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Liverpool arrive at Vicarage road to face a Watford side who’ve just had their strongest ever start to a Premier League season. However, results have started to decline of late and they now face a Liverpool side that have put 14 past them in their last 4 encounters.
The last time these two met at Vicarage Road ended up in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Miguel Britos snatching a dramatic 93rd minute equaliser. However, the home side might have a trickier time getting past this new look Liverpool defence. Liverpool have conceded just 5 goals so far this season in a defence that looks barely recognisable when compared to last year. The world record signing of Van Dijk for 75 million certainly does look like money well spent.
Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch, Liverpool’s front three have not quite been firing on all cylinders yet, with Mo Salah struggling to recreate his prolific form of last season. With all this in mind, I’d be inclined to cover a low scoring Liverpool win.
Predictions: 0-1 / 0-2
Both these sides find themselves very much wedged near the bottom end of the table. Fulham have conceded a staggering 31 goals so far this season and are without a win since August. Meanwhile Mark Hughes’s side are without a win in 8 matches and have failed to a score in 5 of those. Fulham fans may have some cause for optimism though with new manager Claudio Ranieri settling in for his first game in the dugout. I’m favouring a rare, much needed win for the home team to heap further misery on an ever struggling Saints side. This would represent a very much needed change in fortune for the Cottagers.
Brighton can welcome back a few key players after the international break to provide the squad with a much needed boost after two straight defeats. Pascal Gross is expected to return to provide that creative spark that’s been so sorely missed whilst he’s been away. The talisman that provided a combined 15 goals and assists last campaign has been absent for Brighton’s last 8 league outings. Leicester, looking for their fourth away win of the season, arrive at the Amex with a number of injury concerns over a few key men. Harry Maguire has already been ruled out with a groin problem whilst Jamie Vardy faces a late fitness test on a groin problem picked up in training. Leicester have endured a reasonably inconsistent spell of results recently. I’d cover the draw and a home win for this encounter.
Prediction: 2-1 / 1-1
Now for the game of the weekend…this North London derby has traditionally been very tricky to call. Recent seasons have thrown out a completely mixed bag of results with both sides coming out on top on numerous occasions. Just one point separates these sides in the league and the bookies have virtually identical odds for a home and away win.
Spurs have really struggled against the top sides at home and one could argue that it’s hard to see a systematic reason for why this should change. Spurs will be wary of the gulf that could be created between them and the top 3 and will feel like they cannot lose. This is probably the hardest match of the weekend to call but I’m erring on the side of a closely contested away win. I’d recommend covering a few outcomes here though.
Prediction: 1-1 / 1-2
Bournemouth welcome an Arsenal side unbeaten in 10 Premier League matches. However, this brief revival under Unai Emery arguably belies the reality of Arsenal’s recent performances. A combination of second half comebacks has prolonged this run and Arsenal were incredibly fortunate to escape with a point against a dominant Wolves side last game week.
The south coast side have been experiencing their greatest start to a Premier League season yet with Eddie Howe getting linked with more and more managerial roles. They are currently sitting in seventh place, just below the traditional top 6 in the table. Neither Burnley or Arsenal have the strongest defence, having conceded 15 and 16 goals respectively so far this season, so I’d cover the outcomes with BTTS.
Prediction: 1-3 / 2-3
Burnley host a Newcastle side in the midst of making a resilient comeback after a disastrous start to the campaign. It is arguable their league position looks slightly misleading; Newcastle have had an incredibly tough run of fixtures, having faced 5 of last season’s top 6 already. Meanwhile, The Clarets are struggling to recreate the heroics of last season having failed to win any of their last 5 games. The fortress that they had created at Turf Moore seems to have vanished as 4 out of the 7 visiting sides have come away with all 3 points. I’d be inclined to cover a low scoring draw here.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Newcastle