EPL: Matchweek 8

Ryan Liberty provides us with his Premier League predictions ahead of what should be an excellent weekend of top-tier football action. 

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Brighton v Spurs 

Spurs have got some good players, yes, they were utterly humiliated the other night but surely, they look at producing a reaction this weekend. I don’t doubt for a second that there are serious issues in that camp – in fact a dabble on Pochettino to get sacked / leave doesn’t seem to far-fetched. 

Brighton have their own issues though, with just two points from their past six games the Seagulls might find themselves in some trouble. 

Prediction: 0 – 2 

Burnley v Everton 

Everton seem to be struggling on the road this season, picking up just one point at Palace before defeats to Aston Villa and Bournemouth – can you really make a case for them at Turf Moor? 

Burnley look to be back to their days of defensive solidity, that coupled with Everton’s shyness in front of goal makes the home win seem like a good thing.

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Liverpool v Leicester 

I’m really looking forward to this game, Leicester are good going forward but seem defensively vulnerable. Liverpool have an emphatic front three, but their saviour Virgil van Dyk seems to be just a shadow of his former self. 

Leicester look to be a serious threat to breaking into the top six this season, before a ball was kicked, I thought it might be the Toffee’s, but the Foxe’s seem to have found a viable hole…

Could this be the game Liverpool fall short? For the sake of the integrity of our League I hope so, but my head tells me Jurgen Klopp’s men edge this one. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Norwich v Aston Villa 

I enjoyed Norwich when the season got going, I mean it seemed as though the entire world was team Pukki! However, they seem to be too inconsistent for the Premier League, how do you go from playing brilliantly against City to being turned over by Burnley and Palace? 

Villa’s defence isn’t the greatest – and I will admit that the canaries home form is really good – but I believe Villa have a goal or two in them. I can’t really separate these two so I’ll go for the draw. 

Prediction: 1 – 1 

Watford v Sheffield United 

Watford are the only side in the League yet to win a single game this season. I’m not sure what the problem is in the camp, but you have to agree they look terrible this season. Quique Sanchez Flores is a good manager, I really like him but since the Arsenal draw it’s still just been one-way traffic. 

Sheffield United will feel hard done by not to get something out of that Liverpool game but you have to score goals in this league, pace and work rate isn’t always good enough! Back the Hornets to get their first win this weekend. 

Prediction: 1 – 0 

West Ham v C Palace 

This could be another exciting game; both of these sides are playing well this season. West Ham seem to have more going for them upfront and for that reason they might edge it, but it won’t be a walk in the park. 

Special mention for Sebastian Haller, what a talent! That was a fantastic buy for the Hammers, his movement on and off the ball is incredible, I’d be very interested to see where he ends up in the future. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Arsenal v Bournemouth 

Arsenal will come into this game with a bit of confidence and I expect them to go on and win it. Bournemouth will likely look to sit deep and try hit the Gunner’s on the counter but with the pace Arsenal have upfront I see them causing issues for the Cherries defence. 

Arsenal don’t exactly boast a brilliant defence so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bournemouth get on the scorecard – maybe a shrewd bet for the punter among us? 

Prediction: 3 – 1 

Manchester City v Wolves 

Tough turnaround for Wolves, they play in Eastern Europe on Thursday before facing City on the weekend. City made a huge statement last weekend, their win last weekend seemed to be controlled and exceptionally clinical. 

This isn’t the Molineux, so there shouldn’t be a debate. City win.

Prediction: 3 – 0 

Southampton v Chelsea 

Chelsea look to slowly be finding their feet again, Lampard’s side are improving with each week and I think they dominate the game at St. Mary’s. 

Southampton have been largely disappointing this season, they still haven’t won at home and I don’t think that changes this weekend. 

Prediction: 1 – 2

Newcastle v Manchester United 

Steve Bruce welcomes his old team this weekend in what is an incredibly interesting matchup. Newcastle have been dreadful this season, and I mean dreadful, and yet we still entertaining the idea of them getting something from this game. 

United are currently 10thin the League and struggling to show a bit of creativity let alone produce goals, Newcastle will be happy to sit and defend for the 90 minutes and therefore I think they might shock United. I agree Ole needs time but my word this is going to test patience…

Prediction 0 – 0 

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