By Aman Huda
The English Premier League is the most followed and watched league in the world, so it’s only right we cover it here at Fourth Quarter Sports. From now on, a new Premier League preview will be out every Friday, right before the matches start on Saturday morning (at least here in the U.S.).
Going into Week 6 of the English Premier League, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City top the table, but one name missing from that list is Manchester United. United hasn’t had the most convincing of starts and currently sit eighth in the table behind Arsenal and Tottenaham. Perhaps the team who has surprised the most so far is Watford, who sit in fourth, recording just one loss and four wins, including beating Tottenham 2-1 along the way.
Heading into Saturday’s action, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Arsenal will all look to improve their current situations, but will face stiff competition in doing so. So, without further ado:
Fulham vs Watford:
Although Fulham has the ability to perform well, being promoted from the Championship. Having done some excellent business in the summer, including the signing of Andre Schrülle from Borrusia Dortmund, they have struggled to click and sit 15th in the table. Watford, who’ve had a very strong start to this season, can only add to their win tally in London Saturday. Watford has plenty of attacking options. This includes the main man up front, Troy Deeney, who’s scored against Tottenham and Burnley so far this season.
Prediction: Fulham 1-3 Watford
Manchester United vs Wolves
It could be easy to back thirteen-time Premier League Champions Manchester United, but this season things aren’t so black and white. Newly promoted Wolves sit impressively at ninth in the table, one spot and one point behind Manchester United. Manchester United does get a home game, which will make it tough for the Wolves to beat the Red Devils. However, Manchester United has struggled this season, even in home matches, losing 0-3 to Tottenham, barely beating Watford 2-1, and even losing 3-2 to Brighton and Hove Albion. In the ending, even though Wolves have started off strong, I don’t think they are yet strong enough to beat Manchester United, but will definitely challenge them.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Wolves
Liverpool vs Southampton
This seems like a given. This English Premier League matchup should be a walk in the park for the Reds. At Anfield, I’d be surprised if Liverpool even lets one goal in on Saturday. Up front, Liverpool has stars in Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mané. Let’s forget the most successful of them all so far this season, Roberto Firmino. Liverpool’s defense is a bit weaker than you’d expect it to be, but they’ve only let in two goals in five matches. Southampton, meanwhile, has what seems to be confused defending and a nonthreatening attack, forcing them to sit at 13th in the table. Scoring six goals all season, Southampton shouldn’t be a problem for Liverpool this weekend.
Prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton
West Ham vs Chelsea
On face, it’s a London rivalry. On paper, it’s Chelsea against a college or high school side. Well, until Week 5 that was. Last week against Everton, West Ham returned to their former glory days by routing Everton 1-3 at Goodison Park. This time they look ready to take on league leaders Chelsea, but beating them seems unlikely. Their midfield maestro Jack Wilshire is unlikely to play against the Blues. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is on a roll with his five goals in an equal number of matches, firing Chelsea to the top of the table. West Ham perhaps may challenge, but Chelsea have enough firepower to get over the line.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Chelsea
Everton vs Arsenal
Most eyes will be on this fixture Sunday. Neither team has had the strongest of starts in the season so far, making it a very competitive fixture. Arsenal will have to travel north to Liverpool for this fixture, and Arsenal’s away record isn’t necessarily the best. However, Everton seem to lack real fire power, achieving eight goals in five matches so far. Arsenal’s list of firepower goes on and on with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Özil, etc, who will probably start against the Toffees.
Prediction: Everton 1-3 Arsenal
Other English Premier League Predictions:
Crystal Palace 3-0 Newcastle United
Leicester City 3-0 Huddersfield
Cardiff 0-3 Manchester City
Burnley 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
Brighton 1-3 Tottenham Hotspurs