Crucial matches already on the 2nd week
Swansea vs Manchester United prediction
The early fixture on Saturday is between relegation headed Swansea vs title aspiring Man Utd. After a good start against West Ham, Man Utd are full of confidence to go to their first away fixture of the season. Lukaku has already shown his prowess and will be giving Swansea defenders a hard time again tomorrow. Man Utd have lots of striking power with all midfielders being able to slot in a goal too if needed. Swansea come to this fixture off a surprising 0-0 draw with Southampton last weekend. They find themselves with very little scoring ability with their top strikers not available for this match. They also lost their best player Sigurdsson who has moved to Everton. Not looking pretty for Swansea here
AFC Bournemouth vs Watford prediction
Two humble teams meeting up on the 2nd league day with very important points up for grabs. Watford managed a helluva good 1 point recovery at home to Liverpool last weekend with a last gasp goal in a 3-3 thriller. This augurs good things for them as they will find it hard to remain in the top flight this season. Bournemouth struggled to get shots on target last weekend against a surprisingly solid WBA side. Okaka Chuka looked on form last weekend and will be a threat again here.
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion prediction
Low key fixture between two winnings sides on Day 1 of the premier league. Burnley pulled off the biggest upset of the day beating holders Chelsea. WBA had a convincing low margin win against Bournemouth. We usually tend to see disappointing games following magical upsets. It will be tough for Burnley to find the same motivation they had against Chelsea. On the other hand WBA look like a solid side that can have a decent mid-table placing this year.
Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion prediction
Leicester looked like a side that will cause some damage to this year’s premier league. They will not pull another 2015, they will also not place within the top 4 but do not exclude Europa league places for this stubborn side. Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho WILL get the goals. Lots of goals in this one.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace prediction
Really disappointing league start for Liverpool last Saturday when Watford managed to get a last gasp 3-3 draw. Liverpool were obviously complacent and kept all their energies for their mid-week Champions league fixture. That went well and puts Liverpool in strong position to qualify for the group stage. This fixture though, is really important for Liverpool to aspire to managing a 4th place finish. Every point counts for them in this premier league and they could easily miss out if they do not bank the points at home.
Southampton vs West Ham United prediction
Southampton only needed to break their scoring jinx on opening day to get the 3 points against Swansea last week. Their low scoring opening day streak continues. They did however look like a strong side that will improve and have some good games along the way. Still expecting Gabbiadini to score in this one as the Italian has a great sense of scoring. West Ham look weak but can still pop a surprise. West Ham will be missing key players here and will struggle to score.
Stoke City vs Arsenal prediction
Arsenal’s great comeback win at home may have ignited positive vibes in the Arsenal changing room but the transfer rumours around Alexis Sanchez are still the overpowering voice. Lacazette will solve goal problems for Arsene Wenger but they must also think about the 3 goals they bagged on day 1. Defensive matters will get you lower or higher in the league table. Stoke looked ok at Everton last weekend but still they lack the oomph. Mertesacker will still be out with a head injury and Alexis Sanchez also out with Abdominal strain. Stoke will be missing a key player in Afellay.
Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United prediction
Huddersfield pulled off a massive 3-0 win away to Crystal palace last weekend and they looked like they got through that so naturally and easily. Newcastle are our favourites to relegate this season. Rafa Benitez seems frustrated at the lack of incoming transfers this summer and they also miss Shelvy from this match after his crazy incident vs Tottenham last weekend. The magpies will find it difficult to score this year without a killer striker upfront.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea prediction
Game of the week and what a crucial one for Antonio Conte and his men! Losing the opening fixture to Burnley at home on day one is NOT how AC thought he would start his title defence. Shocking result but it would probably be a stern reminder to Chelsea that nothing is for granted in Premier League. This London derby has a long history of rivalry and we think that this game will be fought hard and with goals but some hard tackles. Chelsea will probably start Morata this time round as he was the one that gave them the spark to attempt a comeback last Saturday. Chelsea will miss key people in this fixture which makes it all the harder. Hazard, Pedro and probably Bakayoko will be out through injury, whilst Cahill and Fabregas will both miss out due to red cards acquired last weekend. Tottenham come into this game stronger and will not miss any key players. They will play their first league game at Wembley and it remains to be seen how they will react to this change of stadium.
Man City vs Everton prediction
2nd best match of Week 2 in the premier league is title challenger vs top 6 challenger. Manchester City showed excellent attacking football last weekend and all throughout the summer session. They go into this game, their first at home, with a lot of confidence. Pep is finally getting the on-pitch movements he wants from his players and this means that we should see some serious firepower from City. Everton will have their newly signed £45m man, Sigurdsson. Both teams are solid but there will only be one winner here.
Exciting start to this year’s Premier League
Arsenal vs Leicester City
A great game to kick off the English Premier League season 2017/18 indeed, with the Gunners lining up against Leicester on a Friday night opener. Arsenal go into this game having a 21 game unbeaten run vs the blues and therefore the odds are heavily in Arsenal’s favour to take this one. Arsene Wenger’s side showed great poise on Sunday against Chelsea and it was promising, knowing also that Alexis Sanchez, Lacazette and Walcott will probably all feature in this one. Iheanacho and Vardy will feature upfront for Leicester City. This match looks like it will have lots of goals and corners.
