Matchday 11 Predictions
Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
Arsenal 2-1 Wolves
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Brighton 1-0 Norwich
Manchester City 5-0 Southampton
Sheffield United 1-1 Burnley
West Ham 3-0 Newcastle
Watford 1-3 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 1-2 Leicester
Everton 2-2 Tottenham
All of a sudden, Arsenal are in must-win territory after a plethora of poor results, including a League Cup exit in midweek to a bunch of Liverpool youth talent, after leading 3-1 and 4-2. After losing 9-0 to Leicester last weekend, things don’t get any better for Southampton, as they travel to Manchester City. I can’t see anything but another mauling for Southampton in that one. City’s title rivals face a tougher challenge, when they travel to Aston Villa, who have quickly established themselves as a solid Premiership outfit.
The weekend opens up with Manchester United’s visit to Bournemouth. United come into the game with three consecutive away wins, while Bournemouth come into game having not scored in three. United will be looking for a win to stay in touch with Chelsea and Leicester, who face Watford and Crystal Palace, respectively. Watford only have 5 points from 10 games, and given Chelsea’s knack for scoring plenty of goals away from home, I’m certainly not expecting the Hornets to get their first win of the season tomorrow.
Game of the Week: Everton vs Tottenham
This weekend’s game of the week focuses on the Sunday afternoon clash between two of the EPL’s most under-fire managers, as Silva takes on Poch. Both these teams are massively under-achieving, given the size of the clubs and the money they have invested, as both come into this sitting in the bottom half of the table.
Spurs have conceded a total of 11 goals in just 5 away matches this season, and they’ve not been unlucky either, conceding plenty of chances on their travels, especially on the break. Not only have Tottenham failed to keep a clean sheet away from home this term, but they’ve also conceded 2 or more in 100% of their away matches. Meanwhile, Everton aren’t too much better at home, conceding 7 in 5, while also being the seventh-worst team in terms of shots on target conceded at home this season. These stats made it increasingly difficult to pick a combined XI, especially when putting together a backline.
Given how poor the two teams have defended this season, goals are almost a guarantee. I can’t split them in terms of who wins, so I’ve gone for a score draw in this one- which won’t lift any of the pressure off either manager’s shoulders.
Everton 2 Tottenham 2