Arsenal v Aston Villa
Villa travel to the Emirates in what is sure to be a tight Friday night game. The Gunners are favourites but don’t be surprised by an upset. Arsenal are missing Granit Xhaka in central midfield and look bereft of ideas up front. Incredibly, Aston Villa are the third most successful away team at this ground (their four wins are only bettered by Manchester City and Chelsea). They’ll make it five.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa
Chelsea v Norwich
Chelsea have been far from their fluent attacking best in recent weeks and were lucky to escape Brentford with all three points. No Timo Werner or Romelu Lukaku, along with two hard-fought draws in their last two games will give Norwich hope but Stamford Bridge will prove a bridge too far.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Norwich
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Crystal Palace were good against Arsenal last time out although created relatively little. Newcastle enter the post-Steve Bruce era, with caretaker Graeme Jones set to take charge on Saturday afternoon. Zaha should be back and Palace find themselves favourites. They’ve only won one league game under Patrick Viera but tomorrow should be their second.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Newcastle
Leeds United v Wolves
With one win in five, Leeds’s second season syndrome is in full swing. Wolves, on the other hand, have won three on the bounce—they haven’t won four since 1972. The bookies make Marcelo Bielsa’s side favourites but Wolves will fancy themselves. See this one ending all square.
Prediction: Leeds United 2-2 Wolves
Everton v Watford
Claudio Ranieri endured a humbling return to English football last time out, with a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool. He says he expects a reaction against a stop-start Toffees side. Everton are strong favourites and have never lost a home game to the Hornets in their history. That won’t change tomorrow.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Watford
Southampton v Burnley
Southampton finally got their first win of the league season last week, beating Leeds 1-0. Burnley are still winless and look in trouble. Both teams have been better defensively than going forward—and so don’t expect goals in this one.
Prediction: Southampton 0-0 Burnley
Brighton v Manchester City
The late kick off on Saturday afternoon should be well worth watching. Both teams have been easy on the eye this season and both are without defeat in their previous five. Since the Seagulls’ were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, they’ve drawn more games than any other side but City were slick against Burnley last week and they should do the business again.
Prediction: Brighton 1-4 Manchester City
West Ham v Tottenham
A fiery London derby on Sunday at 2. Not often in recent times have the Hammers gone in favourites to this fixture but they do this time. They beat Genk comfortably in the week, while Spurs found a way to lose in the Conference league. The London stadium should be rocking. Expect goals.
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Tottenham
Brentford v Leicester
The other 2pm game on Sunday sees Leicester travel to the impressive Brentford. The Foxes have won two thrillers in a row (beating Man United 4-2 last Sunday and then Spartak Moscow 4-3 in the week) but could be tired after a long away trip to Russia. The Bees will be right up for this.
Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Leicester
Man United v Liverpool
The big one at 4.30 on Sunday. Both won their respective Champions League games in the week by the same score line (3-2) but Jurgen Klopp will be the more confident of the two managers going into this one. Salah looks unplayable at the moment. United have beat Liverpool just once in their last ten meetings and don’t expect that to change this weekend.
Man United 1-3 Liverpool