English Premier League Week 8 Preview: Watford to Resurge Against Bournemouth?
Last week’s round of Premier League fixtures saw the biggest upset so far in the league, with West Ham tearing Manchester United apart 3-1. Despite this win, West Ham remains fourteenth in the table with just seven points, while Manchester United are stuck at tenth. Although Liverpool was not able to fully get justice and defeat Chelsea, they were able to come back home from London with their heads held high after playing through a one all draw, courtesy of Daniel Sturridge’s eighty ninth-minute strike. This week too sees exciting and competitive matches, starting with sixth-placed Watford against seventh-placed Bournemouth.
Watford vs Bournemouth
Arsenal moved up last week to fifth in the table by beating Watford 2-0, but Watford put up an excellent fight, holding the Gunners to a draw for almost 80 minutes. Watford’s biggest problem this season seems to be threatening in front of goal, as their eleven goals so far this season from seven matches doesn’t seem too impressive. Bournemouth is the opposite. Defensively, they aren’t too reliable, allowing twelve goals to go in so far this season.
Bournemouth managed a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace last week, but Watford’s defending and home advantage might not fare well for Bournemouth.
Prediction: Watford 2-1 Bournemouth
Leicester City vs Everton
Eighth-placed Leicester City like their chances here at home against eleventh placed Everton. Leicester, thanks to a 92nd-minute goal from England sensation Harry McGuire, found themselves winning 2-1 against Southampton, while Everton struggled away at Bournemouth, drawing 2-2, and losing Richarlison due to suspension.
Both sides boast excellent attacking options. Leicester possesses Jamie Vardy up front and Henry McGuire behind. Everton will look to use the abilities of Theo Walcott or Cenk Tosun. However, being away at Leicester, having a weak defense and a broken offense versus a well-rounded Leicester City, it’s hard to see Everton winning this one.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Everton
Liverpool vs Manchester City
Anfield will be hosts to league leaders Manchester City on Sunday as Liverpool will look to try and take the first spot in the table. Both teams are on 19 points. Despite Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp not usually faring well against Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have failed to win at Anfield since 2003. Along with this, Liverpool will be feeling confident with their attack, which boasts Mohammad Salah’s record, Daniel Sturridge’s form, and the threat of Sadio Mané.
City, in their own right, can argue their offense is far better with the league leaders netting in twenty-one goals so far this season from just seven matches, compared to Liverpool’s fifteen. Manchester City’s defense also matches that of Liverpool, with both sides only allowing in only three goals so far this season. In the ending, it will be down to Liverpool’s defense being the deciding factor, as it is noted that Liverpool tends to win when their £75-million signing Virgil Van Dijk performs well in center-back. Him, along with Brazilian goalkeeper Alison, should provide Liverpool with the defense needed for victory.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
Other English Premier League Predictions:
Burnley 2-0 Huddersfield
Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves
Tottenham Hotspurs 3-0 Cardiff City
Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle United
Fulham 1-3 Arsenal
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea