I got 6/10 selections right last week, which aint too bad at all if you ask me – not to mention nailing my wild card punt (Stoke to beat Arsenal) and my Banker of the weekend, where Man United smashed Swansea at the Liberty Stadium…
Anyway, it’s a new week and a new set of predictions… Here’s who The Bulldog is backing this weekend…
AFC Bournemouth v Man City
This ain’t a tough one is it – City all day long! They’re too strong for Bournemouth in my opinion and they’ll want to bounce back from their draw on Monday night, which will be important for them.
Man City are like a juggernaut and Aguero will want to get goals to his name as well, so they’ll be right at it – unfortunately for Eddie Howe, Bournemouth will be up against it in the early kick off.
How about Harry Arter shouting ‘LEAVE IT!’ last week – he should have at least shouted “Sid’s!”. To be fair I don’t know what the centre forward was thinking, he should have just put his foot through it!!!
Crystal Palace v Swansea
This is as tough to call as it gets really, isn’t it…
Selhurst Park is not an easy ground to play at. Going forward, Palace look dangerous enough it’s just defensively they’re a bit shaky.. but will Swansea cause them too many problems? I don’t think so, especially with Llorente out of action.
Huddersfield v Southampton
Wow! Imagine if Huddersfield win this one – that would be three in a row!!
Just for that reason I am going for a Huddersfield win here – I’m a big believer in carrying momentum into a game and they’ve had the perfect start. Match that with their fearlessness when playing in the Premier League for the first time, they’ll be well up for this one.
This Huddersfield side reminds me of my first season in the Prem with Wigan. Fair enough, we got beaten late on against Chelsea by a Hernan Crespo goal, but from then on, we went and played with no fear and put together a consistent set of wins – I fancy Wagner’s boys here and I’m going to go for a 2-1 home win.
I’d love to see them top of the league and the way they’re playing, they can beat anyone!
Newcastle v West Ham
Newcastle have been struggling a little bit, both on and off the pitch, and it strikes me as a club which seems a little bit disconnected.
I think a score draw would be a fair result here: West Ham are more than capable of getting something and I think Newcastle are still more of a good Championship side who are playing in the Premier League.
Both teams will be desperate to get points on the board, so it’ll be a competitive game to say the least.
Watford v Brighton
There’ll be 5 goals minimum in this game – GOALS GALORE: GUARANTEED!!!
I like both of these teams as they’re very attacking; Brighton play nice and open and Watford are a powerful side, who seem to have benefited from the organisational nature of Marco Silva. They’ve got power and pace in abundance and remind me a little bit of the old Stoke side, who were horrible to play against.
Watford have got a few decent, little technical players in the side like Tom Cleverley, so I think they’re a proper outfit and whenever I look at them, I just think ‘these boys are going to cause some agg this year!’
Man Utd v Leicester
This is my banker for this week – Man United again – how good do they look this year?!
Jose does so much homework and won’t allow space to be left behind their back four for Vardy. They’ll take the game to Leicester but they’ll be all over Vardy – as long as they keep him at bay it’s a United win.
Especially at Old Trafford, with their reinforcements going forward, I can’t see them losing. Rashord and Martial look unreal and the big man, Lukaku is just an animal up top. I’ve seen him in both games so far and he just looks unplayable – he will bag goal, after goal this season, trust me!
Back in the day I used to turn on the box and it’d be a case of thinking ‘how many goals are United winning by?’. You’d see Cantona smash a hat-trick, you’d see Scholes rifling one in from the edge of the D and you just get the feeling that this United side are looking more like the Club we were used to seeing under Fergie.
They’ve blown their last two opponents away and I can see them getting 3 against The Foxes tomorrow.
Chelsea v Everton
This will be another great game and I’m going for the Chels again this week.
All the pressure was on them last week, especially with their result against Burnley and their performance at Wembley was top class.
It might sound strange, but the Burnley game could have been the best thing to have happened to Chelsea: It gave them a real wake up call and allowed the manager to really emphasize how hard they need to work to retain the title.
Everton playing on Thursday night won’t have done them any favours. It’s still early in the season, but with only two days rest in between games, that will only play into Chelsea’s hands and with the game being played at Stamford Bridge, I’m going for a home win.
I can’t move on to the next game without giving a shout-out to the main man Wayne Rooney, who entered the 200 Club and also retired from International football this week.
I’ve been lucky enough to play against the likes of Shearer, Henry and Stevie Gerrard, and he is absolutely in their league. What struck me about these blokes wasn’t necessarily their technical prowess, but the power they possessed: they did everything so quickly and with such force you were just taken a back at the presence they had on the field.
I always remember playing at Old Trafford and I collected the ball on the right-hand side of the pitch. I had about 30 yards on Rooney who was inside our own half and by the time I had my first touch and looked up, he was 5 yards away… he might as well have put me into Row Z with the challenge he put on me, but it illustrates his hunger for the game and the aggression, purpose and intent he’s played with throughout his career.
I promise you now, he’ll be a big loss for the England team and in 30 years time, we’ll look back and think how lucky we were to have him wearing three Lions on his chest.
West Brom v Stoke
Corrr blimey…this is Pulis all over isn’t it?! Is Pulis going to out-do Pulis, with a Pulis 1-1?! Get your head round that one!!
That Jese for Stoke is an absolute tank – he’s more like a Centre half than a bleedin’ number 10! He’s a player I’ll be keeping my eye on this season as he is a proper player – watch out for this boy; he’s got everything!
Pulis will have his side set up as he usually does and West Brom have the home advantage, but Jese will cause them some problems, so I’m going for a score draw here.
Liverpool v Arsenal
This is another great game, but it’s another one which is so hard to call…
Liverpool scrapped through last week against Palace and conceded late on against Watford in the first game of the season, so they really need to liven up. In the same sense, Arsenal got a very late winner against Leicester in the first game of the season and lost against Stoke last week, so both sides really need to win this.
I tell you what, Liverpool have done well to keep hold of Coutinho (for now!). It would be even more animal if they kept Coutinho, but then went out and bought 2 or 3 marquee signings – that’s what the Liverpool fans want to hear – I don’t think the owners have got the spondoolies though… have they?
This is a hard one to call, so I’m going for a Desmond here: 2-2.
Spurs v Burnley
Spurs HAVE GOT TO WIN THIS, otherwise they’re turning Wembley into a bogey ground – and they’ve got to play there for the rest of the season!!!
I’ve already heard some whispers coming out suggesting that Spurs don’t like Wembley and it’s too different to White Hart Lane – if they lose or draw against Burnley, the Tottenham players are going to start thinking: ‘this might not be for us’.
The press will chuck the abuse at them in abundance if Tottenham don’t win, so for that reason, they’ve got to turn it round on Sunday, so I’m going Tottenham 3-0.
Best of luck everyone – hopefully there are some tips in there that pay for your night out to watch the boxing – come on McGregor!!!!
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