Midweek Premier League action means there is an extra chance to compete in our Superbru predictor league! Here, Kyle joins us as usual to talk us through his own predictions for a match-week that is packed with tight fixtures.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Crystal Palace: Kyle says 2-1.
The latest clash in the fierce rivalry between these two teams looks set to be as interesting as ever following Brighton’s solid start to the season and Palace’s recent resurgence under Roy Hodgson. The Eagles remain bottom of the Premier League but have improved considerably after their dreadful start, but as many have already found this season a trip to the Amex won’t be easy.
Kyle’s prediction: “Brighton have looked really good this season and their performance at Old Trafford on Saturday was no exception despite suffering a 1-0 loss. Given the rivalry I expect the Amex to be extra loud on Tuesday night and that atmosphere may be enough for Chris Hughton’s men to get the better of Palace.”
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Kyle says 2-2.
Both sides managed 1-1 draws at the weekend as Leicester’s opener was cancelled out at the London stadium while Spurs were surprisingly held by West Brom at Wembley. An interesting clash beckons at the King Power and Kyle things Leicester’s ability on the counter attack could lead to more dropped points for Tottenham.
Kyle’s prediction: “I always feel Leicester are dangerous at home and have an effective counter-attacking game plan. Tottenham will be looking to push forward as much as possible in order to keep up with the rest of the teams battling for top four places as things stand and that may just play into the home side’s hands.”
Watford vs. Manchester United: Kyle says 2-1.
Watford and Manchester United both won on Saturday though it was Marco Silva’s side that managed the far more resounding performance. The Hornets battered Newcastle at St James’ Park 3-0 while United scraped past Brighton with a 1-0 win at home meaning Mourinho’s men will have to improve if they are to get something at Vicarage Road.
Kyle’s prediction: “I think Watford may actually sneak this one as they have been so impressive this season under Silva. That performance at Newcastle was really demonstrative of their quality and I still think Man Utd are far from strong away from home. We’ve seen both teams destroy Newcastle in the last two weeks so this one could be really close. United are likely to also have one eye on their next two league games with Arsenal and Man City up next.”
West Brom vs. Newcastle: Kyle says 0-0.
Both West Brom and Newcastle are on a real low at the minute though West Brom’s miraculous draw away at Tottenham on Saturday will give the team and caretaker boss Gary Megson a real confidence boost. Alan Pardew is expected to take the reigns at the Hawthorns in the near future and Albion will be hoping to get the better of a Newcastle in poor form to make life for their new manager considerably easier.
Kyle’s prediction: “You have to worry for Newcastle at the minute as even Rafa Benitez seems to be desperately waiting for the club’s takeover to happen so that he can bolster his squad. The Magpies are in a spot of bother but should still fancy themselves to be competitive at the Hawthorns since West Brom are also in a slight mess. I can’t see there being much quality in this game though and we may not see a goal.”
Arsenal vs. Huddersfield: Kyle says 0-0.
After nicking yet another last minute victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, Arsenal now face a home fixture against Huddersfield who gave league leaders Manchester City a real run for their money on the same day.
Kyle’s prediction: “It may surprise a few of you but I actually think this one may be goalless. Arsenal didn’t look like breaking Burnley down for much of Sunday’s game and Huddersfield showed against City how strong they can set up defensively. The Gunners will also be thinking about their massive match against Manchester United on Sunday and may just slip over here if they take their eye off the game too much.”
Bournemouth vs. Burnley: Kyle says 1-2.
Two sides performing well of late despite most expecting them to be around the drop zone, we can expect a tight game on the South coast between Bournemouth and Burnley.
Kyle’s prediction: “I think Sean Dyche and Burnley will have been very disappointed with the manner in which they lost that game against Arsenal on Sunday and we could see an immediate fight back from the Clarets. Bournemouth and Howe will always be competitive at home but I have a feeling Burnley will be right up for this one.”
CHELSEA VS. SWANSEA: KYLE SAYS 3-0.
Fresh off an even 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday, Chelsea entertain Paul Clement’s Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday hoping to add further misery to what has been a poor season for the Swans so far.
Kyle’s prediction: “This, you’d hope, will be straightforward for Chelsea. Even if fit again Tammy Abraham will of course be missing for the visitors due to his loan agreement, and while I feel sorry for Clement due to his Chelsea ties and how well he did last season at Swansea, he could well be under even more pressure after this one.”
Everton vs. West Ham: Kyle says 2-0.
Perhaps the two sides struggling most in the Premier League at present, this one probably isn’t a game many will be looking forward to watching.
Kyle’s prediction: “As mad as I know it seems, I’m going for an Everton win! I just think that if there was one game Everton would pick to play right now it would be West Ham at home. David Moyes has failed to show any immediate improvement in the Hammers since arriving and this may just be a game that Everton can use as a lifeline from their rapid plummet. Things will be really bad if they don’t.”
Manchester City vs. Southampton: Kyle says 3-0.
Despite suffering a real scare in Yorkshire, Man City came out strong at Huddersfield and turned their game around on Saturday to win 2-1 and remain unbeaten this season. Are Southampton the team to finally beat them?
Kyle’s prediction: “City will just be too good for Southampton in my opinion. The Saints offer very little going forward usually and that means that City can throw even more in attack than usual and break the visitors down within 90 minutes.”
Stoke vs. Liverpool: Kyle says 0-2.
Liverpool could only manage a draw against Chelsea due to Willian’s late equaliser at Anfield on Saturday and so will hope to beat Stoke at the Bet365 on Wednesday evening to make amends.
Kyle’s prediction: “I though Mane’s slight argument with Jurgen Klopp at the end of that game against Chelsea was interesting and we are likely to see him start against Stoke and prove his manager wrong to have dropped him for that clash at the weekend. Both he and Salah have so much pace going forward and I’m not sure this Stoke side will be strong enough to resist the Reds.”