Premier League: Our Round 12 predictions

Premier League: Our Round 12 predictions

Another week is gone, and now we come to our weekly premier league predictions. The time where I learn just how bad I am at predicting football, and worse, just how good Oliver is at it.

The gap between first, second, and third, continues to widen, with Oliver leading on 72, Alf following on 61, and myself in last on 53. Remember when it looked as if Alf would over take Oliver? Yeah, me neither.

On with the tipping!

Cardiff City vs Brighton

Dan

It’s Cardiff. Let’s be real here, Brighton aren’t exactly great, but there’s no way they’ll fall to the woeful Bluebirds. 2-1 Brighton

Oliver

Cardiff City went down narrowly last week to Leicester City, but they’ve now got a perhaps weaker opponent in Brighton. The Seagulls went down to Everton last time out, and I think these sides are fairly evenly-matched. This is looking like a draw. 1-1 draw

Alf

It’s getting too predictable that the Bluebirds are going to lose. Hopefully not a big one. 2-0 Brighton

Southampton vs Watford

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Dan

Southampton are terrible, but Watford somehow managed to lose to Newcastle. Newcastle. Ugh, I don’t know, let’s go for a draw here. 0-0 draw

Oliver

I’d hate to be a Southampton fan right now. In sixteenth, with one win and just two points off last place. Watford lost last time out to bottom-placed Newcastle, however, and the Saints might just be good enough. Will Southampton finally get that second win? Nah. 1-0 Watford

Alf

Meh. 1-0 Southampton

Leicester vs Burnley

Dan

Burnley struggle away, and despite the helicopter crash, Leicester beat Cardiff. They’ll get another three points here. 2-1 Leicester

Oliver

Leicester won their last match. Burnley have just a point from their last four games. With home advantage, the Foxes should capitalise on a weak Clarets side, but I think they’ll struggle their way over the line. 2-1 Leicester

Alf

The Foxes are back to the King Power Stadium and will be hoping to seal a victory for Vichai. 2-1 Leicester

Huddersfield vs West Ham

Dan

Like Newcastle, Huddersfield finally got their first win against Fulham last week. Though West Ham are a much better side, my gut is telling me that this is a match that Huddersfield can just, just, edge out. 1-0 Huddersfield

Oliver

Neither of these teams are great, it’s fair to say. Both of them are coming off wins, and West Ham are up in thirteenth in the table. Should be enough for them to overpower a weak Huddersfield. 1-0 West Ham

Alf

Provided the form of the home side, it’ll be of no surprise if the visitors get the three points. 3-1 West Ham

Newcastle vs Bournemouth

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Dan

As much as Newcastle loves doing exactly what I don’t tip, Bournemouth are a very dangerous side that were unlucky to lose to Manchester United last week. But, it’s Newcastle I’m tipping, so naturally they’ll prove me wrong. 2-1 Bournemouth

Oliver

Eddie Howe’s just very deservedly won Premier League Manager of the Month, and Bournemouth have been playing good football. Newcastle have one win – no prizes for calling this one. 2-1 Bournemouth

Alf

Sour cherries for the magpies. (Editors note: Jesus Christ, Alf, that is awful) 2-1 Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

Dan

Palace continue to underwhelm, and Tottenham are a side that will punish them for it. 2-0 Tottenham

Oliver

Palace are one of the most boring teams in the Premier League. I’m not just saying that – there’s been just twenty-four goals in their PL games this season, less than any other team apart from Wolves. Spurs have got enough to win this one, but their opponents will keep the score low. 1-0 Tottenham

Alf

Tottenham may not be impressive against PSV but it’s Palace, so it should be okay for them. 3-1 Tottenham

Liverpool vs Fulham

Dan

Ok, so Liverpool may have lost to Red Star Belgrade, but that was their back ups. I’d be very surprised if Fulham shocked them again at Anfield, but I won’t be complaining if that happens either. Still, Liverpool are gonna win. 3-1 Liverpool

Oliver

Fulham can’t stop giving away goals and points, as the last-placed team and having conceded 29 so far. Liverpool aren’t scoring as many as Chelsea or City but they’re still netting enough to win this big. 4-0 Liverpool

Alf

Well done, Red Star Belgrade, for achieving the impossible and giving the Fulham team false hope. 1-0 Liverpool

Chelsea vs Everton

Dan

Maruzio Sarri’s side is now the only team unbeaten in all five of Europe’s top leagues in all competitions, and while Everton can beat anyone on their day, they can’t beat Chelsea. 2-1 Chelsea

Oliver

I don’t like picking my own team to lose, but that’s unfortunately what I see coming. Sarri-ball is 1) the most overused phrase in English football and 2) working wonders. Don’t see that stopping. 2-1 Chelsea

Alf

I’m sorry, Oliver. 3-0 Chelsea

Manchester City vs Manchester United

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Arsenal vs Wolves

Dan

Since their draw against Palace, Arsenal have fallen out of form, drawing twice, with a solitary win coming against against Blackpool in the League Cup. Wolves are very, very, solid team, despite their own poor run of form, and I think they’ll give Emery and he Gooners a shock.  2-1 Wolves

Oliver

Wolves keep scores low. 11 scored, 12 conceded. That won’t stop Arsenal from winning, it’ll just reduce the scoreline by a little. But the Gunners should wrap this up easily. 2-0 Arsenal

Alf

Arsenal just played Sporting Lisbon and finished in a goalless draw. Things aren’t looking good for them. 0-0 draw

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Premier League: Our round 11 predictions

Premier League: Our round 11 predictions

Another week gone, and here we are again. Match day 11 is upon us folks, and here is your premier league tipping post.

As for scores, we all know the drill by now. I’m last on 45, Alf is second on 55, and Oliver continues to lead on 67. Ten bucks say that there will be no change to these positions as the season continues.

On with the tipping!

