It’s another weekend of exciting games in the premier league as teams get set to square up against each other.
The star match of the weekend goes down at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham welcome unbeaten Manchester City, who will be missing Kevin De Bruyne, while Chelsea will look to bounce back from their stuttering run as they face Hull City.
Everton vs Crystal Palace, Friday 8:00p.m
The battle begins at Godisson Park with Ronald Koeman’s side welcoming in-form Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew said during the week that the new signings in the summer have lifted the spirit of the squad, and he just isn’t wrong. Three wins in their last three games against an Everton side that lost their good momentum last weekend, losing to Bournemouth. The confidence will be there for Alan Pardew’s side but I feel, Everton will nick this in a game where both sides would likely score.
Swansea City vs Liverpool, Saturday 12:30p.m
Swansea city gave a good account of themselves last weekend against Manchester city even though they lost, but it doesn’t get any harder than welcoming Liverpool the following weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side are in a very good form and just looks like a team you can’t bet against, but then, they are massively unpredictable. Expect Liverpool to be in their vigorous best with struggling Swansea trying to contain them.
Hull City vs Chelsea, Saturday 3:00p.m
It’s simple, the pressure is on Chelsea and Hull City will relish this. Expect them to sit back and hit Chelsea on the counter with Snodgrass and Diomande. Chelsea will be vulnerable and it would just depend on how many chances they would be able to create and take. Hull City will be stubborn and dogged and Chelsea will be hoping Hazard and Willian will be in form to lead them to victory.
Sunderland vs Westbrom, Saturday 3:00p.m
The David Moyes comeback has definitely been horrible and last week summed it all up after throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Crystal Palace. West brom suddenly know how to score, after scoring four against Westham. Expect this game to be all shades of boring, but then, the pressure will be on Sunderland as anything short of a win will increase the pressure on David Moyes.
Watford vs Bournemouth, Saturday 3:00p.m
Watford were on a good run before losing 2-0 on Monday night to Burnley, and Walter Mazzarri will be hoping his side will not be affected by the defeat, as they welcome Bournemouth to the Hornet. Eddie Howe’s side though will be boosted by last weekend’s win over Everton. This is just one game that is hard to predict because, just like West Brom, you never know the Watford side that shows up.
West Ham vs Middlesbrough, Saturday 5:30p.m
West Ham are in a horrible form and the reason is simple, their confidence is at an all-time low. They have a good squad, and I just feel it’s time to gain some momentum with a win in this game. Middlesbrough have not been convincing and seem to be too defensive. I just expect a win for West Ham here.
Manchester United vs Stoke City, Sunday 12:00p.m
This will definitely be a tough game. The positive for Jose Mourinho right now is that, he seem to be close to settling down on a particular first XI which will be good for him. They’ve bounced back from their three game losing run to a two game ongoing winning run and you just expect that to continue as they face bottom of the table and confidence low Stoke City.
Leicester City vs Southampton, Sunday 2:15p.m
Southampton are currently basking on some confidence following some impressive performances in their last few games and face a Leicester city side that have kinda struggled in the league this season, losing three games already in six and Southampton will just be confident at their ability to get something out of this game. Leicester city will be hoping Slimani is in form after his impressive showing in the Champions league as they aim to bounce back from their last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City, Sunday 2:15p.m
This is obviously the game of the weekend as Tottenham welcome in-form Manchester City to White Hart Lane. The good news for Spurs though is that Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out due to injury and they’ll also be buoyed by the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side’s winning momentum has been cut short in the Champions league and they would be hoping to take the game to Manchester City in the hunt for victory.
Burnley vs Arsenal, Sunday 4:30p.m
The fact about this game is, Arsenal knows how to deal with teams like this and it wouldn’t be any different. The Gunners are buoyed by their recent impressive performances and the fact remains that you can’t beat Chelsea convincingly at home, only to go and loose away to Burnley the next weekend. Burnley have not been convincing and their win against Watford doesn’t change that. Anything other than an Arsenal win would definitely be a surprise.