Premier League Round 4 Predictions!
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Here are this week's fixtures along with my predictions for each of them. As usual, feel free to let me know which you think I've got wrong in the comments!
Premier League Round— Superbru (@Superbru) August 31, 2018
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Leicester vs. LiverpoolLiverpool looking a little less convincing last week and the fact this is the early kick-off makes a draw a possibility in this game but I expect the Reds to break Leicester down eventually. Many abide by the unwritten rule to 'never bet on the lunchtime kick-off' as it seems as though the big sides often struggle to win when playing early on a Saturday but I just feel Liverpool will create so many openings that they're bound to score a couple. I do think Leicester will deny Alisson a fourth consecutive clean sheet but you'd be brave to pick them to win. Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Liverpool
Brighton vs. FulhamThere should be goals in this as Fulham play in such an open manner and Brighton have already proven against United that they can score numerous times in a game at home. I'm leaning towards Brighton because of how good they were at the Amex last season and because of Fulham's defensive frailties. Though Mawson is now back the Whites are still without Ream and Jokanovic doesn't seem to know which of his three goalkeepers he likes best. Fulham will have a real go but Hughton's Brighton will be too organised in my opinion - Cairney is also a big miss for the away side. Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Fulham
Chelsea vs. BournemouthAfter a lot of hesitation I was delighted to get Chelsea's 1-2 win at Newcastle exact last week but this is another tricky one. The first time Newcastle actually decided to attack the Blues they scored a goal which must be so frustrating for their supporters as the signs of Chelsea's defensive weakness were clear for all to see against Arsenal. Bournemouth look strong this year and have done well at the Bridge in recent seasons but I feel Chelsea could score a few in this one. The possession football and pressing that Sarri has introduced means the Cherries won't have much of the possession they too like to base their game around and that could be a problem for Eddie Howe. Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace vs. SouthamptonI've picked Palace for this one as I see them as the better team. The Eagles need a win (albeit not as much as Southampton) and I find the Saints very ordinary whenever I see them play. Things are never going to be too inspiring under Mark Hughes and I think the best Southampton can hope for this season is narrow survival. Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton
Everton vs. HuddersfieldHuddersfield look as though they're going to really struggle for goals this year but Everton are a side that you have as much chance of scoring against as anyone else in the league at present. The problem for the away side is that Everton are not short of goals and will outscore plenty of teams this season anyway. Even without Richarlison, I can only see a home win here. Prediction: Everton 3-1 Huddersfield
West Ham vs. WolvesStill without a point, but I think this is the week that changes for West Ham. Wolves proved their abilities last week with that draw against City but away from home things are more difficult and the Hammers should be right up for this. The away win at Wimbledon in the Cup should have helped settle a few nerves for Pellegrini and his side ahead of this one and now they just need a Premier League win to get themselves going. They probably should have won at Arsenal last week and though those defensive errors will likely see them concede again this weekend, I think they can beat Wolves. Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Wolves
Manchester City vs. NewcastleA case of how many. Sergio Aguero alone has scored eight goals in his last two games at home against Newcastle and judging by how Benitez set his team up against Chelsea last week, the Magpies will be lucky to have 5% of possession. Rafa would probably tell you that if he was to open the game up this would be 6 or 7 - and he's probably right - but I still expect City to find their away around the bus a few times. Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle
Cardiff vs. ArsenalCardiff have done well to get two points so far this season considering they haven't scored a goal but nothing has made me change my opinion that they'll finish rock bottom this season. Will they find their first goal of the season in this one? Possibly. But there's very little chance of them finding their first win. Now that Arsenal have found their first victory, this should be a nice way to get to six points before the international break. Prediction: Cardiff 0-2 Arsenal
Burnley vs. Manchester UnitedThe hardest game to call in Round Four in my opinion! I felt sure that United would win last week but after being beaten by Spurs I, like everyone else, am beginning to question whether or not the wheels are truly coming off. I'm wary of picking United because in that infamous 2015/16 season at Chelsea that everyone keeps comparing this Mourinho campaign to I was sure that Chelsea would bounce back each week only to find they never did.
United have a great defensive record at Turf Moor but can we really take that into account when they've been awful at the back so far this season? Now that Burnley are out of the Europa League I have just one weekend left to let myself be swayed by the issue of their fatigue and since that strategy worked for me last week, I'm going with it again here. Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Manchester United