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EPL Matchday 1 Predictions (17/08/2013)

We’ve decided to try our hands at predicting the scores of the Premier league games for each matchday. The three of us think we know more about the game than each other so we’ve decided to put ourselves to the test.

We will each predict the scores of games involving the teams we believe will be in the top 6: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. For every correct outcome predicted, one point will  be allotted. If a perfect score is predicted, an additional two points will be allocated.

Correct outcome = 1 point

Perfect score = 3 points

Let the games begin. “May the odds be ever in your favor”.

Saturday August 17th

Liverpool vs Stoke:

Bernie: Liverpool have to take this. No Suarez but Coutinho is going to be all over Stoke and at Anfield Stoke will wither away. 3-1 Liverpool

Mohaned: Liverpool have made a few good signings. Pre-season has not gone to plan but I think they can pull this off. 2-0 Liverpool

Rishay: Stoke City have had the better of Liverpool in recent seasons. Hard to see the pattern change in this one. A draw is on the cards here. 1-1.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa:

Bernie: If Aston Villa can build on their late season form from the last campaign this could prove awkward for the gunners. Giroud will need to prove he can lead the line to make fans forget about Higuain and Suarez. 2-1 Arsenal.

Mohaned: Arsenal arent even sure if they can field 11 fit starters after the injuries to Arteta, Walcott and Sagna on the international break. No new signings either. Should still have enough to win. A narrow 2-1 to Arsenal.

Rishay: Based on last season’s results, a narrow home win would be a reasonable bet. If Arsenal can pick up where they left off at the end of last season, they could win this one with more ease. 3-1 Arsenal.

GAME OF THE WEEK – Swansea vs Man United:

United have a new manager and as of yet no new signings. It’s the defending Premier League champions against the Carling Cup holders. In demand Michael Laudrup has improved his team with astute signings. Expect good passing football from Swansea while no one knows what to expect from Moyes’ men. The post Ferguson Era begins making this our game of the week.

Will Moyes still have this smile on his face?

Will Moyes still have this smile on his face?

Bernie: Swansea gave Man United tough tests last season and with Swansea adding Bony and Shelvey to the team it will only get tougher. United haven’t strengthened and have a new manager so tough one this. Score: 2-1 Man United (just)

Mohaned: Swansea went off the boil at the end of last season. Still have a lot to offer and should have a great season. I think a narrow 1-0 to ManU.

Rishay: A tricky start to the season in Wales this one. United were unlucky to only come away with a draw here last season but things could be different this time around.  1-1 Draw with Swansea coming back from a goal down.

Sunday August 18th

Crystal Palace v Tottenham:

Bernie: This one is simple. AVB’s new signings will overpower the newcomers all over the pitch. This one will be routine. Score: 2-0 Tottenham

Mohaned: Newly promoted crystal palace wont stand a chance here. Bale-less tottenham should win this comfortably. Ill go for 3-0 to Spurs.

Rishay: Spurs will be eyeing Palace as 3 points. Bale could be the difference between a narrow win and a big win. Hard to see Palace as a threat without their best player in Zaha. As we know with all derbies, anything can happen, but hard to see it happening in this one. Spurs with a comfortable 3-1 win.

Chelsea v Hull:

Bernie: I’m not even sure you should take bets on this game. At Stamford Bridge Steve Bruce’s men are in for a beating. 3-0 Chelsea

Mohaned: 4-0 Chelsea.

Rishay: Hull City opening day fixture at Stamford Bridge. This one should be an “L” in the results column for them. Let’s see how many times “park the bus” gets cited for this one. 4-0 Chelsea.

Monday August 19th

Man City v Newcastle:

Bernie: Some people are writing off Newcastle here but I think they will give an admirable performance against City. City have made some signings but they will have to gel. 3-1 City

Mohaned: Newcastle are a good team but city have too much fire power. Negredo and Jovetic to do the damage. 2-0 City.

Rishay: A surprising 3-1 preseason loss to Arsenal recently will keep City on their toes. Newcastle will remain the underdogs however, conceding seven times and scoring once in last season’s fixtures. 4-1 City.

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