Premier League Predictions – The Restart

Here are our Premier League predictions for the first round of games as football returns behind closed doors….

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The Premier League returns on Wednesday with a punishing schedule as the race to wrap up the 2019/20 season begins.

Aston Villa, Sheffield Utd, Man City and Arsenal are playing catch-up with the rest of the league and get things moving again on Wednesday evening, in the soon-to-be familiar weekday timeslots of 6pm and 8.15pm.

Here are our Premier League predictions for the first round of games as football returns behind closed doors….


Premier League Predictions – Full Preview

Wednesday 17th June

ASTON VILLA VS SHEFFIELD UTD

It’s an intriguing appetiser to the full return up first at Villa Park, with the hosts out to re-establish momentum after the season paused for them at just the opportune moment. Villa’s form had slumped prior to matches being postponed, and Dean Smith will be desperate to seize the positives from this unexpected fresh start.

That won’t be easy against a Sheffield Utd outfit hardly likely to be obliging, with a top four finish still very much in play. The players on show here will set the benchmark for the matches that follow, and that could make it quite an even contest as they both adjust to the new reality.

Verdict: Draw 


MAN CITY VS ARSENAL

Wednesday night serves up a ‘Big Six’ battle as two of the Premier League’s big guns meet at the Etihad. It’s also got a classic master versus apprentice narrative, with Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta meeting for the first time since the latter departed for his first managerial role in North London.

Arsenal looked a little ring rusty in their pre-season friendly against Brentford and can’t afford to make a slow start here.

Verdict: Home win ✅


Friday 18th June

NORWICH CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON

The Canaries would probably be plotting a Championship promotion campaign around about now had things panned out differently, but Daniel Farke’s side now have a second chance at redemption as they look to plot a narrow path to Premier League survival.

This looks to be the ideal fixture in the circumstances, with opponents Southampton under less pressure for all three points as they edge back towards fitness. That said, Ralph Hasenhüttl won’t want his Saints charges to slowly descend back towards the relegation reckoning as he begins the next chapter of his recently extended stay on the south coast.

Verdict: Home win ❌


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS MAN UTD

There might be no fans in situ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday night, but you can back Jose Mourinho to charge up the atmosphere as he welcomes his former club to North London.

The Portuguese will surely have been glad of the break with several of his big hitters returning. Could Son and Kane reboot Spurs’ flagging top four hopes? This will be an instant acid test against a Man Utd team stripped of their March momentum.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were on their best run of the season prior to the break, and this nine-game spell could quell any remaining doubts as to whether the Norwegian is the right fit for the Utd rebuilding job long term.

Verdict: Draw ✅


Saturday 19th June

WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY

Two teams that stuttered over the spring will be looking to put all that behind them in Saturday’s early game as Watford welcome Brendan Rodgers’ Champions League hopefuls to Vicarage Road.

The shock 3-0 win against Liverpool aside, there had been signs Nigel Pearson’s managerial bounce had lost its buoyancy before the break while the Foxes had started to rely on the inconsistency of their nearest rivals after picking up just one win in five before the lockdown period

With Rodgers side refreshed and refocused, their top three charge could fire again here.

Verdict: Away win ❌


BRIGHTON VS ARSENAL

No team will have welcomed the chance to take stock and re-assess more than Graham Potter’s Brighton, the only side still yet to post a win in 2020.

It would be a huge fillip if they can finally end that hoodoo six months later against an Arsenal side that often seem to struggle against the Seagulls.

The lack of backing at the Amex could change the equation with Brighton’s best results coming from home comforts, but much could depend here on the away side’s fitness levels and injury woes after two games in four days.

Verdict: Draw ❌


WEST HAM VS WOLVES

The London Stadium can be a lonely place – particularly if you’re a West Ham player over the last few years. David Moyes will be hoping it’s his training methods that come to the fore now the lukewarm reception to his reappointment is a distant memory. Could the Hammers benefit without a nervy home crowd on their back?

This looks a tough assignment, however, with Wolves circling the top four. They’ll be more than comfortable with adapting to the exhausting schedule ahead given this season’s Europa League exploits.

Verdict: Draw ❌


BOURNEMOUTH VS CRYSTAL PALACE

This game marks a first in Premier League history – for the first time since its formation, a match will be shown live on terrestrial TV.


In truth, the BBC might have fancied a slightly more high-profile encounter, although it’ll be interesting to see which Crystal Palace side turn up with the Eagles playing with the handbrake off somewhat on 39 points.

Bournemouth won’t have many more favourable conditions to scoop all three points, so a loss here could prove damaging for Eddie Howe’s strugglers.

Verdict: Home win ❌


Sunday 21st June

NEWCASTLE VS SHEFFIELD UTD

The takeover saga is rumbling on at St James’ Park, but Steve Bruce will be hoping the speculation both around the club’s long term vision and his own immediate future are put to one side in this one as Newcastle return to action, probably needing just a win to end any lingering relegation concerns.

Sheff Utd will be fired up to claim all three points after the injustice of being denied a possible win at Aston Villa due to technical troubles, and the Blades’ chances will rest on how successful Chris Wilder’s recovery methods have been this week. The Magpies might start fresher, but the away side will also be more match sharp – which could see them hard to separate.

Verdict: Draw 


ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEA

It’s a quickfire return to Villa Park on Sunday as Dean Smith’s side aim to build on a useful point against Sheff Utd by taking the scalp of Chelsea. The Blues have been boosted by the news Timo Werner will be arriving this summer, but they’ll be fully aware the German will want to be playing amongst the elite again next season.

Frank Lampard’s side have little room for error after a patchy spring and could benefit from any fatigue on show from Villa here.

Verdict: Away win  


EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL

It’s the big one on Merseyside on Sunday night, although local officials will probably be breathing a sigh of relief that Man City’s midweek win means history can’t be made for the Reds in this fixture.

Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping to turn the tide in derby fixtures given the Toffees are without a league win since 2010, but the Reds’ desperation to get the job done as swiftly as possible could ultimately tell here.

Verdict: Away win 

Monday 22nd June


MAN CITY VS BURNLEY

The first full round of games since the Premier League restart ends at the Etihad with Man City looking match sharp again after eventually overwhelming Arsenal 3-0 last Wednesday. Bar the horror injury to Eric Garcia, Pep Guardiola will have been pleased with his side’s night’s work.

That extra game time could make it a long evening for a Burnley outfit likely to be ring rusty even accounting for Sean Dyche’s meticulous preparation.

Verdict: Home win  

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