After a quiet Saturday, hopefully we will see plenty of thrillers in the second part of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures as teams look to build momentum going into the fortnight off.
Highlights include Arsenal heading to Liverpool whilst the Reds’ local rivals, Everton head down to Chelsea. There is also the Tony Pulis derby as West Bromwich Albion host Stoke and Tottenham vs Burnley.
Ultimately, momentum will be key ahead of the fortnight’s break for international football. With Thursday being deadline day, momentum will also be a key factor in trying to secure big signings to hep push clubs further up the table.
Chelsea vs Everton
This match looks like it could be a good battle despite Chelsea doing the double last season.
Chelsea lost their last home game but managed to beat Tottenham last weekend. Those results makes this weekend quite important in working out whether the Blues are going to be defending their title.
Everton however have put in solid if unspectacular performances so far meaning that there’s more to come.
Its easy to say this will be a draw but Chelsea are yet to have a home draw under Antonio Conte in the Premier League.
They will also be keen to know that no defending champion have lost their first two home games of a new season.
As for Everton, this is their bogey ground having not won here since 1994. With their squad being the best in a long time, I expect them to try and get a win here.
Ultimately, fatigue from a busy fortnight of domestic and European action might bite them here. For that reason, expect the Toffees to fall to a narrow defeat.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Everton
Jake predicts: Chelsea 1-0 Everton
Result: Chelsea 2-0 Everton
West Brom vs Stoke
West Brom look like they’re playing like we expect champions do in scraping 1-0 winners.
Both teams have made some decent signings in Oliver Burke and Jese respectively. The latter was on fire scoring against Arsenal last weekend so could the Potters for once get their season properly running before end of September?
Of course, this is the Tony Pulis derby and all of his teams since leaving the Britannia Stadium have emerged victorious by a single goal with four of them being 1-0.
I am going to back the Baggies here because they are a solid unit with exceptional set piece qualities.
Prediction: WBA 1-0 Stoke
Jake predicts: WBA 1-0 Stoke
Result: WBA 1-1 Stoke
Tottenham vs Burnley
This could well be a fun battle given that both teams have traditional woes to worry about.
Tottenham are still looking for their third victory at the new Wembley, having lost all but two of their previous trips here. This season of course sees them play all of their home games at the national stadium so there are big questions to answer.
Burnley are traditionally poor on the road but given that their previous two trips to London have ended in victory, could they smell a third consecutive away victory in sight?
Spurs haven’t really invested this summer but Burnley are a stronger outfit and Chris Wood has the perfect stage to announce his return to the Premier League with a goal, having previously featured for West Brom and Leicester in the top flight.
Tottenham have won all but one of their six PL meetings with the Clarets but Wembley is a whole new ball game as far as stats are concerned.
Either way, this is an truly difficult match to call for all sort of reasons so am calling it a draw.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
Jake predicts: Tottenham 2-0 Burnley
Result: Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
Liverpool vs Arsenal
This match is the perfect ending before football enters the international break. Having produced so many thrillers over the decades, could another one be in store?
Defence will be key here because both back lines have been leaky to say the least. Arsenal’s however is worse with four goals to conceded across two matches to Liverpool’s three, which all came in the opening game at Watford before that 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
The key player has to be Sadio Mane, who seems to like play a part in scoring against the Gunners in his five previous clashes with them (three goals and two assists).
If he starts and can get deep into Arsenal’s defence, expect him to be the difference especially late on, given this game has the tendency to feature goals in the 90th minute or later more than any other fixture.
Given that both teams have players on international duty, its easy to predict a draw but I think the Reds will have that late winner heading their way.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal
Jake predicts: Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
Result: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal