Premier League Matchday 2: Preview and Predictions

The opening round of the 2015-16 English Premier League season threw up some shock results as Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by West Ham, Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw against Swansea while Liverpool and Manchester United both collected narrow 1-0 wins against Stoke City and Tottenham respectively.

The action continues this weekend beginning with a weird Friday night fixture where record champions Manchester United travel to Villa Park for a clash against Aston Villa, 1-0 winners at new boys Bournemouth last weekend.

SATURDAY

Southampton vs Everton, 1445hrs

The earliest fixture on Saturday, and perhaps the biggest, will see Southampton play host to Everton at St. Mary’s Stadium. Both sides were held to a 2-2 draw last weekend with the Saints scoring a late equalizer through substitute Shane Long away to Newcastle, while Everton also had a substitute to thank, Ivorian Arouna Kone setting up Ross Barkley’s goal before slotting home the equalizer. The last two seasons have seen both sides win their home matches with Southampton winning 3-0 last time they played host to the Toffees. In fact, Everton have not won for Southampton since April 2002.

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Draw

West Ham vs Leicester City, 1700hrs

West Ham produced the shock result of the opening weekend beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates. It was a huge win for the Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic on his first Premier League match. The London club host Leicester City, 4-2 winners over Sunderland last weekend. Leicester have now won four matches on the trot since towards end of last season and are unbeaten in 10 league matches, meaning the hosts have a task in their hands if they are to stop the Foxes.

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Leicester Win

Swansea City vs Newcastle United, 1700hrs

The duo both collected a point against tough oppositions. Newcastle surrendered their quest for three points after allowing a late equalizer from Southampton in a 2-2 draw while Swansea also held defending champions Chelsea with the same scoreline. Andre Ayew scored on his debut for the Welsh side and the Ghanaian midfielder will once again be relied on by Gary Monk to lead the drive for goals against the Magpies. Swansea are unbeaten against Newcastle in their previous six matches but were held to a 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture last season.

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Swansea Win

Sunderland vs Norwich City, 1700hrs

Norwich got a rude welcome back to the top tier after they were brushed aside 3-1 by Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha, and Damien Delaney put Palace 2-0 ahead by the 50th minute and despite Nathan Redmond’s 69th minute goal that should have staged a comeback, the Canaries conceded a late goal from Yohan Cabaye to mark their Premier League return in defeat. They travel to Sunderland who lost 4-2 to Leicester. The good news for Norwich though is that they are unbeaten against the Black Cats in their last four meetings.

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Draw

Tottenham vs Stoke City, 1700hrs

This match has the potential of being a cracker. Stoke City lost to a stunning Phillipe Coutinho late strike for Liverpool last Sunday while Spurs also suffered an unfortunate 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, Kyle Walker scoring an own goal. Both sides go into this match knowing they can win it. Mark Hughes’ Stoke got a lift this week with the surprise signing of Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri who will add grit and energy to their already powerful side. They beat Spurs over two legs last season, 3-0 at the Britannia and 2-1 at White Hart Lane. A repeat of the same looks very likely.

Fourfourttwomedia Predicts: Draw

Watford vs West Brom

Watford held against their own away to Everton last weekend but were unable to hold for long as they allowed the Toffees to come from behind twice in a 2-2 draw. It was unlucky for them but they must have been happy with a point against a side no one gave them a chance to push to the end like they did. They welcome Premier League football to Vicarage Road when they host West Brom, 3-0 losers against Manchester City. The Baggies are unbeaten against Quique Flores’ side in their last 14 matches but the duo last met in a Premier League match in December  1985, a match that West Brom won 3-1.

Fourfourtwomedi Predicts: West Brom Win

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 1530hrs

Wounded Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park aiming to bring back the feel good factor that the team had heading into the new season, until that 2-0 defeat against West Ham. Another defeat against a dangerous Palace side will present more questions to boss Arsene Wenger who has conceded that his team should give a stronger title push this season than they have in the last decade. This will be a must-win game for the Gunners but the pressure to do so might play in the hands of Alan Pardew’s side who are capable of giving a scalp to any team in the top division. The Gunners have won their last 5 matches against The Eagles but will they make it 6?

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Draw

Manchester City vs Chelsea

The biggest fixture of the weekend will see Premier League champions Chelsea travel to face runners-up Manchester City. This match has DRAW written all over it despite Man City starting strongly with a 3-0 defeat against West Brom, while Jose Mourinho’s side not only lost two points against Swansea but also Thibaut Courtois who was sent off for a foul on Batefimbi Gomis. The keeper won’t be the only body absent from the Blues’ touchline as first-team doctor Eva Carneiro will also be absent after being banned by Mourinho following an incident with Eden Hazard. City have not lost to Chelsea in their last three matches including the two games last season which both ended 1-1.

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Draw

MONDAY

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Liverpool got their revenge away to Stoke City last weekend after a late Coutinho drive gave them a 1-0 win at the Britannia, a stadium they lost 6-1 in their final game of last season. Christian Benteke, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino all made their debuts with the Reds but none of them registered a debut goal. The Merseyside club welcome Premier League debutants Bournemouth to Anfield as the duo meet for the very first time in the Premier League. Eddie Howe’s ‘The Poppies’ lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in their first ever game in the topflight and are not expected to collect a point against Liverpool. The two sides met last season in the League Cup and FA Cup with Liverpool winning in both, 3-1 and 2-0.

 

Fourfourtwomedia Predicts: Liverpool Win

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