By Britwatch Team
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After a successful mid-week in Europe for the Premier League sides, we return to domestic action for match-week five. Here are our writers’ thoughts and predictions for the weekend.
||Actual Score||Neil (19)
|Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton||Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion||Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton|
|Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton||Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton||Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton|
|Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester||Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City||Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester|
|Liverpool 1-1 Burnley||Liverpool 1-1 Burnley||Liverpool 3-1 Burnley|
|Newcastle 1-1 Stoke||Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City||Newcastle 2-1 Stoke|
|Watford 0-2 Man City||Watford 0-6 Manchester City||Watford 1-3 Man City|
|West Brom 1-0 West Ham||West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham United||West Brom 1-2 West Ham|
|Tottenham 3-0 Swansea||Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City||Tottenham 4-0 Swansea|
|Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea||Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal||Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea|
|Man United 2-0 Everton||Manchester United 4-0 Everton||Man United 2-2 Everton|
Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Friday, 20:00)
Niall: Friday night football is back with Brighton’s trip to Bournemouth being the featured match that evening. The Seagulls are fresh off their first Premier League win, whilst Bournemouth are yet to register a single point this campaign.
It will not be long before the Cherries do though and I believe it will be this match. Brighton were very good last week in beating West Brom, but that was at home and away days can often be a different story.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton
Neil: Premier League actions gets off to an early start this weekend, as The Cherries host Brighton at the Vitality Stadium on Friday. Eddie Howe’s men are still without a point and as this clash approaches, the need to get going is becoming desperate for Bournemouth.
The Seagulls, having recorded their first win last time out will be buoyed as Chris Hughton’s men travel across the south coast to Dorset. The performance of summer signing Pascal Gross’ was the highlight of Brighton’s 3-1 win versus West Brom and the German will be keen to bring that form to Dean Court. Bournemouth will be growing increasingly nervy at their position in the table and I am however, backing them to get off the mark on Friday.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton
Crystal Palace vs Southampton (Saturday, 12:30)
Niall: The Frank de Boer era lasted only five games at Crystal Palace, and it looks like the Roy Hodgson era is about to begin at Selhurst Park.
Palace are point-less so far and have struggled adapting to de Boer’s style. Often when a manager gets sacked, you see a slight surge from the team the following game, that could be the case here. Southampton have not looked great thus far and are a good opponent for a side desperately needing a win.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Neil: Despite an improved performance by Crystal Palace last Sunday, the sacking of de Boer less than 24 hours later came as no surprise with the club rock bottom of the league, having broken an unwanted 94- year record as the first top-fight side to lose all four opening games.
As they entertain the Saints, the visitors’ issues are more in attack having registered just a single shot last weekend in their loss to the impressive Watford. Hodgson tends to make an immediate impact with inherited sides and despite Southampton’s defensive nouse, I expect Palace to get off the mark on Saturday.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton
Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: Huddersfield’s fairy-tale start to Premier League life is over after they were beaten 2-0 at West Ham on Monday, but they are now back in front of their home fans looking to bounce back.
Leicester are arguably Huddersfield’s toughest match to date. The Foxes are explosive on the counter and have goals in them. If there is an argument again Huddersfield, it is their lack of attacking creativity and that could cost them here.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester
Neil: After 342 minutes without conceding a league goal, Huddersfield were exposed to the cruel nature of the top-flight football following Pedro Obiang’s hugely fortunate deflected effort at the London Stadium on Monday night versus West Ham. David Wagner’s task now is test out his side’s bounce-back-ability as the Terriers host Leicester.
The Foxes fell to a narrow defeat at home to Chelsea last weekend, with Craig Shakespeare’s men having left off from last season’s free-flowing side, but having work to do in defence still. This will be a vital game for both sides; a win for hosts will fire up the cylinders again, whilst a loss will begin to place doubt in the mind ahead of a tough run of fixtures. Unfortunately for the Terriers, I can see that happening.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester
Liverpool vs Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: After their 5-0 thrashing at Man City last weekend, Liverpool return home to face a Burnley side they have had problems with in the past.
This is a match that the Reds have struggled with in recent years. With their confidence low after failing to get anything at City and drawing at home to Sevilla in mid-week, Jurgen Klopp’s side could be in danger of dropping points.
Burnley will set up to be tough to break down and frustrate Liverpool whilst looking to exploit their weak defence. Liverpool have tons of firepower, but they will struggle for space against a well organised Burnley side. I can see the Clarets getting a good result here.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Neil: Sevilla’s late equaliser Wednesday night was further evidence of Liverpool’s inability to close games out. As Burnley roll up to Anfield, Klopp will be keen to avoid a repeat performance against the Tykes. The Reds will be without Sadio Mane for the first of two league outings, and given the stats when the Senegalese forward is absent, Liverpool will be approaching this contest anxiously.
Sean Dyche’s men are unbeaten on the road in two trips to London, but their record on Merseyside is not a pretty one. Chris Wood is likely to lead the line again and will be looking to keep his a goal a game record for this new club in tact. Whilst the Kiwi striker may keep that going, I cannot see the visitors keeping their unbeaten one.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Burnley
Newcastle United vs Stoke City (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: Newcastle are firmly back into the Premier League groove after back to back wins, and they will fancy their chances to make it three in a row against Stoke. The Potters did well to earn a draw against Man United, but their away form is questionable.
Having said that, they have more quality than Newcastle and if they perform to their standard they should grab a draw at least.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Stoke
Neil: The Magpies have now won back to back games after a rocky start on their return to the Premier League, showing the sort of defensive solidity that could go a long way to staying up.
