EPL: Matchweek 17

Ryan Liberty returns with his latest round of Premier League predictions, take a look at how he sees the weekend unfolding. 

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Liverpool v Watford 

Liverpool face Watford in Nigel Pearson’s first official game in charge of the Hornets, and whilst Liverpool will want to sign off with a win here before they start their busy schedule, I can’t see past a Reds win at a canter. 

Pearson is a good manager, don’t get me wrong, I think he thrives in situations such as the one Watford find themselves in so it will be interesting to see whether he can keep the Hornets up. 

Prediction: 4 – 0 

Burnley v Newcastle 

Who would have ever thought Burnley under Sean Dyche would concede eleven goals in their last three games losing all of them? 

The Magpies however have been brilliant, they work hard and play brittle football – not always aesthetically pleasing but certainly gets the job done. I can’t separate them so I’ll go for the draw but would be surprised to see Newcastle come away with all three.

Prediction: 1 – 1 

Chelsea v Bournemouth 

Chelsea had what one might call a hiccup against Everton which was largely unexpected to be fair – enjoyable but certainly unexpected. Frank Lampard clearly still has a bit of work to do, especially at the back but they are better at home and I think they’ll respond here. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Leicester v Norwich 

The Foxes just keep winning and their confidence is rightly sky-high. They have now won eight League games in a row, and you have to fancy them on Saturday. It’s a top versus bottom clash so let’s just say Leicester to win and be done with it. 

Prediction: 2 – 0

Sheffield v Aston Villa 

How do you possibly call a game like this? I enjoy watching the Blades play and look to back them at home but whilst Villa’s position says something else, I think they’ve been alright this season. 

I’m going to back Sheffield again here, but on a side note I must say that Villa have some seriously talented players and won’t just sink to the Championship, but I think a relegation scrap is what they’ll find this season. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

Southampton v West Ham 

West Ham were terrible against Arsenal on Monday night, absolutely terrible. I remember saying after that game I want to back whoever they play this weekend with millions – but that might have come from a place of hurt since they cost me a sizeable donation from Hollywoodbets…

Nonetheless, I enjoy Southampton – call it a romance of sorts – and whilst I acknowledge they haven’t been at their level best I’m going to back them here. 

Prediction: 2 – 1

Manchester United v Everton

Everyone has spoken enough about Everton and the ‘Big Dunc’ effect but this will be a very different test for them. Manchester United tore City apart last week and could have scored a lot more goals than two. 

Everton won’t be as open and will likely play with a lot more passion but even so I’m going to back United. Marcus Rashford in particular has been outstanding at the moment so don’t be shy to back Rashy to get on the scorecard! 

Prediction: 2 – 0

Wolves v Tottenham 

Wolves have done well this season and Spurs haven’t, however the latter now has arguable the greatest manager out there and he is certainly in his honeymoon period. I’m going to back Spurs to edge it, but I think it could get a little edgy. 

Prediction: 1 – 2

Arsenal v Manchester City 

This is supposed to be the featured game this weekend but let’s take each other seriously, Arsenal are trying to turn things around at the moment, after having a really hard time. I think stopping City is a step too far for them even with a below par City side. 

I’m going to go with a comfortable City win and look forward to Arsenal Fan TV on Monday morning. 

Prediction: 1 – 3 

C Palace v Brighton 

Another tough game to call, I’m going to go with Palace only because of Roy Hodgson and the incredible job he has done at Palace. He’s a vastly experienced manager and it shows. 

Take nothing away from Brighton though, the style of football has changed dramatically and their fearlessness on attack will be the difference between a mid-table finish and a relegation scrap. 

Prediction: 2 – 1 

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