SATURDAY 25th August
Wolverhampton vs Manchester City
The newcomers in the league, Wolves are really a good team with strong offensive football but frequently weak defensively. In their last game against Leicester, Wolves created more chances without scoring such that they need to be more clinical against a sensational City defense.
Despite Wolves spending this summer to bring in more experience, they only managed a draw at home against Everton.
Man City are brimming with confidence after an emphatic 6-1 rout of Huddersfield last week with Sergio Aguero netting a hat-trick. Guardiola will ultimately use the same squad against Wolves making it a relatively comfortable away win for City.
TIP: Man City to win
Arsenal v West Ham
With the departure of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have recorded mixed results for this season as new manager Unai Emery gets his feet under the dugout and impose his attacking football.
Arsenal are trying to play more often from the back which have resulted with two serious defeat. That said, Arsenal full squad is available for selection with few injury concerns which makes it probable that the new manager will record a first home win.
West Ham are currently bottom of the table with their position indicative of defensive mistakes which it make it rather worrying for the new manager Manuel Pellegrini. With everything almost in crisis in the West Ham camp, a comfortable Arsenal win looks the most probable outcome.
TIP: Arsenal to Win
Bournemouth v Everton
Bournemouth have recorded two wins out of their last two matches over Cardiff and West Ham.
Everton recorded their first home win of the season against Southampton with a hard fought 2-1, having drawn against Wolves in their opening match. Bournemouth and Everton are two footballing teams with the home side having a better performance than Everton in their last competitive matches.
With no injury concerns among the two teams, Bournemouth look more sharper this season defensively and offensively. Though tough to call, Bournemouth will create more problems for Everton and record their third victory of the season.
TIP: Bournemouth to win.
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Huddersfield were lucky last season to avoid the relegation, but will be more focused to dodge the relegation bullet for the second time.
Having drawn their last game against Newcastle, Cardiff will ultimately sit back and avoid a defeat at Huddersfield with the both teams struggling to stay up and avoid relegation.
A draw for either team is really the most probable outcome with each team having to take a point at the expense of the rival.
Southampton v Leicester
Leicester’s lethal goal machine Jamie Vardy was red-carded in during their win against Wolves.
With the departure of Leicesters strikers, Islam Slimani, Leonardo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa, Claude Puel’s Leicester could be in for a tough afternoon against a revamped Southampton under Hughes. Up against his former side, Puel is short of goals due to Vardy red-card.
TIP: Southampton to win
Liverpool v Brighton
Having beaten Man United with superb display, Brighton head into Anfield full of confidence hoping for another good result.
Well, at the moment Liverpool are title contenders having beaten Brighton convincingly in all their encounters. Regardless of good display by Brighton against a weak United, Liverpool’s style of fast footballing from Salah, Mane, Keita, and Firmino proves difficult to contain and to cope with.
The Brighton defense will be in for a tricky evening.
TIP: Liverpool to win.
SUNDAY 26th August
Watford v Crystal Palace
Watford have recorded clearly two wins over Brighton and Burnley and aim to make it to three wins when they play Palace.
In-form Watford strikers, Andre Gray and Troy Deeney are making promising partnerships upfront and will probably cause headaches on the Palace defense. Against Liverpool, Palace were competitive and ended conceding twice and sees them concede against an in form Watford by the same scoreline.
TIP: Watford to win
Fulham v Burnley
Having been well beaten by Olympiacos in the Europa league on Thursday, Burnley shift their attention to Premier League.
On their opening game at, Burnley created more chances and should have won the match but ended up sharing the points against Southampton. With their Europa ambitions crashed, overcoming a 3-1 defeat against an elite European as Olympiacos proves an uphill task play off next week.
With that said, Burnley will be more focused to avoid defeats on the roads and aim to secure a top ten finish in the league. Their opponents Fulham play open football and have scored just once in their opening two games with little cutting edge upfront same as Burnley.
With the teams lacking an upfront display, Fulham to win or draw seems as the most probable results with both teams having mixed results.
TIP: Double chance Fulham to win or draw 1X
Newcastle v Chelsea
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle finished on the losing end despite a good performnance against Tottenham and should have beaten 10 men Cardiff last week.
Although Kenedy missed an injury time penalty against Cardiff, Rafa Benitez is difficult to beat at home against Premier League favorites. Newcatles’s Sunday opponents Chelsea look calmer and adventurous under new coach Maurizio Sarri but Chelsea have had defensive mistakes against lower teams.
Sarri’s pressing game might prove costly when the opposition breaks their defense line and have the space to create chances. With an open game, goals will flow in eventually.
TIP: Both Teams To Score
MONDAY 27 August
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
United were beaten out last time by lowly Brighton and welcome Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Tottenham have a poor record at Old Trafford scoring just once from their past trips. Mourinho is well known to scrap some really positive outcomes from tight fixtures with the teams he has manged. With Valencia, Matic and Dalot on the sidelines, Mourinho has the likes of Fellaini, Herrera, Fred and Pogba on the midfield to cut the Spurs attack of Harry Kane, Delle Alli and Eriksen.
With Mourinho intent on keeping United on track, he could possibly play more behind the ball than attack signaling a stalemate encounter at Old Trafford.
TIP: Double chance United to win or draw 1X
Author : ColloNGA