Last weekend saw some unpredictable results with City, Tottenham and Arsenal all dropping points, and Man United getting trounced by Chelsea.
This weekend looks like another interesting round of games. We have 5 televised games starting with the early kick off; a tricky home tie for Sunderland against an in form Arsenal side.
Sunderland V Arsenal – Saturday 29th Oct 2016 – 12.30 – Sky Sports 1
This weekend’s early kick off is the kind of game David Moyes and Sunderland really could do without as things in the Premier League get no easier for them.
Sunderland’s main rivals Newcastle United have been in the Championship for the past 3 months yet have won a Premier League game more recently than Sunderland have. Things really are that bad. With 7 defeats and 2 draws, Sunderland are rock bottom of the league with 2 points having only scored 6 goals from 9 games, Jermain Defoe grabbing 4 of those goals. A defeat in Wednesdays EFL cup match has added to Sunderland’s woe’s even further.
David Moyes is surely walking a tightrope but his task of getting win number 1 on the board will be even tougher this week as an impressive Arsenal side stand in their way.
Arsenal, along with Liverpool are the inform side in the league with 5 wins and 1 draw from their last 6 games. They currently sit joint top of the league along with Man City and Liverpool, with a goal difference of 1 lower than City. This is a game where Arsenal should win and win handsomely. Arsenal will look to Theo Walcott as their leading goal scorer in the league with 5 goals. Sanchez has the most assists with 3 this term, some would say he is unlucky not to have made the Ballon D’or short list.
Arsenal could have given recently signed striker Perez a run out given Champions League next week but he picked up an ankle injury that is likely to put him out for a couple of weeks. Sunderland currently have 7 players out injured.
It’s a game I can see going no other way than an Arsenal win and could do so by quite a margin sending them temporarily top of the league. For Sunderland, they have Bournemouth and Hull City up next, and it’s games such as those Moyes will be judged. But time is running out for him.
Crystal Palace V Liverpool – Saturday 29th Oct 2016 – 17.30 – BT Sport 1
Saturday’s late kick off is a very intriguing encounter between Palace and Liverpool, the same fixture that a couple seasons back ruined Liverpool’s chance of winning the league under Brendan Rodgers.
Crystal Palace have overall had a steady start in the first 9 games of this season following a disastrous opening 3, losing 2 and drawing 1. They have since taken 10 points from the last possible 18. Christian Benteke has the most goals for Palace so far with 3 goals, and his threat from set pieces and crosses could give Palace a real chance in this game as Liverpool have struggled in this area.
One the successes of the season for Palace is the form of Jason Puncheon. He has the most assists for Palace this season with 2, but also has the most completed passes and the most chances created, he could play a very important role in this game especially as Liverpool are without a clean sheet in their last 10 away Premier League games.
Liverpool ended a run of three successive defeats against Crystal Palace with a 2-1 victory in March. However, Christian Benteke, who scored the 90th minute winner that day, now plays for the Eagles.
Liverpool are joint with Man City in terms of goals scored this season and have played some tremendously exciting football. Coupled with the fact that Crystal Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games, you’d expect goals in this game for sure.
One of the successes of the Liverpool team this season is the fact that whilst they are scoring plenty of goals, the system they plays means that the goals are being more even spread not relying on a single player like they were in the 2013/14 season with Suarez at the helm of the attack.
In fact James Milner is Liverpool’s highest goals scorer with 4 goals. Liverpool were one of the teams to capitalise from City, Arsenals and Spurs dropping points last week and now sit joint top of the league. Liverpool only have 3 players out injured with Origi likely to be fit for the weekend.
I think this will be a frantic game and perhaps the game of the weekend given how wonderfully it is poised. Had Palace not been the back of 2 straight defeats I could have seen them getting something out of this game, however I can’t look past Liverpool and the new belief Klopp has given them in taking all 3 points.
Everton V West Ham – Sunday 30th Oct 2016 – 13.30 – Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday gives us a treat with 2 games, both of which really could go either way.
The first of those is Everton at home to West Ham who have just come off the back of a very impressive win against Chelsea in the EFL cup (if you ignore the horrible scenes inside the ground between fans). It is a game that 4 weeks back would have been a forgone conclusion with Everton in very impressive form and West Ham only picking up 3 points from the first 6 games.
But of late there has been a change in fortunes; as predicted West Ham have started to find some form. They have won 7 points from the last 9 which has taken them out of the relegation zone to 15th place and a win against Everton could take them up to 9th place depending on other results.
Michail Antonio has been the stand out player for West Ham so far this season and is the top goal scorer for the Hammers with 5 goals in the league. Payet has also started to find some form and is West Ham’s top assister with 3 so far this season. Not surprisingly he also has created the most chances for West Ham this season.
West Ham have finally started to tighten up at the back and have only conceded 1 goals in the last 3 games. On the flip side however, they have only scored 3 in the last 3 games against Boro, Palace and Sunderland so you’d expect they will have to score more than 1 on Sunday if they want to take all 3 points against the Toffee’s.
