Yayyy, another week of work and school has laboured past and the weekend is here! Along with it is the Premier League!! The PL Big7 scored a total of 18 goals between them on the opening weekend and even more fire works should be expected this Game Week Two. Here, I preview the Five matches that will involve the Premier League Big7 this weekend…
Swansea City v Manchester United
All eyes will be on smoking hot Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku come lunch time, Saturday but Swansea can glean hope from the fact that the in-form striker as a poor goal scoring return against them (just three goals in 11 appearances).
The Swans also have a surprisingly good enough record against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League winning 3 and drawing 1 of the last six meetings against the Red Devils.
But the Red Devils’ immense firepower should be a little too much for the Swans and a comfortable victory should be expected for Manchester United in Wales.
However, they will need to keep their eyes on impressive Chelsea teenage loanee Tammy Abraham as he could well be a differential player on Saturday.
Prediction: 1 – 3
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Familiar woes for Liverpool as they conceded a goal right at the death to reinforce their horrendous reputation of dropping points against “smaller” opposition in the Premier League.
Having taken the first step to Champions League qualification by beating Hoffenheim in midweek, manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking to introduce the winning mentality into their league campaign.
Crystal Palace however arrive at Anfield on the back of a humbling defeat to Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town last weekend with new manager Frank de Boer given a spine-chilling welcome to English football.
Sadio Mané and new signing Mo Salah were impressive last time out and will be looking to send Crystal Palace deeper into the relegation zone but Palace can draw confidence from the fact that they have won three of their last three visits to Anfield with target man Christian Benteke returning to haunt his old team last April.
Prediction: 4 – 2
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Stoke City v Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette scoring with his second touch, Welbeck finishing a sublime team move and Olivier Giroud coming off the bench to score last weekend may have demonstrated Arsenal’s quality and depth in attack but it seems Arsene Wenger is yet to address the very problem that derailed the club’s title challenge last season – defensive frailties.
With Alexis Sanchez still to call upon, Arsenal visit the West Midlands with the most potent strike force in the country but also with the most leaky defence bar the Hammered ones.
First teamers Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi are set to return at the back for the Gunners but defensive organisation has always being a problem for them especially at Stoke.
The Potters will be calling upon the services of new “elite” signing Jese Rodriguez (according to manager Mark Hughes) on Saturday and will look to exploit every mistake made by the Gunners back line just like Leicester City did on opening day.
Prediction : 1 – 2
Spurs v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur are set to break the Premier League home record for attendance in a single game when they host Chelsea on Super Sunday.
Chelsea will be looking to put the worst possible start to their Premier League defence right behind them but face a difficult trip across London. The Blues will be without a number of first team players for the crunch encounter. Pedro, Bakayoko and Hazard are sidelined due to injury while Cahill and Fabregas are serving the first matches of their suspension.
Regardless of Morata’s immediate impact last weekend, this is probably the best time to face the Premier League champions.
Spurs, however go into the game not without problems of their own. Star fullbacks Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose are still on the treatment table. Even though debutant Kyle Walker-Peters and Ben Davies came good against Newcastle last weekend, Spurs are sure to feel the absence of their first choice fullback pairing against a much better Chelsea side. Also, are the problems of adapting to the atmosphere at Wembley (their new home for the time being).
The likes of Willian and Marcos Alonso will have to step up their game if Chelsea are to get anything from this game while usual suspects Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be expected to do the business for Tottenham at the weekend.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Manchester City v Everton
It took longer than usual for Pep Guardiola’s men to break down a determined Brighton side last weekend and they should expect some more resolute play from an Everton side on the rise on Monday Night Football.
Coming off the back of one of the strangest transfer windows in recent club history, the Tofees travel up North with their most equipped squad in more than a decade.
With big-game player Gylfi Sigurdsson raring to go and hometown hero Wayne Rooney in-form, Everton are more poised than ever to cause an upset in what will be one of the most exciting games of the season so far.
After barely avoiding a game week 1 upset, the Cityzens will be hoping the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus come to the party on Monday Night.
Prediction: 2 – 1