Watford vs Liverpool
Minnows Watford go into this game after a humble off-season, whilst Liverpool will not be able to field their bone of contention on the transfer market Philippe Coutinho as his injury will keep him out of this tie. Liverpool are rumoured to be refusing almost £100m for their star attacker. Meanwhile, Salah will start the match alongside Mane and Firmino with Sturridge out injured again. Troy Deeney will be out for Watford as he is also nursing an injury. Liverpool have won their last 4 EPL openers and we expect them to get their 5th winning start on this one. Keep in mind that Liverpool’s midfield will be without Lallana (injured).
Southampton vs Swansea
Manuel Pellegrini will be at his first game in charge this Saturday in what promises to be a nice season for the Saints. Swansea on the other hand will be somewhat having a 38 game relegation battle as their best player Sigurdsson sits this one out as it seems he is on the way to Everton. Their next best player, Fernando Llorente is also out with a broken hand. This means that their scoring power is at an all time low. On the other hand, Southampton are dealing with want away defender Van Dijk but are still likely to stay on form with Gabbiadini upfront.
Everton vs Stoke City
Wayne Rooney’s coveted return to the Toffees is finally here. Having left as a boy and returned as a man, Rooney will be gunning for his first official Everton goal in a competitive match. He will be alongside Sandro Ramirez and most likely Calvert-Lewin. Everton will be missing some key players such as the outgoing Ross Barkley and obviously their main hitman for the last three seasons, Lukaku, now at Manchester United. On the other hand, Stoke City do not come into this match at full force. Rather they really miss their important players such as newly signed Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori and Coleman are all out with long term injuries. Arnautovic, is no longer there after having moved to West Ham and he will likely be replaced in the lineup by Max Choupo-Moting. This may mean good news for Stoke as he better suits the running free flowing football that Hughes likes to implement. Lots of corners in this one.
Chelsea vs Burnley
Fresh off a disappointing loss at the hands of Arsenal last Sunday, Chelsea come to this encounter wanting to start their title defence on the right foot. Alvaro Morata wants to get his scoring rhythm going and wants to prove his price tag. He was a promising striker at Juventus and Real Madrid so no reason why he shouldn’t be successful in the Premier League. Hazard will be out for this one whilst nursing an injury. Moses will be in and also Rudiger. Chelsea will win this one hands down and will get off to an encouraging start. Nothing much to say about Burnley unfortunately. They seem destined for the drop.
Brighton vs Man City
Newly promoted seaside outfit Brighton come into this game knowing it is an uphill climb but a first chance at proving the doubters wrong. On the other hand, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be looking for nothing less than a convincing statement win. Guardiola has really spent good money this summer fortifying his backline. The defence really let him down last season bagging a number of comeback goals when being in the lead. Expect all but Mendy in the defensive line to be on display this Saturday when they take on Brighton at the Falmer stadium. With Gabriel Jesus and Aguero expected to start this match, we expect nothing short of annihilation.
Newcastle vs Tottenham
The first of Sunday’s two games is a tough fixture to call. Newly promoted Newcastle under Rafa Benitez’s care look to stick it out this season. Perhaps looking to advance in the EFL or FA cup whilst keeping a decent mid-table spot. Tottenham on the other hand come off an impressive 2nd place last season to a very disappointing summer transfer market that saw them lose Kyle Walker to Man City and not signing a single soul to improve their squad. Nevertheless, it was always recommended to not change a winning horse. Harry Kane will bag loads of goals this season and this is the only way Tottenham can hope to avoid anything worse than 6th place in a direct encounter with Everton. All teams placing 1st to 8th last season have improved their squad, whilst the spurs have not moved an inch. Bore draw in this one.
Man United vs West Ham
This week Real Madrid showed their class against an improved Man Utd side. Mourinho’s second year at any club has always been his strongest. With the signings of Lukaku, Matic and Lindeleof, expect a strong campaign from Mou’s boys. West Ham come into this season with some new signings. Namely Arnautovic and Zabaleta. These wil definitely feature in the line up on Sunday to give Man Utd a run for their Money. Bilic’s men will look to make life tough for Man Utd but we only see one winner here.
Notable transfers in: Alvaro Morata (from Real Madrid) £58m, Tiemoue Bakayoko £35m (from AS Monaco) and Antonio Rudiger (from AS Roma) £32m
Notable transfers out: Nemanja Matic (to Manchester United) £40m, John Terry (retired) £0m
Current champions Chelsea return to season 2017/18 in an unconvincing fashion. We are still not concinved Chelsea are actually better off than last season in terms of transfer market acquisitions. Antonio Conte has visibly fallen out with his main striker and missed out on Lukaku during a 2 week long saga. Currently, also failing on a number of transfer targets like Alex Sandro from Juventus and seemingly interested in Antonio Candreva from Inter. Not the kind of action you’d expect from a usually large spending club.
