After a grueling International Break (which seemed to last forever) Premier League football is back! Week 5 of Premier League kicks off on Saturday lunchtime when Spurs host league leaders Liverpool who look to maintain their perfect record. Newcastle will host Arsenal whilst Manchester United visit the Vicarage Road with both sides having welcomed this break as a chance to reset. Will the break prove useful to Emery and Mourinho? Check out what our analyst have come up with as they take you through this week’s Premier League predictions.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino may have had that feeling of déjà vu following Spurs’ game-week 4 loss away to Watford after they beat Manchester United the previous week. In typical Tottenham fashion the Lilywhites dropped points against inferior opponent after triumphantly brushing aside Jose Mourinho’s red devils only 6 days earlier. We have witnessed this sequence of events before from Spurs, taking points from the rich only to give them to the poor. A change in mentality is desperately needed at White Heart Lane (despite the ephemeral occupation of Wembley) is Pochettino is going to manage to turn his side into Premier League champions.
Pochettino will be happy with Harry Kane’s reduced role in England’s friendly against Switzerland, hoping to have him fresh when the match kicks off on Saturday, but will no doubt be sweating on the fitness of Dele Alli ahead of this potential six-point clash.
Jurgen Klopp will be wearily positive of his side’s chances ahead of their trip to Wembley with Liverpool having only lost 1 of their last 5 encounters with Spurs. New Signing Xherdan Shaqiri has proved to be a shrewd bit of business by the Liverpool boss. The Swiss international has fit in well at Merseyside and slotted nicely into the Reds’ midfield complimenting the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane. Liverpool will look to maintain their perfect start to this Premier League season but know that they won’t be able to take it for target. A few more wins and it really could look like their season.
We are tipping Liverpool to come away with the points at Wembley.
Correct Score: 1-3
Bonus: Mo Salah to score anytime
Manchester City vs Fulham
The Sky Blues bounced back from their disappointing draw to Wolves at the Molineux in game week 3 as they narrowly beat Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. Speculation has been ride about what role Leroy Sane will play this weekend. Sane, who won the PFA Young Player of the Year last season, has played just 30 minutes for City this season and was left out of the squad for the match with Newcastle. Sane left the German squad to be with his wife for the birth of their baby. Pep Guardiola will be closely monitoring the progress of Raheem Sterling after the striker pulled out of the England squad with a back problem.
Regardless of which first 11 Pep Guardiola fields, City are unlikely to have too much trouble as they host Fulham at the Etihad Stadium. The Cottagers have managed just 1 win in their first 4 matches of the season. Aleksandr Mitrovic has proved to be a brilliant bit of business by Jokanovic as the striker has been piling in the goals. But Fulham’s real worries have been at the back. Whilst goals have been easy to come by the Cottagers have not been able to keep the ball out of their own net conceding 9 goals in just 4 matches.
We are tipping City to romp to victory at the Etihad grabbing all 3 points.
Correct score: 4-1
Bonus: We expect a goal bonanza at the Etihad – over 3.5 goals
Bournemouth vs Leicester City
The Cherries got their 18/19 Premier League campaign off to a great start racking up 2 straight wins but it’s been downhill since. Their defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out was expected. Despite that Eddie Howe’s men put in a brave performance and the manager will no doubt point to this next fixture as an important chance for his side to get back to winning ways. Adam Smith is back form suspension to boost Chris Howe’s line-up with Junior Stanislas also likely to return.
Leicester City have won 2 of their matches losing the other 2 and find themselves in 8th position. The Foxes have looked offbeat so far this season unable to find consistency on the pitch. The excitement that characterized the club under Claudio Ranieri has eroded both on the pitch and in the stands.
Memories of that glorious Championship season have now faded into the mist and the club has slowly slipped back into mid table mediocrity. On a brighter note Claude Puel welcomes back Jamie Vardy to the starting line-up after he served a three-match suspension following his sending off against Wolves at the King Power stadium in game week 2. The Englishman’s return will provide a well needed boost to the morale of Puel’s players who have witnessed a series of high profile exits from the club leaving Vardy as the main focus point of the team.
We are tipping a score draw at Dean Court.
Bonus: Jamie Vardy to score anytime.
Newcastle vs Arsenal
It’s still early days in the Premier League but already Newcastle are struggling as the club appears to have been sucked into the doldrums. The Magpies have just 1 point to show for all their effort in the first 4 matches of the season. One can’t help but think that their off the field troubles are to blame for their on the pitch woes. Rafa Benitez has been visibly frustrated with his sides lack of discipline at the back as they have struggled to keep opponents at bay. The Magpies host Emery’s Arsenal at St. James’ Park this weekend, meaning that their troubles are likely to continue.
Arsenal have recovered from a terrible start to this season’s campaign, in which they lost their opening 2 fixtures, having now recorded 2 wins on the trot. Doubts had surrounded Torreira’s availability for the clash after he limped off during Uruguay’s match with Mexico but, a tweet but Unai Emery suggested the midfielder should be fit for this. Emery will be relishing this encounter in what should be an easy 3 points away from home for the Gunners. Arsenal have struggled this season overall but still managed eight goals in their last three games, a warning for Newcastle. However, their problems at the back might provide a glimmer of hope that the Magpies may steal a point (or more) in this fixture.
We are tipping the Gunners to come away with all three points at St James’ Park.
