Ryan Liberty is back with his Premier League predictions, but who is he backing this weekend?
United host Arsenal in a much-anticipated Monday night clash whilst we get the taste buds ready when City travel to Everton, Leicester host the Magpies and Liverpool get the round started when they face Sheffield United.
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Sheffield United v Liverpool
Sheffield United got a fantastic result at Goodison Park last weekend, but I highly doubt they will be able to cause another upset on Merseyside. Chris Wilder’s side might pose a threat at set-pieces, but I can’t see how they keep the Red’s out of their own goal.
Liverpool are on a roll and look to continually be making a strong claim to be crowned champions. They don’t seem to be as defensively convincing this season, but lady luck seems to be favouring Klopp’s men at the moment anyway.
Prediction: 0 – 3
Aston Villa v Burnley
This will be a tough game for Villa, I think they were a touch unlucky against Arsenal, but they were their own worst enemy in that game. Burnley easily disposed of Norwich last time out, but I find it difficult to back the Clarets, they blow hot and cold and you really aren’t sure which Burnley side will show up.
I think Villa couldn’t believe the situation they were in against Arsenal and couldn’t see it out, I think they’ll be a lot more composed against a very ordinary Burnley side. Villa to edge it for me.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Bournemouth v West Ham
Both of these two sides were knocked-out of the Caraboa Cup in midweek, but you can’t really read too much into that. If you look at their league form, they both came away with impressive victories against Southampton and United respectively.
There isn’t much separating these sides so far this season in my opinion, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go either way but I’ll side with Eddie Howe’s men playing on their home patch.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Chelsea v Brighton
I was quite impressed with Chelsea despite them being beaten by Liverpool, I honestly think a fair result in that game would have been 2-2 but sometimes a team just has the bounce of the ball or the call of the ref as they say – don’t they?
I think Brighton will look to play and open the game up which suits Chelsea, they have defensive frailty but not at a point so as to be exploited by the travelling Seagulls.
Prediction: 3 – 1
C Palace v Norwich
Goals are – believe it or not – the issue for Palace at the moment, just don’t have creative moment in front of goal nor look to be a very expressive outfit this season. Norwich will stick to their guns and look to attack Palace, but I think the shape and structure of a classic Roy Hodgson side will see the Eagles grind out a victory.
Norwich have conceded more goals than any other side so far this season – well ignoring Watford and their hiding last week against City – so one can assume chances will come for Palace – they just need to ensure they manage to capitalise.
Prediction: 1 – 0
Tottenham v Southampton
Not much to say about this game, I expect an emphatic response by Spurs, and I think we’ll get it but there’s no doubt there are serious issues behind the scenes at Spurs.
The reality is I think the talent at Spurs far outweighs that at Southampton, hopefully the players just go out and play. As the saying goes, a good win goes a long way in forgetting yesterday’s problems (or maybe I’ve just made that up, who knows…)
Prediction: 2 – 0
Wolves v Watford
I reckon Wolves will fancy themselves to win this one 6-0! No, I’m just being facetious, Watford were lucky to keep it at 8-0 if I’m honest and Wolves will see this as a great fixture to play.
Confidence at Watford will be non-existent, they will want to respond for their fans which might actually work against them insofar as opening the game up too much and losing their shape easily.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Everton v Manchester City
I think after Everton lose this game the Goodison faithful might begin to put some pressure on manager Marco Silva. I like Everton, I think they play decent football on their day but just fail to land that killer blow and put teams away.
I can’t see past a City win here though; they’ll just be too good really. A good bet for the punter amongst us though might be Everton to get on the score sheet.
Prediction: 1 – 3
Leicester v Newcastle
Newcastle will likely set up deep and make life difficult for Leicester, but I still only see one winner here. I think the pace and attacking creativity the Foxe’s possess will undo Newcastle, now will they cannot take this game for granted I cannot wait to see Leicester play Liverpool next weekend!
Prediction: 2 – 0
Manchester United v Arsenal
People talk about a game “free of tactics” well how about a game free of defensive ability? Arsenal were comeback kings last weekend but give me a break this is Arsenal playing Villa we are talking about.
United, well yes what else can you really say at this point?
One thing I will mention though is I completely agree with the thoughts of Jamie Carragher after the United defeat last weekend – which I called and was berated for by the way (hope that pie tasting didn’t disappoint my dear friends at Soccer Betting newsand Hollywoodbets) – where he mentioned that often we expect a side to get a certain result because of their name rather than purely looking at the quality on the pitch, this United side is so far removed from the side that reached the heights that caused this club to be considered the greatest of all time it’s scary; but we are building and have a long way to go.
Prediction 2 – 2