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United

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Dan

Tricky one to predict. United seem to finally be finding their groove, but Bournemouth are very, very, solid side. I’ll go with Bournemouth to win, but really, there isn’t a result that can be counted as a shock here. 2-1 Bournemouth

Oliver

Bournemouth have started well this season, and one would think they’d be good enough for a draw, but I can see Unitd overcoming their poor start to the season, and with it, the boys from the South Coast. 2-1 United

Alf

Against a decent Cherries side, #JoseOut if United doesn’t win this one. 2-1 United

Newcastle United vs Watford

Dan

God dammit Newcastle. I finally give up on you last round and start tipping you to lose, and you manage a draw. The Toon shouldn’t be able to beat the Hornets, but if they do, I swear it will only be to frustrate me. 3-1 Watford

Oliver

Newcastle picked up a draw last time out but I don’t think they’ll get anything against a very good Watford team. The Hornets should easily overpower the Toon, who have been awful this season. 3-1 Watford

Alf

Again, a poor Magpies side will stand no chance against the Hornets. 2-1 Watford

Everton vs Brighton

Dan

Brighton are on a three match winning streak, and they haven’t conceded since September. Everton meanwhile, have no idea what consistency is and I can see Brighton frustrating them into sharing the points. 0-0 draw.

Oliver

– Everton went down to Manchester United last week but I’m picking them to rebound with a win against Brighton. 9th against 11th seems like it should be a close game but I can’t see it going that way. 2-0 Everton

Alf

Home advantage for the Toffees means nothing to Brighton. 2-1 Everton

West Ham vs Burnley

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Dan

Two sides that are win less since the start of October? Naturally a draw. 1-1 draw.

Oliver

One might not be able to see West Ham score three goals in a match, but Burnley haven’t defended well this year. That said, West Ham should still concede a couple. 3-2 West Ham

Alf

Both sides are hungry for points but they’ll come up with nothing. 0-0 draw.

Cardiff vs Leicester

Dan

For all the wrong reasons, Leicester will be distracted during this game, but it’s Cardiff so they’ll win. RIP Vichai. 1-0 Leicester

Oliver

is will be a shaken Leicester team, we know that. But if the Foxes epitomize any value, it is resilience and overcoming challenges. Not only will they beat their Welsh opponents, they’ll thrash them. 5-0 Leicester

Alf

– RIP Vichai, may your Foxes side will never quit fighting in the PL. 3-0 Leicester

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Dan

Arsenal may have been held by Crystal Palace, but they have shown time and again they have masses of quality at their disposal. Two solid attacks will see a high scoring draw. 2-2 draw

Oliver

Arsenal’s winning streak was broken last week against Crystal Palace, but they were really only delaying the inevitable. Liverpool are a good side but I’m not sure they have enough to get past the Gunners. 1-1 draw

Alf

The Gunners are lucky enough not to concede more than two goals these days. While Unai Emery may have won against Jürgen Klopp in the Europa League final, I don’t think he’ll repeat this at the Emirates. 3-1 Liverpool

Wolves vs Tottenham

Dan

Another game that could go any way. Both sides will be itching for wins to put recent league losses behind them, but with superior quality, it should be Tottenham that clinch it. 2-1 Tottenham

Oliver

Wolves don’t score many, and they don’t concede many. Spurs don’t do much either. This will be goalless, and potentially very dull. 0-0 draw

Alf

The Lilywhites won’t be able to tear the Wolves apart but we should expect to see a few goals from them. 2-0 Tottenham

Manchester City vs Southampton

Dan

I really hate Man City, but despite my hatred, I still can’t see any way of Southampton getting anything from this. Welp. 4-1 City

Oliver

Southampton – City are a great attacking side, better than any other in the division by a long, long way. Southampton don’t concede often, but they’ve underwhelmed this season. Easy win City. 2-0 City

Alf

No words needed. 5-0 City

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Dan

Despite holding to a draw last week, this is still Crystal Palace vs Chelsea. Can’t see the Eagles getting any points here 2-0 Chelsea

Oliver

It’s hard to write anything about Chelsea without talking about the effects of Sarriball, but I’m gonna try: nope, can’t do it. Palace are a pretty dull but stable side and Chelsea will just about eke out a win. 1-0 Chelsea

Alf

The Eagles showed that they can cause problems against a Top 6 team but the Blues will continue to score with an effective Sarriball strategy. 3-1 Chelsea

Huddersfield vs Fulham

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Dan

Two awful, awful sides go at it in a relegation six pointer. Given how terrible both sides are, this could go any way, but Huddersfield’s home advantage will lead me to tip them to get their first win of the season. 1-0 Huddersfield

Oliver

The ultimate disgrace is getting beaten by a team with no wins at this stage of the season, but that’s what I see happening to Fulham. Their defense is incredibly leaky, conceding 2.8 goals a game in the league this season. That’s half of what two relegated teams conceded in all of last season. They’re on track to have the worst Premier League defense ever. They’ll lose this one. 2-0 Huddersfield
Alf
Usually, if the relegation stragglers are to play against each other, it’s very likely that it’ll be a draw. Mark my words. 2-2 draw.

 

Premier League: Our round 10 predictions

Premier League: Our round 10 predictions

How time flies! It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting down to see United beat Leicester in the first game of the season, but here we are, 10 rounds in already. Phew.

Blake, who’s real name is Oliver, and will now be refereed too as such, put some distance between himself and Alf last round. He’s on 54 points, Alf is on 49, and I’m well back on 39.

Ugh. No more optimism left in me, watch me continue to fail in this comp.

Brighton vs Wolves

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Dan

Brighton are a decent enough side, and they are also fairly solid defensively. With the Wolves somewhat struggling for goals, expect a shutout from the Seagulls, but not three points. 0-0 draw.

Oliver

Wolves don’t score many, but they don’t concede many either. Brighton have got home advantage, so I can’t see Wolves winning, but I doubt they’ll go down to the Seagulls. 1-1 draw.

Alf

The Wolves would want to roar back after losing to Watford at home. They have the mentality to do so against a decent Seagulls lineup. 3-1 Wolves

Southampton vs Newcastle

Dan

Last round was my final straw for the magpies, who I have consistently tipped to bounce back from their poor start and have consistently let me down. I can see a draw here for Newcastle, but out of sheer spite I’m tipping them to lose. Go Saints. 2-0 Southampton

Oliver

It would be fair to look at the table and say this is an easy win for Southampton. They’re higher up the table and they’ve got a win. But both sides have six goals, fourteen conceded. This will be a draw, and a dull one at that. 0-0 draw

Alf

Poor Magpies. 0-0 draw.

