Weekend preview

Sooooo unfortunately I haven’t had any time this week to write a full preview, but I am gonna still make top 7 predictions, and since it is a crazy weekend for world football, I’m gonna toss in some other big games too!
Liverpool vs Man Utd
1-3

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
0-4

Man City vs Stoke
3-2

Spurs vs Bournemouth
2-1

Watford vs Arsenal
1-2

Brighton vs Everton
1-1

Spain

Atleti vs Barca
2-1

Germany

BVB Vs RB Lipzeg
2-0

Italy

Juve vs Lazio
2-0

Roma vs Napoli
1-3

Inter vs Milan
2-0

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Premier League Preview Week 6 (Top 7 teams only)

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (23/09/2017)

Spurs go into this game with solid away form, while West Ham have yet to drop points at home, to be fair, they only have played one game at the London Stadium. In their short history, they have only won back to back games once in the league at London Stadium, and they would like to do that for a second time. Their best record historically in the EPL is versus Spurs. Spurs on the other hand would like to win their 3rd away game in a row, at the start of the season, for the first time in their history. It has never happened in the EPL before. However, with Kane being in solid form in London Derbies and having scored 5 in his last 5 against West Ham, expect a Spurs win.

 

Everton vs Bournemouth (23/09/2017)

Now that Everton is done with all the heavy hitters (United Away, Spurs Home, Chelsea Away, City Away), for now, they can finally focus on getting back to track after their midweek win in the League Cup. In the last 4 games between the 2 teams, there have been an average of 5 goals a game so it should be a high scoring game, even though Everton are struggling to score. Everton have not lost 4 games in a row since January 2015 and would like to make sure that stays that way. Expect an Everton win, it could be cagey but the toffees need this win to get to their goals for the season.

 

Southampton vs Manchester United (23/09/2017)

The Red Devils are in crazy form, the only difference at the top of the league right now is that both Man Utd and Man City are separated by only alphabet. The free scoring reds are looking to score and fly through the Saints. What has worked for them so far has been their ability to physically break down their opponents. This season, they have scored 9 goals in the last 10 minutes of a game, with Anthony Martial netting 3 goals and getting an assist off the bench. United have 8 different goal scorers, more than any other side in the EPL while Lukaku would like to equal or break Luis Saha’s Manchester United record of 6 goals in 6 EPL appearances. Expect a comfortable win for the Red Devils, even though Southampton are in decent form considering they have won 2, drawn 2 and lost just 1. Going for an away win.

 

Stoke City vs Chelsea (23/09/2017)

Morata is on fire in the EPL, he’s scored goals, picked up assists and done a fantastic job, however, can he do it on a cold night in Stoke? The question that is always asked. After defeating Arsenal and holding the high flying Manchester United to a draw, Stoke will look to pick up more points from a top side by drawing/defeating Chelsea. Stoke have lost to Newcastle and Bristol City in their last 2 games. Chelsea are looking to keep up pace with the 2 Manchester clubs after dropping points against Arsenal last weekend. Should be a tasty game to watch, going for an away win. 3 points for Chelsea.

 

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace (23/09/2017)

This game is not even worth watching. After scoring 11 goals in their last 2 games, and considering Crystal Palace are comfortably bottom of the league, City are most likely going to demolish them. The strike partnership of Aguero and Gabriel Jesus with Kevin De Bruyne in a supporting role, City are on fire. Currently joint top of the league, they know that Manchester United play Crystal Palace next and both teams need to batter Palace in order to try and stay ahead in the hunt for the EPL trophy. Easiest prediction all weekend, Manchester City win incoming.

 

Leicester City vs Liverpool (23/09/2017)

Liverpool are struggling, without Mane who is still suspended, they don’t look like they have that omph factor. Coutinho coming back into their line up has done nothing to improve them. Vardy has 5 goals in 3 games against Liverpool, including 2 braces at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool would like to pick up 3 points here after having dropped points this season against Burnley, Manchester City and Watford. If they would like to have even a small chance of winning the league, this is a MUST WIN GAME. I still think that isn’t enough, I am predicting a draw.

