Anty’s Premier League Predictions
After just a 7 week break Premier League football is back. And you know what that means …. so are Anty’s Premier League Predictions.
My life just feels like sport, sport and more sport right now! But it has been mostly American sports so my sleeping pattern has suffered. The NBA Play Off games have been unreal and NFL returned with Thursday night football this week. I don’t think I’ve been to bed before about 4am UK time for quite some time so I’m looking forward to some normal kick off times with the Premier League.
Before we start I just wanted to give you my predictions for the whole season!
Top 4 – Manchester City (champions), Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs.
Relegated – Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Ham
Top goal scorer – Timo Werner (No bias……Genuinely think in this new look Chelsea team he will get a lot of goals).
Fulham v Arsenal – Saturday 12:30 Kick Off
This is tough first game back for Fulham in the Premier League and no fans in the stadium doesn’t make it any easier either.
Arsenal find themselves without a number of first team defensive options which points to it be a high scoring game. But on the bright side, the Arsenal players will now have full confidence in Arteta’s methods and footballing ideas after winning two trophies in quick succession.
I can see Fulham getting a footballing lesson in this one. Hopefully I’m wrong because no one likes to see that for a newly promoted team.
Prediction: Arsenal to win 4 : 1.
Palace v Southampton – Saturday 15:00 Kick Off
This one could be a cagey affair. Crystal Palace were a huge disappoint last year but did well to sign talented attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze from QPR, who is expected to shine this season. Despite this, they are one of my teams to get relegated.
Southampton, on the other hand, were very impressive last season finishing in 11th place. They play good football under Ralph Hasenhüttl and with a revitalised Danny Ings upfront they cause a lot of teams problems.
Prediction: Draw 1 : 1
Liverpool v Leeds – Saturday 17:30 Kick Off
If you asked Leeds who they wanted to play in their first game back in the Premier League, Liverpool would have been last on the list. It’s a tough, tough start for them. But they will be pumped up here and with Marcelo Bielsa in charge I wouldn’t rule them out from coming away with an incredible result here.
For Liverpool, they have taken their foot off the gas since wrapping up the Premier League title and sometimes there is a hangover period. The Reds will be eager to bounce back from the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, so they will go all guns blazing at the newcomers.
Prediction: Liverpool to win 2 : 1
West Ham v Newcastle – Saturday 20:00 Kick Off
Newcastle United travel to West Ham United on the opening day of the Premier League season. The two clubs finished in the bottom half last year, the Magpies 13th and three places higher than their hosts, though it was the Hammers who finished the campaign in better form. Mainly thanks to Antonio upfront who couldn’t stop scoring.
With such little time between the end of 2019/20 and the start of 20/21, David Moyes and his side will hope that form continues somewhat into the new season.
Despite Newcastle’s takeover falling through, there is some optimism among the fanbase after their recent signings, including Jamal Lewis and Callum Wilson. It’s great to finally see the Newcastle hierarchy backing Steve Bruce in the transfer market. He has done a great job and got his team playing some good football since he’s been there even despite their amazing fans not being allowed into the stadium.
Prediction: Newcastle 2 – 1
West Brom V Leicester – Sunday 14:00 Kick Off
West Bromwich Albion play host to Leicester City on their return to the Premier League. The Baggies impressed in the Championship last term, and they are now on a quest to secure the elite division survival. They have been busy in the transfer window adding the likes of Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, Cedric Kipre, and David Button but the newcomers are still seen as underdogs in the season opener. I just hope they are more exciting to watch than their previous stint in the Premier League.
From a Leicester perspective they managed to hold on to a lot of their stars except for Ben Chilwell. Brendan Rodgers team really suffered with their post-lockdown form resulting in them dropping out the top 4. Before that though some of the football they was playing was pretty devastating and great to watch. I can see them hitting them heights again and Jamie Vardy hitting the ground running.
Prediction – Leicester to win 3 – 1.
Tottenham v Everton – Sunday 16:30 Kick Off
What a cracking game this could be. Two great managers come head to head to open the Premier League season. This is probably the game to watch for me this weekend.
Having watched Jose in the ‘All or nothing’ series on Amazon Prime my love for him as grown. The way he motivates his teams are fascinating to watch and with a fully fit team pretty much to choose from theirs no excuses for them to not hit the ground running and get the three points they need to kick on and try challenge for the title this term.
The Toffees, on the other hand, did well to sign Napoli midfielder Allan and James Rodriguez in the summer transfer window. The Everton board have fully backed Carlo Ancelotti in the transfer window who was allowed to go and sign world class players he’s managed before. I can’t see the new acquisitions being ready for action yet though so we might have to wait a few weeks to see what Everton can achieve this year.
Prediction – Spurs to win 2 : 1
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