Dan Burke·2 September 2022
Dan Burke·2 September 2022
The Premier League fixtures keep coming thick and fast and we’ve got another interesting round coming our way this weekend.
It’s predictions time.
Of course it’s very early days but if you had told Arsenal fans a month ago they would be top of the league as the only team with a 100% record at the start of September, they no doubt would have been very pleased with that.
The Gunners have played some great football so far this term but also shown impressive resilience in their recent wins against Fulham and Aston Villa, and things are looking very rosy indeed.
But on Sunday they face the biggest test of their season so far when they travel to face a Manchester United side who have recovered well from a nightmare start to the season and had an exciting end to the transfer window.
The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping to see new signing Antony making his debut in this one, while the visiting fans will be hoping their boys are still sitting pretty atop the table at the end of the weekend.
📊 Fun fact: Arsenal have lost more Premier League away games against Manchester United than they have vs any other opponent (17).
🔮 Our prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal
Given their lamentable record in this fixture, Everton fans probably won’t thank us for putting their team in this category this week.
October 2010 was the last time the Toffees won a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, although let’s not forget they did pull off a shock victory at Anfield a couple of seasons ago.
Frank Lampard’s side are yet to win this season and could only manage 1-1 draws in their last three fixtures, while rivals Liverpool have bounced back from a disappointing start and followed up a 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth with an exhilarating 98th-minute winner over Newcastle in mid-week.
So why do we think this could be an upset? Because the Premier League is full of surprises, and all good/bad runs must come to an end sometime.
📊 Fun fact: The Merseyside derby has seen more red cards (22) than any other Premier League fixture.
🔮 Our prediction: Everton 2-1 Liverpool
Reigning champions Manchester City are looking pretty fearsome at the moment.
Erling Haaland has taken no time at all to settle into the Premier League, and even going two goals in front against Pep Guardiola’s side offers little guarantee of success with the big Norwegian up front.
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will be watching footage of City’s 6-0 victory over Nottingham Forest from behind the sofa when he prepares for Saturday’s game, particularly since his side have lost four of their five matches this season and aren’t defending well at all.
Another defeat for Villa in this game will pile further pressure on Gerrard, and he’ll be praying his side can somehow keep Haaland and co. at bay.
📊 Fun fact: Aston Villa are winless in their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, losing each of the last seven by an aggregate score of 22-5.
🔮 Our prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City
You don’t get many must-win games in September but Chelsea could perhaps do with one more than anyone else in the league this weekend.
The Blues began the summer transfer window and the season in encouraging fashion, but everything has been a little too chaotic of late and their performance in Tuesday’s defeat at Southampton was about as disjointed as they come.
Thomas Tuchel has to find a solution quickly, and that won’t be easy in a London derby against a West Ham side who love few things more than testing themselves against the big boys and might be ready to hand club record signing Lucas Paquetá his first start at Stamford Bridge.
📊 Fun fact: Chelsea have already lost twice in the Premier League this season – only once in the history of the competition have they lost three of their first six matches (2015/16).
🔮 Our prediction: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham.
If you haven’t captained Haaland already, we can give you nine good reasons why you really should.