Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace who are without the self isolating Wilfried Zaha are home to Newcastle United in the Premier League’s first game on Friday night.
The Eagles were on the receiving end of an away defeat at Burnley on Monday night and must be keen to bounce back against a Magpies’ team that have lost two games on the bounce.
The task for Steve Bruce could be made more complex if top scorer Callum Wilson isn’t passed fit for the away team, although it is expected that the England forward should recover sufficiently in time to start this game.
We tip the hosts to do just enough to secure a clean sheet and a win as the battle of Selhurst Park ushers in the weekend matches.
Prediction: Palace 1 – 0 NUFC
Brighton vs. Liverpool
Venue: Amex Stadium
League champions Liverpool are away to Brighton in Saturday’s early kickoff at the Amex Stadium. The injury ravaged Reds were stunned at Anfield by Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League and Jurgen Klopp will demand an instant response from his side that have serious concerns at the back.
That could be an area to exploit for Brighton with both the pace and power of Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay causing Joel Matip and whoever partners the Cameroonian in the heart of defence.
Despite the obvious Liverpool weaknesses, we expect them to still carry the day. However, the Seagulls have more than enough in their tank to breach the Liverpool backline, hence we predict both teams to score, over 2.5 goals, Diogo Jota to score anytime and a Liverpool victory.
Prediction: Brighton 1 – 2 Liverpool
Manchester City vs. Burnley
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City could face a massive test as they welcome Burnley to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens have been very far from their best this season, struggling for creativity and goals and their best performers failing to hit top form.
Added to the increasing number of fixtures played within a short period of time, the Clarets having the ability to cause trouble in the wide area- Dwight McNeil and Johann Berg Gudmundsson- and Chris Wood’s aerial and physical threat causing great discomfort to the City backline, this could be an extremely demanding game for Manchester City.
This could be one of the games that could produce an upset this weekend, but nevertheless, we expect both teams to score, over 1.5 goals and a draw to settle this fixture, a morale booster for Sean Dyche and his Burnley team.
Prediction: City 1 – 1 Burnley
Everton vs. Leeds United
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton have a big task as they welcome Leeds United to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The Toffees ended a four-game winless run with what ought to have been a comfortable away victory at Fulham but ended up been a nervy finish at Craven Cottage and Carlo Ancelotti will certainly demand more from his Everton side who were considered early season title-contenders.
James Rodriguez has struggled to replicate his excellent form in the opening weeks but against an opposition that don’t pay heavy emphasis on the physical side of the game, he could be influential once again, together with Alex Iwobi, who was a standout performer in an unfamiliar right wing-back position at Fulham, provided Ancelotti decides to retain the 3-5-2 formation.
This game should be open and produce goals as neither team can boost of being solid defensively despite being coached by two veteran managers. We tip over 3.5goals in this fixture, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) and Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) to find the back of the net and an Everton win to seal the game.
Prediction: Everton 3 – 2 Leeds
West Brom vs. Sheffield United
Venue: The Hawthorns
The game of the relegation battlers takes us to the Hawthorns as West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United conclude the Saturday fixtures.
Both teams unsurprisingly remain the only sides without a win this season in the English Premier League and that doesn’t appear like it’s going to improve on evidence of their displays last weekend and statistics this campaign, the lowest scorers and worst defence in the league.
Both Slaven Bilic and Chris Wilder might be walking on egg shells with regards to the safety of their jobs, notably the former, but we don’t expect to see anything different to change the opposing director’s opinions about their respective managers. A dull goalless draw should settle this game at the Hawthorns.
Prediction: West Brom 0 – 0 Sheffield
Southampton vs. Manchester United
Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium
The Saint Mary’s Stadium hosts the first of three fixtures on Sunday as Southampton welcomes Manchester United.
In the absence of reliable talisman Danny Ings, the Saints managed to secure a valuable away point at Wolverhampton, with Theo Walcott filling in to good effect, opening his Premier League account for Southampton on Monday night.