Liverpool vs Cardiff

Dan

Cardiff may have gotten their first win last weekend, but that was against a Fulham side who are a defensive shambles. Expect a slaughter at Anfield. 4-0 Liverpool

Oliver

Liverpool haven’t scored many goals this season compared to some of the top sides – they’ve got as many as Bournemouth – but it’s Cardiff City we’re talking about. They’ll take an easy win. 3-0 Liverpool

Alf

Liverpool defeated Huddersfield but it wasn’t convincing. Cardiff won against Fulham but Neil Warnock may need to find a new apartment soon. 2-1 Liverpool

Fulham vs Bournemouth

Dan

Two sides in good goal scoring form but with shoddy defenses? This has all the marks of a high scoring draw. 3-3 draw.

Oliver

Somehow, Bournemouth are sixth in the table after nine games. Fulham are conceding goals like there’s no tomorrow. Cherries have got this. 2-1 Bournemouth

Alf

The Cottagers may have lost last week but they scored twice. With the quality of the attack, it shouldn’t be hard for the home side to get the points. 1-0 Fulham

Watford vs Huddersfield

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Dan

Both sides came away with results they can be proud of last weekend, with the Hornets beating the Wolves and Huddersfield keeping Liverpool to just a 1-0 victory. Watford will eek this out, but the Terriers will put a decent fight. 2-1 Watford

Oliver

It’s the same story here. Watford are seventh, Huddersfield are nineteenth. Watford are starting to slip, but it’s Huddersf1-0 Bield they’re playing. Easy win, but they’ll only score two. 2-0 Watford

Alf

People expected a rout by Liverpool but the Terriers proved otherwise. Yet, I don’t see Huddersfield winning it because their attack is weak. 2-0 Watford

Leicester vs West Ham

Dan

Two similar sides here, both who should be challenging for mid table mediocrity  – the coveted 8-12 places. Given their similarities and with injuries ruling out both Vardy and Yarlomenko, I can see a draw here. 1-1 draw

Oliver

Leicester have scored fifteen, conceded fifteen. They’ve not had a draw yet, and the slowly improving West Ham have only had one, but I can see this game being one. 2-2 draw

Alf

Vardy da man will do amazing things. 1-0 Leicester Editors note: And this my friends, is why you don’t send tips in too early. Vardy is out injured this game.

Burnley vs Chelsea

Dan

Look, if you are being held to a draw by Manchester United, there are some problems in your team if you’re challenging for the title. Let’s predict an upset here. 1-0 Burnley

Oliver

Chelsea will win, we know that much. It’s a question of by how much. They’ll score two, but no more – they’re away from home, after all, but Burnley are terrible defensively. 2-0 Chelsea

Alf

Meh. 3-0 Chelsea

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 

Dan

I’ve been disappointed with Crystal Palace this season – I expected them to be challenging for top ten, but they are in danger of being pulled into the relegation battle. Unfortunately for them, they are up against an Arsenal side in red hot form. 4-1 Arsenal

Oliver

Arsenal’s winning streak isn’t ending against Crystal Palace of all teams. Palace just aren’t great and Arsenal will score a few. Not without conceding, however. 3-1 Arsenal

Alf

I don’t think Leno will keep a clean sheet in an away PL game. Cri. 2-1 Arsenal

Manchester United vs Everton

Dan

I support United. Oliver supports Everton. Oliver is thrashing me in the tipping. Oliver is a better writer than me. I really, really, need United to win this. Please. 2-1 United

Oliver

Everton have a positive goal differential, for one. United just seem like a mess, especially after the home loss to Juventus, and I just can’t see them taking a point 2-1 Everton

Alf

Mourinho failed to stabilize the ship against Chelsea but it’s Everton, so he can (for once), I guess. 2-0 United

Tottenham vs Manchester City

Dan

For the gazillionth time this season, I’m gonna let emotion cloud my judgement here. I hate Manchester City, and surely, Tottenham have the quality edge them in this game. This emotional form of tipping is why I’m last, folks. 2-1 Tottenham

Oliver

Spurs are on four league wins in a row. Manchester City are on one only, but they haven’t lost a league game this season. They’ll win, and they’ll win well. 3-1 City

Alf

Burnley are no Tottenham, CIty fans. 1-1 draw
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Premier League: Our round nine predictions

Premier League: Our round nine predictions

The international break is over, hurrah, which means that club football is back, and so is our predictions.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Alf for writing the tipping post last week, as I was in Samoa and I couldn’t, so cheers for that Alf. Zac is also (finally) back from Europe, but has allowed Alf to keep his spot in the comp for the rest of the season. So good man, Zac.

Anyway, my dismal run of form in this comp continues, as I’m on 34 points, as this really is a two horse race between Alf and Blake. Alf is on 43, while Blake sits in the lead on 46.

Time for another depressing round from myself. On with the tipping!

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Dan

Manchester United have been simply sub-par this season, and, to make matters worse, we have faced just a single top six team during that time. While the comeback win over Newcastle did show signs of improvement, they’re up against a Chelsea side that hasn’t yet lost and are proper title contenders. This shouldn’t be too difficult for the blues. 2-1 Chelsea

Blake

Chelsea are a team on fire at the moment. Sarriball’s working wonders, they haven’t lost a game yet, and I imagine they’ll easily deal with a weak-looking Manchester United. 2-1 Chelsea

Alf

Another chance to Mourinho and his men to prove himself. Chelsea may have beaten Southampton but not quite convincing. 2-1 Chelsea

West Ham vs Tottenham

Dan

Just when we thought West Ham were finally delivering on the promise that this squad had, they go and lose to Brighton. Well, there goes any chance of them getting anything out of the match against Tottenham. 3-1 Tottenham

Blake

West Ham were looking a shambles after four games but they’ve picked up seven points from their next four and they should take another point against a decent Spurs. 1-1 draw.

Alf

With some stars absent, West Ham will give Tottenham a hard time in finding a goal with Fabiański between the sticks. 1-0 Tottenham

Newcastle vs Brighton

Dan

It’s coming for the toon. I can feel it. They showed promise against Manchester United, and against Brighton, I think they’ll manage to see it out. 1-0 Newcastle.

