Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City
I’m really looking forward to this one. A lot of people fancy Tottenham to go well this season. They have cover in every position with players of international quality and in a season where squads of both depth and quality are most definitely needed, it could well work in Spurs’ favor. I’m still trying to work out Manchester City.
I’ve watched Pep Guardiola in a few post-match interviews recently, and I can’t help but feel if there is something missing there. I’m not quite sure if that translates to the players but either way, I think this will be a tight game and a difficult one to call. However, if City can find their best form, I think they’ll be taking all three points back to Manchester.
Sheffield United 1-1 West Ham
Sheffield United come into this having had a very difficult start to their second season back in the Premier League. Manager Chris Wilder is someone that I hold in high regard and even though they’ve suffered a bit, I think they’ve played well at times. The big-money signing of Rhian Brewster could be a gamble as he has limited Premier League experience, so they really need that to pay off. The Blades should have enough in them to grind out results, so I think that they’ll be okay in the long run. They’ve been dealt a huge blow by the lack of fans.
They have such an influence in their home games, so for all Blades fans, the sooner they’re back the better. I fancied West Ham to do well this season. They’ve got some extremely talented players, especially in midfield. Souček looks capable of scoring every week and often does. With Rice in there as well, it gives them a big presence in the middle of the park. That said, Sheffield United really need to start firing now, and I could see the points shared here in an entertaining match.
Leeds 1-2 Arsenal
I find Leeds are exceptionally good against teams that fancy themselves to play a bit. When you come to Leeds, it plays into their hands as they have loads of energy to smother you and win key battles all over the pitch. ‘They create lots of chances, but equally, concede a lot as well. I think this could play into Mikel Arteta’s hands. ‘If he is prepared to concede a bit of ground and soak up some Leeds pressure, I fancy the Gunners to take full advantage on the break.’