The Premier League returns with gameweek 16 and Brand Ambassador Michael Owen gives us his latest tips and insights into all of the weekend’s action.
Brentford v Watford
Brentford to win 2-1
Thomas Frank must have been gutted to have conceded so late against Leeds. Three points would have been so valuable to Brentford so it’s a real body-blow.
As for Watford, it’s hard to read too much into the defeat to Man City. City were outstanding and cruised to a win, but they can do that to most sides in the league. The positive is that they’ve scored
in each of their last four games, so they do possess a threat.
A win for Brentford will put them seven points above Watford, which even at this early stage of the season is a lot. I fancy Brentford here, 2-1.
Manchester City v Wolves
Man City to win 2-0
I thought City were fantastic against Watford. It was complete domination and Bernardo Silva kept up his superb recent record. He’s been brilliant this season and there haven’t been many players better than him in the league.
Whilst Wolves will have been disappointed at the manner of the defeat, a last-minute winner, they didn’t deserve anything against Liverpool. They don’t score or threaten enough and remarkably, that’s now just one goal scored in their last five.
Wolves are solid defensively and will stay in this game, but City will have too much quality here. 2-0 City.
Arsenal v Southampton
Arsenal to win 2-1
That was a disappointing night at Goodison on Monday for Arsenal. They did lead in the game, but they didn’t deserve anything from it and it was a missed chance to close in on the top four.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was furious with his side for conceding that 98th minute equaliser last week against Brighton. That’s now two home draws in a row and they led in both so that’s got to be frustrating.
After a couple of disappointing away trips, I’m sure Arsenal will be glad to be back at home. They aren’t playing well at the minute so I don’t think this will be emphatic, but I do think they will win.
Chelsea v Leeds United
Chelsea to win 2-0
I didn’t see that defeat to West Ham coming for Chelsea. To have led twice and come away from the game with nothing is very unlike Chelsea, as was the nature of the goals.
Leeds struck late to get that equaliser against Brentford, but I do think they deserved it. They’ve got some tough fixtures ahead though, so that point is valuable.
I expect to see a response from Chelsea here. This looks a good matchup, and I can see them winning 2-0.
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Liverpool to win 3-1
What a moment that was yet again for Liverpool’s super-sub, Divock Origi. He deserves a lot of credit, it’s never easy to come on and do well, let alone in crucial moments. There seems to be a really good atmosphere around the club at the minute.
There’s only one place to start in terms of Villa, the return of Steven Gerrard to Anfield! Stevie has started his tenure in charge in a brilliant fashion and I’m sure he will be relishing this. He’s sure to get a fantastic reception, but I don’t think he will be happy after the game!
Liverpool have a lot of momentum and look back to their best after a difficult season last year. I can see a 3-1 win.
Norwich City v Manchester United
Man Utd to win 2-0
Norwich had a lot of the ball against Tottenham last week but frankly, they never looked like scoring. They’ve improved under Dean Smith but are comfortably the league’s lowest scorers.
Ralf Rangnick made a perfect start to his tenure last week in what wasn’t a classic game. United already looked more organised though and I’m sure we will see more improvements here.
This look like a comfortable win for United to me, 2-0.
Burnley v West Ham United
West Ham to win 2-1
Burnley didn’t play badly in the defeat to Newcastle last week, but they didn’t create enough. That’s something that will need to get addressed, fast.
What a win that was for the Hammers last week. They had gone a few games without a win, so to respond with the win against Chelsea was superb. Was Masuaku’s goal a shot or a cross? I’m sure David Moyes won’t care one bit!
I fancy West Ham to build on that win with another win here.
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Match to be drawn 1-1
To come away with just one point from away trips to Southampton and Aston Villa will have disappointed Brendan Rodgers. Things just aren’t clicking for Leicester this season and if they have top six aspirations, they need to pick up some form.
It was by no means a thriller but what a crucial win that was for Newcastle last week. Eddie Howe seems to have improved the morale of the squad, the challenge is now to go on a run and pick up some points.
I can see Newcastle frustrating Leicester here and getting a point.
Crystal Palace v Everton
Match to be drawn 1-1
Three defeats in a row have now dampened some of that early season optimism around Viera’s Palace. I’m sure he’ll be desperate to not make it four.
That felt like a season saving win for Everton on Monday. The atmosphere in Goodison was electric at full time after that stunning goal from Demarai Gray.
Everton haven’t been great on their travels this season and this looks like a draw to me.