Premier League Gameweek 8 preview and predictions

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Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 3rd October, 12:45pm

The weekend’s first game will kick-off at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace hosting Tony Pulis’ West Brom. The Baggies will go into this game sitting in 15th place after failing to pick up any points at home to Everton last weekend. Pulis would have been furious with his players after the game, as they threw away a two-goal lead. Meanwhile, Palace, Pulis’ ex-team, recorded their fourth Premier League win of the season when they dug deep at Vicarage Road to dispose of Watford by a goal to nil. This season, the Eagles could sneak into a Europa League position under Alan Pardew; they currently sit in a very healthy position on 12 points, and they should be too good for West Brom when the two sides meet this weekend. The pace of Palace’s attack and their well-structured defence could be hard to battle with.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 West Brom

 

Aston Villa vs Stoke City

Saturday 3rd October, 3:00pm

Aston Villa have struggled over the last few seasons and they don’t look like they are improving any time soon with Tim Sherwood at the helm. The Birmingham-placed club are in the relegation zone and haven’t won since the opening game. Their opponents on Saturday also haven’t had the start they would have wished for – Stoke are just one place above Villa. The Potters, however, managed to get their first league win of the season last weekend when they saw off Bournemouth at home, which they could use to motivate them at Villa Park. Aston Villa’s last game saw them lose at Anfield 3-2 and they just don’t like picking up three points in the near future.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

 

Bournemouth vs Watford

Saturday 3rd October, 3:00pm

Bournemouth and Watford finished first and second respectively in the Championship last season, but it is Watford who have endured a better start to life England’s top division. The Hornets did, however, lose their last game, yet are located in 13th place, three spots above Bournemouth. Both of these sides ambitions was to just stay in this league, however the Cherries have been hit with awful injures that are surely going to massively impact their chances of staying up. The Premier League’s smallest club are no without top goalscorer Callum Wilson after he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg, which is, incidentally, the same injury as Max gradel and Tyrone Mings. With these players missing, Watford should be the better of the two sides on Saturday, especially with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing in goals.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

 

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Saturday 3rd October, 3:00pm

Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City have lost their last two games and their top-spot position in the Premier League, with their city neighbours leaping above them. City got crushed 4-1 by Tottenham last weekend, while lowly Newcastle gained a surprise point at home to Chelsea, yet they still haven’t found a victory in the Premiership this season. The Magpies were 2-0 up in that game, but, in the end, they only just about managed to scrape through with a point after being put under huge amounts of pressure from Chelsea in the closing stages of the game. Newcastle, despite not winning and having only got three points, are not bottom of the table, but their problems have still not been fixed by Steve McClaren. When these two sides meet in Manchester on Saturday, it should be a routine win for City and a return to the summit of the Premiership.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle

 

Norwich City vs Leicester City

Saturday 3rd October, 3:00pm

The visitors to Carrow Road this weekend, Leicester City, have had a blistering start to the season, which sees the Foxes placed in a strong 8th place. However, they have only once in their last five games, but still boast the joint-highest amount of goals scored. Newly promoted Norwich City would also be fairly satisfied with how they have adjusted to the Premier League, with the Norfolk side perched in 12th. They fought a solid game at Upton Park last weekend, yet were left powerless in the closing stages of the game when West Ham squeezed home a winner. Meanwhile, Leicester were unable to pick up any points at all as they lost to Arsenal 5-2. Despite losing that game, they should really bounce back with a win against Norwich.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Leicester

 

Sunderland vs West Ham United

Saturday 3rd October, 3:00pm

Dick Advocaat, the Sunderland manager, is under serious pressure as his side a rock bottom. The Black Cats are yet to win a league game and they lost once again last weekend, 3-0 in the favour of Manchester United. And when they play West Ham this weekend, another defeat is expected. The Hammers have climbed up to an astonishing 3rd position in the Premiership and their away form is quite spectacular – they have won at the Emirates Stadium, Anfield and Stamford Bridge already this season! With this sparkling form from West Ham, opposed to the slumped Sunderland, the East London side should record a comfortable win. But nothing is ever certain in football.

Prediction: Sunderland 0-2 West Ham

 

Chelsea vs Southampton

Saturday 3rd October, 5:30pm

One word to describe Chelsea’s start to the season would be: terrible. Jose Mourinho’s side are placed in a shocking 14th position and they desperately need wins to help push them up the table. Despite being 2-0 down to Newcastle last weekend and coming back to draw, it was two points dropped as they should really be beating Newcastle, and their opponents on Saturday, Southampton, should provide a more difficult encounter for the Blues. They also lost in the Champions League in the week as Porto finished off the English club 2-1. Southampton are 10th in the league, and despite that being still rather good for the Saints, it is some way off of the team we saw last season. When these two sides meet at Stamford Bridge, expect a Chelsea resurgence and for the hosts to bounce back with a solid win.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Southampton

 

Everton vs Liverpool

Sunday 4th October, 1:30pm

This Sunday is the day to play host to some thrilling fixtures and one of those is the historical Merseyside Derby. The match will played at Goodison Park with Everton four places higher than Liverpool in 5th position. The Toffees have vastly improved on last season, despite having an injury crisis to their left-back position. Liverpool, in the meantime, haven’t quite hit the form they can achieve with some Reds’ fans calling for manager Brendan Rodgers to leave the club. This fixture is one of the most enthralling derbies in the country and literally anything can happen. But expect a close game this Sunday. Both sides won 3-2 last weekend, however they may have to settle for a draw this time around.

Prediction: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

 

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Sunday 4th October, 4:00pm

Another historic fixture to take place this weekend is between two heavyweights, Arsenal and Manchester United. The Red Devils are top for the first time in over two years, meaning Louis Van Gaal has potentially finally found a working formula. Meanwhile, the Gunners are in 4th position, coming off the back of an entertaining 5-2 win at Leicester. However, they may have to play more defensive when Manchester United come to town and go for a draw. Arsene Wenger is desperate to get the fans back on his side after another defeat in the Champions League, putting them in serious danger of exiting the competition in the group stages. United won their Champions League and will certainly take that confidence into this game.

Prediction Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

 

Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 4th October, 4:00pm

The final game to take place this weekend consists of Swansea City and Tottenham. Spurs fascinated us last weekend when they rose high to crush Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane, but they will definitely find things tough when they travel to Wales to face Swansea. The Swans are 11th and will surely want to be in a better position than that come the under of the season, and they are no easy team to beat at home, with one of the league’s most underrated managers, Gary Monk. But the stars of Tottenham could be just too good for the Welsh side and the visitors may pick up all three points, in what could be a very open, entertaining game.

Prediction: Swansea 2-3 Tottenham

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