The Bulldog got 5/10 last week in his BetBright Premier League Predictions and he’s back once again to give you some help with your weekend Accas…
Bournemouth v Brighton
I’ll definitely be watching this one – it should be a decent game!
Bournemouth have struggled so far this season, losing all four and have only scored one goal all season (although it was a proper worldie against Man City!), so they really do need to be ‘at it’ if they want to get something against Premier League new boys, Brighton, who will be buzzing after a nice win against West Brom last week.
Saying that, it’s a Friday night game, Bournemouth are at home and the ground will be pumping, which will make a big psychological difference. Eddie Howe will have looked at the fixture list at the start of the season and will have marked this as a game he’d be expecting to win.
So, for these reasons, I’m going for a Bournemouth win here.
Crystal Palace v Southampton
You’ve got to go for Palace in this one… what a week they’ve had!
I think it was MEGA harsh on De Boer if I’m perfectly honest – I think Palace have panicked and a few people have probably got in Parish’s ear, telling him they’re not ready for how de Boer wants to play, which is a shame really.
So, they’ve sacked de Boer and brought in my old Gaffer, Roy, and I am telling you now Palace players: get ready for THE MOST BORING training sessions of your life!!! He has more touches on the ball than anyone else – he used to play more than us at training!!
But to be fair, if you listen to Hodgson, his sessions make you better defensively and he’ll have 8 or 9 men behind the ball, Inter Milan style and then catch teams on the counter.
Roy’s got a great CV, but he’s been bailed out by The Bulldog a few times in the past – don’t forget that!!
Huddersfield v Leicester
It will be interesting to see how Huddersfield bounce back after their loss last week.
Although they weren’t great at West Ham, they did look to pass the ball and they’ll create chances, especially against this Leicester side, so I’d expect Wagner’s boys to score one, possibly two on Saturday.
In the middle of the park, I really like Aaron Mooy for The Terriers, he’s a good footballer who doesn’t give the ball away – if they had 9 more of him, they’d be alright!
You could argue that Leicester have got too much for them but they will really need to be at it, especially away from home.
I’m going for a Leicester win here though, purely because of the power they have in their side. They’ve got a lot going forward and a little bit more know-how, so for that reason I’m backing the Foxes.
Liverpool v Burnley
You’ve got to be going for the Big Dogs here and this is my Banker of the week.
It was such good management from Klopp not to choose Coutinho for the Man City game. If Liverpool would have won, then everyone would have been buzzing that they’d done it without Countinho, but by getting a drumming like they did, it’s now a great time to bring him back in, because it’s easier to drop a player in the side – Klopp won’t have players knocking on his door asking why they’re getting benched after a win.
The crowd will be buzzing to have the Brazilian back in the side, which will lift the players too and everyone will have forgotten about the City result – thanks for coming!
There’s no Mane for Liverpool, which will be a miss but it won’t affect the outcome of this one. Anfield will be rocking as usual and I guarantee that the little man will start, so I can only see one winner here!
Newcastle v Stoke City
This is a hard one to call…
Newcastle and Stoke are two sides this season who will be very unpredictable, you just don’t know what sort of team is going to turn up.
You’ll see Stoke winning games which raise your eyebrows and vice-versa with Newcastle – so for that reason I’m going for a score draw here.
St. James’ is a great stadium and I’d like to fancy The Magpies at home, but they’re just too hit and miss for me to back them.
Watford v Manchester City
Get ready for The Bulldog’s Wild Card of the weekend here boys and girls… BIG CALL!!
I really, really like Watford – Marco Silva has taken over a decent side, brought some good players in to shore up the squad and they’ve already surprised a lot of people this season. I particularly like them going forward and I can see them creating enough chances against City.
Don’t get me wrong, City are City: full of talent throughout the squad and they’ll create chance after chance, but they’ve only had two days to recover from the Champions League and I have a sneaking suspicion that Watford could get a result against them at Vicarage Road.
West Brom v West Ham
Lanzini and Arnautovic are out for The Hammers and the sooner these boys are back the better. Big Andy Carroll is back as well, getting fitter and fitter by the game.
West Brom will look to bounce straight back from their defeat away to Brighton last week and Pulis will have had his boys right at it all week.
As a West Ham fan, I’m afraid to say I think it’s going to be a win for The Baggies. West Brom will be way more organised than The Irons, who are a bit ‘all over the place’ at the minute – we’re not as structed as some teams and it’s all a bit off-the-cuff.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when West Ham can be deadly, but we really need Lanzini and Arnautovic back, which would give me more confidence. West Ham have got a lot of runners in the side, but we need more players with football know-how… I hate going against my own team!!
Tottenham v Swansea
This will be a comfortable Tottenham win here.
I did myself over last week by calling a draw – you forget how good Spurs are, then you watch them and you go: ‘yeah, they’ve got plenty!’.
They’re powerful, they’re decent in defence, they’ve got energy in midfield, a manager who absolutely knows his stuff and I can’t see Swansea getting anything against them.
Spurs have taken some stick regarding their form at Wembley so far this season, but their win against Borussia Dortmund in the week has well and truly put that to bed – it’s an easy win for them against The Swans in Saturday’s late Kick off.
Chelsea v Arsenal
I’ve got to go for The Chels here: it’s at The Bridge, they’re more powerful, their record against Arsenal, especially of late, is strong and they’ll be buzzing after their 6-0 win in the Champions League, so I just can’t go against them – Arsenal could play this fixture ten times and they wouldn’t beat them!!
The Gunners are a team who will get a drumming like they did against Liverpool, then the next week they’ll win nicely against Bournemouth, where afterwards they relax a bit and then they’ll go to Chelsea and all of a sudden it’s ‘Wenger Out’, all over again.
Chelsea are just too consistent compared to Arsenal and with this one being played in the West side of the Capital, I can see Conte’s boys winning by two goals.
Manchester United v Everton
I may have built Everton up too much at the start of the season and United will definitely beat them on Sunday, especially as it’s at old Trafford.
As I said, I do like Everton, but against the juggernauts of United, Chelsea and City, they’re just not in the same class – they could definitely sneak in the top 6 for sure and they’re more than capable of beating the likes of Liverpool but in away fixtures against the best in the league, I just can’t see them getting anything.
Jose’s boys drew last week against Stoke and as serious title contenders this year, he’ll have been on top of them in training, ensuring they’re more than prepared for a win at the weekend.
This will be a big day for Wayne Rooney who I can see scoring on his return to Old Trafford – the question is, will he kiss his badge like he did against The Toffees all those years ago?! Forget all the antics that have gone on off the pitch, they’ll want him right at it this weekend if they stand any chance.
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