Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Eddie Howe’s men are on a tough run of fourth straight losses to start the season. This is a fixture that they need to get off the mark and get their season running on Friday Night Football; and they should.
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
After only four games, Crystal Palace sacked Frank De Boer and have called upon (for some reason), Roy Hodgson to try and turn things around. They have in recent times become one of the trigger finger clubs in the league as managers barely last a season. Hodgson has a drab style of play and personality. Southampton, meanwhile, have struggled to score goals this season (three in four games. In this fixture, goals are very unlikely.
Huddersfield vs. Leicester City
After a lightning quick start to life in the big leagues following a five decade-long absence, Huddersfield by now must have realised that this is a marathon and not a sprint. If they haven’t, then the former champions should serve them a not-so-gentle reminder.
Liverpool vs Burnley
The Scousers were battered within an inch of their lives against an attacking Manchester City side. They somewhat redeemed themselves in Champions League action mid-week as they played to a creditable draw in a game they should have won against the best team in their group, Sevilla. They should be able to get all three points against a never-say-die Burnley side, but only just.
Newcastle United vs Stoke City
This season, Newcastle will hope to end with a comfortable mid-table finish and build on that. These are the fixtures they need to get a result from. They should be able to draw against a resilient Stoke team and will be pushed on by their fans, the ever vocal St. James Park faithful.
Watford vs Manchester City
Both teams are off to great starts this season. Watford are playing a good brand of football and are not afraid to strike and score from distance. They should be able to give the title contenders a run for their money, but alas, they will come up just short.
West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United
Slaven Bilić has been given a stay of execution as his West Ham side got an important victory against Huddersfield on his birth-night. They should be able to build on that result and win a road point against a solid but unpredictable West Brom side.
Tottenham vs. Swansea City
Spurs broke the Wembley curse against Borussia Dortmund mid-week and they will seek to do so in the league this weekend against the Welsh side. Last weekend, Swansea were handed what was seen as a surprise loss to Newcastle at home. This time they are away, and a loss in this fixture won’t be seen as a surprise, but an expected event.
Chelsea vs Arsenal
Over the last few seasons, Chelsea has had the upper hand in this fixture, save for the game a year ago where the Gunners overran the Blues 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. That loss was said to be the catalyst of Chelsea winning the league, as Conte changed to a back three and went on a record-tying 13 game winning streak in the league. So far, Chelsea seems the in form form team while the Gunners are hot and cold. Chelsea strength in all departments of the pitch, their high work rate and intensity should see them run out as winners in this fixture.
Manchester United vs Everton
Wayne Rooney will return to Old Trafford! But his dream return will turn into a nightmare as his Everton team will be overpowered by the United Express. Everton are hoping to break the glass ceiling and become a top four side, but they will receive another reality check against another top side.
A round-up of Ryan’s picks. Agree or disagree?
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