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UTN’s Top 3 For The Weekend – Gameweek 5

Welcome back to our 2nd edition of “UTN’s Top 3 For The Weekend”. Where we gather our football writers to bring you our opinions on the top 3 games of the coming weekend’s football calendar. This week’s top 3 fixtures are Aston Villa v Everton, West Ham v Manchester United and Tottenham v Chelsea. Take a look at what the guys think below!

Aston Villa v Everton

El Ghazi fired the winner the last time these two sides met. Will it be the same this Saturday?
Image Credit: BBC Sport

Jamie Evans

A tasty tie between two sides who probably had similar targets set for the season, challenging for the European places. 

Aston Villa have had a bit of a shaky start since the departure of their former talisman Jack Grealish, but last weekend against Chelsea they played some very good stuff and the 3-0 scoreline flattered the blues. With the team finally gelling together with the new additions, Villa will be looking to climb the table in the coming weeks. 

A lot was said when Rafa Benitez was appointed at Goodison, but 4 games in, 1 draw, and 3 wins, the fans are slowly warming to the ex-Liverpool boss. Everton have looked a solid outfit, and new additions Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray have hit the ground running, especially the latter, hitting 3 goals in his last 3 games. 

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin out till early October minimum, I think that will give Villa the edge come Saturday. 

Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

Chris Juffs

Quite an interesting game in all honesty. I expect a fairly scrappy affair, with both sides having some serious firepower up top. 

I watched Aston Villa against Chelsea last weekend and I think the scoreline flattered The Blues massively. Villa looked very dangerous at times, and the strike partnership of Ings & Watkins screams goals. 

Everton on the other hand, have been fairly impressive. When they went a goal down on Monday against Burnley, I expected them to fold and really struggle. However, they showed some real character to come back and win 3-1. I think I’ll sit on the fence for this one. 

Aston Villa 2-2 Everton

Christian Obray

I have already spoken about my confidence in Everton this season under Rafa and I have seen nothing so far this season to make me doubt it. 

Everton are scoring goals for fun and bargain buy Demari Gray is in cracking form coming into this tie. Villa have only defeated a weak Newcastle side so this game stacks heavily in favour of the boys in blue. 

Aston Villa 0 – 2 Everton 

West Ham v Manchester United

Pogba cupping his ears to the West Ham fans following his 30-yard screamer at the London Stadium last season. Same again on Sunday?
Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

Jamie Evans

West Ham got off to a flying start this season scoring 8 goals in the opening 2 games over Newcastle and Leicester both ending in 2-4 and 4-1 wins. However, they’ve not picked up more than 2 pts in the following 2 games, drawing against Crystal Palace and Southampton. With West Ham pushing for another European slot this season, Games like those they need to win. 

United have had a decent start to the campaign and have been very free-scoring, with just the Southampton draw a blemish on what would be a perfect record early doors. Things were looking fantastic over the weekend with the returning Ronaldo scoring a brace in the 4-1 win over Newcastle, But the defeat to Young Boys has knocked everyone down a peg. 

I expect a tough game v the Hammers, very much a bogey team for United, but with Michail Antonio missing through suspension, I am fully expecting United to bounce back from the midweek defeat and get back to winning ways. 

West Ham 1-3 Manchester United

Chris Juffs

West Ham are still unbeaten in the Premier League, but they’ve failed to beat Crystal Palace and Southampton lately, and draws aren’t enough if they want to really challenge for the top 4 this season. 

Manchester United were way too good for Newcastle last weekend, however, cracks began to show midweek against Young Boys. They do, however, have a certain Cristiano Ronaldo…

I think this game will be a real cracker, but with Michail Antonio suspended, Manchester United just edge it for me. 

West Ham 0-1 Manchester United 

Christian Obray

A very interesting tie, being made more so by West Ham being at home. Both are unbeaten coming into this tie with the only difference being United having won one more and drawn one less (obviously). 

However, with Antonio missing this game and with how crucial he has been recently to their success, I think United will come away from this one with the win. Ronaldo to get back-to-back braces? You wouldn’t like to bet against him…

West Ham 0 – 2 Manchester United 

Tottenham v Chelsea

Will it be another feisty North London derby?
Image Credit: Football 365

Jamie Evans

Spurs have won 3 out of 4 to start the season, 3 1-0 wins and a resounding 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace on the weekend. Having watched a couple of their games, I am worried for Tottenham. The football is hard to watch, painfully boring. 

Chelsea are another side who are flying at the moment, and with Romelu Lukaku adding the goals that Timo Werner couldn’t find last season, they are a serious force to be reckoned with in all competitions. 

Taking into account the form of both sides and the way they are playing, I think this could be the most one-sided North London derby for some time. 

Tottenham 0-4 Chelsea

Chris Juffs

As a Chelsea fan, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Spurs have been in our shadow for a good 30+ years, and hopefully, this continues Sunday. 

Spurs come into the game on the back of a heavy defeat against Crystal Palace, and a tricky game against Stade Rennais on Thursday won’t help whatsoever. 

Chelsea have been impressive so far this season and really should have too much for Tottenham. 

I’ve been slightly biased, so my official prediction will be serious. 

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea 

Christian Obray

London Derby day!!!! This ought to be a cracker, already a massive game this early on in the season. This is Tottenham’s litmus test for where they ought to expect to finish this season. 

On paper, Chelsea are the much stronger outfit, but games are not won or lost on paper and Nuno would love to prove his credentials to the Tottenham faithful. Unfortunately, I can’t see anything but a comfortable Chelsea win from this one. 

Tottenham 0 v 3 Chelsea 

And there we have it, another round of UTN’s Top 3 for the weekend! Hope you all enjoy it, let us know in the comments what you think as readers!

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