By Britwatch Team
- The Britwatch Football Team give their preview and predictions for the fourth weekend of the season
- Follow their progress throughout the season and see which writer takes up the Premier League Prediction cup
- Correct result gets one point, correct result and score gets three points.
The Premier League returns from the International break for the fourth installment of the new season, and once again the Britwatch Football team give their take on the weekend’s action.
||Actual Score||Neil (13)
|Man City 2-2 Liverpool
||Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool||Man City 2-2 Liverpool
|Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth
||Arsenal 3-0 AFC Bournemouth||Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
|Brighton 0-1 West Brom
||Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Bromwich Albion||Brighton 0-1 West Brom
|Everton 1-1 Tottenham
||Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur||Everton 1-2 Tottenham
|Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
||Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea||Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
|Southampton 1-0 Watford
||Southampton 0-2 Watford||Southampton 2-0 Watford
|Stoke 0-2 Man United
||Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United||Stoke 0-2 Man United|
|Burnley 2-1 Crystal Palace
||Burnley 2-0 Crystal Palace
|Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
||Swansea 1-0 Newcastle
|West Ham 1-1 Huddersfield
||West Ham 2-2 Huddersfield
Manchester City vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30)
Niall: This match has the makings off a thriller as both these sides have far better attacks than defences. But which frontline will prove more deadly?
Liverpool have a habit of turning up to big matches, and their last outing was no different. They battered Arsenal 4-0 before the International break, and had built up some nice momentum. City would have welcomed the break after two complicated games against Everton and Bournemouth, but this is a different sort of test.
It will likely be a high scoring game, but picking a winner is difficult. Therefore I will go down the middle and go for a 2-2 draw.
Prediction: Man City 2-2 Liverpool
Neil: Domestic hostilities resume with a bang after the international break on Saturday, as the Citizens entertain Liverpool, with both sides unbeaten and on seven points.
For the visitors, last fortnight’s 4-0 demolition of Arsenal will still be fresh in the minds and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a similar attacking display on the short trip along the M6. Having been held at home versus Everton, City will be wary of another Merseyside master-plan, however as both sides have goals in them, I am tipping a draw.
Prediction: Man City 2-2 Liverpool
Arsenal vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: A lot has been made of Arsenal’s transfer window, but the time for transfers has passed. Alexis Sanchez has stayed and there has not been any major additions since the 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
I expect the Gunners to overcome a Bournemouth side who have struggled thus far, but I do not think it will be a satisfying performance for the Arsenal faithful though.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth
Neil: With the transfer window now shut, Arsene Wenger will be keen to make a statement in response to their Anfield mauling two weeks ago, as a number of disgruntled employees return, most notably Sanchez .
The Cherries roll into North London with a point from three games and beginning to look a tad nervous at the foot of the league table. Whilst the Gunners shaky back line may well ship goals, the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should see Sead Kolasinac revert to his more natural wing-back role. For this reason, I am backing a home win.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Brom (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: Life in the Premier League has not started well for Brighton, but in front of their home fans they might be hoping they can get a result. West Brom have started well though and I expect them to be too organised and tough for this Brighton side to break down. Their danger from set pieces may be enough to grab a close 1-0 win.
Prediction: Brighton 0-1 West Brom
Neil: The Seagulls recorded their first Premier League point away to Watford in Matchweek Three, with a display that showed signs Chris Hughton’s men are finding their feet in the top-flight.
West Brom were denied keeping their 100% league record at home to Stoke City last time out. The Baggies continue to be a well-oiled machine this term and with several debutants on standby, the visitors look set to pitch tent with the aim of frustrating the hosts. Ultimately also, this could be a typical one-nil Tony Pulis victory.
Prediction: Brighton 0-1 West Brom
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: This weekend’s three o’clock kick offs are stacked with good matches, and this one might be the pick of the bunch. Both sides have European aspirations, but which one can take a step closer to that very goal?
Tottenham will be relieved to be playing away from Wembley after failing to win there in their last two outings. Everton have started the season well on the other-hand, but the recent news about Wayne Rooney will not do their confidence any favours.
I believe Tottenham will be a better away side this season, and that could make things awkward for Everton. However, the Toffees have amassed a good side and should avoid defeat if they play well.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Tottenham
Neil: The Toffees will be keen to bounce back versus a Spurs side who have yet to settle into their temporary Wembley home, with just a point from two outings. Spurs’ early-season form is patchy. With a win, a loss and a draw for their efforts thus far, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will look to get their domestic campaign back on track.
The hosts are a notoriously Jekyll and Hyde outfit at home and this weekend will be no different. With Everton struggling for goals, I am backing Spurs for the win, perhaps with Harry Kane getting on the board.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 Tottenham
Leicester City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: Chelsea have had a tough start to the season with Tottenham, Everton and now Leicester in their first four games, but after a loss to Burnley, the Blues look in form once again.
Leicester will of course be a threat on the counter attack with Jamie Vardy being the main outlet. But the loss of Danny Drinkwater and the uncertainty regarding Riyad Mahrez is a concern for the Foxes.
