Spurs 1-2 Liverpool
Early kick off on Saturdays fail to deliver especially after an international break where players have travelled around the world. With two managers who insist on playing the correct way, this should be an entertaining way to start the weekend. Dele Alli and Lloris are injured, Heung-Min Son just got back from Asia and somehow Harry Kane is tired In September! Suddenly a few questions are being asked of Spurs and history tells us what happens next.
Cherries 1-1 Leicester
Winnable game for both. Two teams who play in the right spirit with attacking players on show. The Foxes are boosted by their youngsters getting England recognition, Eddie Howe will argue maybe the same should happen to a few in his squad.
Chelsea 4-0 Cardiff
While everyone overhypes Liverpool and Spurs, Chelsea continue to win games under the radar without being mentioned, which will suit them fine. The international break has again put a spotlight on the club developing talent from their successful youth team. They have a formula which makes money but apart from upcoming cup games, it’s hard to see Fabregas getting a contract extension, yet alone a youngster replacing Kante or Jorginho. I can only see Neil Warnock parking the bus so this is my banker of the weekend.
Huddesfield 1-0 Palace
I don’t be a lot of goals in this one. Wagner needs to identify this as the type of fixture his men need to win. They don’t have a match winner like the visitors do but need to show more ambition. They don’t seem to have the confidence of last year, only way to find it is to scrap out three points.
Man City 4-2 Fulham
Fulham have enough confidence that at least they will give it ago at the Ethihad. Saying you play, we play, most of the time is playing into the champion’s hands. Surely though it’s better then putting everyone behind the ball?
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
We were 10 minutes from dropping points at Cardiff, who looked like scoring every time they put the ball into the air.
In other words we are still not good enough to be going away from home taking anything for granted. I saw too many times in the last 12 months where our players approach these type of fixtures with arrogance, assuming they simply have to turn up. Unai Emery needs to prove he’s changing the mentality of this squad. Rafa is one of the best at tactically organising for a one off match and has had two weeks to target our weaknesses. If we think this will be simple because the Geordies only have 1 point, we will get caught out.
Watford 1-2 Man United
If the Hornets can repeat their Spurs performance they can sting United. Jose though has this annoying habit of when he needs to, he pulls a result out of the hat. His players battled for him against Burnley and will need to do the same here.
Everton 3-0 West Ham
I look at West Ham and I think they are too good to be in a relegation scrap, yet I seem to say that every year. As a club it just seems too easy for their heads to go down when there’s a moment of adversity. Everton score early, I think Hammers will collapse yet again,
Wolves 4-0 Burnley
I just feel there’s a contrasting feel about these two clubs. Burnley look tired and short of ideas, although many will argue that’s been down to the Europa League. Sean Dyche would love to still be in Europe but at least can now go back to having a whole week to plan for a single fixture. Wolves though seem to have a feel good factor around the place and it’s a bad time to face them.
Southampton 1-1 Brighton
Ask these two sets of fans and they care about this fixture enough to label It a derby.
Monday night football, Sky cameras, Saints expected to win against visitors who will make themselves hard to break down.
Not the type of game Mark Hughes likes as he can’t always rely on his firepower. The Saints need to take the initiative, which is out of their comfort zone.
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