Premier League Week 5 Preview
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
United vs West Ham, Spurs vs Chelsea Headliners
After decrying the international break in last week's preview, week 5 of the English Premier League caught me by surprise with a Friday night kickoff. But there's still a couple of huge fixtures still to play this weekend. They include a London derby between Nuno Espirito Santos' Tottenham and Thomas Tuchels' Chelsea alongside the David Moyes Cup (joking) between West Ham and Manchester United. With that in mind, let's take a look at the remaining 9 fixtures this weekend.
Wolves vs Brentford
The early Saturday kick-off this weekend pits Wolverhampton against Brentford at the Molineux. Wolves will be on a high after finally getting their season kick-started after a rough opening three weeks that saw them without any points before their victory over Watford. The Bees suffered their first Premier League defeat to Brighton last weekend and won't have to wait too long to suffer their second. Wolves to win 2-0.
Burnley vs Arsenal
The Clarets would fancy themselves here at home against an Arsenal side that has had a stuttering start to the Premier League season. Stuttering is being very polite.
However as poor, as Arteta's side has been, it would truly be a catastrophe if they don't pick up their second straight win this season against a Burnley side currently occupying 19th spot on the table. Sean Dyche and his team could be in for a long season.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
After the remarkable midweek Champions League win vs Aston Villa, Liverpool host Crystal Palace in one of the more intriguing matches this weekend. I very publicly had to walk back my prediction of doom and gloom for the Eagles this season on this week's episode of After Extra Time.
The signing of Odsonne Edouard can genuinely change the trajectory of the season for Patrick Vieira's side. This will be a next-level test for them though as Liverpool seems to have their swagger back so far this season. I'm going for a hard-fought win for the home side, 2-1.
Manchester City vs Southampton
Southampton defenders would have been waking up in cold sweats after seeing the ease with which the Citizens put 6 past their Champions League opponent this week just gone. Ralph Hassenhuttl is no stranger to large defeats in the Premier League. It's almost a seasonal ritual at this point. A ritual that I think will continue at the Etihad this weekend. Manchester City with a cricket score victory.
Norwich City vs Watford
The clash between the two recently promoted sides will be a good watch and the result will be massive if either side can manage to wrest the three points away. Daniel Farkes men are great to watch when they play sides at around their level. Ditto for the Hornets. I'm gonna go for a score draw here.
Aston Villa vs Everton
The Toffees travel to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa here. Everton has been terrific so far this season. I wonder what the Blue side of the Mersey thinks of the Rafa Benitez now?
Alternatively, after a promising start, Villa has had a rough couple of weeks. I think they can cause the Blues some trouble here, and I'm expecting them to bring Everton crashing back to earth. Villa wins 2-0.
Sunday 2 p.m.
Brighton vs Leicester
Graham Potters boys won the battle of the hipster managers last weekend, which secured them a 3 win in 4 to begin their campaign. Leicester suffered a 1-0 loss to Pep Guardiola's striker-less wonders giving them a 50/50 ledger after 4 games. This week Brendan Rodgers rights the ship for the Foxes and gets their season on the right footing. 2-1.
West Ham vs Manchester United
Here it is. The aforementioned David Moyes Trophy. Here is a stat attack for you - West Ham have won just one of their previous 19 Premier League matches against the Red Devils. And when you subtract Michail Antonio for the home side and add a Cristiano Ronaldo for the away side, I don't see that changing at all. The Moyes Trophy stays at Old Trafford for yet another year.
Tottenham vs Chelsea
The pick of the fixtures (in my opinion) rounds up the weekend as Spurs face Chelsea in a cross-town derby. Tottenham has looked good this year at times. If they could get wantaway striker Harry Kane to sing from the same hymn sheet as the rest of his teammates, maybe they could a force this year.
Alas, that hasn't happened yet this year. Unfortunately for Nuno Espirito Santos' side, the addition of Romelu Lukaku to European Champions Chelsea has made them a force to be reckoned with. And as much as Spurs defense has improved, they cannot cope with the big Belgian. Victory to the Blues 3-1.
Friday Night Football result
Newcastle 1-1 Leeds
One of the best stadiums in the Premier League, St. James Park, played host to Friday night football this week. Both sides entered the game winless and things went sour for the home side very early on when Raphnha cross come shot beat Karl Darlow.
Soon enough chants of 'we want Brucey out' rung out around the stadium. Just before halftime, the Geordies were saved by Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin as he took on the Leeds defense on his own to equalize.
Despite Saint-Maximin's best efforts to find a winner for the home side in the second half, 1-1 is where the score would remain, leaving both sides still looking for their first win five games into the season
Don’t forget to come back after the weekend fixtures and tell me how stupid I am in the comments section. Or if you are brave enough - put your own reputation on the line with your own predictions.
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