Premier League Matchday 14: Silva Bullet Beckons8 min read
Newcastle United v Manchester City
I was disappointed with Newcastle at Villa Park on Monday and their attacking players continue to struggle to create opportunities let alone score goals at present. Steve Bruce’s side will have to be at the top of their game when champions Manchester City come to town in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Yes, the Magpies came from behind to win the corresponding fixture 2-1 at St James’ Park last season, but I don’t expect Pep Guardiola’s side to slip up at the weekend given they have the opportunity to cut the deficit – albeit briefly – to leaders Liverpool to six points with a win.
Tip: City to win to nil
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Burnley have bounced back after a poor run to win their last couple of league games, both emphatic 3-0 wins, and I expect the Clarets to land the hat-trick against a Palace side who will feel they deserved to pick up at least a point against title favourites Liverpool at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have now lost their last three league games and I expect things to get worse before they get better for Roy Hodgson’s side with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes such a potent goal-threat for Sean Dyche’s side.
Tip: Burnley to win
Chelsea v West Ham United
West Ham have picked up just two points from the last 21 available and I would be surprised if Manuel Pellegrini’s side took anything from their London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side lost little in defeat at the Etihad from a high-quality game on Saturday evening, and I expect the Blues to bounce back against an Irons side who have conceded three times in their last three league games.
The Blues were involved in an extraordinary game at Valencia on Wednesday and let’s hope the injury picked up by Tammy Abraham in the Mestalla is not as bad as it looked at first glance.
Tip: Chelsea -1
Liverpool v Brighton
Liverpool marched on at the top of the table at Palace on Saturday and 12 wins from their opening 13 Premier League games and an unbeaten league run of 30 games shows just how consistent, resilient and, at times, brilliant the Champions League holders have been over the last couple of seasons.
Brighton were readily brushed aside by a progressive Leicester City side at the weekend highlighted by the fact that the Seagulls did not have a single shot on target. It is hard to see past another three points for the Reds.
Tip: Liverpool to win to nil
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Spurs came from two goals down to beat Olympiakos midweek and seven goals and six points across two competitions add up to a tremendous start to life under Jose Mourinho. I again think there will be goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday when Bournemouth are the visitors.
The Cherries have lost their last couple of league games and, surprisingly perhaps, 50dan Rodgers’ side are playing with such pace and passion at present that I don’t think Everton will be able to cope with their energy and flair. It could be another long afternoon for the Blues.
Tip: Leicester halftime/fulltime
Michael’s weekend treble: Chelsea, Spurs and Southampton