Blake

Newcastle are awful. That’s all there really is to say about them. Brighton have been better than expected so far and they can carry that momentum into this fixture and take three points. 1-0 Brighton

Alf

Newcastle may have lost to an inspired Red Devils side, but their goals will inspire them to get the motivation to win the games. 1-1 draw

Bournemouth vs Southampton

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Dan

With their 4-0 thrashing of Watford last round, Bournemouth will surely be able to easily overcome any threat that Mark Hughes’ Southampton pose as Eddie Howe’s team continues to show just how good they really are. 3-1 Bournemouth

Blake

Both teams haven’t been stellar defensively so far this season. Bournemouth however have scored sixteen goals, more than Liverpool, and will add a few against their South Coast rivals. 4-2 Bournemouth

Alf

Southampton showed that they have a weak attack against Chelsea. Bournemouth proved otherwise. 2-0 Bouremouth

Cardiff vs Fulham

Dan

Cardiff are all round terrible, but Fulham will still be low on confidence after their humiliation at the hands of Arsenal. One bore draw coming right up. 0-0 draw.

Blake

It says something about Fulham’s poor defending that I’m giving Cardiff a goal here, but it also says something about Cardiff’s quality that I’m still not giving them a point. Don’t expect entertainment. 2-1 Fulham

Alf

Time for Neil Warnock to go? The answer is “yes” if his team failed to win this one. 2-1 Fulham

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford

Dan

It’s one of these games – two very good teams in reasonably good form play each other in a match that could easily go any way. The home advantage and the sting of Watford’s defeat to Bournemouth will make me go with the Wolves, but, as I said, this can really go any way. 2-1 Wolves.

Blake

Watford are really starting to slip down the table. Wolves have made it to seventh without being brilliant, although their defense has been solid. They’ll eke out a narrow win here. 1-0 Wolves

Alf

Both teams are in good form and no one would want to lose – so it’ll be an equal contest. 1-1 draw.

Manchester City vs Burnley

Dan

Burnley remain a solid side with the potential to cause any team problems – and while they might cause a few against the citizens, it’ll be nowhere near enough to keep Guardiola’s side from strolling to victory. 2-0 Manchester City

Blake

The Citizens are sitting pretty at the top of the league whilst Burnley are slowly moving up the table. City should still win this one comfortably, at home. 3-0 Manchester City

Alf

Sean Dyche’s Burnley career may end at the Etihad as his philosophy doesn’t work effectively anymore. 3-0 Manchester City

Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool

Dan

Press F to pay respect to Huddersfield, folks. This game will be nothing short of a slaughter. 5-0 Liverpool

Blake

There are two types of Liverpool. There’s the Liverpool that plays poorly and the Liverpool that plays brilliantly, and there’s no way of telling which one you’re gonna get. This game could be 6-0, but let’s go a little lower. 1-0 Liverpool

Alf

I feel sorry for the Terriers but I’ll be more surprised they can stun Liverpool for the three points. 4-0 Liverpool

Everton vs Crystal Palace

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Dan

Much like Burnley, Palace are a side that can give anyone problems – on their day. But it won’t be their day, and Everton will put them to the sword. 2-1 Everton.

Blake

The most boring team in the Premier League meets Everton away. Typically I just say 0-0 for Palace games, but I’ve got a different feeling about this one. Everton should take a win. 2-0 Everton

Alf

Richarlison starts scoring again. End of. 1-0 Everton

Arsenal vs Leicester

Dan

Leicester are a decent, if unremarkable side, but as they’ll be up against the red hot Lacazette-Aubameyang partnership, backed up by an Arsenal side that’s working well under Emery, it’ll be Leicester who will be dropping points. 2-1 Arsenal

Blake

Arsenal’s lengthy winning streak isn’t going to be ended by Leicester City of all teams. Lacazette and Aubameyang should manage to combine for a couple of goals. 2-0 Arsenal

Alf

There will be goals from both sides (Leno isn’t going to keep a clean sheet again cri), but things seems to go well for the Gunners. 2-1 Arsenal
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Premier League: Our round six predictions

Premier League: Our round six predictions

Time marches on, as does the premier league. That means once again we find ourselves doing the most regular post on this site: Premier League tipping.

Last round was same old, same old, with Blake leading the way on 30 points, Alf, filling in for Zac, slightly further back on 25, and sadly like usual, I’m well behind everyone else on 18.

I think it’s time to solve that. On with the tipping!

Fulham vs Watford

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Dan

This might be where Watford’s spectacular start begins to unravel; a trip to Fulham is no easy fixture, and with their confidence knocked slightly after the loss to United, I can see Fulham prevailing. 2-1 Fulham.

Blake

The Hornets weren’t bad against United but Fulham struggled against City last week and I expect their somewhat poor start to the season to continue. 2-1 Watford.

Alf

The Cottagers will do everything to get the home points but the Hornets will prove otherwise. 3-1 Watford.

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Dan

United are flying high after three consecutive victories, but the Wolves also haven’t lost in three. This one is gonna be close, and really could go anyway, but I’m going to favour the home side here. 3-2 United.

Blake

It’s finally starting to click for the Red Devils, beating Watford last weekend and Young Boys in midweek. Wolves aren’t a bad side but they’re away from home and I see them losing here. 2-0 United.

Alf

Wolves did well to grab a point from City but it’s Old Trafford, so everything can happen. 2-1 United.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United

Dan

After tipping Newcastle to win each of their past three matches, and having them lose all three, I’m done with the Magpies for the time being. Besides, Palace is quality and should see off The Toon without too many problems. 1-0 Palace.

Blake

Crystal Palace are a painfully boring side. They’ve had just ten goals scored and conceded in their five matches so far, less than any other side. The Toon aren’t much better, so this will be dull. 0-0 draw.

Alf

Palace managed to win against strugglers Huddersfield while Newcastle lost to Arsenal. Equal contest expected. 1-1 draw.

Leicester City vs Huddersfield

Dan

Huddersfield are complete garbage. End of. 3-0 Leicester.

Blake

Leicester City have stated unspectacularly with two wins and three losses. Huddersfield however have only scored two goals and it’s hard to see that number increasing at Leicester City Stadium. 3-0 Leicester.

