Predictions

Goals on any given Sunday

With seven games already completed, we have a triple header Sunday to wrap up this weekend’s Premier League action before another international break.

First up is Brighton’s trip to Arsenal before Everton then host Burnley. The day then concludes at St James Park as Newcastle host Liverpool and their horror defence.

Will we see plenty of goals on this Sunday of any given Sundays?

 

Arsenal vs Brighton (12pm – BT Sports)

Arsenal will be looking to continue their form, having not lost in September.

Brighton however have Chris Houghton, who was the last manager to oversee an Arsenal upset by a newly promoted team.

Both teams tend to score at different times. 55.6% of Arsenal’s goals have come in the first half which is when Brighton don’t tend to score. The Seagulls have however netted 80% of their five goals after the break.

When it comes to shots per game, Brighton tend to have less shots than their opponents. This will favour Arsenal, who average nearly 16 shots per match and 5.33 shots are on target.

With the likes of Alexander Lacazette, Aleix Sanchez and Mesut Ozil available, its hard to look past the Gunners here.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Brighton

Jake predicts: Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

Result: Arsenal 2-0 Brighton 

 

Everton vs Burnley (2:15pm Sky Sports PL)

Burnley will fancy their chances here against an unstable Everton defence.

Four of the last five meetings between these teams have gone Everton’s way but Burnley are stronger this time round.

The first half will be interesting because Everton so far this season have scored two goals in each half. Burnley however have scored 83.3% of their six goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Burnley are strong when it comes to shots, having averaged 9.5 shots per game compared to the Toffees’ 9.

In terms of the shots on target, the difference is the same with Everton having averaged 2.33 shots on target to the Clarets’ 2.83.

That is a difference of 0.5 in both stats so things definitely look tight but Burnley are unbeaten on the road.

I think Everton will give it a real go with Oumar Niasse available for selection again, having been ineglible for their Europa League game.

Burnley however look like they could rip open the defence and get the win with a strong attack including Sam Vokes.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Burnley

Jake predicts: Everton 2-0 Burnley

Result: Everton 0-1 Burnley

 

Newcastle vs Liverpool (4:30pm Sky Sports PL)

This match should definitely be a cracker because both teams tend to play on the offensive.

That in turn causes a lot of goals being conceded so expect a goalfest here, given that there hasn’t been a 0-0 here since 1974.

66.7% of Newcastle’s six goals have come after half time whilst the Reds have scored six of their 12 goals in each half. If the Magpies can hold out for the opening 45 minutes, expect them to probably go and win this.

We should definitely see plenty of corners given that between them, both teams have averaged 11.2 corners per game across their opening six games.

Liverpool however dominate the shots stat with an average 20.5 shots a game and 7.67 of them were on target. Newcastle in contrast registered 13.67 average shots with 5..3 of them on target.

Toon Army boss, Rafa Benitez used to manage Liverpool but have beaten them every time he faced them as the opposition’s manager.

Realistically, this is a case of whose defence can hold out better but a draw seems likely here.

Prediction: Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

Jake predicts: Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

Result: Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool 

 

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