So, we’re only in mid-September and already Chelsea’s title rivals are having to play catch-up as Mourinho’s men have won all their games so far. However, our pundits and contributors made some excellent gains in the predictions race from Match Day 4. The current overall leader is still Bernie, but he has four contributors within 3 points of him – Osman, Daniyal, Nahel, and Zee – who are hot on his heels before the next pundit Mohaned. The predictions race is starting to take shape just like that for the Premiership, and we have some great games coming up this weekend as well.
From the previous weekend, surprisingly, the Toronto FC v Chicago Fire (1-1) game was the most common correct prediction. Result-wise, the Manchester United – QPR game had no surprises, but the potency of the United attack did shock some of our pundits by surprise. Will we see more of this in the upcoming Leicester City v Man United fixture? Chelsea thumped a spirited Swansea side 4-2 courtesy of a Diego Costa hat-trick, but now follow up their midweek Champions League draw with a trip to the Etihad against Manchester City for this weekend’s humdinger. Manchester City themselves had a feisty 2-2 draw with Arsenal before travelling to Munich in the Champions League and being undone in injury time. Will City be able to bounce back against Chelsea this weekend?
Arsenal performed valiantly against City, but were sloppy against Dortmund away. They have an opportunity to correct their mistakes against Aston Villa, who so far this season have been surprisingly good at keeping out the goals. This will indeed be a test for an Arsenal side whose attack has yet to click this season. Perhaps Welbeck will be able to break through? Meanwhile, Liverpool have looked uninspired so far this season, and almost dropped points at home to a Champions League newcomer in midweek, to follow up with their shock home loss to Aston Villa the previous weekend. Their game against West Ham away will be a tricky one, though they should be able to handle it. Their Merseyside neighbours Everton are at home to Crystal Palace, and Tottenham are home to West Brom to round up the predictions.
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Summary of Matchday 4:
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Our contributors have been extremely impressive so far. As it stands, Nahel and Osman have predicted the most perfect scorelines. Only Bernie’s consistent accumulation of points has kept him ahead.
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Games of the Week:
Bernie: Milan v Juventus: Serie A has taken a backseat to La Liga and the Premier League in recent times but there is no denying the sense of occasion that this game brings. Milan are a fallen giant and Juventus are the men to beat in Italy. Under Inzaghi, this frugally assembled Milan team has won their first two games in the most exciting of ways. Their defense is suspect but they’ve managed to score goals. Juventus are the polished, well drilled side who will beat you with very little fan fare. The sheer disorganization of Milan will make this match particularly exciting and unpredictable. Usually the calm head wins in the end so I’ll go with Juventus here. Is another Pirlo freekick too much to ask for? 2-1 Juventus
Alexander: West Ham v Liverpool: This has the makings of a cracker. Despite appointing Jordan Henderson as their shiny new Vice-Captain, Liverpool only beat Ludogorets mid-week due to the madness of a Canadian goalkeeper. To add to that, as much as I enjoy taking the piss out of Sam Allardyce, his new-look West Ham team do show signs of improvement. Alex Song has been impressive, Enner Valencia is channeling his inner Tony Yeboah, and Mark Noble is still running around a lot. That said, both sides fall apart at the back on a regular basis, so I’m expecting goals here. 2-2 Draw
Mohaned: Leicester v Manchester United: This week, every boy/girl and their dog will be adding attacking United players to their fantasy team, if they can afford it. Last week we saw a demolition of the mighty QPR at Old Trafford. Leicester fans will be slightly worried about their team’s fate this weekend. United will continue their strong form I feel, and will push on from here. Their season starts now. With the long break from not having CL football, they will be well rested and raring to go. Leicester are a well-organized team but United’s attacking talent will be too much. 3-0 Manchester United
Rishay: Manchester City v Chelsea: Without a doubt this is the match to watch this weekend. City are home at the Etihad and have already played Liverpool and Arsenal, and Chelsea will be their third top rival opponent in their first five fixtures of the season! They have managed to pick up points against their rivals so far, but Chelsea will be the toughest of the lot. City played Arsenal last weekend away and had a 2-2 draw, preceding their midweek trip to Munich, where a valiant Joe Hart wasn’t enough to deny Bayern a 1-0 injury time winner. They should be raring to go this weekend. Chelsea have a perfect record in the league and their most significant fixture was the mental 6-3 win away at Everton. A repeat of that scoreline is unlikely at the Etihad, but so far the Blues haven’t been as defensively solid as they were last season. Their attack has been free flowing and patched up their defensive errors to date. I expect the spoils to be shared. 1-1 Draw.
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