By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Monday night in game of the week
- Fulham looking to arrest a worrying run of form at home to AFC Bournemouth
- Unbeaten Chelsea travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Sunday
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – It’s another blockbuster fixture on the menu for Gameweek 10, as Tottenham Hotspur entertain Manchester City in game of the week.
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Game of the week: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City (Monday, 20:00)
Niall: Monday Night Football returns with a corker from Wembley Stadium as Tottenham face Manchester City in a top of the table clash. It has been a weird start for Spurs. Despite it being statistically their best start to a Premier League season, the performances have not been up to par. Many of their key players are yet to show their best with Lucas Moura being their only real shining light so far. Despite that, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have ground out results in the Premier League, even if their European adventure has failed to go to plan.
Manchester City have been ominous despite not having their best player available for the start of the season. Kevin De Bruyne is now back and that makes an already great side an even more frightening prospect. City are still top without him, but it must be noted Tottenham are only two points behind as it stands.
The Citizens ran out easy winners in this fixture last season and it is difficult to see anything different this time around. Tottenham have the capabilities to cause the champions problems as they can press high and have quality up top, but form is against them and City seem to like playing at Wembley.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Manchester City
Neil: This fixture on the Premier League calendar is always one that stands out and there have been few games that have truly disappointed in recent years between these two sides.
Whilst the visitors continue to go from strength to strength however, Spurs’ levels of consistency continue to fluctuate, underlined by their 2-2 midweek UEFA Champions League draw against PSV Eindhoven, which all but ends any hopes of a place in the knockout stages this season.
The hosts somehow left the London Stadium with three points against West Ham United, but will need more than divine intervention to get anything out of this one.
As the wranglings off the field over delays to the opening of their new stadium continue, discontent is perhaps beginning to spill onto it. Indeed, I can only see one winner here in City, but we should be in for more goals .
Prediction: Tottenham Hotpsur 1-3 Manchester City
Neil’s One to watch: Fulham vs. AFC Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00)
Before the season began, I was confident that Fulham could well impress on their return to the top flight – well away from any possibility of an immediate return to the Championship.
Whilst I still feel the Cottagers will be okay, their defensive problems are causing a real issue for boss Slavisa Jokanovic having now conceded 26 goals in just nine games. Something must change at the back.
Unfortunately for the hosts, that will unlikely come this weekend, as sixth-place Bournemouth roll up to Craven Cottage. There may be a chink of light for Jokanovic however, in the knowledge that the Cherries have drawn a blank in their last two outings.
The problem for Fulham is, due to their expansive style of play Eddie Howe‘s men are likely to thrive in west London and the speed of Callum Wilson, Josh King and Ryan Fraser will in my view subject the hosts to another loss.
Prediction: Fulham 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
Niall’s One to watch: Burnley vs. Chelsea (Sunday, 13:30)
My one to watch this week sees two sides at opposite ends of the table competing in a clash of styles at Turf Moor. Burnley performed something close to a miracle to qualify for Europe last season, but their start to this campaign has left them fighting in the relegation battle. It has been a difficult start of the Clarets who are struggling at the back more than last season, but they still sit three points above the relegation zone.
Chelsea made a fying start to the season, but back to back draws have seen them fall behind the front two. However, the ease in which they have adapted to Maurizio Sarri’s style has defied expectations, and the Blues are seen as genuine title contenders this year.
It is a classic clash of styles as the defensive Burnley face the fluid attacking Chelsea. Sean Dyche’s men are notoriously difficult to break down at home and they can be a danger going forward. That is what makes this game interesting as a 1-0 win for the home side is a very possible scenario.
The match will likely see Chelsea lay siege to the Burnley back line whilst the Clarets look to make the most of the opportunities going forward. Eden Hazard is a likely absentee with a back injury which makes an upset possible, but the odds are with a Chelsea win on this one.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Chelsea
Premier League Gameweek 10 Game of the week takes place at Wembley Stadium as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City on Monday night
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