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Rif’s Premier League Predictions (Week 2)

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A big thank you to the response for last week’s Premier League Predictions. I wasn’t that successful, was I? How about you? You guys get any of the winners/ scores correct?

Anyway, I’m back again with week 2 of the Premier League Predictions and feel free to post your predictions in the comment section below.

 

Manchester United 3-0 Southampton

All eyes will be on the returning Paul Pogba, providing he actually starts this game. The world record signing will have to justify his price tag this season so the pressure is on. I thought Southampton were poor against Watford and they will need to step it up against United. While United weren’t amazing against Bournemouth, they still left Dean Court with a positive result, and I reckon they’ll be comfortable winners against the Saints.

 

Stoke City 1-2 Manchester City

Pep’s men got the win over Sunderland but can they do it on a cold day in Stoke (no idea if it is cold up in Stoke tomorrow, didn’t bother to check the weather forecast). It’s a step into the unknown for Pep. Man City weren’t that great against Sunderland. It was the same team that didn’t move the ball quick enough last year. While The Britannia is traditionally a tough place to go I’m going to stick with my gut instinct and predict a very narrow Man City win.

 

Sunderland 2-2 Middlesbrough

I don’t know why but I can’t shake off the feeling that this match will have plenty of goals. Sunderland should have walked away from Man City with a draw. They were unlucky to concede an own goal; they did play well. Middlesbrough had a good result against Stoke, Gaston Ramirez looks a solid asset and if you get the ball in the box to Alvaro Negredo, he’ll score goals, and that’s the key. I can’t separate the two teams. A score draw is on the cards.

 

West Ham United 2-0 AFC Bournemouth

The London Stadium will host a Premier League game for this first time tomorrow and I must admit I’m impressed with it. The future is bright if you’re a West Ham fan, that’s for sure. Bournemouth are good in possession but don’t look like a team of goal scorers. They have to change things up. I can’t look beyond the Hammers for this one.

 

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Crystal Palace

Both teams had a poor start to the season and will be wanting to right the wrongs here at White Hart Lane. Spurs had a shocker against Everton but were able to get back into it in the second half and Palace just didn’t show up against West Bromwich. Palace need to strengthen up in attack. That’s the weak link for them. Spurs will cruise it thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick.

 

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea got lucky over West Ham, but hey, a wins a win, right? I thought Watford were outstanding against Southampton in the first half at St Mary’s. Their defensive shape worked to a tee and the amount of times they had the Saints penned back at times was impressive. Watford could very well be the surprise package this season. I still reckon Chelsea will get the win, but only just.

 

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Everton

Expect this to be a hard and scrappy for both sides. West Brom know how to make life difficult for any team visiting The Hawthorns. Like I mentioned in my Spurs/Palace preview, Everton were all over Spurs. They just went to sleep in the second half and they can’t afford to do that too often. It’s paramount that they keep the nucleus of the side together. I’m excited about the Lukaku/ Bolasie partnership. It has the potential to wreak havoc on the division. Still, it’s going to be a tight affair with both teams walking away with the share of the points.

 

Swansea City 1-0 Hull City

Both teams had good starts to the season, but Swansea will be the ones picking up the victory. I just don’t think Hull have an impact player or a ‘super sub’ who can turn the game around whereas Swansea does. Like in the Burnley game, Jefferson Montero will be the difference maker.

 

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

I know it’s only the second game of the season but there’s something special about this Liverpool side. I’ve said it before they need to be more consistent. Thankfully Sadio Mane isn’t going to be on the sidelines for too long and Klopp does have plenty of options in attack which will see off the challenge of Burnley. It’s the defence that worries me.

 

Leicester City 2-2 Arsenal

What the hell happened to Arsenal? I watched that match against Liverpool and they were truly awful. In some respect, this is a game that both teams can’t afford to lose. I know it’s only the second game of the season, but you can’t afford to play the catch-up game so early in the season. It’s going to be a buzzing atmosphere at the King Power Stadium as the champions make their home debut this season. There will be goals, but there won’t be a winner.

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