The Steifmaster EPL Predictions-Matchday 11
The Steifmaster EPL Predictions-Matchday 11
After another dramatic matchday last weekend, the English Premier League serves us with yet another blockbuster match as Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday afternoon in a match that the Koop will remember for not so good reasons. Will Brendan Rodgers finally get one over his former boss Jose Mourinho or will the self-christened ‘Special One’ boss his way to yet another victory? Manchester United host Crystal Palace at the back of a morale-boosting display in the Manchester Derby while Arsenal and Manchester City travel to Swansea and QPR respectively. With the stakes rising ever so high, who will prevail? Here’s your rundown of Thesteifmastertake English Premier League Predictions. Have your say!
Liverpool 2 2 Chelsea (Saturday, 1545hrs)
Liverpool take on Chelsea in the early Saturday kickoff in a match that will remind many of the last meeting between the two sides. There is a common belief out there that the Reds would have gone on to win their first Premier League title had they avoided defeat against the Blues in their meeting, just two games before end of last season. However, Jose Mourinho was at his cunning best fielding a team that made it impossible for the Merseyside club to play or break their defence which was marshaled by 10 men. At the end of 90 minutes, an infamous Steven Gerrard slip and a counterattack move finished by Willian had Chelsea leaving Anfield with a 2-0 win which all but ended the Reds title challenge. That dramatic evening will be fresh on the minds of the Anfield faithful when they host the league leaders on Saturday. There’s no doubt that revenge will be on their minds but it might prove hard to administer given the contrasting forms of both clubs with Chelsea leading the log on 26 points, 12 ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ side. The Blues are yet to lose this season while Liverpool have lost four times already and the Merseysiders task is even made harder given the fact that their last win over Chelsea was back in 201. However, after a fairly improved performance away to Real Madrid in their Tuesday night Champions League match, the Reds will fancy themselves getting a result against the visitors which I see happening.
Manchester United 1 1 Crystal Palace (Saturday, 1800hrs)
You know one of those games your team loses but you don’t feel soooo (sic) sad about it? That must have been the feeling that engulfed Manchester United after their 1-0 derby loss at Manchester City. United produced one of their better performances of the season and were unlucky not to force a draw even after they had been reduced to 10 men following Chris Smalling’s school-boy twin yellow cards. That loss left the Red Devils lying 10th, 4 points behind a Champions League spot, their main target this season. They host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this Saturday with the Eagles looking for only their third win of the season and second away from home. Palace haven’t had it easy since the unexpected departure of Tony Pulis at the end of last season with new manager Neil Warnock struggling to get the rhythm. Wilfried Zaha is ineligible to play given his loan status but the shaky United defence will be put under full time surveillance by the likes of Jason Puncheon, Fraizer Campbell and the underrated Yannick Bolassie who I tip will be the most dangerous player on the pitch. Something tells me van Gaal’s men will lose while something else says they’ll take a point.
Queens Park Rangers 1 2 Manchester City (Saturday, 2030hrs)
That football is one strange game is a fact that many Manchester City fans would attest to at the moment. Just how on earth do you explain their current form where a team gushed with such enviable collection of top dollar top quality players simply cannot put off what is otherwise lesser opponents. Not in the Premier League and definitely not in Europe. Their midweek Champions League defeat where they took the lead inside 8 minutes via Yaya Toure but ended up losing 2-1 at home and seeing Toure and Fernandinho sent off was unexpected but not surprising given how poor they are in the competition. Domestically, they haven’t found consistency either. Their 1-0 win against Manchester United was hard earned and only their first in four matches. Their weekend opponents, Queens Park Rangers are only two points off the foot of the table but at least their football is improving even though they got beat 2-1 against Chelsea last weekend. With only one win under their belt though, I don’t think they have enough gas in their tank to really trouble the Premier League champions who I expect to claim the three points.
Swansea 1 1 Arsenal (Sunday, 1900hrs)
With Luis Suarez departing England for Spain in the summer, the English Premier League looked like it had lost its finest individual performer of last season to a rival league. However, the form of Alexis Sanchez who crossed the other way makes it look like it was an exchange program between the world’s top two leagues. The Chilean has had such a meteoric start to his Premier League career that it’s almost impossible not to compare him with his South American teammate who is now at Barcelona. With 11 goals in 17 appearances for the Gunners, the 25-year-old is carving himself out as the real deal of the summer, bar none. He has been Arsenal’s most consistent player both domestically and in Europe, scoring all the crucial goals where need be. His latest goal was in the inexplicable 3-3 draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League, the Gunners blowing a 3-0 lead within half an hour. Sanchez will once again be at the center of things when Arsenal travel to Wales to take on Swansea. Gary Monk’s side drew 1-1 away at Everton last weekend giving Arsenal the chance to move above them by two points. Arsenal won 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and while Sanchez will most likely lift them again in this fixture, Wilfried Bony will do even more for Swansea and score the winning goal.
Southampton 2 0 Leicester (Saturday, 1800hrs)
Southampton do not have the right to be playing the way they have been. At least not on the account of how many key players they lost in the summer. From Rickie Lambert to Adam Lallana to Calum Chambers to Dejan Lovren to Luke Shaw, the Saints were robbed of their most consistent players who guided them to an 8th place finish in the Premier League last season. They even lost their manager damn it! But no the aforementioned players? No problem. New Manager Ronald Koeman went into the market and made topclass signings, most notably, Italy international Graziano Pelle who was snapped up from Eredivisie side Feyernood. And with players like Kenyan Victor Wanyama stepping up to the plate and scoring goals even from impossible distances, it is not by chance that the Saints are placed second on the log, 8 points above Liverpool who took the bulk of their stars in the summer. Wanyama scored the only goal last weekend as they beat Hull City 1-0 to give them their fourth straight win in all competitions. They host Leicester who are fast fading to the bottom table and I see no reason why they shouldn’t take another three points as their fairy tale Champions League qualification campaign continues. Definitely the team to watch this season and may the Wan-(yama) show continue!
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