GAMEWEEK 5 PREVIEWS & PREDICTIONS!
Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Newcastle vs Leeds
Two teams that are yet to deliver this season. Both are winless in their opening four games. Leeds will be hoping that the likes of Raphina and Bamford will step up and hit the heights of last season. Newcastle will be without talisman Wilson for this encounter, but they’re always a threat on the counter with Saint-Maximin and Almirón. Both teams will be eyeing their chances to leave with all three points in the bag.
One to watch: Patrick Bamford
Wolves vs Brentford
Wolves are finally up and running after dispatching Watford. Brentford will be looking to bounce back after defeat to Brighton. Ivan Toney is yet to hit the same heights he reached in the championship, but there is no doubt that he possesses a lot of quality. Wolves have two of the most exciting wing-backs in the league. Marcal and Semedo are both very influential from their respective flanks.
One to watch: Nélson Semedo
Burnley vs Arsenal
Turf Moor is most certainly not the easiest place to visit, especially if you are a struggling Arsenal team. Most Gunners fans will be relieved after their team finally got their first points of the season against Norwich, but the will have to be at their best to overcome this challenge. Burnley dominated Everton for 60 minutes, but then they lost concentration and were made to punish by Andros Townsend. They will fancy their chances of causing a upset on Saturday.
One to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Liverpool are off to a flying start this season and look back to their best. Palace put Spurs to the sword in their last game. Mo Salah is the newest member of the 100 club. Odsonne Édouard has hit the ground running at Palace, bagging a brace on his debut. Palcae will look to cause problems from set-pieces, but with Van Dijk at the heart of their defence, Liverpool will be confident of easily seeing this game through.
One to watch: Sadio Mané
Manchester City vs Southampton
City can’t stop scoring. 17 goals in their last 4 games in all competitions. The Saints are yet to win a game and I can’t see that changing here. Jack Grealish is finding his feet, Ferran Torres is finding the back of the net and Rúben Dias is keeping clean sheets for fun. Surely City will dominate this one from start to finish.
One to watch: Ferran Torres
Norwich vs Watford
The canaries are definitely leading the relegation charge after 4 games this season. They are yet to get any points. The hornets had an excellent start to life in the Premier League, but reality has hit hard and they can’t keep clean sheets to save their lives. This game can certainly go either way and both managers will see this as a must win match.
One to watch: Ismaïla Sarr
Aston Villa vs Everton
Keep an eye on this game. Two teams that will certainly be eyeing the European spots. Villa have been a bit underwhelming this season considering the squad that they have to their exposal. As a Liverpool fan I’m frightened by Everton’s start to the season. They blasted Burnley away in 6 minutes. Gray has hit the ground running at Goodison Park and Andros Townsend has been re-born. Everton have to potential to cause a lot of upsets this season.
One to watch: Demarai Gray
Brighton vs Leicester
The Seagulls have definitely impressed thus far. Leicester are yet to hit the heights of the previous two seasons, but it takes one game to ignite your season. Jamie Vardy will be hoping to get on the score sheet as will Neal Maupay. Brighton will be fancying their chances from set-pieces. This game is perfectly poised for someone to step up and steal the show.
One to watch: Yves Bissouma
West Ham vs Manchester United
The Hammers would have fancied their chances of causing an upset here, but
with Michail Antonio suspended United will certainly be the favourites,
especially with Ronaldo continuing where he left of 12 years earlier. The
London stadium will be in full voice cheering on their heroes as they face
United. They might need to take a leaf out of Yong Boys book if they want to
One to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo
Tottenham vs Chelsea
Tottenham had an excellent start to their campaign until Palace burst their
bubble. Chelsea is staking their claims to be title favourites. Romelu Lukaku is
tearing through defences and it looks like no one will be able to stop him. Can Harry Kane outscore him in this London Derby?
One to watch: Romelu Lukaku
Who should your fantasy captain be this week?
Sadio Mané can become the first ever Premier League player to score in 9 consecutive games against the same club if he were to find the net against Palace on Saturday. He has not had the best of starts to the new season, but he always seems to score against the Eagles. I back him to do so once again.
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