 

Arsenal vs West Brom (25/09/2017)

If there is any club more inconsistent than Liverpool, it is Arsenal. After putting in their best show all season versus Chelsea, they were lucky to beat Doncaster in the League Cup. Yes, DONCASTER. I had to look up which league they were in, the third tier of English football. Granted, they made a lot of changes to their line up but they still had Alexis Sanchez starting that game. West Brom have 8 points already this season, 1 more than Arsenal and would like to get back to back wins against Arsenal. Should be an interesting tie as Arsenal could rest a few players as they have a Europa League tie coming up. Depending on which Arsenal side shows up, they could get 3 points here or go home empty handed, therefore I personally think an Arsenal win here is very possible.

Premier League Preview Week 5 (Top 7 teams only)

Liverpool vs Burnley 9/16/2017

Liverpool host Burnley after the heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester City and a draw at home against Sevilla in the Champions League. Coutinho made his debut for the season in the draw versus Sevilla off the bench in a very disappointing game, Liverpool had a missed penalty and were 100% the better side, they just were unable to convert at the end of the night. Going into this without Mane, they will want a response and expect one, I think a comfortable home win is on the cards.

 

Watford vs Manchester City 9/16/2017

Not sure why I am even talking about this game, City have been one of the power teams in Europe this week, 5-0 versus Liverpool, and a 4-0 away win in the champions league rounds off a solid week for the Citizens. Expect a win, expect a big win. Aguero and Jesus. Lethal.

 

Spurs vs Swansea 9/16/2017

Spurs finally have their home win, and it was a statement win. The Lillywhites got their first home win of the season, and more importantly at Wembley against Dortmund in the Champions League. Considering they are in the group of death, those 3 points are worth their weight in gold. A win against the inconsistent swans, 2 home wins and suddenly the Wembley blues will go away. Kane is back in form and expect him to score a goal again. Spurs to win.

 

Chelsea vs Arsenal 9/17/2017

Easily the game of the weekend, we see Chelsea host the Gunners, Chelsea smashed Qarab in the Champions League while Arsenal’s result is unknown to me as I type this article on a Thursday morning. Arsenal come into this game on swinging form. Should be a fun game to watch for everyone but don’t expect much from Arsenal. Chelsea are on form right now and expect a decent performance by the blues. A Chelsea win is on the cards.

 

Manchester United vs Everton 9/17/2017

United welcome home a United Legend, a drunk driver and a divorce lawyers’ future client, Wayne Rooney. Unfortunately for Rooney, it doesn’t look like Everton can play decent football right now. United had a comfortable champions league win, though they did see Pogba limp off with injury. Everton have a Europa League tie, but again, I don’t know the result just yet. Should be a simple home win, and expect it to be an interesting tie. In EPL history, Man Utd have 33 wins against Everton, only trumped by United’s 34 versus Aston Villa being a better record. A long list of players face their former club in this match, Lukaku, Fellaini, Rooney, Schneiderlin and Micheal Keane to name a few. Expect a home win.

 

EPL Round Up Week 4 (9/9/2017)

Manchester City vs Liverpool (Watched by NAFB)

Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

City started the game with both Aguero and Jesus up front while Liverpool brought back Mingolet for Karius.

The game started off asa back and forth, exciting game. A fantastic through ball from Kevin De Bruyne led to an opener for Sergio Aguero. After an exciting start, the game was effectively killed as a contest when Sadio Mane was sent off in the 37th minute for a scary tackle on Ederson, the City goalkeeper. To be fair to Mane, if Ederson tagged Mane first, he would have been the player getting sent off. A 9 and a half minute long stoppage due to the injury, saw Ederson get stretchered off. Jesus got his first off the night shortly after the injury stoppage. In the second half Klopp brought off Salah for the Ox. Goals from Jesus and 2 from substitute Sane rounded off a 5-0 win for City. The scoreline was not reflective of the first 37 minutes as that was a much more enjoyable (for the neutral) game to watch.

City also had 2 goals denied for offside.

The game had potential to be a cracker but it ended up being a complete bore due to the red card to Mane.

Man of the Match

Kevin De Bruyne was absolute class and deserves the man of the match.

