Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
Venue: Saint James’ Stadium
Chelsea faces an uncertain trip to Newcastle United in Saturday’s opening game at Saint James’ Park.
The Blues have found the ground a tough place to play away from home in recent seasons, losing on their last visit in January and despite their six-game unbeaten run, coupled with the brilliant form of summer arrivals Edouard Mendy, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech they will be wary of an unpredictable Magpies side.
Thiago Silva continues to be a corner stone in the heart of Chelsea’s defence but due to his international commitment with Brazil in the last 10 days, he is unlikely to play any part in this game, hence leaving the Blues’ defence a bit vulnerable.
We expect both teams to find the back of the net, over 1.5 goals, Timo Werner to score anytime for Chelsea in an eventual score draw.
Prediction: NUFC 1 – 1 Chelsea
Aston Villa vs. Brighton
Venue: Villa Park
High-flying Aston Villa will aim to build on their impressive win before the international break as they welcome Brighton to Villa Park.
The Villains got back to winning ways away at Arsenal; Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins at the heart of the brilliant performance, a feat expected to be repeated against the struggling Seagulls who have managed just one win this season and failed to beat fellow strugglers Burnley and West Brom even at their own backyard.
We tip this to be a straightforward one-sided home win, the international break not slowing Villa down as they secure another victory with an over 2.5 goal margin and Watkins extending his brilliant form in-front of goal.
Prediction: Villa 3 – 0 Brighton
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Another eagerly anticipated Jose Mourinho – Pep Guardiola classic takes place this weekend in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur hosting Manchester City.
The Citizens have surprisingly struggled this season, occupying a mid-table spot in 10th-place and aren’t in the best of form heading to play a team second on the log.
The return to fitness and form of Gabriel Jesus helps City’s course, as they have an out-and-out centre forward but it’s at the back where the worries remain with Ruben Diaz facing his biggest test since his arrival in England, Harry Kane the obvious threat.
This should be a very exciting game with no side expected to hold back, Kevin De Bruyne notably (10 appearances, three goals and five assists in this fixture) one of the anticipated key performers in this game. Both teams should score, over 2.5 goals and a Spurs win to settle this fixture.
Prediction: Spurs 2 – 1 Man City
Manchester United vs. West Brom
Venue: Old Trafford
Manchester United have an opportunity to finally win a first home league game of the campaign at the fifth attempt as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the domestic season, sitting outside the top half of the log, 14th on the table and have been consistently let down by the performances of their top stars.
However, they shouldn’t realistically break much sweat against an awful Baggies’ team that still await a first win and have generally looked out of their depth in the top division. A home win and over 1.5 goals should seal the result in favour of Manchester United.
Prediction: Man Utd 2 – 0 West Brom
Fulham vs. Everton
Venue: Craven Cottage
Fulham will attempt to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the west London derby a fortnight ago as they welcome Everton to Craven Cottage in Sunday’s opening game.
The Cottagers were handed a lifeline right at the death away at West Ham to gain a point, a penalty which was fluffed by Ademola Lookman.
The defeat was a massive setback for Fulham, who only a celebrated a first win of the season a few days before and it could even get worse against a Toffees team that have lost their last three straight games, winless in four matches and will view this as an opportunity to flex their muscles.
With the return of Richarlison after serving out a three-match ban, added to the goals of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, we expect Everton to secure a win in this one.
Prediction: Fulham 0 – 2 Everton
Sheffield United vs. West Ham United
Venue: Bramall Lane
West Ham should feel good about claiming maximum points away at Sheffield United.
The Hammers should have top goalscorer Michail Antonio back after his recent struggles with a tight hamstring, a major boost for David Moyes and bad news for Chris Wilder and the boys.
West Ham have looked good even against the league’s heavyweight this campaign and against a winless Sheffield, we can only expect one outcome, an away win for the Hammers against the bottom club.
Prediction: Sheffield 1 – 2 Hammers
Leeds United vs. Arsenal
Venue: Elland Road
Leeds United are home to Arsenal in potentially the game of the weekend.
The Gunners were stunned at home by Aston Villa just before the two-week international break and manager Mikel Arteta expectedly will demand an instant response from his team, although that’s not guaranteed against an exciting Leeds side that have taken the league by storm on their top flight return.
Thomas Partey is expected to return to action after limping off against Villa, the two-week international break affording the Ghana international appropriate recovery time, same expected of Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo, who tested positive for Coronavirus a fortnight ago but should be given the all-clear if he returns a negative test.
We expect this to be a very open game, potentially high scoring and Arsenal to run out winners.
Prediction: Leeds 2 – 3 Arsenal
Liverpool vs. Leicester City
A depleted Liverpool team welcomes Leicester City to Anfield in a top-of-the-table encounter.
The Reds have suffered multiple setbacks in the build-up to this encounter, injury and positive Coronavirus tests (Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah) affecting Jurgen Klopp’s preparations for the big game.
In contrast, the Foxes have an almost clean bill of health, Wilfred Ndidi returning to training this week after spending the last few weeks on the sidelines and it remains to be seen if the hardworking Nigeria international midfielder will play any part in this encounter.
This Liverpool side looks very vulnerable at the moment and when you factor perennial nemesis Jamie Vardy has netted in every away game for Leicester this season and facing this second-string Liverpool defence, it could be a long night at Anfield for the Reds.
We expect to see goals at both ends, a customary Vardy goal in this fixture, over 3.5 goals and a draw settling what should be an explosive game.
Prediction: Liverpool 2 – 2 Leicester
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace
Venue: Turf Moor
Burnley are home to Crystal Palace as they finally hope to get their season up-and-running at home to the Eagles.
The Clarets have experienced a nightmare start to the campaign, but only require one win to turn what has been a turbulent season so far around. We expect Burnley to get something out of this game as they share the points with Palace.
Prediction: Burnley 1 – 1 Palace
Wolverhampton vs. Southampton
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Wolverhampton Wanderers are home to Southampton in the final game of game-week 9 at the Molineux Stadium.
The Saints, reliable customers on the road are without top goal scorer Danny Ings, who is sidelined for at least the next month and will have to rely on Che Adams for the goals to down the Wolves.
Wolverhampton are quite a delight to watch especially at home and we expect them to end Southampton’s unbeaten run which stretches back to the second week. A Wolverhampton win and over 1.5 goals should settle this fixture.
Prediction: Wolves 2 – 0 Saints
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