It’s that time of the week again where GotSoccer brings you their predictions and previews for the weekend’s upcoming games. Week 10 is should be an especially passionate and emotional affair, as it is packed full of derbies. Down in the South of England West Ham hosting Chelsea in the east v west London Derby, in the north west Manchester United play Manchester City in the Manchester Derby, while Sunderland and Newcastle slug it out up in the north east of England in the Tyne-Wear Derby.
Last Week’s Predictions
|Tottenham v Liverpool||0-0||2-1||2-2||2-1|
|Chelsea v Aston Villa||2-0||3-0||2-1||3-0|
|Crystal Palace v West Ham||1-3||1-0||1-0||2-0|
|Everton v Man Utd||0-3||2-1||1-2||2-1|
|Man City v Bournemouth||5-1||3-0||4-0||4-0|
|Southampton v Leicester||2-2||2-2||3-1||3-1|
|West Brom v Sunderland||1-0||2-0||1-1||1-0|
|Watford v Arsenal||0-3||0-2||0-2||1-2|
|Newcastle v Norwich||6-2||0-0||2-0||1-2|
|Swansea v Stoke||0-1||2-0||2-2||1-0|
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.
Last Week I got FIVE correct results, including ONE perfect score to give me a combined total of SEVEN-Points.
This Week’s Predictions
|Aston Villa v Swansea||0-1|
|Leicester v Crystal Palace||3-1|
|Norwich v West Brom||1-1|
|Stoke v Watford||1-0|
|West Ham v Chelsea||1-1|
|Arsenal v Everton||3-0|
|Sunderland v Newcastle||2-1|
|Bournemouth v Tottenham||1-2|
|Man Utd v Man City||2-1|
|Liverpool v Southampton||1-1|
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Leicester City once again lived up to their bill as this season’s comeback kings by scoring in stoppage time to rescue an away draw to Southampton. The Foxes were 2 goals down at the half, but managed to claw their way back into the game thanks to two goals from Jamie Vardy – Vardy has scored 10 goals in his last 10 league matches, including in each of his last six league games.
Crystal Palace lost 3-1 at home to West Ham last week, but won’t be too distraught as they played well. The Eagles were playing well but a red card to striker Dwight Gale changed the game, and the challenge of playing with a man down proved just a bit too much for them in the end.
Crystal Palace did the double over Leicester last season, but Leicester have faired well over Palace on their home turf over the years, losing just five of the 25 league meetings at Leicester (W10, D10).
The Foxes have also become a lot faster and adventurous in their play this season and that’s why I’m backing them to outfox the Eagles in this encounter.
West Ham v Chelsea
West Ham continued their fine start to the season with a 3-1 away win at London rivals Crystal Palace. The win means the Hammers are still unbeaten away in the EPL and have made their best ever start to an EPL season with 17-points from their 9 games.
Chelsea bounced back from a series of defeats with a 2-0 win at home to strugglers Aston Villa. Two goals from Diego Costa were enough to see the Blues past Villa, but they were not at their most convincing and will have to play a lot better when they face their London neighbors on Saturday.
Chelsea have a terrific record against West Ham having lost just one of their last 18 EPL games against the Hammers. But West Ham are having their best ever EPL season, while Chelsea are having their worst so things could be about to change.
Arsenal v Everton
Arsenal tremendous form continued with a good 3-0 away win at Watford. The score line perhaps flattered the Gunners a little, as Watford played well and created chances in the first-half, but once the north Londoners took the lead they never looked back scoring three goals in a 12-minute spell.
Everton lost for the first time since August with a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United. The Toffees were outclassed by United from the start, though the news of the death of Everton legend Howard Kendall before the game undoubtedly unsettled everyone at Goodison Park.
Arsenal are the EPL’s inform team with 15-points from their last six league games, they also have a great record against Everton at home– Arsenal have not lost to Everton in any of their last 21 EPL or cup games at home (W17, D4).
Manchester United v Manchester City
Manchester United bounced back from their defeat to Arsenal with a good 3-0 victory away to Everton. The Red Devils swapped things around in midfield bringing Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera and it paid dividends with both midfielders scoring.
United’s ‘noisy neighbors’ maintained their spot at the top of the EPL with a 5-1 win over newly promoted Bournemouth. Raheem Sterling bagged his first hat trick of his career, while Wilfred Bonny got a brace to double his goal tally for City since joining from Swansea in January.
Manchester City have won six of the last eight EPL Manchester derbies, but they have a couple of injuries to key players – Sergio Aguero and David Silva are definitely out, while captain Vincent Kompany is a doubt – so they won’t be at their strongest and that is why I’m backing United to just edge this one.
Liverpool v Southampton
Jurgen Klopp marked his first game in charge of Liverpool with a solid 0-0 draw away to Tottenham. The Reds played the high tempo and high pressing play that Klopp used at Dortmund and I think it will be a feature of their game from now on. However, they still looked short of ideas up top and I think they will continue to struggle for goals as long as Daniel Sturridge and Christian Beneteke are injured.
Southampton surrendered a two-goal lead at home to Leicester to draw 2-2. The Saints played well in the first half and were deservedly two goals up, but they became nervous after conceding the first goal and perhaps showed a bit of naivety and lack of concentration by conceding a goal in stoppage time.
The crowd will definitely want to give Jurgen Klopp a rapturous welcome on his first EPL home game and I expect that energy to translate onto the field. However, Liverpool are severely lacking a cutting edge upfront without Sturridge or Benteke and that’s why I think this game will end in a stalemate.