We are back to predicting the scores for the Premier League. 1 point is awarded for the correct outcome and 3 points for a perfect score. Here’s a reminder of last weeks action and results and the overall points tally for the three of us so far.
Previous Matchday Scores:
Last week we included the El Classico as an extra prediction option with a 5 point prize. Unfortunately no one was able to get that spot on. Here is a summary of last weeks predictions and results:
Matchday 10 Predictions:
Saturday November 2nd:
Newcastle vs Chelsea:
Bernie: I like to think that Newcastle are a difficult team to play against. You never know which Newcastle you will come up against so in theory it should be tough. Somehow I don’t think it will. Chelsea are on a roll. Mourinho’s philosophies are sinking in again and that win against City should give them great momentum. 2-0 Chelsea
Mohaned: Newcastle have struggled for goals recently. Cisse is having a torrid time and Ben Arfa is trying but to no avail. Chelsea are flying high so I’m guessing they will come out with a win here. The decision is whether to give Chelsea a clean sheet or not. Ill go with a 3-1 Chelsea win.
Rishay: Chelsea generally wins this fixture, and will be further motivated by their win over City in their last league fixture. City also beat Newcastle 2-0 in the Carling Cup in midweek. Newcastle won’t have enough to match their superior firepower unless Chelsea get complacent, which is highly unlikely under Mourinho’s tutelage. 2-0 Chelsea.
Manchester City vs Norwich:
Bernie: If Norwich aren’t careful they might see themselves fighting for survival on the last day. City will be raring to go after losing to Chelsea with a last minute Joe Hart blunder. Will Pantilimon play? We’ll have to wait and see but I see City winning this one easily. 3-0 City
Mohaned: Joe Hart wont start this one. So City will have a solid goal keeper in Pantilimon. City are on a good run recently having not played badly at Stamford Bridge although coming away with no points. Aguero just has to keep doing what he does best. 3-1 City.
Rishay: Norwich acquired some injuries to their players during the midweek League Cup tie against Manchester United. Man City will be looking to win this game, and with a perfect home record in the league so far, there is only one way this fixture is going to go. City are notorious for slacking off, but I think they’ll be on song for this one. 4-1 City.
Fulham vs Manchester United:
Bernie: United will again have it tough. They beat Norwich easily but I can’t see Moyes dropping Rooney or RVP and neither will play very deep so expect a five man Fulham midfield to give United lots of trouble. 2-1 United.
Mohaned: Cravan cottage is never an easy place to go. United havent been in the best of form recently but atleast come here with a win in their previous fixture. Man Utd should have enough to see off the side sitting just above the relegation zone. Ill go with a 2-1 United win.
Rishay: Fulham are on a rough streak, with the exception of the result against struggling Crystal Palace. Knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester in midweek, they will be looking to put things right, by targeting a vulnerable Manchester United side looking to strike some form away from home. United will have to establish themselves into the game early if they are to get a positive result here. Fulham are definitely there for the taking, and United have shown signs of positivity in their last 3 fixtures. 1-3 United.
*Game of the week: Arsenal vs Liverpool*
Arsenal are two points ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table which give Liverpool a perfect opportunity to leap frog them with a win at the Emirates on Saturday. This test against Liverpool is the start of a tough run of form for Arsenal who have been in form in the league but have lost consecutively in the champions league and the league one cup against Dortmund and Chlesea. Liverpool will hope their striking duo will be too much for Arsenal’s defense while Arsneal hope to have the midfield advantage. Both teams always set up to attack and cant really defend solidly for a full 90 minutes. Lets hope this one is a cracker!
Arsenal vs Liverpool:
Bernie: To sit on the fence or not to sit on the fence that is the question? On the podcast I said Liverpool were playing the best football. I said that to annoy Mo BUT in the first half of games Liverpool have been awesome. Arsenal however have been great for entire 90 minute stretches. This will be a huge test for the Gunners. Beat Liverpool and their title credentials will be taken VERY seriously. Suarez and Sturridge just can’t be stopped but neither can Ozil. Got to sit on the fence 2-2 draw.
Mohaned: This is a tough one. I never predict a loss for my Arsenal and I wont here. Sure Liverpool are a strong side attacking wise but their deficiencies in defense give me confidence. I think Arsenal at home should be able to edge this one with their better midfield. Giroud will be isolated with the 3 CB formation that Liverpool play so he will have to be on top of his game. This will be a tough ground out 2-1 result to the Arsenal.
Rishay: The Gunners have had a tough time in their big games this season, with losses to Dortmund and Chelsea so far. They will have to up their game and stitch up their defense if they are to keep the red hot duo of Sturridge and Suarez at bay. Liverpool have the upper hand in terms of momentum for this fixture, and the odds are probably against Arsenal for this match between two form setting teams. I expect a competitive draw, with an exciting and end to end game in store for us. A thrilling 2-2 Tie.
Sunday November 3rd:
Everton vs Tottenham:
Bernie: This could be game of the week on another week. This just shows how competitive the premier league is. On paper Spurs should win but Martinez has Everton playing with a spirit and verve not seen since Everton went to the Champions league under Moyes in 2005. Goodison Park is a tough place to go so I’m going to take a risk (well some might not think it is) but 1-0 Everton.
Mohaned: Everton are a team in form and playing some great football. Spurs are struggling for creativity and have once again won a game with an undeserved penalty kick. Lets hope Everton can keep Soldado away form the penalty spot this game. I think both teams will play for the attack and this will be a very exciting match. Ill go with a 2-2 draw.
Rishay: Tottenham have struggled remarkably in their fixtures this season, and this week was a microcosm of their form, barely winning against the mighty Hull City in both league and Cup. Everton are flying high under the new management of Roberto Martinez, and with Lukaku in solid form, I expect him to give Tottenham’s defense some real concerns. 2-1 Everton.
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