Newcastle v Chelsea
Chelsea will be looking to continue their brilliant unbeaten run on Saturday, which would make it seven consecutive games should they manage to avoid defeat against Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s men come into the game off the back of a 2-0 loss to Southampton and will be looking to rectify their mistakes but, as they will be well aware, it will be no easy feat. With Chelsea currently enjoying a fine spell of form, it will be a tough ask for Newcastle to break down Lampard’s side, but whatever the outcome, expect goals. Chelsea currently have an average of 2.5 goals scored per game, scoring three or more goals in six of their eight games played. Newcastle, on the other hand, have kept just one clean sheet so far this season, so expect Chelsea to try and capitalise on this.
Aston Villa v Brighton
Aston Villa turned their slight dip in form around in emphatic style, beating Arsenal 3-0 away from home, whilst Brighton come into this game off the back of a disappointing goalless draw against second from bottom Burnley, who are yet to win a game. Brighton are in desperate need of a win, having failed to do so since their second game of the season against Newcastle. This will most definitely be in the back of the players’ minds, and something Grahame Potter will be hoping may spur his players on to kick start a winning run. Villa, however, will be back full of confidence after their bump in the road, and with their star boy Grealish’s performances over the international break, will feel as though the three points are certainly there for the taking. Expect a close game and perhaps BTTS.
Tottenham v Manchester City
It is that time of the season again, Pep vs Mourinho, in what will be the 23rd meeting between these two managerial giants. With Spurs arguably exceeding expectations for this season, and City underperforming, expect a closely contested game. Despite their slow start, City have only lost one game, and a win from their game in hand will see them shoot straight up the table, therefore their current mid-table position shouldn’t be focused on too much. Expect them to find their form sooner rather than later and, for Pep, what better way to do that against one of his arch-rivals, away from home.
Manchester United v West Bromwich
Both Manchester clubs find themselves underperforming, but one is dramatically worse off than the other. Manchester United have already fallen to defeat three times this season and, with their next tough fixture, on paper, being their blue neighbours in three weeks’ time, they need to pick up some valuable points up until then, starting with West Brom. The Baggies are yet to win a game this season and have scored just one goal from their last five games. Despite it only being three times this season, when United do win, they win in style, scoring three or more goals in each of their victories thus far, so expect United to pile on the misery, winning this one comfortably.
Fulham v Everton
Now with a win under their belts, Fulham are looking better each week and are starting to get into their stride. They were unlucky not to earn a point against West Ham in their last game, conceding in the 91st minute. On the contrary, Everton are heading in a downwards spiral, losing their last three games, and with only one win from their last five. It is safe to say that their fairy tale start has come to an end, however, The Toffee’s are still on course for a very good season and can turn their form around with a win this weekend. Their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United saw Ancelotti losing three league games on the bounce, the first time since November 2006, and he will ensure his players do not extend this run come Sunday. Expect an Everton win.
Sheffield United v West Ham
Out of a possible 24, Sheffield United have amassed just one single point so far this season. After their impressive first season back in the topflight last year, The Blades look a shell of their former selves, however, with games against Wolves, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Chelsea already out of the way, Chris Wilder’s men will feel that now is the time to start collecting points and rise from bottom. Although, to start a winning run against this current West Ham side is a difficult task, with The Hammers yet another team this season who are exceeding expectations. West Ham find themselves in a similar position to Sheffield, having already played the top sides, and both teams will be wanting to make up for lost points this Sunday. Expect a close game but a game that may see West Ham edge out as winners.
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