Game to end in a 1-1 draw
Southampton v Aston Villa
That was a huge win for Southampton last weekend. They’ve competed well for most of the season but have drawn too many games. I still worry about the lack of goals, only Norwich have scored less. They’ve got a far better defensive record that most of the teams in the bottom half though, so they’ve always got a chance of picking up points.
Villa desperately need a positive result. Of course, they lost Jack Grealish but on the whole, it was a summer which left everyone feeling optimistic about their chances. It’s not quite clicked though for Dean Smith’s side as yet. The squad has too much quality to not pick up points soon, but they need to improve.
Southampton have drawn five games this season and I think the St Mary’s faithful will be watching another draw here. I’ll say 1-1.
Manchester City to win 3-1
Manchester United v Manchester City
All credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for making changes to his team and getting a vital win against Spurs last week. The pressure is still on him, but that will have helped to ease it. I was glad to see Cavani get the nod up top, his movement remains world-class and I think he can still make a huge difference.
I’m sure Pep will chalk up the loss against Palace as one of those days. City have been looking fantastic in recent weeks, so it was a real surprise. They’ll look to bounce back in style here though.
I can’t see City losing two league games in a row. The pressure remains firmly on, and I’d expect City to keep the ball and play through United, as Liverpool did a couple of weeks ago. I’m predicting a 3-1 City win.
Brentford to win 2-1
Brentford v Norwich City
It’s now three defeats in a row for Brentford and boss Thomas Frank will be worried with his side’s performance at Turf Moor, particularly in that first half. Still, 12 points is a good return at this stage of the season, so they won’t be panicking just yet.
There were some signs of life from Norwich last week, but the fact is, that’s them now eight points adrift from safety. Even at this early stage in the season, that’s a mountain to climb.
This should be the ideal game for Brentford to get back to winning ways. I’m sure Norwich will put up some fight, but I think Brentford will edge it 2-1.
Chelsea to win 2-0
Chelsea v Burnley
The Blues look formidable at the minute. Even with players missing, it doesn’t seem to affect them. With just three goals conceded, it’s hard to see them dropping many points.
Burnley have played well for weeks so I wasn’t shocked to see them defeat Brentford. I was surprised by the manner of it though. To be three up by halftime should give the whole squad a massive lift.
I don’t think Burnley will have enough to hurt Chelsea here though. I’m sure Burnley will try to keep things tight, but Chelsea will have too much quality and win this 2-0.
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Palace finally got the result their performances have merited in recent weeks and what a result it was! To win and keep a clean sheet against City will do the squad the world of good. They’ve only lost twice this season, which is really encouraging.
I liked what I saw from Wolves on Monday and that’s now four wins out of five in the league. They’ve turned their season around and I thought Raul Jimenez was excellent against Everton. Some of his touches and hold-up play were superb and he looks like he’s getting back to his best.
This is a tough one to call as I think both sides are in a good place at the minute. I think Palace will narrowly edge it though, 2-1.
Brighton to win 1-0
Brighton v Newcastle United
That was an outstanding point for Brighton at Anfield. To come from two down to claim a point showed real resilience and Graham Potter must have been so proud of his team. They’ve got a few winnable fixtures ahead, starting with this one.
Newcastle still have glaring issues, most notably at the back. Only Norwich have conceded more than them and Norwich’s two extra goals are largely down to that 7-0 battering at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks ago. Regardless of who the gaffer is, that defensive record throughout the season will see you relegated
Brighton didn’t win in October, but I can see them getting back to winning ways here. I’m going 1-0 to the Seagulls.
Arsenal to win 3-1
Arsenal v Watford
Arsenal have really turned things around since losing their first three games of the season. They’re back in the hunt for the top four and that was a superb win away at Leicester last weekend.
After a thrilling win at Goodison two weeks ago, Watford and Claudio Ranieri came back down to earth with a home defeat to Southampton. They have a difficult run of fixtures looming and will need points soon.
I can’t see anything, but an Arsenal win here. They’ve been in good form, and I can see them scoring a few goals as well. I’m going for 3-1.
Everton to win 2-1
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
That’s now three defeats in a row for Rafa’s Blues and believe me, the pressure is firmly back on him. They showed some spirit in the second half at Molineux on Monday, but the first half was nowhere near good enough.
Spurs’ performance against United last week was terrible. To not have a single shot on target when you are at home is poor and clearly the board had seen enough. Antonio Conte is a proven winner, but how quickly can he transform this side?
This feels like a huge game for Benitez, and I think Everton will narrowly edge it. Conte won’t have had enough time to get this Spurs side sorted, so I’m thinking it will be 2-1 Everton.
Leicester City 3-1
Leeds United v Leicester City
Leeds got the win against Norwich last week, but it was hardly emphatic. I’m still waiting for Leeds to show their best form and I would never have believed that Leeds will only have scored ten goals in their first ten games.
Leicester dominated the ball against Arsenal but didn’t take or create enough chances. They’ve been far too inconsistent this season but when they have played well, they’ve looked a very good side.
I fancy Leicester to go to Elland Road and get a lot of joy on the counterattack. I’m going for 3-1 to the Foxes.
West Ham United v Liverpool
West Ham continue to get better and better. There are not many midfielders playing better than Declan Rice in the League this season. He seems to get better each time I watch him and he’s inspiring his side at the minute.
After a disappointing draw against Brighton, the Reds were superb against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Trent Alexander-Arnold was at his brilliant best with those two assists and the first was outstanding.
A very hard game to call. However, I really like the way Liverpool are playing at the minute and think they can leave London with a win. I’m going for 2-1 Liverpool.