Porter’s Premier League Predictions: 23rd-25th August

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Updated: August 23, 2014
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Premier League football came back with a bang last weekend and hopefully this weekend’s action will follow suit. Two of the most surprising games for me were Swansea defeating Manchester United, and Leicester earning a draw against Everton. This weekend is looking just as good as the two games to keep your eyes close on are Everton vs Arsenal, and Manchester City vs Liverpool. Here are my predictions for this weekend.

All kick-offs at 3pm GMT unless stated.


 

Saturday

Aston Villa vs Newcastle (12:45pm) – Aston Villa got off to a good start with a 1-0 away win against Stoke whilst Newcastle suffered a home defeat to Manchester City. Newcastle played well in that game though so expect them to at least achieve a point this time out.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle


 

Chelsea vs Leicester– Chelsea came back from behind to win against Burnley on Monday night. Leicester on the other hand rescued a point from their first game back in the top flight against Everton. Chelsea has only lost once in the league under Mourinho so don’t expect Leicester to get much in this game. This could be a whitewash.

Prediction: Chelsea 5-0 Leicester


 

Crystal Palace vs West Ham – Crystal Palace did well against Arsenal but failed to pick up any points, and West Ham played well as well but lost at home against Tottenham. Both teams are most likely to produce the same type of performance in this match in hope they can produce a vital win but I think this match ends in a draw.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham


 

Southampton vs West Brom – Both of these teams dropped points last weekend in their opening fixtures. West Brom nearly had all three points against Sunderland but a late goal denied them, and Southampton did well to hold Liverpool for most of their game. This may convince Saints fans that the season isn’t all doom and gloom after the summer transfer departures.  Southampton to win this one.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 West Brom


 

Swansea vs Burnley – After a shock win against Manchester United, Swansea will enter this game with confidence of picking up all the points again against recently promoted Burnley. Burnley did well till the quality of Chelsea caught up with them and will look to recover in this game. However, I think Swansea will continue their winning start but it could be a close game.

Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Burnley


 

Everton vs Arsenal (5:30pm) – Everton would have looked at last week’s game against Leicester and would have seen it as two points dropped. They will be looking to take advantage of an Arsenal side coming back from a midweek trip to Turkey. Despite this, I still think Arsenal will win because of the returning German trio giving a boost to their squad.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Arsenal


 

Sunday

Hull vs Stoke (1:30pm) – Hull started off their 2014/15 Premier League campaign well with a win away at QPR whilst Stoke will be looking to turn things around after a home loss to Aston Villa. I think Stoke will step up their performance this week, meaning this game ends in a draw.

Prediction: Hull 1-1 Stoke


 

Tottenham vs QPR (1:30pm) – Tottenham picked up all three points last weekend against West Ham but they will be looking to repeat the same outcome with more satisfaction this time around. Charlie Austin’s saved penalty against Hull meant QPR didn’t get any points in their opening fixture. Tottenham has the better quality side and should achieve all the points in this game.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 QPR


 

Sunderland vs Manchester United (4pm) – Manchester United will be looking to recapture their preseason form after a disappointing loss to Swansea. Sunderland did well to pick up a point last week against West Brom. Some people think this game could end in a draw but I think Manchester United will dominate in this fixture and pick up an easy win.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-3 Manchester United


 

Monday

Manchester City vs Liverpool (8pm) – The current champions will play against the runners up in the first real big game of the season. Neither one of these sides had a convincing win in their opening fixture, so a step up in quality is in order, something which both sides can definitely provide. The outcome of this fixture could play a vital role come next May. Along with home advantage, I think Manchester City will pick up all the points.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool


 

RECAP

Saturday

Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle
Chelsea 5-0 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham
Southampton 2-0 West Brom
Swansea 2-1 Burnley
Everton 1-2 Arsenal

Sunday

Hull 1-1 Stoke
Tottenham 2-0 QPR
Sunderland 1-3 Manchester United

Monday

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool


 

What do you think of Porter’s Predictions? Leave your own prediction in the comments section below.

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