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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Premier League predictions: Chelsea beat Liverpool, Arsenal held at Burnley and Manchester clubs win

This week Graham Caygill also predicts victories for Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City

Manchester United are a stronger team when Paul Pogba, left, is fit and playing. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Manchester United are a stronger team when Paul Pogba, left, is fit and playing. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Manchester United 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Why? United looked much more efficient as an attacking force with Paul Pogba in midfield and Jose Mourinho’s men should have too much for Brighton.

David Moyes endured a poor start to his stint as West Ham United manager. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters
David Moyes endured a poor start to his stint as West Ham United manager. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters

West Ham United 1 Leicester City 2 Why? West Ham had their moments against Watford in the first game of the reign of David Moyes. But they still look very weak defensively and Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will be confident of exploiting the home side’s rearguard.

Xherdan Shaqiri, right, has been solid for Stoke City. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images
Xherdan Shaqiri, right, has been solid for Stoke City. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0 Stoke City 1 Why? Palace are beginning to find a bit more tenacity under Roy Hodgson, but Stoke are beginning to be the side the Premier League knows well in being tough, awkward and hard to break down. They are unbeaten in their past three games and with Xherdan Shaqiri finding his form, they will expect to leave Selhurst Park with all three points.

There is uncertainty surrounding the future of Watford manager Marco Silva. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
There is uncertainty surrounding the future of Watford manager Marco Silva. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Newcastle United 1 Watford 1 Why? Both sides have had hectic weeks off the pitch with takeover talks at Newcastle and Watford manager Marco Silva heavily linked with taking over at Everton. Both sides are evenly matched and a draw would not be a bad result for either team.

Callum Wilson is in excellent goalscoring form. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images
Callum Wilson is in excellent goalscoring form. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Swansea City 1 Bournemouth 2 Why? It seems crazy to be labelling games must win in November, but Swansea desperately need three points to kick-start their campaign. A run of six defeats in seven games is threatening to cut Paul Clement’s side adrift in the bottom three at this early stage. The bad news for them is Bournemouth arrive on the back of two wins in a row, and with Callum Wilson’s hat-trick against Huddersfield they will be confident of making it three on the bounce.

Dele Alli, left, and Harry Kane will be a handful for any opposition. Saschua Steinbach / EPA
Dele Alli, left, and Harry Kane will be a handful for any opposition. Saschua Steinbach / EPA

Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Bromwich Albion 0 Why? West Brom are managerless after dismissing Tony Pulis and going to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham is not the ideal fixture in such circumstances. Tottenham will be desperate to bounce back after losing to Arsenal and will look to Harry Kane and Dele Alli again for inspiration.

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Chelsea's Alvaro Morata is among the goals. Peter Cziborra / Reuters
Chelsea's Alvaro Morata is among the goals. Peter Cziborra / Reuters

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2 Why? Liverpool are great fun going forward, with Mohamed Salah one of the signings of the summer. But Chelsea are beginning to hit form, with Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard gelling well, and Antonio Conte’s men have the offensive threat to take three points at Anfield.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond, left, should have the edge against Everton. Ed Sykes / Reuters
Southampton's Nathan Redmond, left, should have the edge against Everton. Ed Sykes / Reuters

Southampton 2 Everton 0 Why? Everton were a shambles in the Europa League on Thursday and the sooner a new permanent manager is appointed the better. Southampton are also struggling, with just five points from their last seven games. Southampton have the better forward line and between Nathan Redmond, Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini they should have the edge here.

Even Alexis Sanchez may not be enough for Arsenal this weekend. Tony O'Brien / Reuters
Even Alexis Sanchez may not be enough for Arsenal this weekend. Tony O'Brien / Reuters

Burnley 1 Arsenal 1 Why? Sean Dyche’s side have been the surprise package of the season so far and they are only behind Arsenal on goal difference. Dyche’s men are well organised across the pitch, and despite Alexis Sanchez looking like he is beginning to get back to his best for the London side, they may have to be happy with just a point here.

Gabriel Jesus, right, is one of many attacking options Manchester City have at their disposal. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
Gabriel Jesus, right, is one of many attacking options Manchester City have at their disposal. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Huddersfield Town 0 Manchester City 4 Why? Huddersfield conceded four at Bournemouth last week and must be fearful of what Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling side will do to them. City have a range of attacking options and any combination of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling should be a frightening prospect for the home side.

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