Next Up

Liverpool and City both have Champions League matches coming up, Liverpool host Sevilla while City travel to Feyenord. Next in the EPL, they Liverpool face Burnley at home while City travel to Watford.

 

Arsenal vs Bournemouth (Watched by NAFB)

Arsenal 3 – 0 Bournemouth

Wenger goes into this game knowing his head is on the chopping block with just 3 points from 3 games. Lacazette came back into the line up for Alexis while Kolasinac and Mustafi also got a start.

Arsenal started the game really well with a goal for Danny Welbeck with an assist for Kolasinac. That tends to happen when players actually play in their real position. Surely game over now with Lacazette getting a goal as well, Danny Welbeck with the assist. Awful defending from Bournemouth, could have been 3-0 to Arsenal if not for Begovic, who ends up blocking a Lacazette attempt, in the process the ball actually deflates.

Second Half, Aaron Ramsey fakes a shot, plays it to Danny Welbeck who puts it in far post, 3-0. Welbeck has 2 goals and an assist.

Arsenal will be happy with this performance but can they sustain it over the season?

 

Man of the Match

Danny Welbeck was the difference, involved in the first three goals and looked good.

Next Up

Arsenal have a Europa League fixture versus Koln at home and then they face Chelsea away next weekend. Burnley face Liverpool away.

 

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

Everton 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

The drunk driver, Wayne Rooney and the flipper of the bird Dele Alli both started for the respective clubs, Harry Kane hopes to score his first goal of the season.

There we go, Harry Kane has his first EPL goal of the season, a fantastic fluke, it is his 100th goal for Spurs. Eriksen nets the second of the game, turning out to be a lot easier than expected for Spurs. Kane gets another in the second half, 0 goals in August, 2 goals in less than 60 minutes in September. Surely game over. Everton are in trouble because they now have Manchester United next and they look awful.

 

Man of the Match

Harry Kane came alive today, well deserved.

Next Up

Spurs have a Champions League fixture versus Dortmund at home, Everton travel to Italy to face Atlanta in the Europa League. Next up in the league, Spurs host Swansea while Everton have the massive task of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.

 

Leicester City vs Chelsea

Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea welcome Eden Hazard back but he only makes the bench, new signing Danny Drinkwater is on the bench for Chelsea against his former club.

Slimani came dangerously close to scoring, only to be denied by Courtouis. Morata gets the opener through a lovely header, great ball by Azpilicueta.

Kante has a pop from around 35 or so yards, ball essentially rolls into the back of the net. Horrific goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel. The former Leicester City man gets his first league goal since scoring against Man Utd last season. Chelsea look good for their first September win in almost 4 years. Oh interesting, Courtouis concedes a penalty to Vardy who safely tucks it away. Good game for Chelsea, Leicster tried to get back into the game unsuccessfully.

Man of the Match

Morata scored yet another and got the Blues going. Diego Costa who?

Next Up

Chelsea face Qarabag in the Champions League and Arsenal next week in the league, while Leicester play Huddersfield away.

 

Stoke City vs Manchester United (Watched by NAFB)

Stoke City 2 – 2 Manchester United

Couple of changes for the Red Devils, Darmian and Herrera come in for Blind and Mata, looks like Pogba will be playing a more attacking role today. United haven’t won a match at Stoke since Sir Alex took charge and they would like to end that run today.

United haven’t been pressed by Stoke over the last few minutes, they’ve had most of the ball so far. United have almost 75% of the ball in the first 15 minutes. Stoke have spent the majority of the first have clearing the ball and sitting back as Manchester United have had almost all of the ball, Valencia has been fantastic for United today. What has been interesting to note, considering the physical size of Manchester United, they have yet to play a corner directly into the box, they’ve all been played short so far. Very curious tactic. Stoke have their goal! It is the first time United have conceded this season, great finish by Choupo-Moting. That dance right after was better than that finish. Jose has his wish, his side are now behind. Lets see how they do now. There it is, United play a corner into the box for the first time tonight and Pogba puts it in, instant response by United. Looks like Matic got a glancing flick near post. Oh wait it bounced of Rashfor on it’s way in, goal for Rashford then haha. Both teams go into the break having scored goals less than 3 minutes apart. 1-1 at the half.

