Bournemouth V Man United
This could be a cracker. Man United have started to show some form of late. Anthony Martial’s return has given them a bit more bite upfront and eased the burden on Marcus Rashford. Bournemouth never die wondering and will be attacking Man United’s suspect defence all afternoon. Josh King’s switch back to partner Callum Wilson will also give them a boost.
Bournemouth 3, Man United 2
Arsenal v Wolves
Arsenal have had a miserable week. Failing to beat Crystal Palace at home after being 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes and having a late winner disallowed to a suspect VAR call. To make matters worse their captain Granit Xhaka stormed off the pitch in a huff to a chorus of boos from the Emirates faithful. If that wasn’t enough they lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup in midweek after leading 4-2 late in the second half. There just seems to be no backbone at Arsenal. Wolves will be a tough nut to crack as always.
Arsenal 1, Wolves 1
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Villa have enjoyed a solid start to the season and have certainly held their own in this division. Liverpool are unstoppable at the moment though and you just cannot bet against them against anyone right now.
Villa 1, Liverpool 2
Brighton v Norwich
Norwich have gone completely off the boil of late taking only 1 point from their last 5 games. Brighton got lucky against Everton last week with VAR their best player on the day. That is not to say that Brighton are a bad team – they look a much improved outfit compared to last season and should take the points against a very poor Norwich defence.
Brighton 3, Norwich 1
Man City v Southampton
Not sure where to start with this one! Man City’s reserve team beat the Saints 3- 1 in midweek which was actually a result for Southampton after their disgraceful 9-0 reverse at home to Leicester last week. Man City have shown how ruthless they can be putting 8 past Watford earlier in the season. This could be a cricket score as Southampton’s defence would struggle in League One … that is how soft they are.
Man City 6, Southampton 0 (and that is being kind)
Sheff United v Burnley
Two similar teams in terms of style. Organised, tough to break down and uncompromising. The Blades have been a revelation this season in terms of the way they have gone about their business. Currently in 8th place with the equal best defensive record in the league along with Liverpool and Leicester, they should have enough to scratch out a win over Burnley.
Sheff Utd 1, Burnley 0
West Ham v Newcastle
West Ham are on a poor run. They usually start the season slowly before building up a head of steam. This season so far they have started well but faded. They are a strong team though and will bounce back. Newcastle at home should be a good place to start a fresh run.
West Ham 2, Newcastle 0
Watford v Chelsea
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Frank Lampard deserves a lot of credit for the way he has moulded this young outfit into a major force in the Premier League this season. He has managed his players extremely well – Christian Pulisic for example – and has created some depth and quality competition for places without spending anything. Watford have been scrapping for a few draws of late but they won’t get one this time.
Watford 1, Chelsea 2
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Palace are flying high at the moment and hats off to Roy Hodgson for the outstanding job he has done at that club. Leicester are also flying high – 9-0 away wins don’t come around very often. Hodgson will need his team to be very well organised at the back to contain the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.
Palace 1, Leicester 2
Everton v Spurs
Two teams having awful seasons by their high standards. Instead of competing for top 4 places they both find themselves languishing near the drop zone. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what is going on at Everton after a good summer in the transfer market. Spurs are battling with disunity in the change room and every time you expect them to come right they let you down.
Everton 1, Spurs 1