burnley last week and Maurizio Sarri’s men are so far looking like they could be a threat to City’s crown. However, they have faced Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd this season, and while they haven’t lost, they have only beaten the Gunners, and that was narrowly. They have also only won two out of their last five, which isn’t really the form of potential champions. Palace ended Arsenal’s winning streak last weekend but haven’t won in the league since 15th September. With matches against Spurs and United coming up, they will not be looking forward to November and I don’t see them starting it well either.
Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
Huddersfield v Fulham
Bottom club Huddersfield could really do with getting three points and they probably won’t get a better chance in November, with West Ham visiting before a trip to Wolves. The Terriers are yet to win this season and the longer it goes on, the more likely it is that their stay in the Premier League will end. Fulham are also desperate for the points to move out of the relegation zone and have lost the last four, making this an early six pointer that I think Town will win.
Huddersfield 2-0 Fulham
Okay it’s that time where I see how my predictions last week went, so here goes.
Score My Prediction
Brighton v Wolves 1-0 1-0 Bang on – great start
Fulham v Bournemouth 0-3 1-2 Three goals, right result, wrong score
Liverpool v Cardiff 4-1 0-0 T’was a dream that didn’t happen
Southampton v Newcastle 0-0 0-1 Should have expected 0-0 really
Watford v Huddersfield 3-0 3-0 Bang on again – two spot on
Leicester v West Ham 1-1 0-1 Right until the last minute I was right
Burnley v Chelsea 0-4 1-3 Four goals, right result, wrong score x 2
Crystal Palace v Arsenal 2-2 2-0 At least I got the 2 for Palace
Man Utd v Everton 2-1 1-1 Almost.
Spurs v City 0-1 0-2 Oh for better finishing
Two spot on but so close with others. Never mind, try again this week.