Alf

Kasper Schmeichel shouldn’t have a problem in keeping a clean sheet against a weak Terriers attack. 3-0 Leicester

Cardiff City vs Manchester City 

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Dan

Cardiff are complete garbage. End of.  5-0 Manchester City

Blake

Yes, it’s Manchester City. Yes, they’re away to who I believe to be the worst side in the league. But they just lost to Olympique Lyonnais and I expect they’ll have a battle on their hands, even against a poor Bluebirds side. 1-0 Manchester City

Alf

Lyon may have defeated the Citizens at home but I’ll be more surprised if they can’t get the away points from Cardiff. 3-0 Manchester City

Liverpool vs Southampton

Dan

As a United fan, seeing Liverpool at the moment is nothing short of torture. But, I want to win this competition, so I’ll go with my head rather than my heart. 2-0 Liverpool

Blake

These are the predictions I hate giving out. Liverpool have been stellar so far whilst Southampton have been questionable and I’m starting to wonder if I haven’t predicted this scoreline high enough. 4-0 Liverpool

Alf

Ings’ presence in the Saints squad may upset LFC fans, but it won’t change the fact that the home side will get the win. 2-1 Liverpool

Burnley vs Bournemouth

Dan

Last week, I predicted West Ham to finally gel against one of the more solid sides in the competition, and they did. Let’s see if lightning strikes twice, as I’ll predict the same for Burnley. 1-0 Burnley

Blake

The Cherries have been overshadowed by Watford so far this season, but they’ve been pretty great as well. Burnley are in last place and should stay there after this week’s matches. 3-1 Bournemouth

Alf

With error-prone Hart in goal, I’ll expect them to concede goals without Heaton and Pope in the squad. 3-1 Bournemouth

Brighton vs Tottenham

Dan

After three straight defeats, Pochettino will be desperate for his side to turn things around against the Seagulls. But, much like what happened to United earlier this year, I think Brighton will pull off a shock. 2-1 Brighton

Blake

Two sides who have the potential to be good – or not – and we never really know until they start playing. I can see Spurs scoring a couple but I can’t see them keeping the Seagulls out of this. Spurs, being Spurs, will take a point and a point only. 2-2 draw.

Alf

Spurs may have lost to a strong Inter Milan XI at San Siro, but against Brighton, I believe that they’ll prevail. 3-1 Tottenham

West Ham vs Chelsea

Dan

West Ham may have finally got off the mark with the win against Everton last week, but Chelsea is a far more formidable team (sorry Blake). Another win for Sarri ball is coming. 4-2 Chelsea

Blake

This will be a rout. Yes, the Hammers won last week, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to forget about the disaster that’s been the rest of the season. Chelsea are the worst possible team for them to play now, and they should score a few. 5-0 Chelsea

Alf

With Wilshere’s absence (hurts me as an Arsenal fan), the Hammers will have a hard time facing the Blues frontline. 2-1 Chelsea

Arsenal vs Everton

Dan

Alf and Blake’s favoured teams duel in this game, and while I’m not yet fully convinced by either side, I’ll go with the team that didn’t lose to West Ham last week. 3-1 Arsenal

Blake

Oh, Everton, the side that wouldn’t know consistency if it hit them in the face. Arsenal just beat Newcastle away but it’s Newcastle so I wouldn’t say it means a whole lot. Everton haven’t played midweek, Arsenal have, and that’s what draws them level. 2-2 draw.

Alf

The Gunners will concede, but based on the previous results, there’s a high chance that they’ll get the deserved victory. 3-2 Arsenal

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Premier League: Our round five predictions

Premier League: Our round five predictions

After the boredom that is the international break, the official FootyFans tipping competition is back!

Last round saw me do absolute shit, getting just a singular point out of a possible 20. Blake retains his lead on 21 points, Zac is on 17, and I’m on 11. However, Zac going on holiday to Europe like the lucky bastard he is, Alf will be taking over Zac’s tips for the foreseeable future.

On with the tipping!

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Dan

No Ali, No Lloris, and Liverpool are very strong against the top six. This looks like a Liverpool win, although the Spurs won’t make it easy. 2-1 Liverpool.

Blake

Spurs are missing both Dele and Lloris for this clash against Liverpool and I expect they’ll go down to a superior Reds side in the final match at Wembley. 2-1 Liverpool

Alf

Last time when Tottenham faced Liverpool at Wembley, the home side prevailed 4-1. However, with a much-improved squad than last year (Alisson is much better than Karius, despite the blunder against Leicester), I believe that LFC will do everything in their power to grab the three points from home. 2-1 Liverpool

Manchester City vs Fulham

Dan

Fulham is good. But they are in no way shape or form good enough to get anything away against Manchester City. 3-2 Manchester City

Blake

he Cottagers are a side on the up after getting a draw against Brighton in their last week, but City is just too good for them at the City of Manchester Stadium. 2-1 Manchester City

Alf

Provided the previous fixtures of the Cottagers, I believe that Fulham will have a hard time in containing attackers like Agüero, Sané and Mahrez. While it’s almost certain that City will win the game, bear in mind that Fulham just needs one goal to upset the Etihad crowd. 3-1 Manchester City

Bournemouth vs Leicester City

Dan

Bournemouth has had a great start to the season, and with the home advantage against an inconsistent Leicester, they’ll be able to get the three points. 2-1 Bournemouth

Blake

Bournemouth has been pretty great so far this season, to say the least. Sixth place is theirs at the moment and against a somewhat hit-and-miss Leicester City, they’ll take a win. 2-0 Bournemouth

Alf

The points would be equally shared. I guess. 1-1 draw

Newcastle United vs Arsenal

Dan

The Toon played well against Chelsea to no avail and played well against Manchester City to no avail, but against Arsenal, they will finally avail. 2-1 Newcastle

Blake

Where’s it all gone wrong for the Toon? Consistency’s not exactly their strong point and they sit down in eighteenth with a point only. Even against a somewhat dull Arsenal, and at home, they’ll lose. 2-0 Arsenal

Alf

It’s hard to predict fixtures like this but I’m in favour of an Arsenal win. 2-1 Arsenal

Huddersfield Town vs Crystal Palace

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Dan

The must miss encounter of the round, I can maybe see Huddersfield just snatch the win. 1-0 Huddersfield

