From start to finish, the Premier League weekend will be filled with competitive, eye-catching matches. First thing Saturday morning, Wolves will look to bounce back from their home defeat to Watford against victorious Brighton and Hove Albion, followed by Bournemouth looking to conquer London side Fulham.
Then, later on, passionate Leicester City will be threatened by West Ham, Chelsea will travel to the Midlands to try and defeat Burnley, and Manchester United looking for a victory against Everton. Finally, on Monday, Manchester City is looking to stay atop of the table in London against Tottenham Hotspurs.
This week could heavily change the Premier League table and open new pathways for other teams to find success, upon others’ failures. This week is bound to bring us some exciting matches, so why must we continue the wait? Here’s my Week 10 Premier League preview, starting off with Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wolves.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wolves
Everything seemed in favor of Wolves last week as they took Watford on at home, but instead, the newly promoted side failed to score and succumbed to Watford’s two strikes. That was their first loss since August, but Watford are still in ninth place in the table, and a win at Brighton could move them all the way up the sixth.
Brighton, who sit at twelfth in the table, are coming off of an excellent home win against West Ham and will look to do similar against Wolves at home. They have a very organized defense line, but will miss Glenn Murray due to injury.
One loss will not seem like much of a problem for Wolves, but Wolves has fielded an unchanged squad in their last nine matches. On one end, Brighton could be a slightly weaker team than what Wolves have faced so far this season and might want to rest some players. On the other hand, Brighton will be confident, and Watford might not want to risk facing defeat.
Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Watford
Fulham vs Bournemouth
Bournemouth is sitting proudly at sixth in the table and will want to retain that spot after this weekend against Fulham. Fulham is at the opposite end, stuck in eighteenth place, with a -14 goal difference. Although both teams play attacking style football, Fulham has let in far too many goals this season, a league high of twenty-five from nine matches. Last week, Fulham let in four to seventeenth placed Cardiff City, which doesn’t look too good coming up against Bournemouth, a team twelve places higher than them.
The main question comes off the field regarding Manager Slaviša Jokanović’s job. Losing this match could easily mean a sacking for him if Fulham wants to try and avoid relegation.
Despite that and Fulham being at home, one week does not seem like enough time for Jakanović to organize his men. Defeat to the Cherries seems like the only possible route right now.
Prediction: Fulham 0-4 Bournemouth
Leicester City vs West Ham
It seems like West Ham’s magic this season is running out, but not because of the player’s poor performances. Rather, it’s some of West Ham’s players’ inability to perform. Last weekend against Tottenham, winger Andriy Yarmolenko injured his ankle and will no longer be able to play for the Hammers, along with midfielder Jack Wilshire, Pedro Obiang, Carlos Sanchez, Andy Carrol and Winston Reid.
This gives Tottenham quite a large advantage, but Leicester might not be able to run over West Ham, as they will also be missing a few players of their own. Captain Wes Morgan is still out due to suspension, while Demarai Gray, Jamie Vardy and Matty James are lost due to injury.
Despite Leicester’s loss of Vardy, West Ham without Yarmolenko or Wilshire gives Leicester a humongous advantage, and it looks like Leicester will hope for their sixth win to push them towards eighth in the table.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-0 West Ham
Other Saturday English Premier League Predictions:
Southampton 2-1 Newcastle United
Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City
Watford 2-0 Huddersfield