From left to right: Man City and Man United celebrate their wins this week, Photo Credit: Reuters and Getty
Manchester City opened up Week 5 with a 6-0 thrashing of Watford while Sergio Aguero grabbed his sixth Premier League hat trick in the process. Liverpool continues its tradition of failing to trump weaker teams after a 1-1 draw against Burnley. Mauricio Pochettino’s men didn’t get three points after Tottenham Hotspur had a poor performance against a Swansea side that didn’t even have a shot on target to cap off the first day.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger spoiled Antonio Conte’s bid for another win after getting a scoreless draw in the latest Chelsea-Arsenal matchup to break his five game losing streak at Stamford Bridge. While Manchester United capped off last week with a 4-0 thumping of a confused Everton side to send them reeling on their third consecutive loss of the season.
Last week didn’t disappoint with all of the drama and fanfare in the league but you can bet there’s more to come in Week 6!
Saturday, September 23 – via Sky Sports
12:30 PM – West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur (0-2)
15:00 PM – Burnley vs. Huddersfield Town (1-1)
15:00 PM – Everton vs. Bournemouth (2-1)
15:00 PM – Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace (3-0)
15:00 PM – Southampton vs. Manchester United (1-3)
15:00 PM – Stoke City vs. Chelsea (1-2)
15:00 PM – Swansea City vs. Watford (1-2)
17:30 PM – Leicester vs. Liverpool (1-1)
Sunday, September 24 – via Sky Sports
16:00 PM – Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United (1-2)
Monday, September 25 – via Sky Sports
20:00 PM – Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion (2-1)
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur were arguably playing as the best side in Premier League last year after scoring a league high in goals with 86 and allowing a league low in goals with 26. However, a 1-0 loss to West Ham United at London Stadium on May 5 saw their title hopes fade away while they were reminded of how close they were to bringing in their club’s first top flight title. Chelsea ultimately claimed the prize after rewriting the history books with their record breaking 30 win season.
However, the Spurs seem to have lost the magic they had after leaving White Hart Lane to move to Wembley Stadium while their new home is still under construction. The Lilywhites only dropped four points at home last season as they went unbeaten as hosts but their formidable side seems to be longing for White Hart Lane after dropping seven points at Wembley with just five games in the new season. They have won both their away games so far but nothing beats winning at home.
While West Ham seems to be in a groove after winning their first game at home with a 2-0 thumping of Huddersfield and a scoreless draw in a commendable effort on the road against West Brom. Their next fixture at home when they host the Spurs should give them a challenge but whether they could replicate last season’s upset of the Lilywhites remains to be seen.
Prediction: West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur (0-2)
Leicester vs. Liverpool
Liverpool are set to face Leicester in back to back games at King Power Stadium for their first Carabao Cup fixture before facing the Foxes again for a Premier League match. Add the Reds’ scheduled Champions League match in Russia against Spartak Moscow at Otkrytie Arena after those fixtures and you have recipe for disaster.
Jurgen Klopp believes his side has the personnel to deal with the long arduous season though. “I think the squad is wide enough to play in different competitions and to come as far as possible and that’s the plan at the moment,” he said in a Sky Sports interview.
But we all know Klopp is going to put more emphasis on the Premier League and the Champions League, who wouldn’t? However, he might have to wave the white flag on the former if he doesn’t find a way to score against English teams who prefer to sit deep.
Burnley exposed this after they had a 1-1 draw with Liverpool as the Reds shot 35 times during the match with only nine on target compared to the Clarets’ 4/5 effort. Philippe Coutinho desperately wanted to help his side get three points but his seven shots all failed to hit the mark.
On the other hand, the Foxes seem to be having a rough start after losing to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea so far in the opening fixtures of the season. However, teams seem to be picking up on Liverpool’s aforementioned problem so we can expect Leicester to go in with that game plan to thwart the Reds’ chances of getting a win in their next showdown.
Whether that would be enough will rely on Liverpool’s chances of finding the net from long range.
Prediction: Leicester vs. Liverpool (1-1)