Former Ipswich, Bolton and Leicester striker Ian Marshall, gives his predictions for this weekends action. Last week he was dialled in, nailing a good chunk of results and scores.
Norwich v Watford
A basement battle between the bottom two teams in the league. Norwich have now gone 6 games without at win while Watford still haven’t won a game the whole season. This is also a clash of two of the worst defences in the division so expect plenty of goals. Norwich simply have to win this game so I have them to edge this one. Teemu Pukki has been on a goal drought since starting off the season on fire. I see him getting the winner.
Norwich 3, Watford 2
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Chelsea are on a 5-game EPL winning run. Encouragingly for Frank Lampard is that his team seem to have sorted out their defensive issues that plagued some of their early season games. Palace are also on a decent run and have performed well against top-10 teams so far. Palace will look to sit back and defend and then try to break on the counter with Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew. Chelsea in current form are unstoppable though and should take this one easily.
Chelsea 2, Palace 0
Burnley v West Ham
Both teams have been extremely disappointing of late. Burnley have lost 3 on the spin and West Ham are winless in their last 6 competitive games. West Ham have let me down consistently with my predictions so this time I will go with Burnley. A stubborn 1-0 home win to pile more pressure on Mauricio Pellegrini and his team.
Burnley 1, West Ham 0
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Another very tough game to predict as neither side has shown much consistency this season. Bournemouth are traditionally a strong away team but have not scored in their last 4 competitive away matches. That said they are coming off a solid home win over Manchester United. Newcastle are tough to beat at home with 12 of their last 15 home EPL losses coming by a margin of only one goal. They also scored an impressive away win at West Ham last weekend. I see a draw here.
Newcastle 1, Bournemouth 1
Southampton v Everton
The Saints have the worst defence in the division but are coming up against a struggling Everton side who were on the receiving end of some dubious VAR decisions the week before last. It tends to go like that though when you are on a bad run but a home draw vs Spurs would have helped the confidence a bit. This really is a must win for both teams as the Saints need to climb out of the relegation zone and Marco Silva needs a win to save his job. 17th is not what the Everton board would have been looking for after spending a bit in the summer.
Saints 1, Everton 2
Spurs v Sheffield United
No one would have predicted that the Blades would be 5 places above Spurs at this stage of the season. I doubt many would have predicted that Sheffield United would have conceded less goals than Liverpool at this point either. Spurs are at home and need to replicate some of their more recent Champions League form in the EPL. They are showing signs that they are starting to click a bit. They will need to in order to break down this tough Sheffield United outfit.
Spurs 2, Sheff Utd 0
Leicester v Arsenal
Leicester will be well favoured to roll over Arsenal who have confidence issues of their own. For whatever reason, the Gunners just can’t seem to close out games. They have surrendered multiple leads of late in all competitions and therefore are unable to get any momentum. Leicester on the other hand have confidence in spades – third in the table, just 2 points behind Man City and looking the real deal. Hard to look past a home win here, especially since Arsenal aren’t the toughest away team out there.
Leicester 2, Arsenal 1
Man United v Brighton
Man United were just starting to show signs of finding their feet until they got beaten by Bournemouth last weekend. They are a lot stronger at home though and they should have enough to beat a lively Brighton team. The Seagulls won’t be afraid and will give it a proper go but I expect them to fall short.
Man U 2, Brighton 0
Wolves v Aston Villa
Wolves are steadily climbing the table after an awful start. Unbeaten in their last 5 they face a solid Villa outfit who have lost their last 2 but against Liverpool and Man City. Villa pushed Liverpool to the last minute and should take some belief from that game. Wolves have had the most draws in the league this season with 7 from their 11 games and I see them adding another one to that list.
Wolves 1, Villa 1
Liverpool v Man City
The big one! It’s too early to call this a title decider but it certainly would help either team immensely in their aspirations if either could walk away with 3 points. A win for Liverpool would take them 9 points clear while a win for City would narrow the gap to just 3 points. Either way it should be a cracker from the two best teams in Europe. How Man City’s suspect and makeshift defence handles Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this game.
Liverpool 1, Man City 1