After an exhilarating first weekend of Premier League football, the beautiful game returns to our screens again on Saturday, with plenty of exciting fixtures ready and raring to be played out.
This weekend hosts some great fixtures, with some even better storylines – such as Chelsea vs Liverpool, both of which have had active transfer windows, with the Reds announcing the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this week – one of the signings of the summer.
As per last week, today we are going to take a look at the fixtures ahead of us this game week, with clubs looking to continue their impressive starts to the league from last weekend, and others still looking for that first win of the season. So without further ado, here are my predictions for this weekend via the great interactive game Premier Picks – which allows you to predict all of the Premier League games each game week to earn points, earning points for each correct prediction!
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After a fantastic start to the season with a 1-0 win over Tottenham, the Toffees will be looking to continue their great start against the Baggies at Goodison Park. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be looking to continue his good form after netting the winner in that opening day victory, against a West Brom side that saw defeat on an opening day with a 3-0 defeat to Leicester.
And I can see the same scoreline playing out in this one. Slaven Bilic and his side had a tough evening against the Foxes, and after Everton’s new-look midfield showed an impressive display in North London, West Brom may have a tough afternoon on their hands.
Fulham’s opening game against Arsenal saw the Cottagers suffer a tough 3-0 defeat. Leeds themselves saw their first game also ending in defeat – but look they very strong throughout, putting three goals past last season’s champions Liverpool, but losing 4-3 in the 88th minute to a penalty.
That being said, the Whites have a strong side, and will be favourites over a weaker Fulham side at Elland Road.
The Eagles got off to a flying start (pardon the pun), with a 1-0 victory of Southampton, thanks to a goal from Wilfried Zaha, giving Palace their first three points of the season.
This will be Manchester United’s first game of this campaign, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking for a strong performance and three points to kick off their season in a positive manner.
I can see them doing so, but only by the skin of their teeth. The club still hasn’t invested in the defence this summer, and this is something that will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
The Gunners had a great start to their season with a 3-0 victory over new boys Fulham – which even saw a debut goal for Brazilian defender Gabriel.
The Hammers, on the other hand, had a tough time of it, losing 2-0 to an impressive Newcastle performance, and it will be difficult for David Moyes’ men to bounce back in North London.
After a few failed transfer windows with money wasted, they have struggled to add to the squad with any player of merit this window, and could struggle this season, as they will against Arsenal this weekend.
Both sides faced a poor start to their seasons in the opening games, with the Saints losing out to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and Spurs seeing themselves fall to a 1-0 defeat to a rampant Everton side under Carlo Ancelotti.
Ralph Hassenhuttl and his team will be looking for a quick bounce back this weekend, with the Austrian’s work starting to pay off for the club, and Danny Ings hopefully returning to his goalscoring form from last season.
Tottenham, on the other hand, has made some incredible new additions to their squad since the defeat to the Toffees, with Gareth Bale expected to return this weekend, and bringing fellow Madridista left-back Sergio Reguilon with him. Despite the impact singings, they likely won’t be ready for the game on Sunday – with it ending in a 1-1 draw.
The Magpies found themselves the 2-0 victors over a poor West Ham side in their opening game of the season, with debut goals for Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendricks, who optimised a strong Newcastle performance to give them their best Premier League start in eight years.
Brighton found themselves losing 3-1 to a strong Chelsea side, but there were positives to be picked up – and with that being said, I actually feel the Seagulls could come out on top during this game, with Newcastle’s form often dipping from time to time, struggling to find momentum.
This will likely lead to slim pickings, but a 2-1 victory at the end of the game for Graham Potter and his side.
There’s been a lot of 2-1 predictions so far, and here’s another one. The Reds narrowly beat new boys Leeds last weekend in a thrilling 4-3 victory, but the defending champions still showed their quality throughout, despite some strange defensive errors from Virgil van Dijk.
Chelsea also started with a victory, but they are simply no match for Jurgen Klopp’s side, even on a bad day – and I see the Reds coming out victors again against the Blues with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
It will be interesting to see if we will get our first glimpses of Thiago in action for Liverpool this weekend, too.
The Foxes had a great opening to their season, winning 3-0 against a poor West Brom side – with two opening day goals for fox in the box Jamie Vardy, as well as a debut goal for Timothy Castagne.
Burnley, however, will be playing their first game of the season with a similar squad to last term – and will be hoping to improve on their 10th place finish from the last campaign.
Overall I see Leicester being too strong for Sean Dyche’s side, with them coming out with a 2-0 victory at home, and making it six points from six available at the end of the weekend.
Aston Villa will be opening up their 2020/21 campaign this weekend against a Sheffield United side that lost 2-0 to a strong Wolves performance at Bramall Lane – and Dean Smith will be hoping that the Villans get off to a strong start after the singings of Ollie Watkins, Matty Cash and Emiliano Martinez, as well as securing captain Jack Grealish on a new five-year contract.
Sheffield had a strong defensive record last season and will be wanting to right the wrongs of their defeat last week, which will make for a tight game that will end in a 1-1 draw.
Pep Guardiola and his side will be kicking off their season this weekend against Wolves at the Molineux. Man City will be hoping to make their way back to the top of the perch, after losing out on the title last season to an incredible Liverpool side.
New signings such as Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké could make their debuts, and I can’t see Wolves coming out of this game with many positives, despite the Citizens finishing as victors with a 3-1 win.
Well, those are our predictions, now you do yours! You can make your predictions here and set up a mini-league to challenge all of your mates along the way, good luck!