Saturday 23rd September 2017
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
This London derby is often difficult for Spurs to come away from with a positive result. In fact, the Hammers have recorded 14 wins over Spurs since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 – their highest amount of wins against a single opponent. Manuel Lanzini’s goal put an end to their faint title hopes last season and that will still be at the back of their minds.
Spurs are still yet to win at ‘home’ this season so they must attempt to take maximum points from away games. West Ham were poor in their first three games when they conceded 10 goals and scored none. However they have picked up four points from their last two games to get their season up and running.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 SpursEmbed from Getty Images
Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Both sides are on eight points (W2, D2,L1) heading into this game. The new season is only six weeks old but this is a meeting between teams who are currently sixth and seventh. Huddersfield have started their Premier League season well and if they are to survive, these are the sort of games they need to win.
The home side are without Tom Heaton who dislocated his shoulder in the win against Crystal Palace but Nick Pope has proved a more than capable deputy so far. Turf Moor is a notoriously difficult place to visit and I think Huddersfield will struggle to find a way past a well-drilled Burnley side.
Prediction: Burnley 2-0 HuddersfieldEmbed from Getty Images
Everton v Bournemouth
This is an important game for both sides. Everton find themselves in the bottom three with just four points from five games. Bournemouth are also in the bottom three after four consecutive defeats before victory over Brighton.
Despite spending £90m in the summer, Everton’s start to the season has been underwhelming. They have spent big but failed to replace Romelu Lukaku who scored 25 goals for them last season. To rub salt into the wounds, Lukaku scored in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Everton last weekend.
In Everton and Bournemouth’s four Premier League meetings, eight goals have been scored in the 80th minute or later so expect some late drama.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 BournemouthEmbed from Getty Images
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City have been absolutely ripping teams apart this season and Crystal Palace will be no exception. Pep Guardiola’s side are joint top of the Premier League and look like real title contenders. Their display against Watford was sensational and Sergio Aguero’s partnership upfront with Gabriel Jesus looks stronger with each passing week.
Crystal Palace on the other hand are rooted to the bottom of the table with no points from their first five matches. Frank de Boer was sacked as Palace manager after four games and replaced by Roy Hodgson. This is one of three very tough games for Palace. They face Man City, Man United and Chelsea in the next three weeks. There is a very real possibility that they could still be without any points after eight games.
Prediction: Man City 4-0 Crystal PalaceEmbed from Getty Images
Southampton v Manchester United
Manchester United are top of the league along with their biggest rivals Manchester City. They have been in unstoppable form and won three Premier League matches by a 4-0 scoreline.
Southampton have made a decent start to the season. They did excellent business in the summer including keeping Virgil van Dijk who handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Liverpool. The Dutchman is yet to start a match this season and could make his first start since January.
The Saints will pose a challenge for Jose Mourinho’s side, just like Stoke. Even though Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League home matches, Manchester United may not come away with all three points.
Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Man UnitedEmbed from Getty Images
Stoke City v Chelsea
Stoke have already got some good results against big clubs this season. They beat Arsenal 1-0 and drew 2-2 with Manchester United. Chelsea are currently third behind the two Manchester clubs. The Diego Costa saga is finally over with the striker returning to former club Atletico Madrid.
Stoke’s worst record in the Premier League is against Chelsea, they have lost 13 times to the Blues. However, even though Chelsea are the obvious favourites, Stoke are certainly not an easy team to face as they have already shown this season.
Prediction: Stoke 1-1 ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images
Swansea City v Watford
After their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Man City, Watford will be hoping to bounce back and put in a much better performance. Swansea held Spurs to a goalless draw at Wembley and will be the more confident of the two sides. Wilfred Bony could make his first Premier League start for Swansea since returning in the summer. Swansea have only beaten Watford once in their last five league meetings and I don’t expect that to change tomorrow.
Prediction: Swansea 1-2 WatfordEmbed from Getty Images
Leicester City v Liverpool
The quality Liverpool have up front is undeniable. The problem is their defence which seems to crumble far too easily under pressure. Liverpool’s defence frailties will continue to cost them until they are sorted out. It’s as simple as that. The other issue is that Liverpool are not ruthless enough. They should have been ahead in the first half against Leicester on Tuesday but they wasted chance after chance and ended up losing the match.
Jamie Vardy will give their shaky defence the run around and could score against Liverpool for the third consecutive Premier League match at the King Power Stadium. Leicester capitalised on Liverpool’s vulnerabilities when they knocked them out of the League Cup on Tuesday. There’s no reason why they can’t do it again just four days later.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 LiverpoolEmbed from Getty Images
Sunday 24th September 2017
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Newcastle pipped Brighton to the Championship title and even though the Seagulls insisted they were happy with promotion, that’s got to sting. Brighton boss Chris Houghton faces Newcastle for the first time in the the top-flight. He has not won any of his six league matches against his former club.
Newcastle are currently 4th after three straight wins while Brighton are 16th. I think Newcastle will just edge it in this game against the newly promoted sides. They were the only team to do the double over Brighton in the Championship last season. I think the Magpies have what it takes to beat them in the Premier League as well.
Prediction: Brighton 0-1 NewcastleEmbed from Getty Images
Monday 25th September 2017
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis’ side are a difficult side to face and their well-drilled defence will makes things difficult for Arsenal. Pulis will become the first manager to reach 100 Premier League games in charge of West Brom. However, the result is unlikely to add to the happy occasion. West Brom have lost nine away games at Arsenal in the Premier League, a joint high in the competition alongside away defeats to Chelsea.
Kieran Gibbs will face his former side for the first time since his summer move which will be strange as he spent 13 years at Arsenal, making 230 appearances.
There’s no doubt that West Brom will frustrate Arsenal for large periods of the game but Arsenal will have enough to overcome their opponents and make it eight wins out of nine at the Emirates.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 West BromEmbed from Getty Images