By Matt Oteri
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Unbeaten Tottenham travel to red-hot Bournemouth for the early game this weekend. Although Bournemouth have on form strikers and midfielders, but the ability and class of Hugo Lloris and his back line should be able to stifle the Cherries’ attack. Look for Tottenham to prevail by way of defense prowess and well formulated attack.
Prediction: Tottenham 2 : 1 Bournemouth
Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Second place Arsenal look to continue to enjoy their favorable form against 17th place Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough look to shake off their frustrating loss against Watford, unfortunately they’re facing the premier league’s point leaders. Their top flight journey will get no easier, as Arsenal will most likely roll over Middlesbrough.
Prediction: Arsenal 3 : 0 Middlesbrough
Burnley v Everton
After a sloppy defensive performance against Southampton, Burnley need a solid defensive effort to boost their confidence. Unfortunately, they have to deal with the powerful Romelu Lukaku and playmaker Ross Barkley this weekend. The Belgian showed great pace and power against Manchester City as he slotted home a great goal, and looks to add a few more for his club against Burnley.
Prediction: Everton 2 : Burnley 0
Hull v Stoke
Coming on the back of a crushing defeat against Bournemouth, Hull is desperate for better results as they slip in the table. Stoke is hoping to ascend out of the relegation zone, and look to on form Joe Allen to carry the bulk of their offensive work. This game may be entertaining to the neutral fan but should be a sloppy affair.
Prediction: Stoke 3 : Hull 2
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Both teams coming off of losses in the nation’s capital, with Leicester seeing three unanswered goals against the Blues, and Palace conceding one early goal to the Hammers. Claudio Ranieri’s stars of last season mainly underperformed, possibly due to the absence of N’golo Kante. Alan Pardew has to be asking more of hitman Christian Benteke as his penalty miss was quite disappointing last week.
Prediction: Leicester 1 : 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea v Watford
Watford and Swansea should be proud of their gameweek eight performances, as Swansea narrowly lost to the league point leaders, and Watford picked up three points against Middlesbrough. Watford should try to play a defensive, counterattack oriented game to match their solid goalkeeping and pace up top. Swansea however will look to play through Gylfi Sigurdsson and control the speed of the match.
Prediction: Swansea 2 : Watford 1
West Ham v Sunderland
If there was ever a game for Dimitri Payet to rediscover his enchanting form from last season, this is the game. Sunderland is in a word, abysmal, as the Black Cats sit in dead last. West Ham has sputtered so far this season, as a 15th spot in the table is not as attractive as the top-five football they played last campaign. This is a must win for both teams, but West Ham have a serious edge in quality.
Prediction: West Ham 2 : 0 Sunderland
Liverpool v West Brom
In the late game on Saturday, both teams picked up draws the preceding weekend. West Brom almost picked up a huge home win against unbeaten Tottenham, and Liverpool were unable to get past David de Gea. Liverpool are due for a scoring outburst, but Ben Foster is quite capable of keeping his team in games. Klopp’s men should prevail but it will not be easy.
Prediction: Liverpool 2 : 1 West Brom
Manchester City v Southampton
Southampton scored in a flurry against Burnley as Manchester City struggled to find the back of the net, missing two penalties against Everton the past weekend. Sergio Agüero needs to start scoring again to keep his club at the top of the league. However, Southampton players should be delighted after seeing Barcelona defeat Manchester city at midweek. Southampton’s fate in this match truly depends on Manchester City’s ability to score goals.
Prediction: Manchester City 4 : Southampton 2
Chelsea v Manchester United
Chelsea should be delighted with their performance over the weekend, and whereas United did not pull out a win last Sunday, they did thrash Fenerbahce 4-1 this Thursday, with Paul Pogba getting in on the scoring. Chelsea is a hot team and is climbing back to their level of dominance two seasons ago. However, David de Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet right now and this Manchester United team is star-studded. In Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, look for some late drama, possibly mirroring Chelsea’s earlier games this season.
Prediction: Chelsea 2 : 1 Manchester United