Blake

If you ever feel down, just remember that thousands of people genuinely bought tickets for this match. I feel bad for those people. Ouch. 0-0 draw
Alf
Another equal contest. 0-0 draw.
Chelsea vs Cardiff City
Dan
Maruzio Sarri’s Chelsea against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff. Boy, this is hard to predict. 4-0 Chelsea
Blake
After the match against Arsenal, I can see why the Bluebirds would have their hopes raised. Will they get a goal at Stamford Bridge? Yeah, they will. Will they get utterly smoked? Yeah, they probably will too. 4-1 Chelsea
Alf
They did score against Arsenal but they may have difficulty in defeating Kepa Arrizabalaga. 5-0 Chelsea
Watford vs Manchester United
Dan

I feel bad for predicting that Watford would go down at the start of the season, considering their exemplary start. Against an inconsistent United who had their momentum sucked out of them thanks to the international break, Watford will keep their 100% record. 1-0 Watford

Blake
Yeah, it’s a little optimistic – who would have had Watford going undefeated from their first five? Manchester United are trying to get their act together, and the international break would provide them with some relief, but the Hornets will ultimately come out with a point. 1-1 draw
Alf
United will stage a comeback. This is what my intuition told me. 3-2 United
Wolves vs Burnley
Dan
Poor Burnley. The Europa league has seen their chances of early form collapse. The Wolves, however, will take advantage and pile on the misery. 3-1 Wolves.
Blake
This is the week it starts to click for the Midlands club, who’ve been a little dull so far. Burnley have been awful, and they’re playing away. No reason to think Wolves won’t win big here. 3-0 Wolves
Alf
The Wolves were spectacular against City and I believe that they’ll overcome the Clarets, who are currently the strugglers in the PL 2-1 Wolves
Everton vs West Ham
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Dan
I am so, so, sick of West Hams failure to gel. So sick, in fact, that I am going to tip West Ham to win every game until they actually win one. 3-2 West Ham
Blake
Dan, Zac, Alfred and I could probably beat West Ham at the moment, they’ve just not looked like they’ve got anything. Everton’s home advantage will help them to a sizable win. 4-0 Everton
Alf
The Hammers will be desperate to get their first points but the Blues won’t make it easy. 2-2 draw.
Southampton vs Brighton
Dan
When there are two sides that are hard to separate, I generally favour the home side. I’ll do the same for this encounter. 1-0 Southampton
Blake
These two sides are barely separable at the moment. This will almost definitely be the evenest
match of all of them, and it’s hard to say one has a clear-cut advantage over the other. 1-1 draw
Alf
They’ve metat the EFL Cup and Southampton ran out as victorious winners. I believe that they’ll do again this time. 2-1 Southampton
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Premier League: Our round 4 predictions

Premier League: Our round 4 predictions

Welcome back to the official FootyFans tipping competition. A few surprises last week saw Blake extend his lead at the top by a singular point, while I caught up to Zac, leaving us both tied in second. Blake is on 13 points, and Zac and I are both on 10.

On with the tipping!

Leicester City vs Liverpool

Dan

Leicester is a decent side, and I think it would be foolish to count them out against Klopp’s rampaging Liverpool. Claude Puel, Jamie Vardy & co might just have enough to cause an upset. 2-1 Leicester 

Blake

No-one’s getting past the Reds defence so far this season, and I don’t expect Leicester City to either, even after their decent start. 0-2 Liverpool

Zac

Liverpool has been looking really strong and I think that they will be too good for Leicester, even if they are away. 0-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Dan

Two mid-table sides duel in this game, and with the home advantage plus a solid manager in Roy Hodgson, the Eagles should take all three in this encounter. 1-0 Palace

Blake

It’ll be dull, but Southampton haven’t started well at all and even though Palace haven’t been convincing, I think they’ll snatch a win. 1-0 Palace

Zac

Crystal Palace will edge this one in a close match which could go either way. 1-0 Palace

Everton vs Huddersfield

Dan

Despite Richarlison being suspended, Everton is a side with immense quality and should be able to easily overpower a Huddersfield side that has been very poor so far. 2-0 Everton

Blake

Everton showed last week that Richarlison isn’t their only attacking threat, but the injuries to Bernard and Gueye and Richarlison’s suspension will make it more difficult for them. 2-1 Everton

Zac

Everton will be without Richarlison and will not play well, but will get two goals against a very poor Huddersfield side. 2-0 Everton

Brighton vs Fulham

Dan

Brighton beat Manchester United two weeks ago, held Liverpool to just a 1-0 victory last week, and with the home advantage, Brighton should see a win. 2-1 Brighton

Blake

Fulham is starting to come into their own a little more, but Brighton isn’t a bad side either and I can see a lot of goals in a high-scoring draw here. 2-2 draw.

Zac

Brighton has been looking good, as have Fulham, and I think that they will cancel each other out. 1-1 draw.

Chelsea vs Bournemouth

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Dan

Sarri-ball has been effective so far at Chelsea, but Bournemouth has had a good start to the campaign and showed impressive resilience to get a 2-2 draw against Everton. Given Chelsea struggled to overcome Newcastle, a draw could be on the cards. 1-1 draw.

Blake

Sarriball is starting to pay off for the Blues, with three wins from three. Bournemouth has seven points so far but you can’t expect them to leave Stamford Bridge with a point. They’ll try, and it won’t pay off. 3-0 Chelsea

Zac

Chelsea have been looking good under Sarri and I think that they will win again, but an underrated Bournemouth side will get a goal. 2-1 Chelsea.

West Ham vs Wolves

Dan

West Ham has had a horror start to life under Manuel Pellegrini, and to make matters worse they have a game against a Wolves side that managed to garner a draw against Manchester City. Still, this should be the game the West Ham finally clicks. Should. 2-1 West Ham

Blake

Where’s it all gone wrong for the Hammers? They’re the only side without a point so far and even though Wolves are yet to win, West Ham’s woes should continue. 2-0 Wolves.

Zac

Wolves will get two goals against a West Ham that have been abysmal so far this season. 2-0 Wolves.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Dan

Pep’s City was held to a draw against Wolves, while Newcastle was unlucky to lose against Chelsea. Despite the home advantage, I can see a solid display from Newcastle resulting in the points being shared. 1-1 draw.

