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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Premier League predictions: Chelsea to keep up winning momentum, Spurs to bounce back, West Ham and Crystal Palace to lose

Steve Luckings gives his predictions for Round 4 of the Premier League.

The transfer window is closed and, for some, it couldn't come soon enough.

Not all, though. Amazingly, five clubs - Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea City and Watford - voted against a new law that would see the 2018/19 Premier League summer transfer window close the day before the start of next season. One club, Burnley, abstained.

But that's a way off in the distance. There are more pressing matters at hand, like this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures for a start.

For many fans it will offer a first glimpse at some of the players brought in before the transfer window closed on August 31.

There should be Premier League debuts for Renato Sanches at Swansea City, Gregorz Krychowiack for West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool supporters will be wondering if their new arrival Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is worth all the fuss when Liverpool travel to Manchester City in Saturday's early games.

There are at least three managers under pressure even at this embryonic stage of the season. Arsene Wenger knows only a win at struggling Bournemouth will keep the wolves from the door at Arsenal, while rumours persist that Frank de Boer and Slaven Bilic have just 90 minutes to save their futures at Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively.

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