Our man Kyle is back with his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action and believes Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea will be able to take advantage of some points dropped by both United and City in the Manchester derby. Submit your own guesses for this week’s games by joining our Superbru league via the banner below!
WEST HAM vs. CHELSEA: KYLE PREDICTS 0-3.
Two sides that drastically contrast in terms of current form and momentum, Chelsea visit West Ham as hot favourites given their recent results and David Moyes’ failure to turnaround a struggling West Ham since being appointed a few weeks ago. The Blues have every right to feel confident ahead of their trip to the London stadium.
Kyle says: “I think Chelsea have been strong lately and Antonio Conte will be making sure his team have had plenty of shooting practice after the chances they wasted in an otherwise good display against Atletico on Tuesday. I feel West Ham may be the side made to pay for that, meaning Chelsea could win by a large amount of goals on Saturday.”
Burnley vs. Watford: Kyle predicts 2-2.
Both Burnley and Watford are arguably performing above expectations this season, with Sean Dyche and Marco Silva two highly respected Premier League managers. The pair sit next to one another in seventh and eighth place in the current standings though the Clarets are three points ahead of the Hornets.
Kyle says: “Both of these sides are strong and I feel they will cancel one another out. Burnley are always strong at home and though they haven’t been as formidable at Turf Moor so far this season as they were last, performances have still been good and I think the crowd will get behind them to help earn a point against a decent Watford team.”
Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth: Kyle predicts 1-2.
Having finally lifted themselves of the foot of the Premier League ladder last week, Crystal Palace will now see this home fixture as another big opportunity to gain three points. Bournemouth remain a good footballing side under Eddie Howe though, and with the Cherries no doubt also targeting this as a winnable game we could be in for some contest.
Kyle says: “Bournemouth were very unfortunate to draw their last game against Southampton after that penalty decision was turned down only for Jon Moss to apologise for his mistake afterwards. Adam Smith is very unfortunate to still be missing this game through suspension as a result, but I can see Howe tapping into that injustice and demanding a good performance from his team this time around.”
Huddersfield vs. Brighton: Kyle predicts 2-1.
Yet another clash between two teams expected to be fighting the drop this season, Huddersfield entertain Brighton off the back of four consecutive defeats.
Kyle says: “I see Huddersfield finally bouncing back this week simply because they have to now that they have a home game that on paper they should be competitive in. Lower table sides have a habit of winning these matches when the pressure is really on and I just think that Huddersfield need this game a lot more than Brighton do at present.”
Swansea City vs. West Brom: Kyle predicts 1-0.
This match can be described in a very similar way to the one above. Swansea and West Brom are two sides that are up against it at the bottom of the league (Swansea especially), and will each be aware of the importance of this month where so many points are up for grabs.
Kyle says: “Just as I described in my Huddersfield prediction, this is a game that Swansea MUST win. They’re rock bottom at the minute and I fear for Paul Clement if he loses this one. A big performance is needed and I’m backing our very own Tammy Abraham to score the only all-important goal.”
Tottenham vs. Stoke: Kyle predicts 3-1.
Despite performing very strongly in the Champions League to qualify as group winners over Real Madrid, Tottenham have been poor in the league of late and find themselves in desperate of three points against a Stoke side that have averaged a point a game in their last five.
Kyle says: “As mych as I hate to see it, I see Tottenham getting back to winning ways here. I don’t think Stoke will cause them too many problems and now that the group stage in the Champions League is complete Spurs will be turning all their attention to the league until February at least.”
Newcastle vs. Leicester City: Kyle predicts 1-1.
Chelsea were the latest side to comfortably beat Newcastle last week following a string of bad displays from the Magpies. Can the Toon turn it around at home against Claude Puel’s Leicester who have won their last two?
Kyle says: “It feels like Newcastle are just waiting for the takeover they so desperately need at the minute but this is a game everyone at St James’ will be very aware needs to be won. The home support will always play a huge part for Newcastle and though I don’t see them beating the Foxes I think a point a piece may be the outcome.”
Southampton vs. Arsenal: Kyle predicts 0-1.
In arguably the game of the season so far, Arsenal couldn’t make up for two sloppy mistakes in the opening ten minutes against Manchester United last weekend and fell to a 3-1 defeat. They now face Southampton who tied with Bournemouth last weekend in the latest result of a solid if uninspiring season so far.
Kyle says: “I think Arsenal’s performances have been good for a while now and so I can see them bouncing straight back from that defeat against United. Southampton is a good place to play football and the Saints won’t scare Arsenal much meaning this game looks to be in Wenger’s hands.”
Liverpool vs. Everton: Kyle predicts 2-1.
The first of two giant derbies on Sunday, Liverpool host Sam Allardyce’s Everton at Anfield having picked up a mammoth 7-0 Champions League win in midweek.
Kyle says: “This is always a huge game for both sides of course but I just think Liverpool are two strong. Everton have improved under Big Sam but aren’t quite ready for this game and I think Liverpool’s good record over the Toffees will continue here.”
Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Kyle predicts 1-1.
The game many have been waiting for since the start of the season. A huge Manchester derby rounds of this weekend’s Premier League action, with Jose Mourinho’s United side in need of a result if they are to stand any chance of keeping pace with Pep Guardiola’s impressive City team.
Kyle says: “This is a game where Jose Mourinho will not face too much criticism for parking the bus – especially without Paul Pogba – and I think he’ll manage to weather the heavy Guardiola storm successfully. This is a huge match for both teams but City have shown signs of struggling to break teams down a little more than usual lately and Mourinho knows all to well how to keep clean sheets in these kind of games.”