By Ronan Flanagan
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur. Saturday @ 12.30. Sky Sports.
Manchester United host Tottenham in the game of the weekend at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime. Spurs have crept up the table in recent weeks and will be quietly confident. United, meanwhile will hope to win to keep the pressure on Manchester City.
Prediction: 2-2 with Lukaku and Kane both scoring.
Arsenal vs Swansea City. Saturday @ 3.00.
Both sides have mixed form going into this one. However, Arsenal being at home will be a daunting prospect for the struggling visitors.
Prediction: 3-1 with Lacazette scoring for Arsenal.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham United. Saturday @ 3.00.
Palace is in trouble. Many would have felt the victory over Chelsea may have been a turning point, however, the midweek hammering by Bristol City does not do Roy Hodgson’s side any favours.
West Ham, meanwhile had contrasting fortunes during the week. The miraculous comeback at Wembley will have eased the pressure on Slaven Bilic.
Prediction: 1-2 with Antonio scoring for West Ham.
Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town. Saturday @ 3.00
Huddersfield will be confident of getting something from this game. The victory last time out vs Manchester United is sure to give them confidence. Liverpool needs to sort out their defence and Klopp is under pressure. I do think that their attack will have too much for the Terriers. It is vital that they score first.
Prediction: 2-1 with Salah scoring.
Watford vs Stoke City. Saturday @ 3.00.
Watford is playing some of the best football in the league at the moment. Despite losing against Chelsea last week, they always looked like creating chances. Richarlison has proved a real find for them. Stoke have lost three in a row. They are yet to win away this season.
Prediction: 2-1 with Richarlison scoring.
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City. Saturday @ 3.00.
The home side was one of few Premier League sides to get a break from action in midweek, thanks to Manchester City. Since then, The Baggies haven’t won in eight in all competitions and facing City will be no easy task. Scoring twenty-nine goals in their last seven league outings is some going. Sergio Aguero played 120 minutes in the League Cup during the week. This further strengthens Pep’s options.
Prediction: 1-4 with Sané scoring.
AFC Bournemouth vs Chelsea. Saturday @ 5.30. BT Sport
Bournemouth will be delighted to extend their cup run with a 3-1 victory of Middlesborough during the week, but it’s impossible to deny the fact they are underperforming in the league. The Cherries attack looks like it’s coming good. With five goals in their last five. They will know they have a chance of finding the net against the champions. Antonio Conte’s side has gone six games without a clean sheet. However, I am expecting a Chelsea win.
Prediction: 1-3 with Hazard scoring.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton. Sunday @ 1.30. Sky Sports.
Brighton is steadily improving. The three nil victory vs West Ham last time out will certainly be a morale booster. Two wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five coupled with three goals conceded is good going from the Seagulls.
The Saints need to score more goals, and by doing so will lift themselves up the table. All in all, I expect this one to be a low scoring contest but with Brighton at home, I expect a victory for Chris Houghton and his players.
Prediction: 1-0 with Glenn Murray scoring.
Leicester City vs Everton. Sunday @ 4.00. Sky Sports.
Claude Puel is back in the Premier League and faces a club who also sacked their manager recently, another former Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman.
Leicester certainly will be more confident going into this one. A 2-1 victory last time out vs Swansea and progression to the Quarter Final stage of the League Cup at the expense of Leeds United has them in the ascendency. The Toffees have lost four of their last five and seem to have forgotten how to win football matches.
Prediction: 3-1 with Riyad Mahrez scoring.
Burnley vs Newcastle United. Monday @ 8.00. Sky Sports.
Two questions going into this one: Will Burnley be distracted by the speculation surrounding Sean Dyche and other managerial positions? And how will Newcastle do away from home?
Burnley does concede goals and with a Newcastle side in the ascendancy, it will be difficult to keep them out. I do think there will be goals from both sides.
Prediction: 1-2 with Joselu scoring.