EPL GAME WEEK 6 PREDICTION
What to expect in the fixtures right after the midweek european games and there are cup games in the coming week too. A london derby and so much more to look forward to this weekend.
Saturday 22nd September
Fulham vs Watford 12:30pm
Both teams lost to the Manchester clubs last weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Watford could become only the fifth club to name the same starting line-up in their opening six matches of a Premier League season. Fulham’s manager Jokanovic is facing Watford for the first time since leaving the club shortly after taking them into the top flight in 2015. Watford are unbeaten in the past four meetings but I see that coming to an end here.
2-1 to Fulham
Burnley v Bournemouth 3pm
Bournemouth are in impeccable form and this continues at home to Leicester City. Burnley’s manager Sean Dyche says his side need to lift the fog around them after enduring their worst start to a Premier League season. In marked contrast, Bournemouth are enjoying their best start to a top-flight campaign, with little need for self-analysis. Both sides have scored in each of their four Premier League meetings, totalling seven goals apiece.
Having recorded a first ever victory at Turf Moor in May, they will feel confident of moving 12 points above the division’s bottom side by inflicting what would be a fifth straight defeat on the Clarets but I expect Sean Dyche’s men to nick a point here.
Cardiff City vs Manchester City 3pm
Pep Guardiola returns to the dugout this weekend after his midweek UEFA ban as Manchester City look to bounce back from their stuttering start in the Champions League. The gulf in class between these two teams clearly tilts the game strongly in the champions’ favour, though Cardiff certainly gave a good account of themselves against Arsenal in their most recent home game despite losing 3-2. However, they may have to wait a little longer for that elusive first win of the season.
3-0 to Manchester City
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United 3pm
Having risked derision by concentrating on damage limitation in consecutive matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, will Rafa Benitez take off the handbrake and unleash the hounds against Palace? It’s not very likely. Rafa is an arch-pragmatist; he understands the limitations of his armoury and will no doubt focus on stopping Wilfried Zaha first, and worry about the rest later. Just like last week, as long as Wilfred Zaha plays I don’t see Crystal Palace losing this match.
Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town 3pm
Claude Puel’s critics are out again. Last week’s 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth means Leicester have lost eight of their last 12 Premier League games if you take into account their miserable end to the last campaign. The Frenchman needs a win and, on paper, the visit of Huddersfield is very timely. The Terriers surprised many by escaping the drop last season but they’ve surprised very few in this one – they’re stuck in the relegation zone without a win to their name and struggling to score. Leicester have won their past seven home league games against Huddersfield. Huddersfield have not won any of the last nine league meetings since 1995. Leicester won 3-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture. I expect the trend to continue.
2-0 to Leicester City
Liverpool vs Southampton 3pm
Southampton must do without on-loan top scorer Danny Ings, who is ineligible to play against his parent club. With Liverpool winning six from six in all competitions to start the season and putting another memorable Anfield European night in the memory bank, Southampton must hope the Reds have a ‘below par’ day looming, or that the excursions of that late midweek win against PSG could take their toll. Jurgen Klopp’s team are unbeaten in 23 league matches at home, and for Southampton to get anywhere close to upsetting the odds they will have to be on top of their game, having thrown away three points on Monday night against Brighton. Their task is a sterner one without Danny Ings, who has scored half of their league goals so far. Liverpool did the double over Southampton last season, winning 3-0 at Anfield and 2-0 on the south coast. Another 2-0 win here for Liverpool.
Manchester United vs Wolves 3pm
Young Boys weren’t a problem, but a meeting with an old boy might be for Jose Mourinho, with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo having been his back-up goalkeeper for Porto from 2002 to 2004. Three wins out of three in September has seen Manchester United return to ‘normal’ after August defeats brought early-season worry, and normally you’d expect them to comfortably see off a newly-promoted team at home. Wolves, though, do not fit the newly-promoted norm. They’ve spent money, they have style and they play with no fear. Nuno will bring his team to have a real go at Old Trafford, where Wolves last won in 1980.
It should be a really good game which I expect Manchester United to edge through narrowly. 2-1 to Manchester united
Brighton vs Tottenham 5:30pm
Tottenham’s worst week for a long time. Awful against Liverpool. Poor game management and late defending at Inter. Chaos over the new stadium. The more reactionary Spurs fans are already moaning about Mauricio Pochettino. It’s a nonsense to attack the manager. He’s transformed the club into consistent challengers. Someone will suffer a backlash soon. If Brighton play as they did in the first half at Southampton, it could be them. But the comeback at St Mary’s showed their true colours and the Amex will be buzzing, as it was in last season’s 1-1 draw that accelerated the Seagulls’ rush to safety. Two victories in 16 league and cup games is not enough! But they could well get a point here against a club with problems on and off the pitch.
Sunday 23rd September
West Ham vs Chelsea 1:30pm
Chelsea have made their best start to a Premier League season since Carlo Ancelotti’s side won their first five games eight years ago. They lost the sixth game that season 1-0 at Manchester City and this weekend’s trip to West Ham is far from a certainty.
The Hammers were finally victorious last week at Everton and have a good recent home record against Chelsea, winning three of the last four in all competitions. There’s also the issue of how Chelsea respond following Thursday’s win in Greece against PAOK in the Europa League, in which Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong starting eleven. West Ham have only lost two of the past seven meetings in all competitions. In fact, the Hammers have won three of their last four home games versus Chelsea in all competitions. I will go for an entertaining draw here 2-2.
Arsenal vs Everton 4pm
It’s 22 years and 24 games since a goal from Andrei Kanchelskis last secured Everton a win on Arsenal soil. They have since come, seen and been conquered 20 times – four draws is as good as it has got for the Toffees. Arsenal would seem to have put their poor start behind them, while not convincing anyone that they will even get much of a mention in the title race.
They have scored 10 league goals with different scorers so far (including one own goal); that’s probably a positive. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in the first five league games of a season for the first time since 1988-89. Arsenal are unbeaten in 24 home games against Everton in all competitions. Another win for them here. 3-1 to Arsenal.
LAST WEEK REVIEW
A correct score is 10 points.
Exact score is 30 points.
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score is 30 points.
Fixture | Micdizle’s prediction | Result
Tottenham v Liverpool | 2-1 | 1-2
Bournemouth v Leicester | 1-1 | 4-2
Chelsea v Cardiff | 3-0 | 4-1
Huddersfield v Crystal Palace | 0-2 | 0-1
Man City v Fulham | 2-0 | 3-0
Newcastle v Arsenal | 2-2 | 1-2
Watford v Manchester United | 1-1 | 1-2
Wolves v Burnley | 1-1 | 1-0
Everton v West Ham | 2-1 | 1-3
Southampton v Brighton | 1-0 | 2-2
Micdizle’s Last week Score is 30 Points.