With all of the major Premier League teams in European action this coming midweek, Super small Sunday sees smaller teams take centre stage.
First up is Burnley vs Crystal Palace before Newcastle, minus Rafa Benitez head down to Swansea in the tea time match.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace
This is a tough match for Crystal Palace manager, Frank de Boer. Win and he survives another day but defeat will see him sacked.
Turf Moor is one of the toughest stadiums to go to and Burnley look strong in attack after signing Chris Wood and Nakhi Wells during this summer’s transfer window. Could this be a winning combination to plunge the visitors into doom?
Palace themselves will be keen to get any glimmer of light from this match, unless they want to break unwanted records such as;
- Fail to score in opening four games of a new season for the first time
- Become first club in 93 years to not win opening four top flight games
Its easy to say that Burnley will cruise to victory but Palace haven’t lost three consecutive games against the Clarets since early 1971.
That fact will count for little if they aren’t still used to de Boer’s style of play and can see defeat here sadly.
Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Crystal Palace
Jake predicts: Burnley 0-0 Crystal Palace
Result: Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea vs Newcastle
Swansea start this as favourites, after deadline day signings of Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches.
Newcastle on other hand have no new signings to boot and a missing manager. Rafa Benitez is out after having an hernia op so the Toon Army have to make do without their General.
This will be a tough match for Newcastle because Swansea are a stronger outfit under Paul Clement.
Under his leadership, they haven’t suffered back to back defeats whilst he is yet to receive consecutive home defeats in his managerial career.
Add in the fact that the Swans haven’t lost their opening two home fixtures since 1985-86, you have a clear winner on paper.
Another thing bound to hurt the Magpies here is their average squad age of 25yrs, 190 days.
That is the youngest squad in the Premier League this season and if they lose experienced players here to injury, they are in big trouble.
Put all those factors into a mixer along with the fact that Sanches comes from a quality club in Bayern Munich, there is no doubting Swansea here.
James predicts: Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
Jake predicts: Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
Result: Swansea 0-1 Newcastle