The premier league is back after a week of international football and I can say the excitement is back. It promises to be another set of interesting games this weekend as all the clubs look to lock horns against each other.
No better way for the excitement to begin than to be welcomed with the Manchester derby which happens to be the first game of the weekend so without further ado, lets get down to business;
Manchester United vs Manchester City; Saturday 12:45p.m
One would definitely not be wrong to call this one of the biggest matches in history. Its not the Champions league final, yes, but it has all the attributes to be a real cracker. Firstly because, this would be the most expensive squads match in history and secondly, the Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho rivalry is back. It would be very easy to give you a million and one reasons not to miss this game. To every pundit out there, kindly steer clear from putting a punt on this one, as it will simply be won from the bench and no one knows what any of these great coaches have in store for this game.
Arsenal vs Southampton; Saturday 3:00p.m
Arsenal finally got back to winning ways last weekend after convincingly defeating Watford away from home and have locked up the missing spine in the first XI by adding Mustafi to their team. Southampton on the other hand have not impressed me and Claude Puel does not inspre confidence, no disrespect. I expect Arsenal to easily get a win here.
Bournemouth vs West Brom; Saturday 3:00p.m
I respect the job Eddie Howe has continually done with this Bournemouth and it’s a bit of a surprise they still haven’t gotten a win yet this season. Adding Wilshere was also a smart move and if Wilshere can play like we know, he’ll be the missing piece to take Bournemouth to the next level. West Brom are naturally boring so expect them to just make it tough for Bournemouth. I learn towards Bournemouth getting something from this game.
Burnley vs Hull City; Saturday 3:00p.m
I’m surprised Burnley have still not grown from their last experience in the league. They got an impressive win against Liverpool and were brought back down to earth against Chelsea. Hull City meanwhile is built on a strong defensive structure and can counter-attack expertly with Snodgrass their main architect. It will be a very tight game, probably goalless, but definitely a low scoring game.
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace; Saturday 3:00p.m
Middlesbrough have so far impressed with their performances this season and deservedly got a result away from home the previous weekend. Crystal Palace on the other hand still hasn’t gotten their mojo and I kinda expect their stuttering form to continue.
Stoke City vs Tottenham; Saturday 3:00p.m
This is one game that would be very tough to call because Stoke City have just not started well at all this season even with their impressive squad, Tottenham on the other hand have not been. Will Stoke City loose again at the Hawthorns which was usually a fortress for any team in this world? We’ll get to see on Saturday.
West Ham vs Watford; Saturday 3:00p.m
West Ham have not been impressive but Watford have been absolute shambles this season. Walter Mazarri’s insistence to stick to his 3-5-2 formation is still a mystery because it has never worked in the premier league and he wouldn’t be the one to make it work. Against Arsenal, they were like a bunch of aimless individual players. They added Okaka on deadline day to boost their squad due to the barrenness of Ighalo and Deeney but will he be the savior? A tough game but anything other than a West Ham win would be a surprise.
Liverpool vs Leicester City; Saturday 5:50p.m
This is definitely another game to watch this weekend as Liverpool finally get to play their first game at Anfield. Leicester city will be buoyed by the fact that Jamie Vardy finally found his scoring boots last weekend and will be hoping he is in form for this game. Liverpool on the other hand got an impressive draw at White Hart lane last weekend but will be hoping to give their fans something to smile home about with their first game of the season in front of their crowd. There should be goals in this one.
Swansea City vs Chelsea; Sunday 4:00p.m
Swansea have not been impressive and are seriously showing signs of regressing. Chelsea on the other hand have surprised me. They are not just winning but they are absolutely playing well, that shouldn’t be a surprise though, they have got Hazard playing again like we know he can. The fans are also excited with the comeback of David Luiz and the signing of a proven left back in Fernando Alonso. Anything other than a Chelsea win will definitely be a surprise.
Sunderland vs Everton; Monday 8:00p.m
This will definitely be about David Moyes as his current club gets ready to face his old club. Sunderland have struggled, and it was a surprise they did not get a goalkeeper during the transfer window after Mannone was ruled out for three months due to injury. Everton on the other hand have started well and have gotten that defensive spine that was missing under former coach, Roberto Martinez. The question is, Will the David Moyes struggle with Sunderland continue?, or will the roller-coaster ride under Ronald Koeman continue with Everton? Ninety minutes will decide.