Premier League Predictions - Week 6
Fulham v Watford
The first game of the weekend sees newly promoted Fulham host the Hornets. Fulham have only won one out of the last four in the Premier League. Fulham’s way of playing is courageous but can be their own downfall as they found against City. Watford have been fantastic this season, suffering their first defeat to Man Utd last weekend. The last time these two teams met it was a 0-0 draw in January 2007. I expect to see goals today.
Burnley v Bournemouth
Burnley have been poor so far this season, Sean Dyche’s men have not performed well. I can only see one winner today and its Bournemouth. The last two previous results are in Bournemouth’s favour as the away team has won the match 2-1.
Cardiff v Man City
Cardiff are one of the teams I said would be relegated this season. I like Neil Warnock, but they are not good enough yet for this league. Man City will want to bounce back to the defeat to Lyon, although they seem to missing Kevin De Bruyne, this shouldn’t be a difficult match for Pep and his stars.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Zaha was the star of the show last week, Huddersfield were unlucky not to come away with something against Palace but they hung on for the 3 points. Rafa’s men have had a tough set of fixtures, Chelsea, City & Arsenal. These are the type of games that Newcastle need to be getting something out of, if they want to be staying up this season. However, I can only see one team winning this.
Leicester v Huddersfield
This same fixture last season, Leicester were comfortable winners and I can’t see any different today. James Maddison has been fantastic addition to the Leicester team and he has the potential for real star quality. Along with Cardiff, Huddersfield are going to struggle this season.
Liverpool v Southampton
Liverpool have had a fantastic start to this season and the win against PSG underlying this. The way they are playing, they will be a threat to City’s title defence. The concern for most teams is that they are not probably at playing at 100% just yet, Salah can still improve and players to settle into the system such as Keita. Mark Hughes, for me, is probably one of the early contenders to be sacked this season. They crumbled at home to Brighton in the second half, whether that’s lack of confidence or fitness I’m not sure.
Man Utd v Wolves
United seem to have a turned a corner since the Spurs defeat, with 3 back to back wins away from home. This will be a tough test and it seems as though every match is a must win. As other contenders have a winnable game on paper. The only concern I have is, who is going to score, Lukaku doesn’t like the goal threat he was last season. Wolves have been a joy to watch and achieved a great result against City a few weeks back. They could of won by 3 or 4 against Burnley last week, but they are only a point behind United. The last time these two met in the EPL in 2011, United ran out winners 4-1, don’t see that happening again.
Brighton v Spurs
The late game on Saturday see’s Brighton coming off a great comeback against Southampton and could have won it. A win for Brighton would put them one point behind Spurs. Out of the last 4 games, there has been only one defeat in their last four matches which was to the undefeated Liverpool. Spurs need to turn this rotten form around, 3 defeats on the bounce, 2 in the Premier League & 1 in the Champions League. Spurs have enough quality to come through this bad patch but another defeat could put them 9 points behind Liverpool who kick off at 3pm.
West Ham v Chelsea
West Ham achieved a great result against Everton last week and it could be a catalyst to go on a run of form, after this game. They have lost their last two home games and come up against a Chelsea side who have 100% record this season. Sarri could be only the 3rd manager to win their first 6 games of the Premier League season. Eden Hazard was fantastic last week, along with Giroud. I’m tipping Chelsea to come through this match unscathed.
Arsenal v Everton
Unai Emery is now showing his quality with his Arsenal team, three wins on the bounce after a difficult start. The last two games against Everton, Arsenal have scored 10 goals conceding 3. The only concern I have is that Emery doesn’t have all the top quality he requires to play the system he wants. Everton suffered a tough defeat to West Ham with a number of individual errors starting from Pickford through the team.