Swansea City vs. Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is a notorious quick starter and also one that normally maintains a lead until season’s end. Manchester United seems to be in imperious form and had their new pieces to the puzzle firing on all cylinders last weekend. Much of the same is expected versus an average Swansea team.
Bournemouth vs. Watford
Eddie Howe’s team had a poor start to the season where as Watford eked out a hard fought draw in a 3-3 shootout with Liverpool. A draw is the expected result against two evenly matched mid-table contenders.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion
Last season, Turf Moor was almost a fortress and that contributed significantly to Burnley staying up. West Brom is typically a defensively strong team that does better at home. This tie should be edged by the stronger home team.
Leicester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcomers Brighton lost bravely to title favourite Manchester City on the weekend. Leicester also lost bravely against Arsenal. The former champions possess a bit more class and are expected to take the win.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
Buoyed by their midweek Champions League playoff win and with an attack that can score goals for fun on their day, Liverpool should easily dispatch a Crystal Palace team without an injured Wilfried Zaha that cannot play possession football.
Southampton vs. West Ham United
Southampton has totally forgotten how to score goals. West Ham has made some good acquisitions in this area, plus a top class goalie who knows how to keep them out. West Ham should nick a road win on the weekend.
Stoke City vs. Arsenal
Arsenal generally has fears travelling to the Britannia Stadium. Late last season, they exorcised some of those demons by trouncing Stoke. Defence was the problem in their season opener versus Leicester and a decent Stoke side that treats this fixture like a derby will test them. Arsenal should edge it on a not so cold night in Stoke.
Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United
A battle of two promoted teams that had contrasting results on opening weekend, a draw should be the expected result in this tie.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea
Tottenham will open their Wembley home field account against the champions. Traditionally Chelsea does well at Wembley minus the last two years, whereas Spurs typically struggle there. Tottenham hit their straps in the second half against Newcastle on the weekend while Chelsea, who have backroom issues, surprisingly loss at home to Burnley. Both teams will cancel out each other and play to a draw.
Manchester City vs. Everton
Manchester City’s transfer activities have shown the league that they intend to do everything to win it this season. Everton also made some good buys and spent an English record fee on a goalkeeper, who repaid some of the fee by making a great save against Stoke that contributed to their win. A classy City team at home should run out winners.
Here’s the full round-up of Week 2 predictions.
|Swansea City||Manchester United||0-3|
|Huddersfield Town||Newcastle United||2-2|