And we are back to the short corners. This one gets floated in but nothing comes of it. Darmian at left back for United has been better than Blind, he’s had his moments, like the one that led to the Stoke opener but he’s been a lot better. Lukaku’s lucky to get away without a yellow card after a foul on Joe Allen. Stoke have been more attacking in this second half. Interesting fact, United spent a grand total of 11 days at the top of the table since Sir Alex retired, this season they’ve already spent 27 days at the top, if the result holds, they stay top on goal difference with Manchester City. Unless Huddersfield win by more than 7. Lukaku, he shoots, rebounds of Butland, Lukaku picks it up and puts it in the back of the net. at just 24 years of age he has 150 goals in the EPL. Darmian made a fantastic run to set up that goal. He’s been quality today. United scored an immediate equalizer in the first half and Stoke have done the same in the second, Choupo-Moting has his second. Jose’s getting his test that he wanted for his team.  Unfortunate for De Gea who made a fantastic save just seconds earlier. Will Jose get some magic off the bench again today? His subs have scored in 3 consecutive games this season. Martial and Mata look like they are getting ready to come on. After the second Stoke game went in, the game has really opened up. Herrera and Rashford coming off for Mata and Martial, looks like Pogba is gonna sit further back now, Mata going out wide. Berahino coming on for Jese for Stoke City. Lingard comes on for Mkhitaryan. The game ends at 2-2, United bottled it, should have won that. No team in the EPL is perfect now.

Man of the Match

Choupo-Moting had 6 shots, 2 goals and put in a solid shift defensively. great performance.

Next Up

Manchester United host FC Basel in the Champions League and then Everton in the league while Stoke face Newcastle away in a match that should be a cracker.

 

 

Premier League Preview (4th EPL Game week top 7 teams)

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.

 

EPL Round Up Week 3 26th August

Bournemouth vs Manchester City (Watched by NAFB)

Bournemouth 1 – 2 Manchester City

The big news pre game was that Aguero would not be starting, with Walker suspended, Pep switched up formations and went for a 4-3-3 while Bournemouth started with a 5 at the back. New signings Mendy, Silva and Danillo are all starting for City.

Charlie Daniels scored a screamer to open the scoring for Bournemouth. However, the next 30 minutes was all City. Jesus scored his first of the season and showed that Pep made the right call starting him over Aguero.
At 1-1 the second half was a very cagey affair with City picking up 5 and Bournemouth picking up 3 yellow cards, in addition to the 1 from the first half. Aguero came off the bench but did not have much of an impact on the score line. Lots of stoppages in play with 5 minutes added on at the end. Bournemouth effectively parked the bus at the end of the game and then challenges started flying. Tempers are rising. Busy night for Mr. Mike Dean
Can you believe It, Sterling scores a goal in the 7th minute of stoppage time and this is pathetic from the supporters. The police is involved now and the fans are just a huge disgrace here. 10 yellows so far and now Sterling is off for celebrating in the crowd. Things are ugly here and we could see more bookings. Sterling refusing to go off and this could get worst for him. Now we’ve reached 10 minutes of stoppage time and Stones is on for Silva. Everyone is up for Bournemouth. That’s it. Game over. Ugly, very ugly game. 10 mins of stoppage time. A red card, I think we had 11 yellow cards? Still not sure as everyone is trying to figure out the last 10 minutes. City are VERY lucky to get a win here.

Man of the Match

An absolute screamer deserves a nod and the fact that he had a fantastic outing earns Charlie Daniels the Man of the Match award.

Next Up

The EPL is away next weekend due to the International Break so City don’t play again till the 9th of September when they host Liverpool while Bournemouth face a trip the Arsenal on the same day.

