After the League Cup games, some teams may feel the wrath of injuries and fatigue while others will have managers who played it smart by involving youth players. Either way, its fun to be back to predicting the weekends premier league fixtures. 1 point is awarded for the correct outcome and 3 points for a perfect score in the predictions. Here’s a reminder of last weeks action and results and the overall points tally for the three of us so far. Multiple perfect scores predicted last weekend!!!! Bernie with 2 perfect scores while Mohaned and Rishay got one each.
Previous Matchday Scores:
Matchday 6 Predictions:
Saturday September 28th:
“Game of the week – London Derby”
Tottenham have already fallen against their direct rivals in Arsenal to a 1-0 loss. This is their second chance to prove that their new signings have propelled them to equal status with their London rivals. Chelsea on the other hand have not been convincing of late but will need this opportunity to get things back on track. Both teams counter attack at a high level and that should make this a very end to end game with a lot of pace at both ends. 7:45 am Eastern Time will be challenging for some but this big game will be worth it.
This is what happened last time they met:
Tottenham vs Chelsea:
Bernie: Chelsea have wobbled over the past few weeks which makes picking them tough. Spurs have the meanest defense in the league and with a lack of offensive weaponry I don’t expect Chelsea to score more than one. 1-1 Draw
Mohaned: Very tough to predict. Chelsea should be able to get through this but with Mourinho’s recent tinkering with the line up, you never know. Tottenham should be up for this especially at home. I will go with a 2-2 draw.
Rishay: Tottenham have scored 5 and conceded 1 in their 5 games played, while Chelsea have scored 6 and conceded 2. Chelsea have not scored away from home in 2 games played with 1 draw and 1 loss. Tottenham have had a perfect home record. In derby games, form coming into the game sometimes goes out the window, but I think Tottenham are the form team coming into this game and Chelsea are certainly the opposite. 2-1 Tottenham.
Aston Villa vs Manchester city:
Bernie: City will take so much confidence from their battering of Man United. Villa are a tougher nut to crack than last season but no Benteke no goals so 3-0 City.
Mohaned: City are flying high after their rout against their arch rivals Man Utd. I don’t see anything but a city win here. The only issue is predicting the correct score. I will go for a city clean sheet. 2-0 city.
Rishay: Villa look like lambs to the slaughter in this fixture against a rampant City who are coming off two consecutive high scoring wins (including a 4-1 hammering of the champions). However, City have had their difficulties at Villa Park in the past, with low scoring games at this venue in the past couple of seasons with not much in it for either side. I doubt Villa will be able to hold off City in this one, as they are yet to pick up their first home win of the season, but they will definitely do their best to make life difficult for City. 2-1 City.
Man Utd vs West Brom:
Bernie: I have a feeling that United will do a professional job here. They are yet to put together a great performance from beginning to end. The reserves showed great promise against Liverpool and I expect some changes to the team that lost to City. 2-0 United
Mohaned: The Manchester based club will get the three points here. Off to a flying start in the League Cup, beating Liverpool 1-0, they should carry their momentum through. At home they should be too much for Westbrom who are still recovering from a devastating loss to Arsenal on penalties in the League Cup. 3-1 Man Utd.
Rishay: West Brom have been a tricky team for United in recent seasons, coming up with goals unexpectedly in games like the most recent 5-5 draw at the end of last season, and on recent visits to Old Trafford, have lost 2-0 and drawn 2-2. I think Manchester United will be looking forward to this fixture, but should not underestimate West Brom. Against David Moyes’ Everton last season, West Brom picked up a 2-0 home win and a 2-1 away loss. I think United will have their work cut out for them, with a tense game on the cards. 2-1 United.
Swansea vs Arsenal:
Bernie: This might be a little bit tough for Arsenal. Swansea did lose in the Carling Cup but they thrashed Valencia in Europe. In Wales this will be tough and Arsenal don’t have fond memories here. Michu will cause a lot of problems 1-1 draw
Mohaned: This is going to be a very close game. Both teams like to keep the ball and keep possession. I feel the goals here will be down to individual mistakes. Arsenal fans will be hoping Jonjo Shelvey will repeat one half of his performance he had against Liverpool two weeks ago. Arsenal should see this through. 2-1 Arsenal.
Rishay: This fixture ended 2-0 in both premiership fixtures last season, at the Emirates it was 2-0 for Swansea and at Liberty Stadium it was 2-0 for Arsenal. In both fixtures, the goals came late in the second half. Surprisingly, even though Swansea have had some significant wins recently (3-0 away vs. Valencia at the Mestalla), they have yet to win at home in the league. I see a thrilling game ending in a 2-2 draw.
Sunday September 29th:
Sunderland vs Liverpool:
Bernie: Sunderland are a mess! Yes Liverpool lost to Man United in the league cup but they showed that they aren’t going to be pushovers this season. I don’t expect much from Sunderland but maybe they will surprise me. 2-1 Liverpool
Mohaned: Suarez is back!!! He gives liverpool something different. The opponents will be thinking of him before the game even starts. A Dicanio-less Sunderland did well in their first game by winning in the League Cup but can they continue this form in the league. I dont think they are a match to this Liverpool side who are playing relatively well. 2-0 Liverpool.
Rishay: The 10 match ban for Suarez is over and he will likely make a nuisance of himself to the Sunderland back line. Sunderland have sacked their manager and are bottom of the table with terrible form. It is a trend for teams to perform well in the immediate aftermath of a sacked manager, and Sunderland are coming off a 2-0 cup win against league 2 outfit Peterborough. Liverpool have scored 5 and conceded 3 in their league fixtures so far, with four of the 5 games ending with a score of 1-0. At the stadium of light in recent years, there have been close affairs. I will take a gamble and call a 1-1 draw.
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