It’s back! It’s finally back! The Premier League starts tomorrow which means it’s time to do our predictions for the round of fixtures.
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Saturday 8th August 2015
Manchester United vs Tottenham: Saturday 12:45pm (BT Sport)
The first game back and a great game too.
Louis Van Gaal has revealed that David De Gea won’t be involved, as all the speculation regarding his future has affected him mentally. Strange decision really, leaving out Manchester United’s best player from the last two seasons, especially when they don’t have anyone close to matching him. However, they are at home, and have the advantage that Tottenham played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and only flew back to London on Thursday.
I think Manchester United will win this, they are fresher, they are at home and also the pressure is on Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United to do well.
I’m going for a Manchester United win here despite the news from Louis van Gaal that David De Gea has been dropped because he’s not right mentally from all the transfer talk this summer linking him to Real Madrid. They really should have sorted it out earlier.
Tottenham played in friendlies abroad both Tuesday and Wednesday before flying back to Blighty on Thursday which will not have helped their preparations for this match.
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa: Saturday 3pm
I think Bournemouth will win this one. They are at home and Aston Villa have lost Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. I think Bournemouth will also still be feeling the buzz from last season.
I’m going with the Champions champions AFC Bournemouth on this one. They’ve made a lot of signings this summer and got a lot of it done early which is always good, they are also bound to be really up for this match since it’s their first one in the Premier League, and the home atmosphere will only help with that.
Aston Villa meanwhile have lost Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, ended last season poorly, and have Emmanuel Adebayor. It does not spark confidence.
Everton vs Watford: Saturday 3pm
I can see this game being a draw. I think Everton need more attacking wise, especially up front to ease the burden on Romelu Lukaku. Everton’s signing of the summer, Gerard Deulofeu is injured and isn’t available. I think Martinez is under pressure and Watford buzzing from last season could capitalise on this.
I don’t think Everton will enjoy playing a newly promoted sides, no one does, and I think Watford will come away with a point.
I’m going to go for a draw on this one. Questions continue to surround the future of John Stones so you have to wonder what effect that will have on him and Roberto Martinez seems to be losing the plot. I think the pressure is really beginning to get to him after last season and he knows he will struggle to replace Stones because his record in the transfer market is poor.
Watford will be up for this game and will want to get their life back in the Premier League off to a good start. With the way things are at Everton at the moment this could be a good time to play them.
Leicester vs Sunderland: Saturday 3pm
Leicester ended last season on a high, with a string of great results and performances, while Sunderland did enough to avoid relegation.
I can see this being a draw because both managers are still building the team as they want it to be, but Sunderland have an advantage in that front as Dick Advocaat was manager for the last couple of months of last season.
Leicester got rid of Nigel Pearson and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri over the summer after he did a terrific job of keeping them up last season, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact that will have on the team.
Sunderland are Sunderland. The last few seasons they have gotten off to rocky starts, replaced their manager around Christmas who keeps them up but then gets off to a rocky start the next season only to be sacked around Christmas. Rinse and repeat.
I’m going to go with a Sunderland win here because of Leicester changing manager. I think it will take a few weeks of tinkering for Raneri to get things right.
Norwich vs Crystal Palace: Saturday 3pm
I am going for a Crystal Palace win, I can see them catching Norwich out on the counter attack with their attack. However, Palace do concede goals also, so Norwich will get chances, but I still think Palace will come out with the three points.
Norwich are back after just one season in the Championship but I don’t think they will win their opening game. I am going for a Crystal Palace win.
Alan Pardew is a better manager than he is often given credit for and Palace have made some great signings over the summer with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham, which adds to the great attacking talent they already have.
Chelsea vs Swansea: Saturday 5:30pm (Sky Sports)
Chelsea had a poor pre-season, not just in terms of results, but in terms of performance wise. A lot of questions over the striking situation, as they could be without Diego Costa, who scored five goals in two games against Swansea last season, and question remarks remain over Radamel Falcao and also whether Loic Remy is good enough to step in as the main man.
Swansea are a very good side and will be difficult to face, especially as Swansea will probably feel they can get something against Chelsea. However, I still expect Chelsea to win, they have a fantastic starting eleven, and even if Costa doesn’t play I still think they will win, they went two years with strikers who didn’t chip in with goals (2012-2014), so they know they can do it and know they have other players who will chip in with the goals.
I’m going with a Chelsea win here despite their lacklustre pre-season. The Premier League champions put nine past Swansea last season with Diego Costa scoring five of them alone.
There are doubts whether or not Costa will be fit to play tomorrow because of his persistent hamstring injury, however even if he doesn’t play I still think Chelsea will win. They have plenty of players who can score and they know how to grind out a victory. Plus Loic Remy proved last season that he can chip in with important and match winning goals.
Sunday 9th August 2015
Arsenal vs West Ham: Sunday 1:30pm (Sky Sports)
Arsenal will win this, they will feel confident after winning the glorified friendly last weekend against Chelsea. West Ham rested their players in the Europa League last night as they didn’t care if they get knocked out or not, however I still don’t think they have enough to cause problems for Arsenal, especially at the Emirates.
Easy one this. Arsenal win. They’ve had a good pre-season and the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea greatly improves them.
West Ham were away in the Europa League on Thursday where they were dreadful, it will no doubt take it’s toll on them. They are also without Enner Valencia who got injured in their failed Europa League campaign.
Newcastle vs Southampton: Sunday 1:30pm
Southampton played away at Vitesse on Thursday which could have an effect on them. Newcastle have done well with bringing in some much needed signings and new signings and a new manager can just bring around a new confidence.
A tough one this. It’s Steve McClaren’s first game in charge of Newcastle who only just managed to avoid relegation last season but Southampton were away at Vitesse on Thursday in the Europa League.
Newcastle should be the fresher and have home advantage, however I think Southampton will win.
Stoke vs Liverpool: Sunday 4pm (Sky Sports)
This will have plenty of goals in it. However, given the fact that Stoke have lost Asmir Begovic, have no Ryan Shawcross, I think they will concede more than they score.
Stoke beat Liverpool 6-1 on the final day of last season and you have to wonder how much that will play on the mind of the Liverpool players. Both sides have made good signings over the summer making it difficult to pick between them here.
However I am going to go for a Stoke win because I’m not sure how Liverpool will cope (mentally in the dressing room) without Steven Gerrard, they are also without Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling which could also have an impact.
West Brom vs Manchester City: Monday 8pm (Sky Sports)
Manchester City will win this. I think it will be tough as West Brom will be difficult to break down, but I think Man City have the quality to do so.
Big game for Raheem Sterling, he has got to get off to a great start.
I’m going for a hard fought Manchester City win here.
Tony Pulis will make it hard for them to break West Brom down, but with the players City have at their disposal, they should have enough to win.