Premier League predictions: week 7

This is how the balance was struck in week 5, with Ewan leading the way with 5 correct results and 1 perfect score. West Brom proved the difference, as he was the only player to predict their victory.

Current standings

With a particularly high scoring week 5 in the Premier League, and some especially surprising results, neither Ben nor Ewan nor their School Council guest Ben Ffrench were very successful in their predictions, totalling modest scores of 15, 13 and 12. Astoundingly, this means that Ewan currently holds the top spot in the leaderboard, and this week it is up to Ben and our special Guest to make his reign a short lived one.

Table 2

Our special guest this week is new head of sport, Mr Bignell, a diehard Spurs fan since the 1980s. This weekend he will be hoping that his favourite player Christian Eriksen can provide the points both on the pitch and off it with his predictions.

So here are his Predictions:

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Swansea 1-3 Liverpool

Hull 1-4 Chelsea

Sunderland 0-0 West Brom

“It’s going to be an absolutely thrilling 0-0”

Watford 1-2 Bournemouth

West Ham 2-1 Middlesbrough

“I’m gonna chance my arm here, I think they’ll break the Olympic Stadium duck”

Manchester United 2-1 Stoke

Leicester 2-2 Southampton

Tottenham Hotspurs 1-3 Manchester City

“My heart tells me that’s a 2-1 win to Spurs, my brain tells me that’s a 3-1 win to City, I think I’m gonna have to go with my brain on this one”.

Burnley 0-2 Arsenal

“As much as I don’t want the A-team to win, I think they will, so I’m gonna have to go with a 2-0 away win.

And here are his competitors Ewan (blue) and Ben (black)

Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

After a shock 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend, I can only see Ronald Koeman’s side bouncing back, with the depth they have. However it will not be easy against a Palace side who fought back valiantly to salvage a 3-2 win against a winless Sunderland side, and who have the redeemed Christian Benteke in their ranks.

Swansea 1-4 Liverpool

Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool have been in wonderful form so far this season, scoring 16 goals in six games. Wingers Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana have particularly impressed, while – more surprisingly – their defence has shored up considerably over the last few games. However, I just don’t think they have the consistency to continue this run, and will drop points against a Swansea side desperate to take just their second win of the season.

Hull 1-2 Chelsea

Hull 1-2 Chelsea

Last weekend was one to forget for Chelsea fans like myself, an embarrassing loss to Arsene Wenger’s side, with an abysmal defensive display. Hopefully, with the return of the captain John Terry Conte’s side can hold out for the win against a tiring Hull side.

Sunderland 1-1 West Brom

Sunderland 1-1 West Brom

Sunderland last weekend had a two goal lead and were just 20 minutes away from their first league victory in August or September since 2012, but incredibly they could not break the duck, as Crystal Palace went on to win the game 3-2. David Moyes may already have concerns about the duration of his managerial post, and will certainly see a home match against the Baggies as a chance to take his first win in charge. However, West Brom are on the up in recent weeks, and I can’t see the Black Cats taking more than a point here.

Watford 1-1 Bournemouth

Watford 2-1 Bournemouth

Watford’s form came to a bitter end in the Monday night fixture with a 2-0 loss at Turf Moor to Burnley. Hosting Bournemouth should be reasonably straightforward but I foresee a boring 1-1 draw, as both teams aim for mid table obscurity.

West Ham 2-1 Middleborough

West Ham 1-0 Middlesbrough

West Ham’s form has been truly astounding this season. Each week that comes, they fail to deliver on the potential we saw in their squad last season, and the team that came 7th last season currently lie in the relegation places. What’s even more confusing is that despite this, winger Antonio lies joint top of the Golden Boot places having scored 5 goals already. Due to the talent in their ranks I can only predict a win this weekend, but am prepared to be proven wrong yet again.

Manchester United 3-1 Stoke

Manchester United 2-0 Stoke

Mark Hughes’ side were able to scrap a 1-1 draw at West Brom to register their second points of the season. Their visit will be a welcome site for Jose Mourinho as he will see it as ‘easy points’ for his side. Unless they really up their game I think Stoke will be well beaten on Sunday, by a United side with a lot of potential not least in form of Marcus Rashford.

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Leicester 2-2 Southampton

On Tuesday night, Leicester City became the first English team to win their first two matches in the Champions league, taking a remarkable 1-0 win over 2004 winners Porto. Their league form has been far more mixed, and coming up against a much improved Southampton side – with lethal striker Charlie Austin – I can’t see them picking up all three points.

Tottenham Hotspurs 2-2 Man City

Tottenham Hotspurs 3-2 Manchester City

The game of the weekend is a top 2 clash between Mauricio Pochettino’s spurs and Pep’s dominant Man City side. Without the undoubted talent of Kevin De Bruyne I think a visit to White Hart Lane will be the stopping point for City’s form, but it should be a great match as both teams have slight defensive issues which should create a high scoring affair.

Burnley 1-4 Arsenal

Burnley 0-3 Arsenal

Quite simply, Arsenal wiped the floor with Chelsea last weekend. As a Chelsea fan, it was tough to see my team be so thoroughly outplayed. But the fact was that Arsenal – with the re-invigorated form of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott – played brilliantly, and a routine win against Burnley is the only realistic prediction in my book.