Welcome back to the latest installment of Premier League Match Week previews brought to you by TwoFootTalk.
Let’s start with how my match predictions fared last week.
Prediction Actual score
SOU 1-0 MU 1-1 draw
CHE 2-0 SHE 2-2 draw
CRY 1-1 VILLA 1-0 CRY win
LEI 2-1 BOU 3-1 LEI win
MC 3-0 BHA 4-0 MC win
NEW 0-0 WAT 1-1 draw
WHU 1-2 NOR 2-0 WHU win
BUR 0-3 LIV 3-1 LIV win
WOL 1-1 EVE 3-2 EVE win
ARS 2-1 TOT 2-2 draw
Overall, not tooooo shabby. Pretty proud of calling an upset in the Southampton-Manchester United fixture. Southampton went down a man in the 73rd minute but United could not muster up a winner and couldn’t grab victory despite notching the opening goal by a very in form Daniel James in the 10th minute. Chelsea’s one to watch, Tammy Abraham continued his hot streak but Frank Lampard’s men’s defense could not keep Sheffield United out despite having a 2-0 LEAD BEFORE HALF. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has also continued his strong form by keeping the Foxes as one of just 3 undefeated teams in the league alongside Liverpool and Manchester City following an impressive 3-1 over Bournemouth. Wolves vs Everton was as entertaining as it gets and that shockingly leaves Wolves as just one of 3 teams without a win thus far. The North London derby was a tale of 2 halves that shows the odd inconsistency of both Arsenal and Tottenham, simple enough.
And now I give you my PL Match Week 5 preview
MANCHESTER UNITED vs LEICESTER CITY
Biggest match of the season? Nope. Crucial and underrated fixture, absolutely. The foxes are in solid form and the goals have been flowing just in time for a match against United who have dropped points to Crystal Palace and Southampton in back to back weeks. At United, the pressure is always on, and given the end of their campaign last season, Ole better get some consistent results against teams that should be automatic wins or he will quickly find himself in the hot seat. With the form of Daniel James and Leicester’s coping of United’s Harry Maguire, it could very well spell a victory for the Red Devils. At Old Trafford, United need a win or it will start to look dark on the side of Manchester already basking in City’s ever growing emergence. I predict a 2-1 Leicester win.
WOLVERHAMPTON vs CHELSEA
Chelsea, like United, are a top 6 side currently struggling in the league. The Blues, albeit after just 4 weeks, sit outside the top half of the table with a -3 goal differential. While the form of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount is certainly exciting, it is crucially important for Christian Pulisic to continue settling in and get the defensive line back in top gear. Chelsea’s CBs have transitioned from John Terry-Gary Cahill to Christenson-Zouma in a relatively short period time. But hey, Wolverhampton need a result too, they are the most promising team without a win so far. They shocked everyone last season and imagine them to be pissed off and go absolutely ballistic on this Chelsea side after dropping points in some heart breaking results. I predict a 2-2 draw.
OTHER MATCHES AND PREDICTIONS
LIV 4-0 NEW
BHA 1-2 BUR
SHE 1-1 SOU
TOT 3-1 CRY
NOR 1-4 MC
ARS 3-0 WAT
AST 2-2 WHU
Expect pretty routine matches with no big surprises. Tottenham should return to winning ways against a high flying Crystal Palace side, but don’t expect it to be without a fight. Puuki will be quieted down by Manchester City but do not rule out a lone goal in what I predict to be a lopsided result for the Citizens. Watford I predict will unfortunately remain winless against an Arsenal side whose attacking trident will grow only stronger.
THINGS TO WATCH
- Tammy Abraham… again, is he the real deal and a future Chelsea no.9
- Pulisic, will he get off the mark
- Backline, can Zouma deliver a more mature performance
- Manchester United – Can they maintain a lead and hold off Vardy with an ex-teammate
- Wolves, is a first win on the cards?
Until next time, enjoy Match Week 5 and hope everyone has KDB in their Fantasy PL team by now.
Written by: Andrew Diefenderfer (@DiefDorf)