As the primary worldwide break of the 2018-19 season involves an finish, Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the weekend.
Joint-leaders Liverpool journey to Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off, whereas reigning champions Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in motion from 3pm.
Tottenham v Liverpool
It is a actual take a look at of Liverpool’s title credentials and a win at Wembley will go a protracted method to proving their doubters improper.
With a star-studded facet filled with attacking choices the Reds are nearly at all times assured to attain and can look to heap extra distress on the hosts who had been overwhelmed at Watford final day out.
Dele Alli hopes to be match for the Londoners after lacking England’s recreation with Switzerland and though Harry Kane was quiet in opposition to Spain he’s nonetheless the go to man for his membership.
Whether or not Spurs can cease a rampaging Liverpool ahead line seems unlikely, nonetheless, and 5 wins on the bounce for Jurgen Klopp’s facet beckons.
Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
Bournemouth v Leicester
Bournemouth had been properly overwhelmed at Chelsea earlier than the Worldwide break however are a a lot harder opponent on dwelling soil.
There may be normally a partisan ambiance and the tight little Vitality Stadium generates a terrific ambiance.
Leicester ought to welcome again star striker Jamie Vardy from suspension and after robust video games with Manchester United and Liverpool the Foxes will fancy themselves on the South Coast.
They need to be in search of most factors in the event that they want to problem for a high six berth however simply look just a little in need of squad depth to maybe make that leap at current.
Sitting on the fence I envisage a share of the spoils.
Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester
Chelsea v Cardiff
Maurizio Sarri is definitely altering the best way Chelsea method their soccer and his refreshing attacking angle is already making him a followers favorite on the Bridge.
Certainly, Chelsea have tried and accomplished extra passes than some other facet within the Premier League up to now this season.
Their excellent begin to the season is prone to be maintained on Saturday in opposition to a Cardiff facet with out a win in six in all competitions.
The Bluebirds did properly to succeed in the top-flight, however the reality is they appear set for a fast return and it’s prone to be a protracted afternoon for Neil Warnock’s facet on the Bridge.
Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea Four-Zero Cardiff
Huddersfield v Crystal Palace
With out the injured Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace suffered a shock dwelling reverse in opposition to Southampton of their final recreation and have didn’t construct on a gap day win over Fulham.
The Eagles are prone to have the Ivorian worldwide accessible for his or her journey to Huddersfield, nonetheless, and it needs to be famous that they’ve gained all three top-flight away video games between the perimeters with out conceding a objective.
Huddersfield are but to style victory up to now this time period however picked up a helpful level at Goodison earlier than the Worldwide break though scoring objectives is prone to be an issue for the Terriers this time period. I really feel Palace will safe a slender success.
Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield Zero-1 Crystal Palace
Manchester Metropolis v Fulham
The Residents shall be in search of objectives after they host new boys Fulham and there have been 16 objectives scored within the Cottagers’ 4 Premier League video games so far.
Fulham have already shipped 9 instances in these 4 video games though in Alexsandar Mitrovic – who scored twice, one a cracker for Serbia midweek – they’ve a striker on the high of his recreation.
Certainly, the Serb has scored 16 league objectives since his Fulham debut in February – greater than some other within the high two divisions of English soccer.
That stated I count on Metropolis to place behind a few detached performances in opposition to Wolves and Newcastle and acquire an emphatic success.
Michael’s Prediction: Manchester Metropolis 5-1 Fulham
Newcastle v Arsenal
Newcastle begin the weekend within the backside three and are but to win, however the fixture checklist has not been variety to United they usually look to have some simpler trying fixtures after the go to of Arsenal.
Certainly, I nonetheless imagine The Toon will transfer away from the drop zone and it might be no shock to me in the event that they once more completed the season within the high half.
Arsenal have but to persuade and sometimes seemed shaky at Cardiff regardless of working out Three-2 winners.
Two defeats from 4 outings is hardly high Four kind, nonetheless and the Gunners are already trying extra like a high six outfit than one who will problem for a Champions League spot – at the least this season.
Newcastle gained the corresponding fixture 2-1 final season and the Gunners haven’t gained back-to-back away Premier League video games since Might 2017. I don’t count on the Magpies to lose.
Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal
Watford v Manchester United
Watford couldn’t have wished for a greater begin to the season and supervisor Javi Gracia, who had been favorite to be the primary Premier League supervisor to lose/depart his submit, was a worthy winner of the Supervisor of the Month for August.
Watford followers shall be hoping that’s not the kiss of dying, however there seems no motive to abandon the Hornets simply but.
United bought a invaluable win at Turf Moor final time however they gained’t relish a visit to Vicarage Highway and I count on the resurgent hosts to get at the least a degree from the sport.
Michael’s Prediction: Watford 1-Zero Manchester United
Wolves v Burnley
Wolves have made begin to life again within the high flight and a late winner at West Ham has given them a platform to consolidate.
They took a helpful level at dwelling to the Champions of their earlier recreation at Molineux and they are going to be relishing the go to of Burnley on the weekend.
Wolves are with out a win of their final 14 Premier League video games at Molineux however have solely misplaced two of 28 dwelling league video games underneath Nuno Espirito Santo and the Clarets have misplaced 5 of their final six away Premier League video games.
Issues are prone to worsen earlier than they get higher for Sean Dyche’s facet.
Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 1-Zero Burnley
Everton v West Ham
Everton had been disappointing in opposition to Huddersfield final time after they missed the abilities of the suspended Richarlison who scored twice on his Brazil debut in opposition to El Salvador midweek.
The Blues should once more do with out the thrilling Brazilian in opposition to West Ham this weekend, however I really feel Marco Silva’s facet can preserve the factors.
Everton have gained extra Premier League video games in opposition to the Hammers (24) than some other membership and Manuel Pellegrini will change into the primary West Ham supervisor to lose their first 5 league video games of the season of their historical past in the event that they lose at Goodison.
With Chelsea to come back subsequent weekend it is a huge recreation for the Irons, however I really feel the factors will keep on Merseyside.
Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-Zero West Ham
Southampton v Brighton
These South Coast rivals look properly matched and will present an intriguing contest for Monday Night time viewers to take pleasure in.
The Saints took the bragging rights with a slender 1-Zero success away within the League Cup not too long ago however might want to enhance their dwelling kind to make an affect this marketing campaign.
Brighton shall be delighted with 4 factors from a troublesome opening set of fixtures and after an amazing comeback from 2-Zero down at dwelling to Fulham to rescue a degree, look filled with battle this time round.
Glenn Murray bagged a brace in that stirring fightback and appears key to Albion’s hopes. I feel they’ll do sufficient so as to add one other level to their tally at St Mary’s.
Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Brighton
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