Our sports guru Lee Duffy has been flat-out trying to predict this weeks Premier League action.
West Ham v Leicester- Friday, 8pm (Sky Sports 1)
An away game at Watford was never going to be an easy start for David Moyes at West Ham. They were unfortunate in some aspects at the weekend, some decisions didn’t go their way. As for Leicester, Claude Puel has got them playing football again. Riyad Mahrez has woken up over the last few weeks, and the emergence of Demari Gray as a first team regular has added to the squad hugely. They were beaten well by Man City on Saturday, I see this one being a lot closer.
Lee Predicts: 1-1
Crystal Palace v Stoke- Saturday, 3pm
Home advantage could be what separates these two teams on the day. Neither side are great on the road, and that’s why I see a Palace win here. The return of Wilfred Zaha has made a huge difference to the way Palace are playing, he can grab these kind of games by the scruff of the neck and get his team over the line against a resolute Stoke defence.
Lee Predicts- 1-0
Manchester United v Brighton- Saturday, 3pm (Sky Sports Main Event)
When the team-sheet was announced at Old Trafford on Saturday, it must have been music to the fans ears. Paul Pogba returning will bring that dynamic, attacking style back to Manchester United’s game that has been missing in recent weeks. He proved his worth to the team with a goal and an assist in the win over Newcastle, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to action was a big plus also. As for Brighton, they’ve been steady. Chris Hughton’s team haven’t set the league alight, but being in 9th position at this stage of the season deserves real recognition. Unfortunately for him, his side are facing a United side with a lot of attacking threat in them and I feel they will be too much for the Seagulls on the day.
Lee predicts- 3-0
Tottenham Hotspur v West Brom- Saturday, 3pm
Spurs just never showed up at Arsenal on Saturday. They failed to utilise the players who can open up teams in big games. Kane, Alli and Erikson all failed to leave their mark when it really mattered. West Brom are in trouble at the moment. Tony Pulis was sacked on the back of 4 straight defeats, and it does not look like it will get any better for the Albion here. Although Spurs disappointed last week, I expect to see them getting back to winning ways this week.
Lee Predicts- 3-1
Newcastle United v Watford- Saturday, 3pm
Newcastle’s big problem is scoring goals. They don’t have a single player in the squad who looks like scoring 10-15 goals a season. Dwight Gayle has the potential to be their main man at this level like he was in the Championship last year. There are goals coming from elsewhere, but not enough. Watford continue to play great football and are getting results with that. Marco Silva has worked wonders with his side, when they were widely expected to go down this season. I can see Watford grabbing another win here.
Lee predicts- 0-2
Swansea v Bournemouth- Saturday, 3pm
This is a really tough one to call. Bournemouth will be travelling to South Wales with their tails up after their 4-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday, while although Swansea were beaten 2-0 by Burnley on the road, they always seem to find something extra at home. I feel that whoever takes the lead first in this one will take the points, I’m just not sure if the deadlock will be broken at all.
Lee predicts- 0-0
Liverpool v Chelsea- Saturday, 5:30pm (BT Sport 1)
This is the game of the weekend without a doubt. Two teams in great form going head to head. Both sides picked up big wins against Southampton and West Brom respectively, and I expect to see plenty of goals here as-well. Who would of thought that Mo Salah would be top of the goal-scoring charts after 13 games? Certainly not me! Chelsea will have to watch out for their former player here, as he will be desperate to prove a point against the team who said he wasn’t good enough. Chelsea on the other hand have Eden Hazard back amongst the goals, which is a worry for any team he faces. As I said I can see plenty of goals in this, and I think Liverpool will just about edge this one.
Lee predicts- 3-2
Southampton v Everton- Sunday, 1:30pm (Sky Sports 1)
Both sides will be absolutely desperate for a win here. They’re both underachieving hugely this season, and need a big win to get their seasons going. Southampton were disappointing against Liverpool, and they’re struggling in front of goal. Everton are starting to find a bit of fight in their game. Coming from 2 down to win against a quality Watford side, then falling behind twice away to Crystal Palace to salvage a point. This could finally be Everton’s away day.
Lee predicts- 1-3
Burnley v Arsenal- Sunday, 2pm
I can see a draw being the most likely result here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Burnley won. I think Sean Dyche has done a superb job with his side, he has made them extremely tough to beat. Arsenal played very well against Spurs at the weekend, and the same level of performance will be required at Turf Moor if they want to get a result. Burnley isn’t the easiest place to go, and I see Arsenals poor away form this season continuing.
Lee Predicts- 1-1
Huddersfield v Man City- Sunday, 4pm (Sky Sports 1)
This game is going one way and one way only. Man City are unstoppable at the moment, and Huddersfield won’t be able to stand in their way of an 11th straight victory. Having to choose between starting Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero is the best type of managerial headache Pep Guardiola could wish for, and whoever starts on Sunday will be very tough to keep at bay. Huddersfield did take the scalp of Manchester United at home, but beating the blue side of Manchester looks a step too far for David Wagner’s men.
Lee predicts- 0-2