English Premier League Picks and Predictions for the Weekend
The English Premier League is 4 games into the new season and it has already become clear that Manchester City are not going to have an easy time defending the crown that they won so easily last season. A major contender has emerged, as well as a couple of teams who have made surprisingly fast starts to the season. We have a full slate of EPL game on tap over the weekend, but for the purposes of this piece, we are going to focus on the current top 4 teams, which could well change by the time the action is done this weekend.
🕺 Leaving the office on Friday…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 14, 2018
Tottenham Vs Liverpool – Saturday
Set your alarm clocks early for Saturday morning, as this is the early game and the marquee match-up of this week’s games. Tottenham are currently sitting in 5th and are sure to still be stinging after losing to Watford in their last outing. They will be back home to face a Liverpool team that has come storming out the gate, led by Sadio Mane and his 4 goals. Liverpool have scored 9 and surrendered just 1 goal this season, although the goal given up did come on the road. Tottenham have played at home once, winning that one 3-1 over Fulham. Two very good teams here, with the draw looking like a good pick.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1
Chelsea Vs Cardiff City – Saturday
Chelsea have not always looked great to start the season as they adjust to life under a new manager with a new system, but you cannot argue with the results. Chelsea are one of just three teams with maximum points through the opening 4 games and they have ben particularly good at home, winning both games and outscoring the opposition 5-2. Cardiff have just 2 points to their name through 4 games and have yet to score on the road in 2 attempts. This should be a win for Chelsea at The Bridge.
Predicted Score: Chelsea 2 Cardiff 0
Watford Vs Manchester United – Saturday
There is no two ways about it, Watford are the surprise package of the EPL in the early going, having picked up maximum points from their opening 4 games. It should be noted that a few of their wins have come against the lesser lights in the league, but you cannot take away their wonderful smash and grab win over Tottenham in their last outing. Manchester United are in a bit of a crisis right now, with calls for the head of the manager and the GM in place and a lot of finger pointing going on. That said, this is still a very talented, potentially dangerous group.
Predicted Score: Watford 1 Manchester United 1
Manchester City Vs Fulham – Saturday
The champions of England are not having it all their own way, as they currently sit in 4th through the opening 4 weeks of the season. City started out brilliantly, but were derailed a little when they dropped two points in a surprising 1-1 draw with newly promoted Wolves. They will face another EPL newcomer in Fulham this weekend. The London side have picked up 4 points from a possible 12 and have been fun to watch, scoring 7 and giving up 9 in those games. City are not likely to make the same mistake as they made against Wolves, so look for a comfortable win here.
Predicted Score: Manchester City 3 Fulham 0