 

Manchester United vs Leicester City (Watched by NAFB)

Manchester United 2 – 0 Leicester City

United named essentially the same line up with Martial for Rashford being the only change. Leicester had no surprises in their line up.
It was clear from the start that the Foxes came to Old Trafford looking for a draw while United started just as they left off last week. Schmeichel was fantastic from the get go and had an outstanding first half. Nil nil at half time but the home team were 100% the better team. In the second half United won a penalty through a hand ball by Danny Simpson. Lukaku stepped up only to be denied by the fantastic Kasper Schmeichel. Frustrated, Jose made a switch that saw Mata come off for Marcus Rashford. And what a sub. Less than 4 minutes later he had the opener from a corner.  2 more subs and we get Lingard and Fellaini on for United. Gray, King and Slimani are on for Leicester. The game is pretty dead now and we have both teams seeing this out. Leicester are attacking a lot more now than they have all game. 82nd minute, Lingard puts it in dangerously and it deflects off the big Belgian, Fellaini and goes in. Jose’s subs have been in point season. Surely this game is over. Yup, that’s it. Another 3 points for the Red Devils, 10 goals scored and not one conceded. Henrik Mkhitaryan has 5 assists from those 10 goals, 4 more than last season.

Man of The Match

Kasper Schmeichel was the reason it was just 2-0, a massive penalty save and a few big saves in the first half kept the Foxes in the tie. Phil Jones and Harry Maguire deserve a shout out as well.

 

Next Up

Leicester are home to Chelsea on the 9th of September, after the international break while United visit Stoke City on the 9th as well.

Premier League Weekend 3 Preview (Top 7 Teams Only)

Bournemouth vs Manchester City 26th August

City roll into their game versus Bournemouth as the firm favorites. City will probably use their new signing Mendy for the first time as Kyle Walker is suspended, City will also be without Gundogan who is out injured. Bournemouth is without Francis, Stanislas and Callum Wilson. This should be a simple outing for the Blue half of Manchester and expect them to walk away with 3 points.

Manchester United vs Leicester City 26th August

United will look to carry their blinding form into their third game of the season versus Leicester. Although this game could be a lot harder than previous ties versus West Ham and Swansea City. Expect goals in this game. We could see United concede their first goal of the season and I honestly think it could happen. United are still without Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo. New (?) signing Zlatan Ibrahimović is still out inured and will not be back for at least 2 more months. Robert Huth and Iborra look like they will miss out for Leicester City. Should be a win for Manchester United but not as simple as previous weeks.

Chelsea vs Everton 27th August

Chelsea face an Everton side that have looked good so far this season, Wayne Rooney looks reborn and will look to score in his 3rd consecutive game. Chelsea have just Eden Hazard out injured while Everton have Gueye, Klassen and Ramirez out injured. Ross Barkley isn’t fit yet either. Chelsea head into this game having got an impressive record after home defeats, they last lost two back to back home games in November 2011. They have yet to win a home game this season but expect them to open that account this weekend. Gary Cahill is still suspended for the Blues while Fabregas could make his return after suspension. Everton have lost just 1 game out of 11 EPL games (W6 D4) against the team that won the league in the previous season.

Liverpool vs Arsenal 27th August

Liverpool host Arsenal on Super Sunday in a crucial tie for both teams. Liverpool have Can and Alexander-Arnold back from injury while want away Coutinho is still out injured. Arsenal have Alexis back but does he want to still play for the gunners? Koscienly is back from suspension and that will help a shaky Arsenal defense. Liverpool haven’t won 3 EPL games against Arsenal since May 1998 and will be looking to get a 3rd straight win. Historically this tie has produced the most goals past the 90th minute in EPL history with 17. Liverpool will also want to keep a clean sheet as they haven’t had 4 straight at home since September 2013. Should be a high scoring affair as that seems to be the Liverpool mentality at the moment, both teams are struggling with defensive issues and I think it could be a goal draw.

Tottenham vs Burnley 27th August

Spurs are still without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela while Burnley will be without striker Jon Walters. Spurs go into this fixture on the back of a tough UCL draw where they were placed into the group of death. They know that they need to do well in the league and they will be looking to win a game at the New Wembley. Last time Burnley visited London they got 3 points off defending champions Chelsea and they would like to get another point or even 3 on their visit to the biggest stadium in England. I honestly think that Spurs might get away with this one and get a win.