Aston Villa vs. Leeds United
Venue: Villa Park
In-form Aston Villa will aim to extend their perfect start to the season as they welcome Leeds United to Villa Park on Friday night.
The Villains have impressively won their opening four league games of the season and while they have seen off heavyweights Liverpool and Leicester City in that sequence, promoted Leeds present a different type of opposition.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team are one of the more compact and entertaining in the division, although occasional naivety and a lack of a proven goal scorer (Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo) aren’t the most consistent and prolific often makes most of their good play end in futility, Monday’s game against Wolverhampton a good example.
We predict Villa to make it five wins from five games, a clean sheet and secure a victory which takes them top of the league table.
Prediction: Villa 2 – 0 Leeds
West Ham vs. Manchester City
Venue: London Stadium
Hard-battling West Ham United are home to Manchester City in Saturday’s opening league fixture. The Hammers were sensational as they secured a comeback draw in a thrilling London derby away at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to an eight-minute fightback.
They play against a City team that have struggled recently to be at their very best and playing away from home wouldn’t do Pep Guardiola and team any notable favours. Sergio Aguero should start for a second successive league game for the visitors but the major challenge for City will be how the backline which is still developing can cope with West Ham’s impressive attack.
We should have goals at both ends; over 2.5 goals and the intensity of this game should culminate in a draw.
Prediction: Hammers 2 – 2 City
Fulham vs. Crystal Palace
Venue: Craven Cottage
Fulham and Crystal Palace face off in the London derby at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. The Cottagers were minutes away from securing a first win of the season at Sheffield United, but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s foul resulted in a penalty which Billy Sharp converted to hand the Blades a share of the points.
The bottom club have their hands filled against a Palace team who on paper have better quality and will fancy their chances of earning a first win in four matches against a struggling Fulham team.
Prediction: Fulham 0 – 2 Palace
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Venue: Old Trafford
Chelsea are away to Manchester United in what should be a highly explosive encounter. The Blues haven’t found much joy against the Red Devils in recent league meetings between both teams, losing home and away last season and are in dire need of a victory after a mixed start to the present campaign.
The big worry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is if captain Harry Maguire will be fit for the game after missing out on the midweek UEFA Champions League victory in Paris, the England international a major presence to thwart the red-hot Timo Werner.
This should be another key battle between Premier League legends Solskjaer and Frank Lampard, an interesting developing rivalry in the last 14 months.
We expect both teams to score, a Marcus Rashford goal and United to pick up maximum points.
Prediction: Man Utd 2 – 1 Chelsea
Liverpool vs. Sheffield United
The final game of Saturday sees Liverpool and winless Sheffield United square off at Anfield. The Blades have struggled to replicate last season’s heroics, winless and have only managed to score in two games.
For the Reds, they are without dependable defender and leader Virgil Van Dijk, who possibly is out for the season and his place in the middle of defence could be filled by makeshift centreback Fabinho, who was impressive midweek away at Ajax Amsterdam.
Despite issues in goal and in defence, Liverpool have way too much quality to be troubled by Sheffield and we predict over 2.5 goals, Sadio Mane to extend his red-hot goal scoring form.
Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Sheffield
Southampton vs. Everton
Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium
Everton are away to Southampton in a testing game which promises to produce goals based on both teams’ form this campaign. The Toffees are top of the league table, thanks largely to the goals of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the playmaking skills of new arrival James Rodriguez.
However, Carlo Ancelotti announced in his press conference in the build-up to the game that James will miss the game due to injury, likewise captain Seamus Coleman and Richarlison, who is suspended after been sent-off in the Merseyside derby.
We anticipate a very open and attacking approach by both teams to this game and we expect to see the highest scoring fixture of the weekend as Everton emerge winners.
Prediction: Saints 2 – 3 Everton
Wolverhampton vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Wolverhampton Wanderers are favourites to earn a third straight league win as they host Newcastle United at the Molineux Stadium.
The Wolves secured a late winner away at Leeds United on Monday night, Raul Jimenez the goal scorer but it was yet again another less than impressive performance from Nuno Espirito Santos’ men who haven’t really sparkled this term.
The Magpies have injury concerns of theirs, first-choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka still recuperating from injury and Karl Darlow who has done a great job deputising is now a doubt after struggling with injury for the concluding part of the loss to Manchester United.
This is rather one of the more straightforward games to determine the outcome, as Newcastle don’t have enough in their tank to rattle Wolverhampton, who should end a run of not winning on this ground in this fixture since their Premier League return by securing a third successive one-goal win margin.
Prediction: Wolves 1 – 0 NUFC
Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Arsenal and Leicester City lock horns in Sunday’s final fixture after a testing last seven days for both teams.
The Gunners were beaten away at Manchester City at the weekend; likewise the Foxes who lost out in identical circumstances at home to Aston Villa and both have UEFA Europa League games on Thursday.
Jamie Vardy continues to be ruled out with injury, hence misses out for Leicester, the goal scoring responsibility falling on Kelechi Iheanacho, a different type of striker in comparison to Vardy.
The key here should be Thomas Partey’s inclusion from the start for the hosts, as he will use his immense strength and technical qualities to run a suspect Foxes’ midfield around the park. We tip Arsenal for the win, but Leicester should end their barren run in front of goal.
Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 1 Leicester
Brighton vs. West Brom
Venue: Amex Stadium
Brighton are home to West Brom in the first of two Monday Premier League matches. The Baggies were involved in the first goalless draw of the league campaign, an unsurprising outcome considering the quality of forwards they have aren’t above average in the division.
They come against a Brighton team who in contrast have scored goals for fun and are only unfortunate to have played heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester United in their previous two home games, both ending in defeats.
We tip the Seagulls to earn maximum points and a rare clean sheet against the struggling Baggies.
Prediction: Brighton 2 – 0 West Brom
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Turf Moor
The game-week 6 English Premier League matches come to a conclusion on Monday night, winless Burnley hosting Tottenham Hotspur.
The Clarets have endured a tough start to the campaign and should expect even tougher times as they play against a superior Spurs team that could be unleashing Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Gareth Bale all from the start.
As earlier highlighted, Tottenham have way too much quality for this Burnley team and just like their previous two away league matches, we tip Spurs for the win on this occasion.
Prediction: Burnley 1 – 1 Spurs
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