Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Etihad Stadium)
Personally it’s been a quite up and down start to the season for Man City. But recently they look like to have finally put all the things together, and they’re one hell of a team. So far I’ve been rather disappointed by Yaya Touré, who’s been so instrumental to City last season. His goal against Aston Villa is one he’s been waiting for ages, and surely he will kick on from there. A weak link may come from the defence, with new summer signing Eliaquim Mangala still struggling with the intensity of English football, and struggling to carry his massive price tag.
Tottenham have started the season really well under Pochettino, but quickly came back to reality with some mediocre performances. I do think they rely too much on the like of Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris, the other players need to give more. I think the players and the manager need to b given time to adapt to the new style of play Pochettino wants to impose (high pressing, and passing game), which is something quite opposite to what they’ve been used too under Tim Sherwood.
I think City will maintain their recent good run of form during Saturday’s early kick off, as I can hardly see how Tottenham can come away with any kind of positive result.
Man City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal vs Hull City (Emirates Stadium)
It’s been quite an average season for Arsenal in the Premier League thus far. On the positive side, I’ve been impressed by summer recruits Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, proving to Man United they’ve made a mistake by selling him, because played at his favoured position (as a centre forward), he can cause troubles to any defenders in the world. But injuries to key players, such as Debuchy, Walcott, Giroud, etc.. really put them on the back foot to progress.
Hull have a decent team, let’s put it that way. I thought they made a mistake by selling Irish international Shane Long to Southampton, but that Nikica Jelavic – Abel Hernandez partnership looks a good one. Let’s not forget that they’ve done pretty well this summer, after bringing in talented players like Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez, who I think will have a good season under Steve Bruce.
This shouldn’t be as straightforward as it first looks for Arsenal, but they should have enough to beat the Tigers, despite the long list of injuries, and in front of their own fans.
Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
Burnley vs West Ham (Turf Moor)
Before the two goals scored by Michael Kightly and Ross Wallace against Leicester (which was a very positive result at King Power Stadium), Burnley went 5 games without scoring a single goal. Maybe it is because of the injury problems to their two best strikers (Danny Ings and Sam Vokes), but I already fear for them, as they have not been good enough so far.
It’s a positive start for West Ham. Currently 7th, they will look to continue their current run of form. Sam Allardyce has brought in some quality players, such as Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyaté, and his direct style of football is paying off at the moment. Having won two of thier last three games (including one against Liverpool), they should be full of confidence.
Burnley have struggled for goals, but they haven’t been that bad defensively. But West should prove to be too much of an opposition for them on Saturday.
Burnley 1-2 West Ham
Everton vs Aston Villa (Goodison Park)
The Toffees desperately need to win, having only won once this season (away for home against West Brom). Scoring goals haven’t been a problem for them, but defensively it’s been a disaster, although things have looked much better in the last two games. The injury to John Stones is a massive blow for them, as Sylvain Distin will return from injury. Key players such as Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are doubtful as well.
Aston Villa started off really well, beating Liverpool at Anfield is their highest point this season. Unfortunately for them, they’ve come across Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea in the last three game, and lost all three of them. They will try to bounce back against Everton, and the return to fitness of Christian Bentéké should give them a boost. However scoring goals have been a problem for them. (Having scored only 4 goals this season)
This is a tricky one but Everton need to kick off their season, and with Aston Villa having not scored for nearly a month, I could see a victory for the Everton for this one.
Everton 2-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle United vs Leicester City (St. James’ Park)
Disappointing season so far for the Magpies, to say the least. The pressure applied on Alan Pardew certainly doesn’t help, but I do think it is a matter of time before they sack him. A draw against in-form Swansea City last time around looks to be an improvement, but they will try to show that against impressive newly-promoted Leicester City. Papiss Cissé looks to be an important player for them this season, having saved them from defeat in a number of games this season.
I ‘ve been surprised by the Foxes thus far this season. Their front man Leonardo Ulloa is one of the best strikers in the League at the moment. Nigel Pearson has done a pretty good job, even if he’s spent a quite decent amount of money on new players. If you look at the results, it has been quite up and down, they’ve impressively beating Manchester United (5-3), but losing to Crystal Palace and drawing against Burnley at home aren’t as good.
Alan Pardew will try to hang on his job and his players will have to help him. Leicester, despite being impressive at times, are rather unpredictable, so I’ll go for a draw in this one.
Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Selhurst Park)
It’s a London derby ! But certainly not as prestigious as Arsenal vs Tottenham for example, and certainly not the most exciting. Palace, though, have shown in a number of occasions this season, that they can cause trouble, their away win against Everton proves that. Having started the season poorly, Neil Warnock certainly have made the team look better. Danger men in this Crystal Palace side are the two wide men, Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon.
It has been a nearly perfect season for Chelsea so far. I really feel that Fabregas and Diego Costa have been the standout players, and are really instrumental to Chelsea’s success this season. Costa have been struggling with fitness lately, and it will be interesting how Mourinho will manage him, as he is doubtful for the moment.
This should be a straightforward one for Chelsea, although Crystal Palace could threaten on the counter, but Chelsea victory for me
Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
Southampton vs Sunderland (St. Mary’s Stadium)
Surprising. That’s the word I use to describe Southampton. Ronald Koeman, with the experience he has, has built a completely new team, but has maintained so far last season’s quality. Graziano Pellè has been their standout player for me. They’ve gone 5 games unbeaten, but were narrowly beaten by Pochettino’s Tottenham just before the international break. I’m still waiting for Shane Long to shine, because he really is a quality player.
Sunderland’s confidence should be high, as they went to international break with a convincing victory against Stoke City (3-1). Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham could be the players who will make the difference for them.
I cannot see anything other than another Southampton win, they have looked really sharp, and will continue their great start to the season.
Southampton 2-0 Sunderland