For Everton, they are sitting comfortably above Man United in 6th place but their great start to the season has hit a road block in recent games, not registering a win in the last 4 matches in the league. In the first 5 games of the season Everton were undefeated, winning 4 and drawing 1. They had scored 10 goals in that time and only conceded 3.
In the past 4 games however they haven’t won once, losing and drawing 2 apiece. In this run of matches they have only scored 3 yet conceded 5. It’s a down turn they will need to get out of quickly with the league as competitive as ever.
For this to happen they will need hitman Romelu Lukaku to have his shooting boots on currently Everton’s top scorer with 6 goals.
And it’s this change in recent fortunes that makes this game so interesting, one teams form on the upward trajectory and another team strugging for form, it will all come to head on Sunday. If I was to put my money on one game this weekend being a draw, it would be this one.
Southampton V Chelsea – Sunday 30th Oct 2016 – 16.00 – Sky Sports 1
Saturdays 4 o’clock kick off could be just as enthralling as the earlier game, as a very good in form Southampton side take on Chelsea.
I think it’s pretty fair to say that Southampton started this season slowly, only picking up 2 points from the first 12 on offer. Claude Puel has finally gotten into his stride as Saints manager, following that slow start, has picked up 11 of the last possible 18 points winning 3 and drawing 2. Over the past 5 games Southampton have only conceded 2 goals which is an integral part of their league form turnaround. They will be buoyed by last week’s draw away at Man City showing that they can dig in deep against the tougher teams in the league which will give great confidence going into this game. Charlie Austin will be the key man for Southampton having registered 4 goals this season and 1 assist meaning he has been involved in 45% of all of Southampton’s league goals this season.
Ryan Bertrand may be back following a hamstring injury but Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez will still be out with no clear date as to their return.
For Chelsea, it seems their little blip a few weeks back has subsided culminating in a very impressive demolition of Man United last weekend with the fastest goal of the season scored within 30 seconds of kick off.
Confidence will be high as Chelsea are only 1 point off the top of the league knowing that they are ready to pounce should any of the top 3 slip up this weekend. Chelsea have scores 9 goals in their last 3 games and not conceded a single goal, it seems that perhaps their defensive organisation is now settling down as Conte implements his wishes on this Chelsea side.
The unruly yet very affective Diego Costa will be the target man, already scoring 7 goals in 9 games in the league this season.
However the midweek defeat to London rivals West Ham could put Chelsea back a bit in terms of momentum and face a really tough match, you wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints get something out of this game. The omens are good for Chelsea however having lost just 1 of their last 8 visits to Southampton in the Premier League.
I think this will be a close game but Chelsea’s greater depth and quality will just nick it by the odd goal.
Stoke City V Swansea City – Monday 31st Oct 2016 – 20.00 – Sky Sports 1
To complete this weekends televised matches, we see the return of Monday Night Football, and will be hoping for a better game than last weeks 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Man United.
Lining up we have a clash from the bottom part of the table, a Stoke side who are finally starting to find their feet against Swansea who are desperate need of a win.
Ever since the 1-1 draw against West Brom at the end of September, Stoke have remained undefeated picking up a draw at Old Trafford and 2 wins on the bounce. The great thing about the 2 recent wins is that it has been against competitors in and around Stoke, beating Sunderland and Hull. These 2 victories were as many as they’d won in their 17 previous matches
This has lifted Mark Hughes side out of the relegation zone to 16, knowing that a 3rd win in a row could leap them up 3 or 4 places in the league.
Much of this has to do with the inform Joe Allen who is also Stokes top league goal scorer with 4 goals. He has also created the most chances for Stoke this season.
For Swansea it’s been a poor start and things just haven’t got better. After a wining start on the opening day of the season beating Burnley 1-0, Swansea haven’t won a game since. In fact Swansea’s haul of 5 points from their opening 9 league games is their worst start to a Premier League season. It is their lowest tally since picking up four points from nine games in 1983/84, a season they were relegated from the second tie. Things are not looking good for the Swans.
Jefferson Montero may make a return following a month out with an ankle injury but you feel for Swansea to turn their fortunes around they will need to look at Leroy Fur to get the goals. Fur currently has 50% of all goals scored by Swansea this season in the league.
With Stoke in the ascendency and Swansea still struggling, I can only really see a Stoke Victory on Monday night. The one glimmer of hope for the Swans is manager Bob Bradly seems to be slowly restoring a bit of fight in the side as saw against Arsenal a couple of games back. If that fully manifests in the team it won’t be long before Swansea get back to winning ways.
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- Sunderland V Arsenal – Over 1.5 goals, over 8.5 corners & over 25 booking points – 5/4
- Palace V Liverpool – Over 1.5 goals, over 8.5 corners & over 25 booking points – 4/5
- Everton V West Ham – Over 1.5 goals, over 8.5 corners & over 25 booking points – 11/10
- Southampton V Chelsea – Over 1.5 goals, over 8.5 corners & over 25 booking points – 5/4
- Stoke v Swansea – Under 3.5 goals – 4/11.
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