Stoke are proving a tough nut to crack at home once more but are still unpredictable on their travels. Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will be on a high after his brace versus Manchester United, but a similar showing will be tough at St. James’ Park. The Potters have goals in them, however this weekend might be tricky for Stoke to take anything back to Staffordshire.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
Watford vs Manchester City (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: Watford have started the season strongly having not lost a game thus far, but they are up against a Man City side who have netted nine goals in their last two matches.
It is a question of how Marco Silva’s side handle the devastating front line of the Citizens. The Portuguese man is a good manager and sets his side up well, but it is unlikely his side have enough quality to keep City out. I don’t expect a thrashing, but I expect a fairly comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Prediction: Watford 0-2 Man City
Neil: The Hornets have confounded many of their doubters with their early season form and after four games sit in fourth spot, unbeaten to boot. Boss Silva is largely responsible for Watford’s newly-born team unity and commitment, adding goals from across the park to last season’s stubborn back line.
That will come under intense scrutiny this Saturday, as Manchester City visit Vicarage Road. In their last 180 minutes, Guardiola’s men have scored nine times without conceding a goal, but that ‘zero’ may change this weekend. Whilst I can see the hosts finding the net, I cannot foresee them stopping the Citizen juggernaut that is steadily picking up steam.
Prediction: Watford 1-3 Man City
West Brom vs West Ham United (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: West Brom suffered their first defeat of the season last week whilst West Ham earned their first win last time out.
Both sides are expected to be in the middle of the pack come the end of the season, but the fact is, the Baggies are very difficult to beat at the Hawthorns. It is not the prettiest style that Tony Pulis deploys, but it is effective. I believe West Brom might edge this one with another goal from a set piece.
Prediction: West Brom 1-0 West Ham
Neil: The Baggies will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s opening loss of the campaign at Brighton, in what was an out-of-sorts showing. Slaven Bilic’s men will be seeking to throw a spanner in the works themselves, after West Ham’s 2-0 win versus Huddersfield.
The Hammers have a habit of springing surprises on the road and this year could be no exception. With Andy Carroll’s return to fitness, the towering Geordie’s presence will cause havoc for the hosts, and with Javier Hernandez on hand, I can see the little Mexican adding to his so far paltry goal tally.
Prediction: West Brom 1-2 West Ham
Tottenham Hostpur vs Swansea City (Saturday, 17:30)
Niall: Tottenham’s Wembley curse might have been lifted as they impressed with a 3-1 win over Dortmund in midweek. Swansea are a much different sort of test however, how will Spurs respond?
It is likely the Welsh club will set up more defensively than the Germans. Tottenham were effective on the counter against Dortmund, but it is unlikely they will have many opportunities like that against Swansea.
Having said that I think they will still win. Harry Kane is now in full goal-scoring mode and I doubt Swansea have enough going forward to trouble Spurs.
Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Swansea
Neil: Having won just their second game at Wembley on Wednesday night, a home clash with the Swans looks a home banker for Spurs. Especially in the light of the end of August signalling the return of the prolific Kane. Yet, and despite their dismantling of Everton last time out doubts remain over Mauricio Pochettino’s men in their temporary home.
Swansea lacked bite in the loss to the Magpies last Sunday and will be hoping Wilfried Bony is able to take part for longer than 20 minutes in North London, with the Ivorian working on a return to full fitness. Debutant Renato Sanches looked woefully short of confidence at the Liberty but a trip to the famous Wembley arch may be just the tonic for the Portuguese midfielder. That may be the case, but it will not stop Paul Clement’s men taking a heavy defeat.
Prediction: Tottenham 4-0 Swansea
Arsenal vs Chelsea (Sunday, 13:30)
Niall: This is the biggest fixture of the weekend and it will surely be the most hotly contested between two London rivals.
Much has been made of Arsenal’s decline over the last two years, but the Gunners are coming in off an impressive performance against Bournemouth. Chelsea have traditionally been a thorn in their side though and have come into form themselves after a slow start.
The Blues have more quality at the back and I think that will be the difference. Chelsea have enough going forward to break Arsenal down, especially with the return of Eden Hazard to the squad.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Neil: Sunday sees one of the biggest fixtures on the calendar, as Chelsea host the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. West London has been far from a happy hunting ground for Arsene Wenger’s men in recent years, and given Hazard could make his first start this season, the visitors could be in for more torture this weekend.
Arsenal recorded a confidence-boosting win at home to struggling Bournemouth in their last outing, but that will count for nothing if Wenger should oversee another drubbing against a top four rival. The Gunners do still have firepower aplenty however and should the visitors name the same side as last weekend – which they should – they could spring a surprise at the Bridge. As it is I am backing a draw.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
Manchester United vs Everton (Sunday, 16:00)
Niall: This is a match of returns as Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku face their former clubs on Sunday. But which will be more effective?
United sit top of the League and have not tasted defeat in this campaign. They drew last time out against Stoke though, conceding their first two goals in the process. Everton are way out of form at the moment, they lost 3-0 to Spurs and were defeated by Atalanta in the Europa League.
Despite that I doubt it will be an easy match for United. Everton did well at stifling Man City, but that was when their confidence was higher. Right now I side with a comfortable, but not easy United win.
Prediction: Man United 2-0 Everton
Neil: Having lost their 100% record, Jose Mourinho’s men will seek to bounce back versus Everton in a game with multiple narratives. Both Rooney and Lukaku line-up against their former employers, with the former set to receive a warm welcome back to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have been dealt a hammer blow with the news Paul Pogba will miss up to six weeks of action after tearing his hamstring, with the task now of how to replace the mercurial Frenchman. It is perhaps written in the stars that Rooney will score, and given the showing of Ronald Koeman’s men on the opposite side of Manchester a few weeks ago, we could see a similar score-line this time around.
Prediction: Man United 1-1 Everton
This week’s Premier League action begins on Friday, at 8pm.
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