Premier League Predictions Gameweek 6 – Chelsea v Liverpool, Leicester v Tottenham & More
The Premier League took a backseat this week as the Champions League made its long-awaited return. However, with the first round of games over, attention will once again turn to the world’s most popular domestic competition. With some enticing fixtures in store such as a top four clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, fireworks are expected.
Read on for our predictions ahead of this weekend’s action…
Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 6
All Saturday 15:00 kick-offs unless stated.
Southampton vs Bournemouth, Friday 20:00
The lowdown: In the less traditional South Coast derby, Southampton will play host to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Friday night. Both sides come into this clash off the back of decent results. The Saints gained a priceless three points away at Sheffield United last weekend and Bournemouth proved too much for Everton in a commanding 3-1 home win. This fixture threw up a highly entertaining 3-3 draw last season and, with the chance of ending Friday night in third position at stake, expect both teams to go for the jugular.
Verdict: An open game that will ultimately suit the Cherries. 1-2.
Leicester vs Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday 12:30
The lowdown: If Leicester are to realise their ambition of breaking into the top six, this is the kind of fixture they’ll need to prove themselves in. The Foxes were perhaps unlucky not to take anything from their clash with Manchester United and will face another tough test against Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are fresh off the back of a dominant win over Crystal Palace. however the north London side did face a trip to Greece in midweek that could take its toll.
Verdict: Leicester to hold Spurs to a draw. 1-1.
Burnley vs Norwich
The lowdown: Following last weekend’s famous victory over Manchester City, Norwich are tasked with a trip to Burnley this time out. This fixture would’ve been one the Canaries circled as winnable before the season started, and they’ll be full of confidence as they head to Turf Moor. They’ll find Burnley to be no pushovers though – Sean Dyche’s men have been typically frustrating to play against this season and will count themselves as unlucky not to have taken anything from the Emirates in September. They’ll test the new boys’ mettle.
Verdict: A savvy Burnley side to frustrate the Canaries. 2-1.
Everton vs Sheffield United
The lowdown: After a disappointing showing at Bournemouth last weekend, Everton will be looking to bounce back with a strong showing at home to Sheffield United. The Toffees look to be formidable at home this season. Two wins from two at Goodison Park so far suggests the Blades could be in for a tough afternoon. Despite the odds being against them, Chris Wilder’s side have acquitted themselves well this season. They’ll fancy their chances of grabbing a point on the road.
Verdict: Everton to eventually overpower the Premier League new boys. 2-1.
Manchester City vs Watford
The lowdown: What better way to get back on track following a shock defeat than a home match with the worst team in the league? Despite their slip-up last weekend, City should prove far too strong for a Watford side still without a league victory this season. The Hornets did show signs of life last time out against Arsenal, but it’s unlikely they’ll be gifted those goals at the Etihad. Expect big performances from City’s star men.
Verdict: City’s class to tell from the first minute to the last. 4-0.
Newcastle United v Brighton, Saturday 17:30
The lowdown: Despite the fact that they sit in 18th position in the league, Newcastle fans will rightfully feel this team has a lot more potential than first thought. Creditable performances away at Tottenham and Liverpool will give the Toon faith some hope that this season won’t be as catastrophic as first thought. Their visitors on Saturday have stuttered somewhat since their opening day victory over Watford. Graham Potter will be looking for a reaction after a last-minute Burnley goal denied Brighton a win last weekend.
Verdict: Potter’s open style to be rewarded with a hard-fought victory. 1-2.
Best Bet: Back Brighton to Win at 52/25.
Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunday 14:00
The lowdown: Wolves travel to south London on Sunday, still in search of their first Premier League win of the season. Nuno’s squad appears to be struggling with the rigours of Europa League football, and the lack of squad depth is there for all to see. Palace have a simple problem – they don’t score enough goals. A paltry three goals this season is the lowest in the league and it’s something they’ll need to address. This may not be the prettiest of matches, but a result for either side would be significant.
Verdict: Wolves to hold on for their first three points of the season. 0-1.
Best Bet: Back Wolves to Win by One goal at 59/20.
West Ham vs Manchester United, Sunday 14:00
The lowdown: Despite it feeling like a rocky start to the season for the Red Devils, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men find themselves in fourth. They face a West Ham side who have a genuine attacking threat this year in the form of Sebastien Haller. With both Anthony Martial and Daniel James suffering with injuries, this will be a tough test for United.
Verdict: West Ham to hold Ole’s side to a hard-fought draw. 1-1.
Best Bet: Back the Draw at 14/5.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Sunday 16:30
The lowdown: The usual murmurs of discontent started to come from Arsenal fans last week. The Gunners threw away a two-goal lead at Watford thanks to a calamity of errors. They should be back in their element playing against newly-promoted Aston Villa, however. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting a rest in midweek, he should be raring to go against a Villa side that still hasn’t convinced anyone of their Premier League pedigree.
Verdict: Arsenal’s potent attack to prove too much for Villa. 3-0.
Chelsea vs Liverpool, Sunday 16:30
The lowdown: In the pick of this weekend’s action, Jürgen Klopp takes his unbeaten Liverpool side to West London for a top six clash with Chelsea. After falling to a midweek Champions League loss to Valencia, Frank Lampard will be looking for an immediate response from the Blues. They may well be playing Liverpool at the best possible time after the Reds also suffered a disappointing result in Europe during the week. In what will be an intriguing game, look for Liverpool to expose the defensive frailties that Chelsea have displayed so far this season.
Verdict: Liverpool’s front three to show their class. 1-3.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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