Another intriguing weekend awaits us in the Premier League after last weekend’s results saw the title race and the battle for survival hot up.
Arsenal achieved a big win against Liverpool but cannot afford to surrender any of the momentum they built there when they travel to West Ham who have enjoyed success against the Gunners in the recent past.
The Reds, themselves, will expect to bounce back against Burnley, while Manchester City will be heavily odds-on to notch another three points against an Everton side who are being sucked back towards the bottom three.
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Man City vs Everton
Man City have so much talent in their squad that on their day, they can thrash you and play great football. Everton are still suffering from the points deduction, so I don’t see anything but a win for City because they have too many match winners.
Fulham vs Bournemouth
Fulham are doing alright at the moment, so I’d like to see them finishing as high as possible in the table because they’re playing good football. They try to entertain as much as they can with the talent they have in their team. I’m tempted to say a draw as Bournemouth are also having a decent season, but I’ll go for Fulham.
Luton vs Sheffield United
Luton have nothing to lose. When you’re near the bottom and people are saying you’ll have a tough time in the Premier League, you just go out there and enjoy it. Luton beating Brighton 4-0 was a major surprise for everyone, but for now, Luton are entertaining. Now is the time to play Sheffield United, so Luton will win.
Liverpool vs Burnley
Burnley are struggling and I sympathise with Vincent Kompany, but he now knows how difficult it is to be a manager of a team in the Premier League. When you’re not doing well you suffer. Liverpool need to bounce back after the Arsenal defeat, so now is the time to do that. I’ll go for a Liverpool win.
Tottenham vs Brighton
Tottenham need to continue playing the way they play, entertaining and scoring goals along the way because they would like to be up there with the top four teams and play European football. With Maddison finding his feet since coming back from injury, his assist to Richarlison against Everton shows you how much awareness he has on the pitch. I’ll go for Spurs.
Wolves vs Brentford
It’s a great time to play Brentford, but also be careful, when you’re on a losing streak, you’re doing everything you can to get that win. With that win against Chelsea, it’ll give Wolves self-belief that they can win again, but I’ll go for a draw.
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle
The Premier League is unpredictable and that showed with Newcastle drawing 4-4 against Luton. Newcastle are leaking goals when you’re thinking, ‘how is that possible?’ I’ll go for a surprise and say Forest will get the points as they have improved under Nuno and they did beat Newcastle last time around.
West Ham vs Arsenal
Depending on which West Ham team turns up for the game, they can cause the opposition trouble or they can give the opposition space to score goals. The only thing Arsenal need to do is win because they’re waiting on Liverpool and Man City to make a mistake. This is why it’s good play after your rivals sometimes, so you know exactly what you need to do. They’re watching you on TV, you drop points and the whole team is like, ‘okay guys, now is the time to catch up to them’. It will be a tight game, but I’ll go for Arsenal.
Aston Villa vs Man United
A draw with goals because both teams have great young players that are hungry for goals and they’re hungry to show how good they are. Based on this, I’d like to see goals, but I cannot call who will win this one.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Let’s wait and see which team Chelsea are going to field, which Chelsea will turn up and how they’re going to play. Crystal Palace are also unpredictable. Chelsea are in major trouble and If they lose against Crystal Palace, Pochettino will get closer to the sack. I have the feeling that Chelsea will still suffer, so I’ll go for a Crystal Palace win.