Fulham 1-3 Everton
I’ve seen quite a bit of Fulham recently. They look good going forward with Mitrovic very much the focal point of their attack. I’ve been impressed with their captain, Cairney. He’s very good in possession and is more than capable of unlocking a defense. However, it’s at the back where I am concerned for the Cottagers. They leave themselves open to too many chances and I’m not at all convinced by their back four. Everton had a great start to the season, albeit they’ve tailed off slightly.
I wasn’t sure about their starting XI in their last match. Sigurdsson doesn’t look natural in central midfield, and Bernard blows too hot and cold for me. A lot of people were getting excited about the Toffees early on, and whilst I think they’ll have a solid season, I still think that there is work to be done there. That said, I think going forward they’ll have too much for Fulham and I fancy them to take advantage of the home side’s shaky backline.
Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City
As we all know, Liverpool come into this with a few key players missing. One huge positive that has come from this is the emergence of Diogo Jota. He’s been in incredible form and will have the platform to play a huge role here again. The Reds are a bit light in midfield but Jurgen Klopp still has options, so the team should be strong enough. As for Leicester, they have a good side with their main threat being on the counter-attack. That will be where Liverpool will be concerned the most, but Leicester have injuries of their own. I’m expecting an open match, and I think Liverpool will win with both teams scoring.
Manchester United 2-0 West Brom
West Brom come into this after a string of poor results. Aside from putting three past Chelsea, they haven’t looked great at the back and have been equally poor going forward. United have still to find their rhythm and they must find a way to get their best players all on the pitch at the same time, which is obviously easier said than done. You can’t keep Pogba on the bench, and if he can’t secure a regular place in the side soon, he may have to consider his options. For all United are inconsistent, they are up against a side that are really struggling, and I expect them to win this comfortably.
Wolves 1-1 Southampton
Wolves have been a breath of fresh air since they returned to the Premier League. They don’t concede many goals and look good going forward as well. I think they’ll have another good season and once again be challenging for the final European places. I covered the Southampton game when they defeated Newcastle and I was very impressed. They squeezed Newcastle, pressing from the front. I think Hasenhüttl is doing a great job and could soon be on the radar of some of the really big teams.
Interestingly, if you were to look at the Premier League since the start of the year, they’d be sitting in third. Also, they’ve got one of the best set-piece takers in the league with James Ward-Prowse, so they’re always a threat from those situations. I don’t think there is much between these two, so I’m going for a 1-1 draw.