Manchester City vs Liverpool (9/9/2017)
The must watch game of the weekend is thankfully the first game of the weekend. Finally we have EPL action after the international break. Both teams will look to begin what is going to be a hectic September in a successful manner. Firmino and Coutinho need to be assessed by Liverpool after the later played his first game of the season while on international duty. City will look to continue their great run of just 1 loss in 8 at home versus Liverpool. City have 13 wins, 9 draws and just 1 loss in their last 23 games at home in the EPL, however, the Liverpool faithful will be licking their lips as City only have 6 clean sheets in those games. Should be a mouthwatering fixture with a bunch of goals, I predict a goal draw.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth (9/9/2017)
Oh Arsenal, whatever is going to happen with the gunners? They haven’t lost 3 games in the EPL in a row since January 2012 and it will be interesting to see if that happens here. They have beaten Bournemouth in all 3 games they have played at the Emirates. It will be curious to see how Arsenal line up, will Alexis start with Lacazette for the first time? Will they have actual center backs playing in position? Who will replace the Ox in the lineup? Bournemouth have yet to get a win this season, while Arsenal just have the 3 points from the 1st week of the season. A juicy relegation battle? (that’s a joke). I predict a draw, I honestly don’t know how Arsenal will perform.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspurs (9/9/2017)
“Woo-hoo August is over,” sings Harry Kane, want to bet that he will get a goal this weekend? Everton have the second-best home record for all EPL teams in 2017, second only to Spurs. While Spurs roll into town on a 3-away game win streak. After having dropped crucial points at home two weeks in a row, and woeful home form at Wembley, Spurs need a win at Everton. Everton on the other hand, would love a win against Tottenham, a team from the top 6 from last season, something they would like to break into. Both teams sit on 4 points currently, 5 points away from table toppers Manchester United. Should be a cracking game, I expect a goal at the least from Harry Kane, should see a goal for both sides and I think Spurs will get the win here.
Leicester City vs Chelsea (9/9/2017)
Leicester have kept just 1 clean sheet versus Chelsea in 11 games, Vardy is in fine form under Craig Shakespeare and we could see a goal or 2 from him. Chelsea haven’t won a game on the road in the month of September in 4 long seasons. Chelsea have corrected their poor performance from the 1st week and have come back with 2 wins. Chelsea have 2 new signings in their squad, including former Leicester player Danny Drinkwater. I expect a decent outing for both sides, Chelsea know they are off the pace, 3 points behind Manchester United who are currently leading the pack and don’t have a tricky fixture just yet. I think Chelsea will get a win here but just barely as they have to rotate due to the upcoming Champions League fixture.
Stoke City vs Manchester United (9/9/2017)
Table toppers Man Utd visit Stoke in the late fixture on Saturday, they have yet to concede a goal and have scored a league high 10 goals. Henrik Mkhitaryan has 5 assists so far and is their most lethal weapon. HOWEVER, Stoke have not lost in 4 home games against United, their last loss coming back in 2013. United go into this game as firm favorites and are one of the best teams in England right now. Expect them to rotate as they have European football to look forward to this week. A simple outing, win for Manchester United.