Another matchweek of the English Premier League coming at you this weekend with some.. Well.. not so exciting fixtures to look forward to this weekend. BUT, there is one must watch and other good ones to watch this weekend but we will get into that. First, a brief recap of last weekend.
The biggest stories are obvious, Manchester United lost out to a heartbreaker thanks to a VERY late Patrick Van Aanholt strike (that De Gea should have done better with). After a brilliant equalizer that ripped into the top corner courtesy of Daniel James, Crystal Palace proved dangerous on the break and earned themselves their first victory ever over Manchester United. Penalty drama continued after Marcus Rashford smashed an effort off the post which ultimately proved vital given the end result. In all, it was a disappointing match for Manchester United and dropped points this early are bad signs.
Arsenal fell at the hands of mighty Liverpool and I should have known better. The Arsenal fan inside got the better of me and 2-2 draw was too much to ask in the end. Liverpool controlled the match and cruised to a 3-1 win. Unai Emery unpopularly played a narrow diamond midfield which allowed TAA and Robertson to have a field day down the flanks and it proved to be vital in the end. Liverpool now have the only perfect record in the league.
Tottenham lost to struggling Newcastle United despite having 80% POSSESSION. As an Arsenal fan that is hilarious and I will leave you with that.
With that, I give you my Matchweek 4 preview:
ARSENAL VS TOTTENHAM
OHHHH YEAH, North London Derby time. Unbiasedly, this is the biggest game of matchweek 4. Expect an all out brawl between these bitter rivals. Both are coming off of a disappointing loss and will look to get back to winning ways immediately. This game will likely be back in forth, with both teams exchanging momentum and control over the game. It should be a very pleasing game for fans that I think can very easily be a win for either team. If Unai Emery refuses to play Aubameyand-Lacazette-Pepe together and ops for a diamond midfield again, expect a 2-0 Tottenham win. If Arsenal play their famous attacking trident and utilize a balanced midfield, I say a 2-1 Arsenal win.
WOLVERHAMPTON VS EVERTON
Pretty big match on tap here, these teams are amongst the most popular to fight for a European spot and this match could very well be the decider come MW38. Wolves had a 1-1 draw against an impressive Burnley side and now have tied every game this season. While they are undefeated, they will need a win here to get some points in the bag. Everton had a disappointing performance and fell at the hands of 0-0-2 Aston Villa at the time. Everton have a very, very good squad and need to get their chemistry right before making real progress in the league… that has been their problem since even before the Ronald Koeman era. I say a 1-1 draw.
Southampton vs Manchester United 1-0 Southampton win
Chelsea vs Sheffield United 2-0 Chelsea win
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 1-1 draw
Leicester City vs Bournemouth 2-1 Leicester win
Manchester City vs Brighton 3-0 City win
Newcastle United vs Watford 0-0 draw
West Ham United vs Norwich 2-1 Norwich win
Liverpool vs Burnley 3-1 Liverpool win
Overall, I see Manchester United vs Southampton as the only surprising result.
THINGS TO WATCH
Tammy Abraham – Will he continue to perform? Can he really be Chelsea’s No.9?
Manchester United – How will they bounce back after a heartbreaker loss?
North London Derby – Well obviously.
Watford – Can they get off the mark with some points?
Leicester City – Can they stay top 6 competitive?
That’s all I’ve got. Let’s see how this week pans out and maybe I’ll get a prediction right this time.
Written By: Andrew Diefenderfer (@diefdorf)