Last week’s prediction articles were surprisingly not that far off from the actual results. Bournemouth shamed Fulham at home 0-3, Leicester and West Ham saw a 1-1 draw, Burnley succumbed to Chelsea’s four goals, and Manchester City regained their position at the top of the table after defeating Tottenham in London.
The standings did not change drastically, although, for a short period of time, Liverpool was at top of the table after their victory against Cardiff City and Manchester United managed to jump ahead of Everton after their 2-1 encounter.
First thing first tomorrow morning, Manchester United will have to face an even harder test, away at Bournemouth. The Red Devils will want to improve their position in the table, but possible European contenders Bournemouth could make it very difficult for them.
Later on Saturday, both West Ham and Burnley have had a poor run of form as of late and will want to use this match as an opportunity to get their seasons back on track. The biggest matchup will be undefeated second-place Liverpool versus fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone twelve matches undefeated. With plenty of interesting matches to look forward to this weekend, let’s preview them, starting with Bournemouth vs. Manchester United.
Bournemouth vs. Manchester United
Although many wanted Fulham to put up a fight at home against Bournemouth, that did not quite happen, with Fulham conceding three goals and losing a player to a red card. Bournemouth sits impressively at sixth, two spots above Manchester United, and many are even backing Bournemouth as favorites for this fixture.
Both sides have the blessings of players returning to the squad. The big news comes from Manchester with Chilean Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard returning to full fitness and will be likely to start on Saturday. Bournemouth’s squad is mostly fit, but their captain Simon Francis may be out with a groin injury.
For Bournemouth, Joshua King will not be able to play due to injury. Manchester United will be missing Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot.
It seems that Bournemouth being at home with a strong squad is capable of handling Manchester United. However, Manchester United have been returning to form as of late, and the inclusion of Sanchez and Lingard will only boost the team.
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
West Ham vs. Burnley
Zero points apart in the table, West Ham and Burnley will both hope to improve pretty poor seasons so far. Both have only eight points from nine matches, with West Ham two spots ahead on goal difference.
Although last time around, Burnley beat West Ham 0-3 in London, this time, things might be different. Burnley have faced nine goals from their opponents in their last two matches. Their starting keeper, Nick Pope, is also out due to injury.
West Ham has some injury troubles of their own, with Andy Caroll, Jack Wilshire, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, and most importantly, Andrey Yarmolenko out. However, the threat of Marco Arnountovic and Felipe Anderson up front will only cause more trouble for Burnley.
Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Burnley
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
This fixture makes the top of the Premier League table only more difficult to predict. Liverpool will want to regain the first position with a win, but if Arsenal wins, they can move up to third and provide a very noticeable challenge to the other top Premier League teams.
Arsenal, who will play at home for this fixture, are currently twelve matches unbeaten. However, Arsenal is facing a major injury issue, which could see Arsenal’s first defeat since August. What is even worse is that all of Arsenal’s injuries come from the defensive players. Hector Bellerin will continue to be in doubt, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, and Konstantinos Mavropanos are out, and defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out due to injury. Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is also out after facing a red card against Blackpool on Wednesday.
Two main injuries plague the Liverpool camp, with Captain Jordan Henderson and midfield partner Naby Keita in doubt for Saturday’s fixture. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster will also not be available for the Reds.
Arsenal has always had question marks regarding their defensive ability, but now, the numerous injuries make the Arsenal defense almost helpless. Liverpool will have a full-strength attack with Mohammad Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane up front, threatening an unfortunate Arsenal defense. Unfortunately for Arsenal, it seems like the bells will ring on their unbeaten streak.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-3 Liverpool
Wolves vs. Tottenham
Both teams are coming off losses, but Wolves’ losses might be more surprising. They lost at home to Watford and then to Brighton and Hove Albion the week after. Wolves are still sitting comfortably in tenth place, and a win versus Tottenham could move them up to eighth. Tottenham, meanwhile, will want to overtake rivals Arsenal and fight for third place.
Although Tottenham lost to Manchester City on Monday, they shouldn’t fear too much, as Wolves are a whole five places lower than Spurs. Tottenham will be without Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and defender Jan Vertonghen, but Delli Alli has returned to fitness and should start. Watford will miss out on forward Diogo Jota with a minor, undisclosed issue.
Tottenham should snatch three points at Molineux and jump past Arsenal Saturday.
Prediction: Wolves 1-3 Tottenham
Other English Premier League Predictions:
Newcastle 1-3 Watford
Everton 4-1 Brighton
Cardiff City 0-3 Leicester City
Manchester City 4-0 Southampton
Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
Huddersfield 1-2 Fulham