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12:30 Leicester City vs Liverpool

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There will surely be huge cacophony at the King Power stadium. I think it will be a difficult game for Liverpool as Claude Puel’s men will only have one thing on his mind, which is to get at least a points against the current league leaders. Since Vardy will miss out on this I think the host will rather not play behind the ball in the quest to go for a counter attack. It looks like Klopp will make changes owing to the tired legs that managed to see a 1 nil win against Brighton last week. I think there will be a few number of goals here and I don’t see anyone winning.

MY PICK:  1:1

15:00 Brighton vs Fulham

Brighton were brilliant at home when they played against Mourinho’s side. I think they really came prepared this season. Even Klopp had to sigh deeply when they went to Anfield last week because they were very close to garbing a point. They look smart and very sharp in front of their fans. I watched Fulham played against the tired legs of Burnely and how they got more of the possession before scoring their first goal against their neighbors (Tottenham). However, I think they would struggle to settle down against this Brighton’s side.

MY PICK:   2:0

15:00 Chelsea vs Bournemouth

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Stamford Bridge is already becoming a place to watch entertaining and high pressing football. I saw the way the Blues played against Newcastle; Benitez could not stand the high pressing football imposed by Sarri’s men. Albeit he went with a plan to have his players stay behind the ball but it didn’t go well at the end. Bournemouth are in flying form and have had their best start in the premier league, winning 2 out of 3. The way they played against Everton wasn’t too pleasant because they were close to losing to 10 men in front of their fans before it ended in stalemate. Notwithstanding, they are very good in attacking which was how they got  the 3 points that ended Chelsea’s champions league hopes last season. But that was under Conte’s men. I still think Chelsea will struggle to get 3 points.

MY PICK:   3:2

15:00 Crystal Palace vs Southampton

One thing I love about the Eagles is how they always fight to the end. They make their opposition restless no matter how far the score line is. I am a bit tentative about Benteke’s form. However, they always look forward to seeing their best players (Zaha and Townsend) on the pitch do the magic. Southampton have not really gotten excited so far, after losing to Leicester city at The St Mary’s. Though they have something to cheer for in their Carabao cup victory against Brighton in the midweek. But do I think they are back in form? I still think they won’t be comfortable at Selhurst park.

MY PICK: 2:0

15:00 Everton vs Huddersfield

Silvers men are really pleasant to watch but I think their intensive display is paying in both positive and negative way. Well, the optimistic part is that they always try to win and don’t make their opponents have a fresh breathe until the end but they always get cards. Their record signing Richarlison will as well miss this match owing to the red card he got against Bournemouth. Although they will rely on the in form Theo Walcott and the support of the fans to help them out. I think Huddersfield will still struggle and Everton will get a win.

MY PICK: 2:0

15:00 West Ham vs Wolves

West Ham really spent much at the summer because they were looking for greener pasture but it seems the same old story is about to be unfolded. The way their supporters left the pitch before the end of the match against Bournemouth showed how they’ve lost faith in the players. If they really want to rejuvenate the love, they just have to win tomorrow. Wolves however impressed against the defending champions last week. They were also unlucky against Leicester city so I think Nuno’s men will get atleast a point in this game.

MY PICK: 2:2

17:30 Manchester City vs Newcastle

Pep’s side were not happy they dropped point agaisnt Wolves and that’s what the champions see as defeat in their sight. I don’t think Newcastle will see a point here even though Benitez works on his tactics. Yes, he knows how to make his team difficult to beat but this may be more than difficult to arrange. They will surely strain the City side but we might start seeing the goals in the second half.

MY PICK: 2:0

SUNDAY

13:30 Cardiff vs Arsenal

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Well it doesn’t seem like Cardiff will score in this match but when you look at how the Gunners allow their oppositions penetrate their defense you might start thinking they would concede yet again. I think Warnock’s men will score but Arsenal may get a win.

MY PICK: 1:2

16:00 Burnley vs Manchester United

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Burnley can now have a little bit of fresh air, owing to their Europa League qualification campaign. Albeit they bowed out against Olympiakos. They don’t seem to have that rhythm that placed them in 7th position last season. They look more viable and if they still keep Joe Hart on the pitch I think they will still concede. Mourinho’s side will not want to drop point any further because even though a fraction of the players that played against Tottenham might miss out on Sunday. The expectation from Man U has reduced but they still look more likely to get a win here.

MY PICK: 1:3

16:00 Watford vs Tottenham 

Vicarage road is now a difficult place to get victories but that may not be the case for Pochettino’s side who have made it clear against Manchester United on Monday. I think it will be very difficult for Tottenham because this Watford’s side are so compact at the back. This match will probably end in stalemate.

MY PICK: 1:1

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