Ah, Friday once again. It rocks around quickly, doesn’t it? And if it is Friday that means the Premier League circus is back once again like a renegade master – tomorrow of course, there is no Friday Night Football to look forward to today.
Spoiler: It’s not that great a weekend of football and if West Ham vs Wolves has been called out as a fixture to focus on, we are in trouble.
Time for some Terrible Tips!
Leicester City vs Liverpool
Of course, this is a game all about a rapid striker. No, not Mohamed Salah. Jamie Vardy! This is the first kickaround Jamie has had since he called time on his England career, a move that actually surprised me. And I bet Mo Salah wishes he could get away with international retirement, the hassle has spoken about this week. But anyway, back to Vards. This is his first game since that announcement so I am expecting to see him fresh as a daisy and give Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk the absolute runaround. More realistically, Leicester City will sit deep and look to hit King Kloppo’s charges on the counter by hitting it in behind for Vardy to leg it on to. Can I see this being an upset? It depends if you call a draw an upset as I think this might be the first goals and points Liverpool drop this season.
Leicester City 2 – 2 Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Fulham
This still sounds like a Championship match but despite that blatant snobbery it will probably be one of the better games to watch this weekend. Both teams like to play and Fulham have points on the board now which should help them relax. Brighton will be keen to recall the performance that saw off Manchester United a couple of weeks ago but then United were that bad that day that Brighton were not even that good. This will be an entertaining draw!
Brighton & Hove Albion 2 – 2 Fulham
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Wilf Zaha vs Mark Hughes’ dire brand of football. I can guarantee that Zaha will be kicked all over Selhurst Park and Mark Hughes will accuse him of diving. Other than that, I cannot guarantee much.
Crystal Palace 3 – 1 Southampton
Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth
Sarriball vs Howe-to-play-attacking-ball. Bournemouth have started better than I expected but there is no way they are leaving Stamford Bridge with anything other than a spanking. I am liking Sarri’s start in England, especially his dress code. Will he rock that look in December?
Chelsea 4 – 1 AFC Bournemouth
Everton vs Huddersfield Town
Marco Silva has made a pleasing start at Goodison, primarily because he is not Sam Allardyce. Richarlison will be missing but Everton do have nine other wide players to choose from so should be OK. Huddersfield look terrible this season, so this should be a home win.
Everton 3 – 1 Huddersfield Town
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ah, West Ham. There is every chance Wimbledon would have knocked them out of the League Cup if a gust of wind hadn’t blown Cheaterito over. They have been dire in the Premier League and Wolves don’t look that out of place so there is every chance this will be an away win. Ruben Neves vs Mark Noble? Neves hasn’t been that amazing yet, but he won’t have to be to win that little battle.
West Ham United 0 – 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City vs Newcastle United
“Lads, you know that tactical plan we tried last week against Chelsea? Yeah, that. Do it again, will you?” If that is not Rafa’s team talk tomorrow night then I will be very surprised. And, if the referees do not completely screw them over then they might have a chance. Kenedy should be back. Hopefully, he knows what colour shirts they are wearing this week.
Manchester City 4 – 0 Newcastle United
Cardiff City vs Arsenal
In the old days, you’d have worried for Arsenal, going to a place like Cardiff and their style of football. Actually, you should still worry for them. Cardiff are not going to go the whole season without winning so why can’t they be the shock of the weekend and beat Unai Emery’s men? I mean, West Ham losing again isn’t a shock, is it?
Cardiff City 1 -0 Arsenal
Burnley vs Manchester United
Dear Sean. Please, please, please, please, please, please beat Jose. Love, the rest of the football world.
Burnley 1 – 0 Manchester United
Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur
Of course, this is the Carabao Cup 3rd Round tie as well which might well be played at the MK Dons Stadium, which is kind of fitting as a home to soulless nomads. Watford are joint top of the league so might fancy this. Equally, you think Harry Kane scored goals in August? You wait until September gets firing.
Watford 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Oh, and then there is an International Break so someone is definitely getting sacked.