Correct score: 1-3
Bonus: Over 2.5 goals
Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace
Huddersfield, together with West Ham, have conceded more goals than any other Premier league side so far this season. That statistic sees them languishing in 17th place at the moment with just 2 points so far. To compound the situation the man charged with officiating this match is none other than Graham Scott. The Terriers have managed just 1 win the in the 11 matches they have played where Scott has officiated. With all this in mind one expects a nervous set of fans to show up at the John Smith stadium on Saturday. Huddersfield will have their work cut out for them but these are the type of challenges they need to step up to if they are going to retain their Premier League status this time next season.
Crystal Palace have been boosted by the news that Wilfried Zaha will be available for the clash after returning to training following a groin strain injury. The former Manchester United striker has managed 2 goals in 3 games so far this season and will be looking to pick up where he left off on his return. This news will no doubt boost Palace’s morale and chances ahead of this 6 pointer. Roy Hodgson’s side are placed 15th in the log with three points from four games and will be aiming to nick the maximum points against the Terriers.
We are tipping the Eagles to come away with the victory at the John Smith stadium
Correct Score: 0-2
Bonus: Wilfried Zaha to score anytime
Chelsea vs Cardiff City
Chelsea have 4 wins in as many matches so far this season as the team adjust to life under Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea’s Sarriball has taken the league by storm as Chelsea like second on goal difference behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The chain-smoking Italian has brought an attractive style of football to Stamford Bridge. The 4-3-3 is at the heart of the bespectacled maestro’s philosophy which has been embraced by the players. The Blues play in perfect unison leaving their opponents struggling to gain possession of the ball or follow their movement.
Chelsea welcome Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge this weekend who are still looking for their first win this season. The last time a Chelsea side lost to a Cardiff City side was back in 1986. Given Chelsea’s style of play under Sarri Cardiff are unlikely to see much of the ball.
We are tipping to Chelsea to run away with this one.
Correct score: 4-0
Bonus: Hazard to score anytime
Watford vs Manchester United
Highflying Watford take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Vicarage Road who find themselves in unusual territory occupying 10th place. Watford have performed above all expectation so far this season and currently sit 3rd in the league with maximum points and just goal difference separating them from Liverpool. Their win against Spurs last time out has stirred murmurs that we could have another Leicester City on our hands, but it’s too early to start making such comparisons.
Roberto Pereyra has been in scintillating form so far whilst Troy Deeney seems to be experiencing a revival of his own but we are curious to see whether they can carry this form throughout the season.
Jose Mourinho has not had the start to the season he would have liked. The pressure is mounting as all eyes are on Old Trafford as the bookies are backing an early exit for the Portuguese manager. Mourinho would have welcomed the international break as a chance for his team to get some rest however, it turned out to be a worrying break for the Manchester United manager. Luke Shaw, United’s player of the month for August, was knocked unconscious in England’s friendly and is likely to miss the fixture. If he is unavailable that could mean that Dalot makes his debut. Many are excited to see what this young prospect has to offer.
Will the break have interrupted Watford’s rhythm? Will it prove to be the perfect tonic for Mourinho’s woes?
We are tipping the Red Devils to snatch the points at Vicarage Road.
Correct Score: 0-2
Wolves vs Burnley
New-boys Wolves have had a reasonable start on their return to Premier League action. This Sunday they will take on Burnley at the Molineux. Santo’s men come into this match having managed two wins on the bounce. This is unlike Burnley who’s season have been in free-fall. Not only have the Clarets been eliminated from the Europa League but they are winless in their last five games.
Unfortunately for Wolves star striker Jimenez is likely to miss this clash after sustaining an injury during international duty with Mexico. The injury comes at a bad time for Jimenez who was just finding form in the league, putting in a great display against Everton. Sean Syche will be hoping Defour recovers from his injury in time for this fixture, although reports suggest that looks doubtful.
We are tipping the Clarets to kickstart their season and come away with the points at the Molineux.
Correct score: 2-1
Bonus: Over 2.5 goals
Everton vs West Ham
Everton welcome West Ham to Goodison Park on Sunday. This should have been a fixture Marco Silva was looking forward too given West Ham’s troubles. With the Hammers anchored at the bottom of the Premier League and with 0 points from their first 4 matches Everton would have looked like easy winners. But following the international break Marco Silva could be without as many as 12 players at the weekend.
Amongst the notable absentees are Seamus Coleman who has suffered a stress fracture in his foot. Everton will also be without the suspended Richarlison who had been banging in the goals up until that unfortunate head butt against Adam Smith. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James McCarthy, Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka and Andre Gomes are all likely to miss a number of games.
Manuel Pellegrini has failed to settle in at London Stadium and he has already come under pressure early on in the season. West Ham made a lot of changes over the summer but unfortunately they do not seem to have been the right ones. Jack Wilshere has been atrocious. Diop and Balbuena are improving but have some way to go, whilst Felipe Anderson has been inconsistent to say the least. Perhaps West Ham’s biggest problem has been that they play like 11 individuals on the pitch, rather than one team. Is it just a question of needing time to gel?
We are tipping the Hammers to register their first win of the season this weekend at Goodison Park.
Correct score: 0-1
Southampton vs Brighton
After managing to just survive the drop last season the Saints got off to a dreadful start to the league. They finally managed to register a win last time out when they took on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Is that a sign of things to come for the Saints? Or was it just a fluke? The jury is still out on a side which has, in our opinion, failed to invest properly.
Brighton have just one victory to their name this season after the first 4 rounds of the Premier League which incredibly came against Manchester United. They will need more of that magic as the season progresses if they are to survive the drop because their quality has been lacking.
We are tipping the Saints to take all 3 points at St Mary’s.
Correct Score: 2-1
Bonus: Over 2.5 goals
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