Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Saturday 26th September, 12:45pm

The game that involves two big sides this weekend will be the early lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, with league leaders Manchester City travelling to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham. Coming into this game, City had a slight hiccup in the league when they fell short against West Ham United at home, but they managed to get back to winning ways in the League Cup with a fanatic 4-1 win away at Sunderland. Manuel Pellegrini named an extremely strong side in that game, yet he hopes to have David Silva and Vincent Kompany back to bolster his impressive options. Tottenham, on the other hand, haven’t endured the best starts to a season with them sitting averagely in 9th place on nine points. They also lost in the North London Derby against Arsenal when the two massive rivals met in the League Cup on Wednesday. Spurs fans will hope they can improve to give them an outside chance of a Champions League spot, but they have to also hope Harry Kane rekindles his form. City will want to extend their lead at the top, but Spurs desperately need a win to avoid dropping into the bottom-half of the table – which is why we could see a very open game with lots of goals.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Manchester City

 

Leicester City vs Arsenal

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

Leicester City have certainly been one of the few surprise packages to rocket up the Premier League table, now with Claudio Ranieri managing the club. The Foxes are fourth in the league, being the only side yet to lose, and it could stay that way when they meet Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t found any sort of consistency so far as they are still only just one position behind Saturday’s opponents, and it’s a game they should really be winning on paper, especially with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil available. But, as we know, Ranieri’s men are no pushovers and Riyad Mahrez, who they only signed for a reported fee of £350,000, has sparkled immensely, scoring five goals – joint-top scorer with Callum Wilson of Bournemouth – and Jamie Vardy who has scored four goals in the Premier League this season. Leicester are a hard team to crack down and the Gunners often struggle to beat teams like that because they are capable of getting hit on the break. You never know what Arsenal is going to turn up.

Prediction:  Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

 

Liverpool vs Aston Villa

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool have had, what they would consider, a very poor start to the season as they sit in a lowly 13th position after six games. They would have had Champions League aspirations in preseason, but could now have to settle for Europa League football as they have already fallen behind. Aston Villa have been no better; they are just one place above the relegation zone with one win to their name which came at Bournemouth on the opening game. This fixture will see £32million Christian Benteke face his former side for the first time, in a game which the Reds should win. They have the home advantage and ultimately have the better players, while Tim Sherwood is struggling to build a winning formula at Villa Park, but he did delight fans with that win versus their big rivals Birmingham City on Tuesday in the League Cup. That result could give the Villa players that push and belief that they needed greatly, yet Liverpool should still see them off with relative ease.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

 

Manchester United vs Sunderland

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

Manchester United, who are back to their best sitting pretty in second position, play rock-bottom Sunderland this weekend, with new boy Anthony Martial hitting home 3 goals in his 2 games for the Red Devils, living up to his £36million price tag. Martial has certainly impressed massively, giving United a win at Southampton last weekend. Nothing great can be said about Sunderland, though, as they are 20th, devoid of ideas. Last weekend they lost at Bournemouth and this could be the year where they finally go down, after a number of years of only just surviving. This should be a routine win for Manchester United at Old Trafford and we could see quite a few goals. Maybe Martial will add to his tally again.

Manchester United 4-0 Sunderland

 

Southampton vs Swansea City

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

This fixture involves two sides who are now established top-flight teams with Southampton soaring to 7th position with Swansea only just behind them in 8th last time around. However, during the opening six games to this season, the Saints are 16th with the Swans still impressing in 7th position. Although, it is very tight between the sides in mid-table and a win for Southampton could see them rise considerably. They are both very similar  teams who play decent football, which is why we could be looking at a draw when they meet at St Mary’s Stadium.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Swansea

 

Stoke City vs AFC Bournemouth

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

Stoke City have had a dismal start to the season, considering some of the players they signed, whilst their opponents on Saturday, Bournemouth, have had a slightly better start, with the Premier League new boys placed fourteenth. They were one of the favourites to go down, but they are capable of scoring when they need goals – Callum Wilson has tallied up 5 goals in the league this season. However, the Cherries have been hit with bad injuries, big summer signings Tyrone Mings is expected to be about for the rest of the season and Max Gradel is also sidelined for at least six months. That hasn’t stopped Eddie Howe from believing, as Bournemouth still look a decent side who could well stay up. They eased to victory against Sunderland last weekend 2-0, however their opponents Stoke failed to pick up three points for themselves when they drew to Leicester after letting a 2-0 lead slip.

Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Bournemouth

 

West Ham United vs Norwich City

Saturday 26th September, 3:00pm

The final three o’clock fixture on Saturday sees high-flying West Ham United host newly-promoted Norwich City at Upton Park. Slaven Bilic’s West Ham have flown into 3rd position, three points off the top spot. Dimitri Payet has been their star player; scoring on three occasions and getting two assists. Norwich City themselves have not had a bad start to their season, but they are still someway off the Hammers. The Canaries sit in 11th place despite being one of the favourites to drop back down to the Championship. They may drop down in the coming weeks and West Ham will be no easy opponents, who are full of confidence and creativity. It should be a fairly comfortable win for the home side.

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Norwich City

 

Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Saturday 26th September, 5:30pm

Newcastle United have only won three times in 2015 which is why we can see them in 19th place. Steve McClaren has failed to come to the club and move them up the table despite having the second highest net spend in England (£46.02million). For a big club, they have been very poor for a number of seasons now and their loyal fans could be watching Championship football at St James’ Park next season. Chelsea also haven’t had a pleasing start – the Blues are placed in an unexpected 15th position. The champions did, however, see off Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last weekend and they are looking back to their best, which should see them rise up the table significantly. And against Newcastle on Saturday, they should just be so much stronger and pick up the valuable three points.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

 

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 27th September, 4:00pm

The only game on Sunday in the Premier League consists of Watford and Crystal Palace, two sides who have had inspirational starts. Watford finished second in the Championship last season and have continued that momentum into the new season where they find themselves 10th, only losing once in the league. Part of the reason to why they’ve had a good start is because of their two prolific strikers, Odion Ighalo and captain Troy Deeney, who both remained with the Hornets, still firing in goals in the world’s most elite football division. Palace have had an even better start than Watford; the South London side are 8th and managed to keep Yannick Bolasie at Selhurst Park, whilst also bringing in talented midfielder Yohan Cabaye. With them two players, among others, the Eagles could snatch a Europa League spot, but will find the game versus Watford a challenge and could have to settle for a draw.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

 

West Bromwich Albion vs Everton

Monday 28th September, 8:00pm

Under Tony Pulis, West Brom have progressed, but they face a stiff challenge when they play Everton at the Hawthorns. Pulis is renowned for setting up a solid side capable of defending and attacking set-pieces well. However, as previously stated, the Toffees’ attacking stars should be too powerful, whilst they also have a strong defence, having kept hold of John Stones. Everton are placed 6th coming off the back of a 0-0 draw at Swansea. The Baggies, however, won their away game at rivals Aston Villa 1-0.

Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Everton

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