The Southampton squad naturally picks itself but same can’t be said of the United team whose demanding fixture list means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be forced into squad rotations to keep the team fresh for next week’s all-important UEFA Champions League home fixture against Paris Saint-Germain, meaning Edison Cavani should be pushing for a first Premier League start, while Nemanja Matic is introduced into the line-up.
We expect both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and a draw to settle this potentially explosive fixture.
Prediction: Saints 2 – 2 Man Utd
Chelsea vs. Tottenham
Venue: Stamford Bridge
The master and apprentice meet for a third time in the English Premier League as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur are away to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the London derby at Stamford Bridge, a fixture which has the added spice of the league’s best attack facing the best defence.
The previous two meetings between the managerial pair saw Chelsea emerge victorious, scoring two goals on both occasions and considering their all-round impressive form, notably in goal where summer signing Edouard Mendy continues to remain a shining light, it could take more than tactical intelligence for Mourinho to finally get that first win over Lampard.
A major worry for Spurs could be on the right side of defence, where Serge Aurier, who is renowned for his occasional ill-timed tackles and outburst of emotions, is expected to be in a direct confrontation with Timo Werner, while it remains to be seen if Toby Alderweireld who went off injured against Manchester City recovers in time for this game.
Despite their good form, Chelsea are yet to get maximum points off any Premier League heavyweights this season and we expect that worrying trend to continue on Sunday as both teams settle for a score draw in the top-of-the-table fixture.
Prediction: Chelsea 1 – 1 Spurs
Arsenal vs. Wolverhampton
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Sunday’s Premier League fixtures come to a conclusion with Arsenal hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium.
The last three successive meetings between the pair on this ground have all ended in an identical 1-1 scoreline and the big question remains, will there be a change of result or is it going to be a familiar outcome?
The Gunners have been on a disappointing run of form in the league, earning just the solitary win in their last five matches and were extremely lucky to have earned a point away at Leeds United despite finishing with 10 men after Nicolas Pepe earned a senseless sending off.
On the balance of play, Wolverhampton appear to be the better side but we tip Arsenal to come away with a point in what is now becoming a customary result and outcome between the pair on this ground.
Prediction: Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves
Leicester vs. Fulham
Venue: King Power Stadium
Leicester City are home to a struggling Fulham team in a very winnable Monday evening fixture. The Foxes were defeated and failed to find the back of the net for a second successive game against Liverpool but should expect to bounce back against a Cottagers’ team that look destined for an instant demotion back to the Championship.
Nigeria international midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has reportedly intensified his training following his return from injury and it remains to be seen if he will be involved at any point in this game for the hosts.
As earlier stated, this should be a walk in the park for the Foxes as we don’t anticipate any unforeseen upsets here. A Leicester City win, over 1.5 goals and a Jamie Vardy strike to seal this win.
Prediction: Leicester 2 – 0 Fulham
West Ham vs. Aston Villa
Venue: London Stadium
The concluding match of game-week 10 and the month of November see West Ham United host Aston Villa in what should be a perfect wrap up of the latest round of English Premier League games.
The Hammers should be boosted by the return to fitness of top scorer Michail Antonio, his reinstatement into the line-up non-negotiable despite Sebastian Haller’s match-winner at Sheffield United on Sunday.
For the visiting Villa team, they have endured a mixed bag of results since that historic home win against Liverpool, notably at home, a sloppy and lethargic performance led to a shock defeat to Brighton but have somehow managed to continue their excellent away form, a task which might be made a bit difficult following Ross Barkley’s injury sustained inside the opening two minutes against the Seagulls.
Both teams love to attack and appear to have settled following last season’s relegation struggle. We expect to see the goals fly in at both ends of the pitch, over 2.5 goals and Villa to extend their impressive away form.
Prediction: Hammers 1 – 2 Villa
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