Blake

City weren’t at their best against Wolves and even though you’d expect them to rebound to a comfortable win over the Toon, something’s telling me they’re a bit off. 2-1 City

Zac

Man City will do what Man City do. 4-0 City

Cardiff vs Arsenal

Dan

Cardiff has managed two 0-0 draws in a row, but Arsenal finally got their first win under Unai Emery last week and should emerge as victors in Wales. 1-0 Arsenal

Blake

Yes, Cardiff is the worst team in the Premier League for me. Yes, they’ll go down at the end of the season. But at home, against a somewhat weak Arsenal, they’ll grab a point. 1-1 draw.

Zac

I have not been impressed with Arsenal this season, but with a win under their belt, they will dominate against Cardiff. 1-0 Arsenal

Watford vs Tottenham

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Dan

Watford has impressed everyone so far, with three wins from three. However, Tottenham has done the same. Given that both teams will want to keep their perfect start going, neither will. 2-2 draw.

Blake

It’s time for a shock. Spurs have won three on the bounce, yes, and there’s no way they should be dropping points, but Watford haven’t been bad either and are also on nine points. Let’s go for something different. 2-0 Watford.

Zac

Spurs have been playing well so far, as have Watford, but the Spurs will have too much quality here.  2-0 Spurs.

Burnley vs Manchester United

Dan

Both teams should really, really be doing better, and a win for either side would do wonders for their confidence. Sadly, with how strong Burnley are at home, all United will be able to get out of this is a point. 1-1 draw.

Blake

As poor as United have been, surely they can’t lose to a Burnley side in the relegation zone and out of Europe? Surely not? They won’t lose. But I’ve got them dropping points. 3-3 draw.

Zac

Manchester United are in a pickle right now, but, Burnley will be unmotivated and tired after losing to Olympiakos mid-week so United will scrape one here. 1-0 United

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Premier League: Our round 3 predictions

Premier League: Our round 3 predictions

So, the official FootyFans tipping competition kicked off a week ago, and it was Blake who came out on top, getting 7 out of a possible 20 points. Just behind him was Zac with five, and unfortunately, I came last this round with 4.

Plenty of time to change that though. On with the tipping!

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

 

Dan 

This is a decent Wolves squad that played well against Leicester, Man City may be complacent after thrashing Huddersfield, and there’s no way I’m going to be able to win this competition without being slightly risky. 2-1 Wolves

Blake

I’ve been a little disappointed with Wolverhampton Wanderers so far, and I expect they’ll struggle again here against a superior Manchester City side. 2-1 Manchester City

Zac

Manchester City will just be too good for Wolves today, coming off two convincing victories against good teams. 3-1 Manchester City 

Southampton vs Leicester City

Dan

Uninspiring, if decent, starts by both teams will see a match of mediocrity, but Southampton may just, just be able to come out on top. 1-0 Southampton

Blake

This will be dull. Southampton have one goal this season so far and I don’t think they’ll add to that, but their defence is strong and they should hold the Foxes out. 0-0 draw

Zac

Leicester have started strong this season but I think that they will be pushed all the way by an underrated Southampton team. 1-0 Leicester 

Arsenal vs West Ham United 

Dan 

Both teams should really be doing better, but Arsenal has had the hard start while West Ham has no excuse for losing to Bournemouth. Arsenal will pile on the misery for Pellegrini and the Hammers.  2-1 Arsenal

Blake

Neither side have impressed in the first two matches of the season and I don’t think they will here either, with questionable defences leading to four goals overall. 2-2 draw

Zac

These two clubs have not won yet this season, and with both new managers feeling under pressure to get a win they will cancel each other out. 2-2 draw

Bournemouth vs Everton 

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Dan 

Bournemouth has started the season in fine form, defying the odds to beat West Ham away. Everton is doing well, but an away trip to a team that is so high on confidence may end up in the Toffees’ first loss of the campaign. 2-1 Bournemouth

Blake

Bournemouth have been pretty great in their first two matches, conceding just once, but Everton just have too much quality for them in their first real test of the season. 3-2 Everton

Zac

Everton have been looking good recently and I think that they will beat Bournemouth in this game, although the game will be more even than the scoreline suggests. 2-0 Everton 

Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City

Dan

After a thrashing last week, Huddersfield will be low on confidence, but the good news for them is that they will be playing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff. Expect a bore draw. 0-0 draw

Blake

Dull, dull encounter between the worst two teams in the Premier League by me. Cardiff City’s wait for a first Premier League goal, or win, will continue. 0-0 draw

Zac

With both teams starting out poorly, I don’t think that either team will be very impressive in this match but the Terriers will win out in this potential relegation six-pointer. 1-0 Huddersfield 

Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Dan 

Brighton defied the odds to beat United last week, but the Red Devils are just a shambles at the moment. Klopp’s Liverpool, on the other hand, is an entirely different proposition, and one that is too much for Brighton. 4-2 Liverpool

Blake

As much as it pains me to say it, Liverpool are looking brilliant so far this season. Brighton have won one, lost one and despite beating United, I think they’ll suffer here. 4-0 Liverpool

Zac

Although the Seagulls upset Man U last time out, I think that Liverpool will just be too good for them. 3-0 Liverpool

Watford vs Crystal Palace

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Dan

Palace played exceptionally well against Liverpool, but they’re up against a Watford side that has two wins from two. Given that both teams will think that they can win this, neither will. 1-1 draw

Blake

Watford have won two from two and only conceded once. Whilst Palace haven’t started badly either, they’ll be outclassed at Vicarage Road. 3-1 Watford

Zac

I have not been impressed with either team this season, and although they will both score I think that they will cancel each other out. 1-1 draw

Fulham vs Burnley

Dan

Fulham have lost both of their fixtures so far, but they’re a quality side that is up against a demotivated and exhausted Burnley team that may not make it into Europe. Fulham should secure their first win of the campaign. 2-0 Fulham

Blake

The Clarets will be run-down after their midweek loss to Olympiacos, and as poor as Fulham have been, they’ll want this win more. I see them picking up their first points of the season. 2-0 Fulham

Zac

Burnley will be tired and unmotivated by their loss to Olympiakos in the Europa League mid-week, and with this Fulham looking better and better every week I think that they will punish them. 2-0 Fulham 

Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Dan

Sarri-ball is upon Chelsea, and it’s working mighty fine with a 100% record so far. They’ll sweep aside a Newcastle that couldn’t beat Cardiff. 3-1 Chelsea

Blake

Two wins from two, six goals scored, Chelsea are settling well under new boss Maurizio Sarri. Newcastle meanwhile have scored one and conceded two, and will struggle. 2-0 Chelsea

Zac

This is a very good Chelsea side and if they keep playing Maurizio Sarri’s attractive style of football then they will go far this season. 3-0 Chelsea

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Dan

Manchester United are a complete mess at the moment, but Tottenham are away from home and traditionally struggle against the top 6. United might just get a draw out of this. 1-1 draw.

