Ryan Liberty returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions including Sheffield United v Manchester United, City v Chelsea and the return of the Chosen one.
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West Ham v Tottenham
The Special one is back, and whilst some are questioning his appointment at Spurs I somewhat feel otherwise. Of course, the way Spurs play will change – they won’t be as open and expansive as was the case under Mauricio Pochettino for example, but I think Mourinho is an incredible manager who’s been judged purely on his last two campaigns.
I do however agree that should this stint go south the question for Jose would be ‘now what?’
The future aside, I think Spurs will have an immediate lift against a struggling West Ham side purely because it’s a change of scenery on the bench.
Prediction: 0 – 2
Arsenal v Southampton
I would have gambled my tuition fees that Unai Emery would be the first of the ‘so-called’ big names sacked this season, I really didn’t see that whirlwind in North London coming. Nevertheless, Emery lives to fight another day and I think Arsenal have enough to win this. Southampton are a shamble at the moment so why shouldn’t they win?
Prediction: 3 – 1
Brighton v Leicester
I like Brighton under manager Graham Potter, they play with courage and look to attack the game irrespective of the opposition, It won’t work against Leicester though.
Leicester will welcome that type of game and look to counter at will, the Foxes are still flying, and I have to ask: at what point do we start taking bets on them to finish in the top 4?
Prediction: 1 – 2
Watford v Burnley
I think the fact that Watford managed a win before the international break will be massive! Those players would have gone into the break with a bit of confidence and now look to follow up with a first home win.
Burnley wont’ roll over and will definitely make this tough for them but I’m going to back the hornets at Vicarage Road.
Prediction: 2 – 0
C Palace v Liverpool
Roy Hodgson loves this sort of game, doesn’t he? He’ll relish welcoming his former club to Selhurst Park and take great pride from landing a blow on their title challenge. I think Palace have what it takes to deal with the relentless approach we’ve now become accustom to from Liverpool I just don’t think they have the players upfront.
Palace will make life difficult and without Mo Salah and Andy Robertson Liverpool might not necessarily be at their level best, but I still have to go with the away win.
Prediction: 1 – 4
Bournemouth v Wolves
This will sort of be the forgotten game on Saturday between the Spurs game and then City v Chelsea but for the pure footballing fan it could very well provide an exciting and enticing matchup.
Wolves are innocently going about their business at the moment climbing up into 8th place and Bournemouth themselves have been relatively impressive. This is a tough game to call so I’m going to go with the draw.
Prediction: 1 – 1
Everton v Norwich
I really though Norwich would compete for a mid-table finish, but they have begun to fizzle out into nothing. Their injuries this season have hurt them but with only one point from their last seven games they are in trouble.
Everton haven’t been fantastic themselves, but with a dramatic end to their Spurs game and then the win against Southampton you should imagine they’ll come into this with some degree of confidence?
Prediction: 1 – 0
Manchester City v Chelsea
You have to back City at home, even when they seem to be treading water, they will find another gear against a big club in front of their home fans. Cheslea have been incredible recently (don’t get me wrong) winning their past six games on the bounce is seriously impressive – but this is City.
I don’t think City are going to run away with this – think 6 – 0 hammering – but I certainly think they win.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Sheffield United v Manchester United
I like Sheffield they are a good little team but United are beginning to find their identity again. Anthony Martial coming back into the team allowing for a front three of Marcus Rashford and Dan James makes all the difference.
Martial is much better player with his back to goal whilst both James and Rashford enjoy toying with defender’s ability to run, all due respect to the home side but I can’t see past a United win and a happy return for Harry Maguire.
Prediction: 1 – 3
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Newcastle certainly come into this game on the back of a good run, taking seven points from a possible nine in their three previous games. Villa recently went on a similar run but have subsequently lost their past three.
Naturally the League is going to be up and down for Villa and I still fancy them to get a result here. I’m not sure which it will be and so for the punter a possible dabble on Villa double chance with over 1.5 goals seems plausible.
Prediction: 1 – 1