Chelsea vs Manchester United (2-0)
The marquee match of this round will be the first fixture. Former Chelsea and now Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho will bring his squad which also includes several former Chelsea players to Stamford Bridge. It’s easy to guess what the playing style of each team will be, however picking the result could be a tricky situation. Chelsea at home should be too much for United’s flaky defence that will very likely sit back for most the game.
Bournemouth vs Southampton (3-0)
Eddie Howe’s men will face a struggling Mark Hughes and Southampton at home in the battle of the south coast teams. Based on the form book, a handy Bournemouth is the expected result, which would heap more pressure on the Southampton boss.
Cardiff vs Fulham (1-2)
It is widely expected that Fulham will come good shortly. There is no better time than now against the team in the cellar position. Even though they will be travelling to Wales to meet Cardiff, Fulham should have a bit more quality to leave the capital with all three points.
Manchester City vs Burnley (3-1)
Joe Hart will face his former employers and no doubt will want to put on a show at his former home ground. After an inauspicious start to the season, Burnley has settled in. They are expected to put up a strong fight away, one that will not be good enough.
Newcastle vs Brighton (1-1)
Brighton is expected to give Newcastle a strong fight away. This could be an interesting game as any result would not be a shocker, however, expect a draw.
West Ham vs Tottenham (1-1)
West Ham at home to Spurs is generally a tricky fixture for the travellers from North London. This fixture may not be any different as Pellegrini seems to have his team playing in a bit more settled manner. A draw could be the final result.
Wolves vs Watford (2-0)
Another good game for the neutrals is expected in the fixture. After what was a great start to the season, Watford has hit a mini slump and has been surpassed by their next rivals, who are in scintillating form. The form and slump should reflect in the full-time result.
Huddersfield vs Liverpool (1-3)
Title contender’s Liverpool will travel to Huddersfield where two good friends from Germany who are the gaffers for each club will meet. Both will surely put friendship aside and go all out for a victory. Klopp is expected to be the handy victor.
Everton vs Crystal Palace (2-1)
An interesting game is in the offing as Everton with their plethora of English youngsters, many of whom represented England U21 and were successful in their qualification bid for next summers European Championship, will meet a resilient Crystal Palace managed by the old fox Roy Hodgson. A good game for neutral fans is expected, however Everton should win.
Arsenal vs Leicester (2-1)
Whether home or away, even in their title winning season, Arsenal has generally gotten the better of their Leicester rivals. An Arsenal win should be the expected result against an inconsistent Leicester, especially given the fact that they’re the form team.