Chelsea’s defence is a tough one to break down, and their attack can be devastating when on form. Alvaro Morata has adapted well, and do not be shocked to see the Spaniard assist in another Chelsea win.
Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Neil: After their opening day defeat to Burnley, Chelsea appear to be back on track with two impressive league wins. There had been doubts over club-record signing Morata, but the Spaniard has converted his international form for the Blues, taking the Man of the Match versus Everton.
As champions of the last two seasons meet at the King Power, the barometer of evolution will be on show, with both teams knowing they are capable of greatness in attack but also lapses in defence. I can see goals for both sides and despite the uncertainty of the international break, I see the resurgence of Antonio Conte’s men continuing.
Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Southampton vs Watford (Saturday, 15:00)
Niall: This looks like a close game on paper as both sides look to be playing at a similar level at present. Marco Silva will undoubtedly set up his team to frustrate the Saints and pick up a narrow win, but at St.Mary’s Southampton hold the slight edge.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Watford
Neil: The Saints have carried many of last season traits into the current campaign, despite the changing of the guard, it would appear. The Hornets arrive at St. Marys’ unbeaten during Marco Silva’s first three games in charge at Vicarage Road. That however, may come to an end this Saturday.
Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Watford
Stoke City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30)
Niall: Man United have made a perfect start to the season, winning all three of their games in comfortable fashion, but a trip to Stoke is never an easy task, and it was the type of match they were drawing last year. The Potters have already upset Arsenal here, but Man United are a different animal. They are much more defensively sound than the Gunners and they have some extra firepower with Romelu Lukaku up top. It will not be an easy win for the Red Devils, but I think they will continue their perfect start to the season.
Prediction: Stoke 0-2 Man United
Neil: Stoke escaped with a point from their trip to The Hawthorns last time out and will be hoping for similar favour as leaders Manchester United bring their 100% record – having yet to concede a goal – to the Bet 365 Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Red Devils are in aptly red-hot form so far this term. 10 goals, nine points and three clean sheets are impressive stats even at this early stage of the season. In past season, the Potteries has been a difficult hunting ground for United, but even with five at the back, this weekend should be a manageable task for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Prediction: Stoke 0-2 Man United
Burnley vs Crystal Palace (Sunday, 13:30)
Niall: Crystal Palace have not made a good start to life under Frank de Boer and are winless so far in this campaign. Burnley on the other hand have beaten Chelsea already, and Turf Moor was a fortress for the Clarets last season. Combine these factors, and I think Sean Dyche will be a happy man Sunday evening.
Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Crystal Palace
Neil: Sean Dyche’s men have made a solid start to the season and as Crystal Palace arrive at Turf Moor on Sunday, the Tykes will fancy their chances of recording a second win of the campaign. Palace are in trouble in particular, their under-fire boss.
After only three games in the Eagles’ hot-seat, de Boer has the managerial axe dangling over his head, with reports suggesting a loss in Lancashire could be terminal for the Dutch manager. Mamadou Sakho will hope to reverse the visitors’ fortunes, but even that may not be enough to save his beleaguered boss.
Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea City vs Newcastle United (Sunday, 16:00)
Niall: It is too early to definitively say this, but this match could be a relegation six pointer. Both sides are tipped for that battle at the foot of the table, so three points here will be vital. Newcastle and Swansea both recorded their first wins of the season last time out so will be riding some confidence despite the International break. The Swans have the home advantage though, and they will be favourites for this match. It will be interesting to see what effect Renato Sanches has on the side too.
Prediction: Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
Neil: The Swans comfortably beat a hap-hazard Crystal Palace side last time out and Paul Clement will be hopeful his side can continue the scoring habit versus Newcastle United. After making a sensational deadline day move also, Bayern Munich loanee Sanches will be keen to show his new club what he has to offer.
After a transfer window of frustration for Rafa Benitez, survival for the Magpies looks to be a tough task. Jonjo Shelvey is set to return from a ban against his former club, which, despite his indiscipline will be key in the Newcastle engine room. Swansea’s home form will be key if they are to stay up this term and I am backing them to nick the win here.
Prediction: Swansea 1-0 Newcastle
West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town (Monday, 20:00)
Niall: Huddersfield could have hardly dreamed of a better start to Premier League life. The Terriers have yet to concede a goal and have recorded seven points on the board so far. West Ham have made a nightmare start. They lost their opening three games, including a 3-0 drubbing at Newcastle last time out.
I do not expect a complete flip of the switch, but I think the Hammers will do enough to get their first point on the board in a rather uninspiring draw.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Huddersfield
Neil: The Hammers this weekend finally play their first home game at the London Stadium, after it was used for the World Athletics Championships last month. The home comfort of Stratford will be a welcome one, but could again prove a poisoned chalice.
Had anyone said the Terriers would be in the top half of the table after three games – never mind unbeaten in their inaugural Premier League campaign – would have been a fanciful notion at best. A trip to East London will hold no fear for Huddersfield after their demolition in South London on the opening day and accordingly, I am tipping them to take a point away in a high-scoring draw.
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Huddersfield
The Premier League continues on September 9th
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