There were a few surprises in the opening week with Leicester City top of the table for a while there, and and Arsenal bottom for a while too. But form is temporary – Without further ado, here are the week 2 Premier League predictions:
Friday, 14th August
Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Publishing too late to tip this one. Although United looked a bit flat against Spurs and were very fortunate to get the win courtesy of an own goal from Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling has stepped up to the mark in defence in both games.
Saturday , 15th August
Southampton 2-0 Everton
The Saints will be kicking themselves for letting Newcastle claw their way back to share the points last week and with their first game at home I think that they will have a comfortable win. Last season they proved that St Mary’s was a tough place for visiting sides and there’s nothing that suggests Everton will excel away from Goodison Park.
Saints to win.
Sunderland 1-0 Norwich City
Two teams that were well beaten last week will be looking to get fired up and get their first points of the campaign. It would feel natural to predict a score draw for this one but at home the Black Cats should be able to consume the Canaries. Jermaine Defoe looked dangerous last week despite being on the losing side and there could be plenty of opportunities for him against the visitors’ frail-looking back line. Worth noting that Norwich City have not beaten Sunderland away from home in their last 6 attempts.
Sunderland to win.
Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle United
The Swans are on a bit of a roll against the Magpies, having not lost a league game to them in the last 6. That, combined with United’s horror run of away form (7 without a win) including some woeful losses towards the end of last season as they dropped like a stone down the table, indicates a home win.
Go for the Swansea win at the Liberty.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Stoke City
White Hart Lane will see its first action of the season as the North London outfit look to atone for The Potters’ league double over them last season. Spurs looked good last week against Manchester United but came away with nothing despite creating a few good chances.
At home, Tottenham will be desperate to get their first points and Stoke have not won away from home in their last 5 games, losing three of them including the Liverpool home loss last week. Stoke are without captain Ryan Shawcross again.
Expecting a few goals to go in at the Lane. Go for a Tottenham win.
Watford 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
New boys Watford were unlucky not to take all three points at Everton as they had to settle for a draw thanks to an 86 minute equalizer away from home.
The history of clashes between these two reveals that the Hornets have not beaten the Baggies in their last 14 league meetings. And West Brom haven’t lost to Watford away from home in the last 7 matches they’ve played. Having said that, their last head to head match was in 2010 in the Championship.
Even still, predicting a draw.
West Ham United 2-1 Leicester City
Leicester put in a great display at the King Power Stadium to put 4 past a shell-shocked Sunderland. But West Ham provided the shock of the opening week with an amazing win against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium – Didn’t see that coming at all.
If that is what the Hammers can do away, then at home and high on confidence they surely will be able to get the points.
West Ham to win.
Sunday 16th August
Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal
The Eagles got of to a flying start by beting Norwich away 3-1 which included a debut goal from new signing Cabaye. Conversely, the Gunners couldn’t get anything at home to West Ham and that was very un-Arsenal like, to say the least.
This week, after that kick up the arse, there is little doubt in my mind that Arsene will rev up the Arsenal to victory over Palace.
Arsenal to get all the points.
Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea
A blockbuster here, and I think everyone will take a very keen interest in this game. Chelsea has a first game wobble against Swansea but at least got a point out of it whereas City dominated against West Brom.
The fact that Blues keeper Courtois was sent off means that he’s now suspended and although City will be home favourites, these games are generally low scoring and cagey affairs. See the evidence here:
Go for the City win. Just.
Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
From what we saw in week 1, Bournemouth might struggle in the Premier League. While no one wants to see that happen, the signs were there when they opened the campaign at home with a defeat to Aston Villa.
Anfield can be a daunting place for visiting teams so I am recommending a Red win.
Liverpool to get all 3 points.
That’s the Premier League Predictions for Week 2 in the EPL.
Good luck – @edcashmoretips