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Rif’s Premier League Preview (weeks 5)

Rif's Premier League Preview

Week 5 of my Premier League Predictions, let’s do this:


Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool

Can’t believe Chelsea threw away the control of the game in their 2-2 draw against Swansea. Chelsea shouldn’t have found themselves 2-1 down to them. I’ve been impressed with Liverpool so far this season. Ignoring their blip against Burnley, Liverpool have been the better side in their three other fixtures. If the Liverpool team that played against Leicester show up at Stamford Bridge then Chelsea are in trouble. However, Liverpool are really inconsistent. They need to stamp that out, and that is why I’m going for a 2-2 draw.


Hull City 2-2 Arsenal

As I write this, Mike Phelan has been offered the Hull City job, and rightfully so. I was expecting Hull to roll over this season, now I’m second guessing myself. Arsenal haven’t been too convincing themselves. They edged out a win over Southampton and got a draw against PSG, which is a good sign. On paper, I’d go for an Arsenal win, but I can’t help but feel as if Hull will turn up and take the game to the Gunners.


Tottenham Hotspur 4- 0 Sunderland

Can’t look beyond Tottenham. Sunderland were woeful against Everton on Monday and it’s no wonder the pressure is already mounting on David Moyes. Defensively they were a shambles once Everton stepped up their game. Tottenham will be another big test for the Black Cats. Expect Tottenham to wipe the floor with Sunderland.


West Bromwich Albion 0-2 West Ham United

Both teams have a point to prove after defeats last week. West Ham more than the Baggies. It was a humiliating defeat for the Hammers, even more embarrassing when you’ve got your own supporters fighting it out between themselves! Whiles the Hawthorns is traditionally a difficult place to go, I believe West Ham will walk away with all three points.


Everton 3-0 Middlesbrough

Excellent win for Everton against Sunderland last Monday Night. Romelu Lukaku is back among the goals and Idrissa Gueye looks a steal in midfield too – everything is on the up for them. I’ve long admired Ronald Koeman. Taking Ross Barkley off at half time seemed to be a risk but it was a risk that paid off in the end. He isn’t afraid to make the big decisions like that. Whiles Middlesbrough look to be comfortable in their Premier League return, I can’t see them getting anything from Goodison Park tomorrow. Another solid win for the Toffees.


Manchester City 5-0 Bournemouth

Seven wins from Seven for Pep Guardiola’s side. I watched last week’s Manchester Derby and I thought City were all over United in every department. Bournemouth got their first win of the season last week over West Bromwich, but Man City is a different animal altogether. Could well be over before half time considering the way City have been playing so far.


Leicester City 2-0 Burnley

Well done to Leicester for getting a victory in their Champion’s League debut (I’m still not used to having Leicester City and Champion’s League in the same sentence). The Foxes lost to Liverpool last week and I think that was all down to Liverpool’s pace. A threat that Burnley don’t process. Expect Jamie Vardy to get on the scoresheet.


Southampton 2-0 Swansea City

It was a superb comeback by the Swans to draw with Chelsea last week but they still haven’t tasted victory since their win over Burnley at the start of the season. Points need to be picked up and fast! I thought Southampton were unlucky to concede a late penalty against Arsenal. They actually should have won that match. Their win over Sparta will give them an added confidence boost heading into this Sunday.


Watford 1-0 Manchester United

Watford must be buzzing after defeating West Ham last week, whiles Manchester United will want to bounce back from defeats against Man City and Feyenoord. I’ve got a funny feeling that we’re going to see an upset here. Watford are going to turn United over – I’m going for a late winner in the dying moments of the game. 1-0 to Watford.


Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke City

What a hammering Stoke took last week against Tottenham. They need to go out there and play for the shirt and for their places. Palace got their first win of the season, and their first away win of 2016, against ‘Boro last week and they are another team that will not have any relegation worries. I can’t separate anything between the two sides. A draw looks likely in this one.


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