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Manchester United 1 Manchester City 1
The biggest game of the season so far. Since the arrival of the Sheiks, the Manchester derby now has major significance as oppose to just a local rivalry. It was never like this back in the 90’s/ early 2000’s. it was like the fit kids showing up the unfit kids at PE. Zlatan is key for this one. He’s a big game player, so expect him to come up with some magic. Aguero is a massive miss for City, although I do feel City still have enough quality to get something out of this, with or without Aguero.
Swansea City 0 Chelsea 3
I worry for Swansea this season. They’ve let a lot of their best players go during the transfer window and haven’t replaced them with quality. They will stay up, for sure, but’s it going to be difficult for them. It also doesn’t help that there up against a Chelsea side that’s on fine form. Anything other than a Chelsea victory will be a shock.
Sunderland 0 Everton 2
Sunderland were unlucky against Southampton after going 1-0 with only minutes to spare. Moyes will be desperate to get this first win under his belt sooner rather than later but it’s not coming at the expense of Everton. It’s no surprise that everyone is tipping Everton as this season’s dark horses. They’re playing a much better style of football than they ever did under Roberto Martinez (who I’ve just found out a few days ago that he’s the Head Coach for the Belgium national team. Why? He’s the most overrated manager ever). Ross Barkley will have a point to prove after being left out of the England side, and it’s only a time before Lukaku starts banging them in. Textbook victory for Koeman’s side.
Bournemouth 1 West Bromwich Albion 1
The addition of Jack Wilshere will give the edge to Bournemouth because even if he can only last 60-70 minutes against West Brom, it will get the crowd fired up. I’m almost tempted to give the Cherries the win here, but there’s something about West Bromwich that makes me think they’ll get a point from this game. Bournemouth’s eight-game winless streak continues.
Middlesbrough 2 Crystal Palace 0
This match is truly a tale of two teams. Middlesbrough have hit the ground running and Palace are all over the place. I can honestly see Pardew becoming the first Premier League sacking this season. Both teams have bought well and the firepower up front is much improved, so they should cause problems with their pace on the break. Be interesting to see how Christian Benteke does. He’ll have a point to prove and will be hoping to reignite that old magic he shown at Aston Villa.
Stoke City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
I’ve just got a hunch that the Potters can cause an upset against Spurs. Stoke are a team who have made a slow start but I am sure will improve. The addition of Wilfried Bony will be a game changer for the Potters. Spurs have yet to hit their stride this season but they remain hard to beat – so a draw seems most likely.
Burnley 1 Hull City 1
This is going to feel like a cup final for both teams. It’s early in the season I know, but these are the sort of games you need to win if you want any chance of staying up. Burnley have a solid home record, whiles Hull have done well under difficult circumstances. I admire how Hull able to come out of a difficult pre-season, having losing Steve Bruce and lack of activity in the transfer market. So unlucky to have lost against Man United in the dying moments of the game. Keep this up and I might have to reevaluate my prediction of them getting relegated.
West Ham United 2 Watford 1
It’s funny with Watford because they have put in some good performances so far this season but haven’t got the desired results. They should have absolutely got something from the game against Chelsea. I don’t think they’ll get anything against West Ham, it’s going to be hard work for the Hammers to come out on top.
Arsenal 2 Southampton 1
I can’t look beyond Arsenal, and that’s only because I remember Southampton’s performance against Manchester United from earlier this season. They looked very weak up front and I don’t see them causing Arsenal any problems when they attack. Arsenal have a solid record at home against Southampton in recent years and they looked superb at times against Watford in their last outing before the international break. This could be the game that gets Giroud up and running. A victory for the Gunners.
Liverpool 3 Leicester City 1
First home game of the season for Liverpool, and the first in front of their new stand. I thought Liverpool were unlucky against Spurs. They should have won it. That disallowed goal got people talking, but still, a draw at White Hart Lane isn’t too shabby of a result. If Liverpool have any chance of qualifying for Europe next season they need to make Anfield a fortress. We’ll see a performance closer to the one against Arsenal at the start of the season. They have the players going forward and Leicester will be a bit cagey.