Blake 

Tottenham have started well on six points, whilst United just lost to Brighton, but a defensive Red Devils side should get themselves a point at Old Trafford. 1-1 draw

Zac 

In this week’s headline match, Spurs will be too good for a Manchester United side that got found out last week at Brighton. 2-1 Spurs

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Premier League: Our Round 2 Predictions

Premier League: Our Round 2 Predictions

Welcome to Footy Fans’ official tipping competition for the Premier League. This competition will take place between myself, and my two co-owners, Blake and Zac. The rules are very simple. 1 point for predicting the right result, and another point for predicting the correct score.

Because this blog didn’t exist when round 1 was happening, we can’t tell you the scores from last week, for obvious reasons.

On with the tipping!

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United 

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Dan 

Two teams that will be in the relegation battle are playing in Wales tonight. I think Rafa’s Newcastle should have the quality to see off the bluebirds, but just barely. 1-0 Newcastle

Blake

The Toon didn’t impress me against Tottenham, and despite my belief that Newcastle is a far superior side, I think Cardiff will hold them to a draw. 0-0 draw

Zac

Newcastle will be too strong for a very weak Cardiff side that probably should still be in the championship. 2-0 Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham 

Dan 

Despite most of their stars still exhausted from the world cup, Tottenham is good enough to beat Fulham – but it’ll be close. 3-2 Spurs 

Blake 

Spurs did well in their opening fixture, and while I don’t think Fulham’s loss against Crystal Palace is representative of them as a team I expect them to lose. 2-1 Spurs

Zac

Spurs just simply have the better players than Fulham, whose squad is still getting used to each other. 2-0 Spurs

West Ham United vs Bournemouth 

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Dan

Playing Liverpool was never going to be easy, but a 4-0 defeat isn’t acceptable. Manuel Pellegrini can, will, and should force a turnaround against Bournemouth, but it’ll be a tough game. 2-1 West Ham. 

Blake 

The Hammers have home advantage and should take a point despite contrasting fortunes last week. 1-1 draw

Zac

These two teams will mostly cancel each other out but West Ham will sneak one at the end. 1-0 West Ham 

Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Leicester deserved a draw against United last week, and that good performance should be followed up with another decent one against a Wolves side that still needs time to gel, and this time, they’ll get a win out of it. 1-0 Leicester

Blake 

Leicester City didn’t play too badly against United and Wolves are still adapting to this level of football but they’re explosive, they are. Lots of goals. 2-2 draw

Zac

These two teams will cancel each other out in what could be one of the games that decide the mid-table come to the end of the season. 1-1 draw

Everton vs Southampton

Dan 

One of the easier games to tip this round, I have no doubt in me that Everton will see off any challenge posed by Southampton. 3-0 Everton. 

Blake

Richarlison’s fit. End of. 3-1 Everton

Zac

Everton will be too good for Southampton in this one, with the Blues controlling the game and Southampton getting one goal on the counter. 2-1 Everton

Chelsea vs Arsenal 

Dan 

Chelsea was good against Huddersfield, but it was Huddersfield. Arsenal struggled against Manchester City, but it was Manchester City. These two sides are going to cancel each other out. 1-1 draw.

Blake

The Blues looked good against Huddersfield and I expect Arsenal will take some time to adapt to Emery. 2-0 Chelsea.

Zac 

In the big game of the match day, Chelsea and Arsenal are at about the same skill level and are both under new managers, so I don’t think that either team will get a result out of this one. 1-1 draw. 

Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town 

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Dan

Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town. The Manchester City that got 100 points last season. The Huddersfield Town that scored twenty-eight goals last season. You do the maths. 5-0 City 

Blake

After the win against Arsenal, City has shown us all they’ve still got it and even though De Bruyne won’t play, I expect they’ll win big against a poor Huddersfield side. 4-0 City

Zac

Manchester City do what they do don’t they? The Citizens will be too strong for the Terriers, who will get a 3-0 pounding. 3-0 City 

Burnley vs Watford 

Dan 

Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be able to see off Watford in what will most likely be a dour game. Burnley 1-0 Watford. 

Blake 

Burnley’s priorities are Istanbul Basaksehir and Olympiacos and they’ll be half-hearted in a loss to a decent-looking Watford. 2-0 Watford.

Zac

Burnley have played midweek and I don’t think that Watford will have the quality to break them down. If you have to miss one this week, this is it. 0-0 draw. 

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United

Dan

Much like last week, Jose Mourinho will do a Jose Mourinho and secure an undeserved victory. 2-1 United

Blake 

The Red Devils weren’t amazing against Leicester City, but they’ll improve away against a Brighton side that played poorly against Watford. 3-1 United

Zac 

Man U will have too much quality for a Brighton team who got thoroughly outplayed last week at Watford. 2-0 United

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool 

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Dan 

Roy Hodgon’s Palace side is a possible stumbling block for Liverpool. They’re traditionally Liverpool’s bogey team, the Reds have a reputation of slipping against small sides, and Palace has kept Zaha. Maybe, just maybe, the Eagles can snatch victory. 1-0 Palace

Blake

Yes, I know this looks like a joke, but both sides have defensive frailties and Liverpool are away from home, where they seem considerably weaker. 3-3 draw.

Zac

Liverpool will attack straight out of the blocks and it will be a similar game to last week at Anfield. 3-1 Liverpool 

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