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Leicester Vs Arsenal

Leicester Form: LDDWW

Arsenal Form: WWDDW

Key Man: Jamie Vardy

Things are on the up for both these clubs after questionable starts to the season and that ought to make for an intriguing 12:30 kick off this Saturday.

Leicester had averaged just one goal per game in their opening five fixtures this season, however their last four league games has seen them at least double that figure on every occasion, all whilst going unbeaten. Jamie Vardy has been a key part in that and despite an injury scare, he’s been ruled fit for service in this light heavyweight match up. His current goal scoring exploits against the Gunners means that he needs just one more to equal Wayne Rooney’s record as the most prolific player ever against the club. So, stay tuned for some iconic Jamie Vardy shithousery if he bags in this early kick off!

It’s worth considering here though, that despite Leicester’s improvements going forward they are yet to keep a clean sheet since the opening day of the season. Arsenal are on an impressive run themselves having picked up 14 points from their last 18 available and having battered Villa last time out, they’ll be more than keen to penetrate this shaky back line. Especially Smith Rowe who was exceptional against Villa, earning the MOTM award with a goal and an assist.

It’s a tough one to call in terms of the direction of the result. Goals look to be a certainty and if one team comes out on top it will likely be decided by the little details. A draw & BTTS seems like the correct way to go in my opinion, and I’ll be backing that for this match up.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 1-1
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 2-2

 

Liverpool Vs Brighton

Liverpool Form: WDDWW

Brighton Form: WDDDL

Key Man: Mohammed Salah

Liverpool’s star man must have Cristiano Ronaldo doing quadruple sessions in his home gym given all the limelight he’s been hogging in the mainstream media. Mohammed Salah has simply been a joke so far this season. Frighteningly good. Ten goals and five assists, in just nine games. He’s well on course for the greatest Premier League season ever statistically.

Therefore, despite Brighton being a tough nut to crack. You won’t find many backing the Seaside outfit against the Reds. The fact that Graham Potter’s men still occupy 5th spot in the table having not won in their last four is testament to how good they’ve been so far. However, there is an old issue emerging that plagued them last season. Goals. Only surpassing a single goal once in their last seven games does not suggest they have the firepower to continue pushing at the higher end of the league.

It could be a tricky day at the office for Klopp in terms of getting that first goal, but you can be confident that a Red victory should be inevitable. If it isn’t Salah, it will likely be Firmino. And if it’s not him, it could be Mane. And if it’s not him it might be Jota. Although, let’s face it- it will be Salah. Liverpool win.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 3-0
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 4-0

Manchester City Vs Crystal Palace

City Form: DWDWW

Palace Form: LDDDD

Key Man: Phil Foden

Pep’s men will be looking to bounce back after their midweek heartbreak in the EFL cup which saw their 1853-day unbeaten streak in the competition shattered. Phil Foden might have missed the deciding penalty from the spot, however his rich grain of form in the league means he’ll come under no criticism. Since being played in a more advanced role four games ago, he’s racked up three goals and two assists, making him one of the hottest players out there right now and he’ll be desperate to bounce back in style.

Meanwhile, Palace come into this off the back of four draws. Their most recent 1-1 against Newcastle was disappointing, but in fairness, their others were against Arsenal, Leicester, and Brighton which is impressive. You can see Viera is building something there and he’s made some astute signings in Connor Gallagher and Odsonne Edouard. Nevertheless, they still occupy 15th spot, and the form book suggests that they aren’t solid enough defensively to keep this Man City side out just yet, as the Eagles still await their first clean sheet on the road.

City are the only side yet to concede on home turf this season, therefore being a stubborn defensive unit is paramount to get anything from a visit to the Etihad. We saw previously Southampton hold city for a bore draw there but that was an anomaly, it won’t happen again anytime soon. So, whilst I would back Viera’s men to put up a relatively stern test and maybe even nick a goal, City should be dominant enough over proceedings to eventually beat Palace into submission.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 3-1
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 2-1

 

Newcastle Vs Chelsea

Newcastle Form: DDLLD

Chelsea Form: WLWWW

Key Man: Callum Wilson

Chelsea were without their two main strikers last week, but you wouldn’t have known it as you watched them dismantle Norwich 7-0. There was so much talk about Lukaku a few weeks back, however he’s actually had a relatively quiet return to the Bridge in terms of his goal scoring and what we’re seeing now is how brilliant the rest of the squad are. Every single player who played against Norwich last week had scored this season by the time the final whistle blew. Which tells us that it isn’t Romelu Lukaku single handedly dragging Chelsea up to the level that allows them to compete with Liverpool and City, they were already there.