On the pitch though, Conte has proven everybody wrong several times in league format. He has won 5 straight leagues (4 with Juventus and 1 with Chelsea), with the latest being an absolute cracker from start to finish but also unexpectedly after Mourinho’s last year disaster when Chelsea placed 7.
Do not expect Chelsea to have all fire power going into the season. Diego Costa will surely be leaving Stamford Bridge and possibly we could see a big name signing by the end of August.
It’s time for the reigning champs to get back in the groove.
- Chelsea to place 3rd or worse
- Alvaro Morata to score 15+ goals
- Antonio Conte to leave at the end of Season 2017/18
- Chelsea eliminated before Quarter final of Champions League (Conte is not a CL man)
- No trophies this year
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Premier League – Big Predictions – Week 38
Arsenal Vs Everton
Arsenal made it four Premier League wins in a row to keep their Top 4 hopes alive. The Gunners have been in good form but may fall short having given themselves a mountain to climb. Everton got back to winning ways when they hosted Watford in Gameweek 37. The Toffees have enjoyed an excellent campaign and will be keen to finish on a positive note. Arsene Wenger needs three points from his side and will hope results elsewhere fall in their favour. Home Win Expected at The Emirates – Back an Arsenal Win Here.
Burnley Vs West Ham
Burnley have secured another Season in the top flight which must be seen as a success. The Clarets can begin planning for next Season assured of their place in the Premier League. West Ham had higher aspirations than survival but have endured a difficult campaign they will be keen to put behind them. Neither side has anything but pride to play for and this is unlikely to be the most intriguing match of the campaign. All Square at Turf Moor – Back a Score Draw Here.
Chelsea Vs Sunderland
Champions Chelsea will finish their victorious Season infront of their own fans at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have beaten more fancied rivals due to their work ethic and their habit of bouncing back following disappointing results. Sunderland have been condemned to Relegation for a number of weeks following a disastrous Season. David Moyes can count himself lucky to have avoided dismissal and will have a chance to bring The Black Cats back to the Premier League. Home Win Expected at Stamford Bridge – Back a Chelsea Win Here.
Hull Vs Spurs
Following their heavy defeat at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 37 Hull have been relegated from the Premier League. The Tigers faced an uphill battle with a threadbare squad and have been unable to avoid Relegation. Spurs are also facing a disappointing end to the Season after finishing runners up to Chelsea. Pochettino’s side have played some excellent football this Season and will be keen to end on a positive note. Away Win Expected at The KCOM Stadium – Back a Spurs Win Here.
Leicester Vs Bournemouth
Leicester City have had a Season to forget and will be keen to bring the curtain down on the 2016-2017 Campaign. The Foxes were the defending Champions but looked like Relegation candidates for much of the Season before Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal. Bournemouth sit two points ahead of their hosts heading into this clash with the possibility of securing a Top 10 finish which would be a terrific achievement. Home Win Expected at The King Power Stadium – Back a Leicester Win Here.
Liverpool Vs Middlesborough
Liverpool negotiated a tough looking fixture at West Ham with an emphatic 4-0 away victory. The Reds need to pick up three points against Middlesborough to guarantee a Top 4 finish. Middlesborough are planning for life in The Championship following a disappointing Season. With just one win in their last five Premier League outings Boro will be clear underdogs in this fixture. Home Win Expected at Anfield – Back a Liverpool Win Here.
Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United have given up on their Premier League commitments in an effort to boost their Europa League prospects. The Red Devils have made wholesale changes to their Premier League team in recent weeks in an effort to keep their best players fresh for The Europa League Final. Crystal Palace ensured their sruvival in the top flight with an emphatic 4-0 win over Hull in Gameweek 37. Home Win Expected at Old Trafford – Back a Manchester United Win Here.
Southampton Vs Stoke
Southampton sit 8th heading into the final fixtures of the Season and will be content with their work this Season following the departure of Ronald Koeman last Summer. The Saints have established themselves as a mid-table Premier League side and can plan towards challenging the top sides. Stoke have had a disappointing Campaign by their high standards. The Potters sit 14th and have no chance to move into the Top 10 on the final day. All Square at St Marys – Back a Score Draw Here.
Swansea Vs West Brom
Swansea City were the side who produced a key run of results in crucial times to secure their Premier League survival. The Swans are assured of another Season in the top flight having picked up three wins from their last four EPL outings. West Brom are in dire form but remain in the top half of the table due to their inspired form in the early part of the Season. The Baggies have overachieved this Season but must strengthen to avoid Relegation worries next year. Home Win Expected at The Liberty Stadium – Back a Swansea Win Here.
Watford Vs Manchester City
Watford tried to spoil Chelsea’s title winning party on Monday Night Football but finished on the wrong of a 4-3 scoreline. The Hornets have lost five straight in the Premier League but have already accumulated 40 points in order to guarantee their safety. Manchester City must pick up at least a point here to ensure they finish in the Top 4. Three points for City would guarantee third place and avoid a potentially difficult Champions League qualifying round. Away Win Expected at Vicarage Road – Back a Manchester City Win Here.