Premier League: match by match

With week 5 of the Premier League looming, Ben Hutchison and Ewan Watkins pit their footballing knowledge against each other and a special guest. This article will be the first in a weekly face off. A perfect score scores 5 points, and a correct scoreline gives you 2 points. 

Have your say and tell us who you agree with at the bottom.

This week’s special guest is Abingdon School Council member and News Editor of the Martlet, Ben Ffrench, a Newcastle supporter.

Here are his predictions (green):

Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

Hull 2-0 Arsenal

Leicester 2-1 Burnley

Man City 4-2 Bournemouth

Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

West Brom 2-3 West Ham

Watford 0-0 Man United

Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke

Southampton 3-0 Swansea

Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

And his competitors Ewan (blue) and Ben (black):

Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool

Being a Chelsea fan myself this may be a little biased, but from previous experience Liverpool have no stability away from home and often crumble. Despite a minor collapse at the Liberty Chelsea’s dominant run suggests to me that this should be a comfortable win.

Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool

Chelsea have been in good form under Conte, despite their disappointing draw against Swansea. I expect Liverpool to offer a strong fight, particularly with the scintillating form of Firmino and Mané, although the brutish power of Costa alongside a rejuvenated Hazard will surely overpower a Liverpool defence which are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Hull 1-2 Arsenal

Hull’s confident start to the season surprised the world even more so than Leicester’s remarkable league winning campaign of last season. However manager of the month Mike Phelan’s luck is sure to run out, especially after Arsenal’s confident holding of French champions PSG in midweek.

Hull 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal are back in form after a tough start to the season, and the fact that they managed to salvage a point against PSG midweek shows they have the determination and grit that was perhaps not there at the end of last season. I cannot see that they will have too many problems against newly promoted Hull.

Leicester 1-0 Burnley

The Foxes proved that there is no task too big for Claudio Ranieri and his side confidently dismissing Belgian champions Club Brugge in their first Champions League campaign on Wednesday night. However Burnley are also proving their worth in their return to the Premier League and even with the likes of Mahrez and Vardy I can only see this being a tight affair.

Leicester 2-0 Burnley

Leicester have disappointed in these first few matches, but their incredible 3-0 victory away at Brugge in the UCL shows that they will not give up this title without a fight.

Man City  3-1 Bournemouth

With star man Sergio Aguero ruled out ahead of the Manchester derby, many people saw Pep Guardiola’s side not achieving anything at Old Trafford. But having scored 7 goals in limited appearances last season 19 year old Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up and provided a goal and an assist showing that City are a worthy side without their key man.

Man City 3-0 Bournemouth

Man City have been reinvigorated under Guardiola this season, and last week’s victory over their Manchester rivals has proved their metal. With the likes of De Bruyne, Sterling and even ‘stand in’ Iheanacho in wonderful form, I expect them to walk over this Bournemouth side.

West Brom 1-0 West Ham

The new residents of the Olympic stadium are not really following the Olympic legacy, they are sitting in a rather sour 17th place, and I can’t foresee many bubbles being blown in joy at the Hawthorns this Saturday, so I am predicting a resilient 1-0 victory to Tony Pulis’ side.

West Brom 0-1 West Ham

Having scored just 2 goals all season, I do not expect this West Brom side to particularly trouble a strong West Ham team. West Ham, however, have also disappointed, suffering 3 defeats in four matches so far. Surely the magic of Dimitri Payet can re-inspire the team to victory.

Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

The Toffees may be recreating Leicester’s success, sitting pretty at third in the league with 10 points from three games. Despite having a good manager in Ronald Koeman, I feel this particular Toffee apple may turn sour with a visit from newly promoted and renovated Middlesbrough.

Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

Both teams have impressed their fans so far this season, and the re-emergence of Romelu Lukaku’s form will certainly please the blue half of Merseyside. However, I predict that Middlesborough may find a point from this game.

Watford 1-2 Man United

Watford are an up and down team, week in week out fluctuating in form. Jose’s Man United team have been dominant before a loss to arch rivals Man City. I see this one going the way of the reds however I feel Watford will put up a valid fight.

Watford 1-3 Man United

Last week many of the Manchester United players simply did not turn up prepared to play against such a flowing Man City. Mourinho was wounded in his battle against Guardiola, but I know that he will want to show his rival that they are still very much competing for this title. Watford impressed last week, but will surely struggle to find anything from this match.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke

I’m predicting this game to be the bore fest of the weekend, with Stoke recovering from a thrashing by Spurs and Crystal Palace continuing to trundle along without threat or attacking capabilities, except for in new signing Christian Benteke who could really benefit from the Eagles’ play style.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke

Stoke have thoroughly underperformed thus far this season, and I expect that they, with the talent they have in their ranks, will sooner or later reproduce the results of last season.

Southampton 1-0 Swansea

After a late damning equaliser from Diego Costa last weekend, the spirits of those in Wales may be a bit dampened. What better than a trip to Southampton to lift those spirits? Despite a few tired legs from their Europa League game on Thursday night, I believe Claude Puel’s side will hold out for a 1-0 win.

Southampton 1-0 Swansea

Neither team have been in good form at all this season, particularly surprising for Southampton given the ability in the squad. Swansea were lucky to get anything from their match against Chelsea, and I do not foresee their luck will continue this week.

Tottenham 4-0 Sunderland

On Wednesday night Spurs broke records off of the pitch, but there was no record breaking football on it from Mauro Pochettino’s side. However with Sunderland facing the daunting trip to London and with Spurs returning to White Hart Lane I can only see this being a whitewash.

Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland

Yet again Tottenham have failed to deliver on the European stage, but their league form – combined with Sunderland’s lack of it (they have not yet won a game) – means that a routine win for Spurs is my expectation.