Newcastle on the other hand couldn’t be any further away from Chelsea, although they’ll be hoping that their new cauldron of Saudi investment will elevate them to a similar path within the next few years. All the Toon need to worry about right is now getting through to the January transfer window and staying in the Premier League. Worryingly, they remain winless and Saint Maximin looks to be coming off the boil slightly if recent performances are anything to go by. This however could be a prime opportunity for him to disprove that theory.

Newcastle need something to shock their campaign into life and the return of Callum Wilson could prove key to that. He’s scored in both games since his return from injury and whilst Chelsea might have conceded the least number of goals in the league, their expected goals against figure averages out at 1.72 over the last 10 games. It’s a bold prediction but I have a niggling feeling that there might an upset on the cards at St James Park this weekend. An early goal would get the crowd right behind the team and I’d give Newcastle an outside chance.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 2-2
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 0-2

 

Watford Vs Southampton

Watford Form: WDLLW

Southampton Form: DLLWD

Key Man: Tino Livramento

From a 5-0 battering at the hands of Liverpool, to a 5-2 thrashing of their Scouse counterparts, it has been an eventful start under Ranieri! Don’t get too carried away though Watford fans, you were trailing until the 78th minute… Joshua King’s sensational hattrick was the difference, which makes it difficult to predict how Watford will carry on from now. One thing’s for sure- the defence is an issue. Everton were far from full strength and still managed two, Liverpool five, and that needs to be change.

Fortunately, Southampton are hardly the most prolific having averaged less than a goal per game so far this season. But they can be a tough nut to crack, which makes it a seriously difficult one to call with two very unpredictable sides. Southampton’s draw against Chelsea midweek is enough to slightly turn my head in their direction and suggest that their recent improvements means they’ll have what it takes to narrowly win this.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 1-2
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 1-3

Burnley Vs Brentford

Burnley Form: LDDLD

Brentford Form: WDWLL

Key Man: Ivan Toney

Brentford sitting twelfth in the table is an injustice. They deserve to be higher even though they have come up against some incredibly stiff opposition in their last five matches. So, I was glad when I looked at their next ten games to find that they only come against three top half sides in United, Spurs and Everton. All of which I’d fancy Brentford against any day! Given that the key to their success so far this season has been how tough they are to play against, it’s worth considering adding some Bees defenders into that FPL team now they are due to face some weaker sides.

Meanwhile, Burnley remain winless and it’s no secret as to why. They’ve blanked on four occasions already this season in the league and have only managed to score more than one goal in a game twice. Those numbers don’t do a team’s long-term chances any good. On a positive note, they are showing signs of improvement as they earnt a tough couple of draws against Leicester and Southampton. But they need a more clinical edge. Maxwell Cornet has been a bright spark in recent fixtures, bagging a brace last game against Southampton, and they badly need him to continue in the same manner here.

It shouldn’t prove the most exciting of games. Two very direct and workmanlike teams usually doesn’t spell thriller and that principle will likely hold strong here. Brentford are certainly playing a few levels above Burnley right now and they won’t hesitate to show that as they dispatch of this uninspiring Claret side.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 0-2
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 1-1

 

Tottenham Vs Manchester United

Spurs Form: LLWWL

United Form: WLDLL

Key Man: Heung Min Son

Where to start with these two. United have conceded nine goals across their last two games. Harry Maguire, the most expensive defender in the world and United captain, is all over the place. Ole has given the team no tactical identity and significantly can’t make his team difficult to beat, which is exactly what they need to be now. One win in their last five games flatters them as they should have lost that game to West Ham as well! So long as Ole remains in charge, United will struggle.

Likewise, Spurs find themselves in a rough patch also. Albeit not of the same intensity. Defensive problems are the name of the game once again, no clean sheet since their 3rd game of the season and they’ve conceded an average of over two goals across their league matches since. All roads lead to a goal fest in this late kick off.

Ronaldo will be hungrier than ever, and you can bank on the Red Devils starting fast as they look to prove a point. Yet significantly for this fixture, Tottenham will love that. Their suited to counter attacking football and the naivety of Solskjaer could again come to fruition. Man for man, United are far superior. However, if Spurs score a couple, players could down tools, who knows. I’m expecting plenty of goals for both sides and potentially Spurs to edge it, which should spell the end for old Ole.

SAM’S PREDICTION: 3-2
JOSH’S PREDICTION: 1-2

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