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Premier League week 5: analysis and predictions

Bright Okafor

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SATURDAY

12:30 Tottenham vs Liverpool

Both managers are aiming for the top four and it is always a difficult call when they meet. No margin for errors but we would see one for sure. There will be plenty of depth in the midfield and Tottenham have what it takes to repeat what they did against Liverpool last season in a 4:1 trashing of Klopp’s feeble defensive lines. But no one is expecting that to happen this time around.

Prediction: Away win
Probable score: 1:2

15:00 Bournemouth vs Leicester City

No Jamie Vardy yet again but will they concede as they did against Liverpool? I don’t think so. These two clubs have struggled on head-to-head and it’s glaring they would repeat it once more.
Leicester City hardly concedes when they don’t score. But Bournemouth are in good form.

Predictions : Under2.5 goals
Probable score: 1:1

15:00 Chelsea vs Cardiff City

I was surprised when Warnock said he would go all out against the Blues, well funny enough he suffered another defeat against Arsenal when his defense was left open: trying to repeat similar version against an attacking minded team will really disgrace them. Chelsea will have a go at this and backing them for a smooth and easy win.

Prediction: Home win and Over 2.5goals
Probable Score: 4:1

15:00 Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace

Even though Huddersfield escaped relegation last season, I don’t see that happening this time because they’ve started to show us how close they were to getting relegated. They are yet to prove an optimistic point of remaining in the league but I respect their coach a lot how he manages to convince his teams to make effort.
He’s been lucky for meeting both Chelsea and Manchester City too early but, just maybe they can still try to get points here. I watched the way Crystal Palace played against Southampton and I think you can hurt them when Zaha is not playing well.

Prediction: Under 2.5goals
Probable score: 0:0

15:00 Manchester City vs Fulham

I have a lot of respect for how Jonkanovic always allow his team to play their possessive style no matter the opposition.

This Serbian manager could be the man to look out for in the league because I don’t know how long he will remain with Fulham. Only Chelsea and Man City are ahead of Fulham in terms of complete passes but will they get hurt if they repeat similar version against the City side? I think yes.

Prediction: Home Win
Probable score: 4:0

15:00 Newcastle vs Arsenal

Many people will think Newcastle could go on relegation but permit me to remind you that they are very fortunate to have met Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham so early in the game.
As soon as they start playing the underdogs they will be bright again. Well, Arsenal can impose a lot of threat but this Newcastle side always listen to the voice of their fans when playing at home.
Arsenal will have to look for ways to hold back the 2:1 defeat last season with a new manager who is trying to adapt to premier league football. With what I saw them play against Cardiff I think they may score and yet concede.

Prediction: Both teams will score
Probable score: 1:1

17:30 Watford vs Man United

These Watford players are really believing again as they did during the start of last season under Silver. They’ve really had a bright start, getting a victory against a team that won comfortably at Old Trafford. Football is really crazy because many could judge that and perhaps give it to the host believing they would get yet another victory at Vicarage Road.

Jose may not start so brightly but he is one hell of a coach who knows how to get a win from brilliant teams. He did it last season and I believe the Portuguese may not want to drop any further points to catch up with the big 5.

Prediction: Away win
Probable score: 1:3

SUNDAY
13:30. Wolves vs Burnley

Well I may be harsh here because I think Burnley May keep getting the defeat if there is no cohesion in the team.
Their confidence of last season is really affecting their mentality. I was amazed to have seen Joe Hart performed so well against Man United. I just don’t think Burnley will see a draw here as their losses could come yet again against Nuno’s men.

Prediction: Home Win
Probable score: 2:0

16:00 Everton vs WestHam

I have so much pity on Pellegrini right now which is why I don’t see them escaping relegation with this current players.
They don’t seem to have gotten acclimatized to his style and it appears that the old man is still accustomed to the archaic footballing style that helped him while he was with Malaga and Man City.
Everton, however, will not have Richarlison but I watched Ademola Lookman play in the second half against Huddersfield so I think he will really bring a spark in the Brazilian player’s absence.

Prediction: Home win or draw
Probable score: 2:1

MONDAY
20:00 Southampton vs Brighton

St Mary’s will be an exciting place to watch when Southampton will welcome Brighton. Hughe’s men just started brilliantly before the international break after securing a win away against Crystal Palace.
Brighton will give it a shot the best way they can but it’s not easy to score at St Mary’s.
We may not see lots of goals here because this two always avoid the slightest margin of errors.

Prediction: Under2.5goals
Probable score: 0:1

That will be all.

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Okafor Bright is a B.Eng holder of Petroleum Engineering who is passionate about sports, articles and content development.