West Ham 0-1 Tottenham
Arsenal 3-1 Southampton
Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves
Brighton 0-2 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 2-0 Norwich
Watford 1-0 Burnley
Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea
Sheffield Utd 1-1 Man United
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
It’s arguable that Mourinho’s first match in charge of Tottenham is the game of the week, so we will look at the game, along with Spurs’ trophy aspirations under him, in a separate article. The “next manager to go”market continues to be a fascinating one, with Arsenal’s Unai Emery now the front-runner. I expect Arsenal to pull out a result out for their under-fire Boss, against a Southampton team seriously lacking ideas and confidence. I also expect Everton to do the same for Marco Silva against Norwich, with the Canaries completely out of form, which has lead to them being rightfully installed as relegations favourites.
At the top, Liverpool face as an easier task than City, with the scousers travelling to Crystal Palace, whilst the Citizens host high flying Chelsea. Liverpool survived the international break without any additional injury concerns, but Mo Salah remains a doubt after sitting out the international break with an ankle injury. Without him, the trip to Palace could prove to be a tougher hurdle than many are anticipating. Leicester – the surprise package of the season – will be looking to keep their momentum going when they travel to Brighton. However, it’ll be far from an automatic 3 points, with Brighton winning all of their last three at home.
Game of the Week: Manchester City Vs Chelsea
Attack will be the order of the day for this weekend’s game of the week, as the two sides have netted a combined total of 62 goals in just 12 League matches. Manchester City have fallen to 4th, following their defeat to Liverpool – a point behind Chelsea and Leicester and nine behind the leaders – and this will be a must win game for them. However, they must get past a Chelsea team that have won six Premier League games in a row.
City will be encouraged by the fact that Chelsea have dropped points in all four of their matches against the current Premier League top 7, and by the fact that Chelsea are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home, conceding an average of two goals per game. Unfortunately for City, their defence has been far from rock solid this season, conceding at least twice in four of their matches this season. My combined XI sees Chelsea get 3 players into the line-up, but only in defensive positions, thus, indicating a definitive attacking edge for City.
Prediction – Manchester City 3 Chelsea 1
Chelsea have had excellent season so far, but their open style of play leaves a sub-par defence exposed, which has resulted in them shipping 17 goals in 12 league matches, and their record is even worse away, where they concede an average of two goals per game. City are the wrong team to face in a shoot-out, and I think City’s extra quality will be telling.