By Timothy Dehinbo
After Liverpool won 2-1 at Stamford bridge to Chelsea, Match Day 5 continues. We begin from the KC stadium
HULL CITY VS ARSENAL
Hull city no doubt, have been bright since the start of the season. Getting 7 out of a possible 12 points for a promoted team from the championship. They picked up a draw alongside promoted team, Burnley, last weekend. They host big boys Arsenal at the KC Stadium,on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal also are good to go,having come back from a goal down to win a home against the Saints last weekend.
The game looks to provide goals at both ends, but Arsenal should leave with all three points
PREDICTION: HULL CITY 1-2 ARSENAL
LEICESTER CITY VS BURNLEY
After losing just three times in the entirety of last season, the Foxes have suffered defeat twice in their first four matches. With Manchester United, Southampton and Chelsea soon to come and Leicester balancing their UEFA Champions League commitments in between it’s vital they pick up three points at home to Burnley. A number of Leicester players have struggled thus far to replicate the form they enjoyed last season, perhaps none more so than PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian is yet to contribute a goal or an assist since netting a penalty on the opening day against Hull, and he produced an ineffectual performance at Anfield on Saturday. He has completed just one of his five attempted take-ons and found his man with one of eight crosses, according to EPL stats.
Burnley are likely to sit back and get men behind the ball at the King Power Stadium, so as the hosts’ primary creative force it will be up to Mahrez and Musa to unlock their defence.
To do so, their dribbling and delivery need to be closer to the level they were last season if not, Leicester’s struggles could continue. Leicester look positive having kicked start their first Champions league campaign on a high,beating Club Brugge of Belgium 4 nil on Wednesday Night,with Mahrez also scoring twice.
The game looks a walk in the park for Leicester to ge all three points
PREDICTION: LEICESTER CITY 2-0 BURNLEY
MANCHESTER CITY VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Man city looks the team of the moment under the new Manger Pep Guardiola having not lost any game in all competitions. They cane out on top last week against close rivals Matchester United in the Manchester Derby and also the most expensive game, with a 2 1 away win.
Bournemouth won 1 nil to a frustrating West Brom team last weekend with the goal coming late in the 2nd half.
Man city can boast of all three points against the cherries come Saturday Afternoon.
PREDICTION: MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 BOURNEMOUTH
WESTBROM VS WEST HAM
West brom lost to Bournemouth last weekend 1 nil in a boring tie,and their manager’s style of play looks so boring and not scintillating to watch. They host west ham this on Saturday a the Hawthorns and would play for three points.
The game looks to be a frustrating one for the hammers with West brom playing technique
PREDICTION: WEST BROM 0-0 WEST HAM
EVERTON VS MIDDLESBOROUGH
Everton and Boro ends the game on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Everton no doubt also are in fine form, and are 2nd on the table,two points behind Manchester city. They have been impressive under new manager, Ronald Koeman. Their Monday night match day 4 game away to Sunderland was another fine performance from the Merseyside team.
Boro have started well,though they lost at home to Crystal Palace at home last weekend, but as promoted team,they deserve some credit. They can bank on their Impressive summer signing so far, Alvaro Negredo, to provide them goals against Everton. It looks a difficult task for them looking at how bright Everton is at the moment.
Goals at both ends looks possible,but Everton should come out top in this.
PREDICTION: EVERTON 2-1 MIDDLESBOROUGH
WATFORD VS MANCHESTER UNITED
In the second half against Pep Guardiola’s side, though with Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho having thrown on Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford, United looked much better.They will aim to get back to winning ways on Sunday against the Hornets.
Rashford has done all he can to earn a starting berth and could cause havoc in the Watford defence with his pace. Arguably, though, Herrera had the even better performance from the bench against City and has surely put himself firmly in the frame to be included in Mourinho’s starting XI. United will have faced Feyenoord in the UEFAEuropa League only three days earlier, but they cannot afford to be anything but their best away to an excellent Watford side.
United beat Watford in both Premier League clashes last term and have looked a much better side already under Mourinho than under former boss Louis van Gaal, and they should pick up three points at Vicarage Road given the quality now in their squad.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITY
Selhurst park hosts the potters on Sunday, Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes team face each other.
Neither of the team can it be said have started the campaign so well. Stoke have lost woefully twice at home to Man city and the recent one against Tottenham hotspurs. Crystal Place also picked up their first win last weekend against Middlesborough.
From a neutral point of view,one would only expect to see goals in the game. The game should provide goals at both ends. A draw looks affirmative.
PREDICTION: CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 STOKE CITY
SOUTHAMPTON VS SWANSEA CITY
Southampton have not been so spectacular since the start of the season. They were one nil up away at Arsenal last weekend,but the Gunners came from the goal down to win. They forgot about the loss to Arsenal and focused on the Uefa Europa league,which was a debut for them. They were 3 nil victors over Sparta Prague on Thursday night,with striker Charlie Austin netting twice.
Saints gaffer, Claudio Puel, would charge his lads with the positive of their fine European start playing Swansea on Sunday.
Swansea might not be on top of the table, but they look a decent team than last season under the tutelage of Gary Monk. Their recent result against an unbeaten chelsea team is a positive going to the game against Southampton. They could have won against Chelsea as they were 2 1 up in the 2nd half, but Costa scored a 2nd half goal to force a draw at the Liberty stadium.
A slim win for Southampton looks possible,but a tough fight from the swans team on the sideline.
PREDICTION: SOUTHAMPTON 2-1 SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS VS SUNDERLAND
Sunderland are battilng relegation already,though many might seem it is too early,but their poor run since the start of the season shows it, having gotten just one point out of a possible 12 same as Stoke. They were hammered at home on Monday night, when David Moyes hosted his former team. The black cats lost 3 nil at home, with an 11 minute 2nd half hat-trick from Lukaku. This game against Spurs also look another loss for them
PREDICTION: TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS 3-0 SUNDERLAND