Premier League Week 6 Preview
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Chelsea vs Manchester City & The North London Derby
Believe it or not, we are heading into the last week of September. It is game week 6 in the English Premier League already! With the top four taking a somewhat familiar shape, this week has a couple of huge matches that will dictate who the favorites for the 2021/22 title really are.
SATURDAY, 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea vs Manchester City
What a mouthwatering clash we have to kick things off this weekend. Chelsea sits atop the Premier League table and Manchester City is the incumbent champions. Not to mention this is a replay of last year's Champions League final. Chelsea has the opportunity to become the first team in history to win 4 games in a row against a Pep Guardiola side with a victory in this one.
On the other side of things, it's been a little Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Manchester City. Feast or famine when it comes to goals. This should be without question the game of the week and I'm going to tip that Chelsea will take their first massive steps toward dethroning City as champions with a 2-1 victory.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa
Aston Villa could very well be Manchester United's favorite Premier League opponent in history. No other team can boast such a winning record against an opponent than United's 37 victories against the Villains in the PL era. With the arrival of Ronaldo, the devastating duo of Pogba and Fernandes finally beginning to bear some fruit in the midfield, and Jesse Lingard enjoying something of a renaissance (when he's not setting up goals for the opposition in Europe) for the Red Devils, all I can predict for this one is pain for Aston Villa. United win 4-0.
SATURDAY, 3:00 P.M.
Everton vs Norwich
This might seem like a slam dunk victory for the Toffees over Norwich here, especially when you consider that Canaries manager Daniel Farke is in the midst of a 15 match losing streak. With Everton missing 3 of their big names for the second fixture running (Richarlison, Jordan Pickford, and Seamus Coleman) however, Norwich might just give themselves a chance in this one.
They might. I won't. Home win to the Blues 2-0.
Leeds vs West Ham
Leeds heads into this one looking to avoid remaining winless in their first six fixtures of a top-flight season in well over 80 years. They just have not been at the races so far this season and I don't see them managing to overcome the Hammers in this one. Michail Antonio is yet to score against Leeds in a league fixture. This will be his tenth attempt, and it'll be a case of tenth time is a charm as the returning striker will give the away side a 1-0 win.
Leicester vs Burnley
The Foxes have been anything but fantastic this season so far. An underwhelming start sees them sitting twelfth with only two wins out of five. So this fixture couldn't come around soon enough for them.
Burnley is somewhat of Leicesters whipping boys when they play at the King Power Stadium, a venue where they have failed to win in their last ten attempts. I have a feeling that this could be about to change. Things could be about to get a lot worse for Leicesters likable Northern Irish manager. A Sean Dyche masterclass here as the Clarets snap that horrible losing streak away to the Foxes 2-1.
Watford vs Newcastle
This is the game no one has been waiting for. Unless you are a Hornets or Magpies fan of course. I guess.
The most exciting thing about this fixture is Ismaila Sarr and the image I used as a header for this 'preview'. Bore draw 0-0. And may God have mercy on the souls of anybody forced to watch this.
SATURDAY, 5:30 P.M.
Liverpool vs Brentford
Without question, this is a fixture the Bees supporters would have circled in their calendars when the Premier League fixtures were announced as the host of one of the pre-eminent sides of the current era - Liverpool. Sometimes I get a bit superstitious.
Because my love for Liverpool runs so deep I don't want to jinx them perhaps. So maybe that explains this feeling I have that the home fans at the Brentford community stadium are going to cheer the home side on to a famous point. 1-1, reminiscent of their one and only league fixture result in 1947.
SUNDAY 2:00 P.M.
Southampton vs Wolves
Wolves remain one of the strangest stories this season. With an xG of nearly 10 - they have only scored 2 goals all season this season. On the other side of the coin, Southampton has kept 2 clean sheets in their last two games, more than they managed in their previous 6 months or so of league fixtures.
I am not confident in predicting the outcome in this game (or any game, really), but I just feel like Wolves are too good to not start converting their chances. Let's start small this week boys. 1-0.
SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M.
Arsenal vs Tottenham
Even though this battle between two huge clubs doesn't seem to hold as much significance to the title race as perhaps it used to, that will matter not come late Sunday afternoon as the two bitter North London rivals face off in this early season clash. A loss for either side could have huge ramifications regarding the trajectory their season will take.
If Nuno Espirito Santo is to emulate Jose Mourinho with a win at the first attempt in a North London Derby, he will have to get a tune out of Harry Kane. And if he can't, then Spurs fans might as well kiss him goodbye, because a Harry Kane that is committed to the cause ALWAYS scores against Arsenal.
Arsenal on the other hand seems to have turned a corner after a tough start to the season, the defense beginning to tale shape and Aaron Ramsdale cementing the number one goalkeeper spot. I am predicting a score draw in this one. And a high-scoring one too, but only because it's the only thing that will make this fixture relevant outside of Noth London. 3-3.
MONDAY, 8:00 P.M.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton
The game week ends with a clash between two sides who have both raised eyebrows with their performances so far this season. Brighton and Hove Albion find themselves in the top 4 after an impressive start to the season have them only a point behind the front-runners.
Palace, on the other hand, has only secured one win but has looked impressive under Frenchman Patrick Vieira. I made bold predictions regarding Odsonne Edouard when he moved to the South London club. I expect him to start here and score the odd goal in three to give palace their second victory of the season 2-1.
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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