After results including Liverpool 3-3 Brighton and Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United, you won't be surprised to find out that nobody won the 6 Scores Challenge jackpot last week, and Sam Matterface and Steve Freeth have had their say on this week’s fixtures…
(This article was originally published on 07.10.2022)
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Chelsea were excellent in their 3-0 win over Italian champions Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they may have to be more patient to break down a Wolves side who, prior to their last two games against West Ham and Manchester City, had only conceded four goals in their opening six games.
The Blues upped the tempo against a Milan side that surrendered after going behind, and Graham Potter can make it three straight wins on Saturday.
The last three games between these two have produced three draws and you suspect Wolves fans would bite your arm off for a similar result this weekend.
Conor Coady salvaged a point for the visitors on their last trip to Stamford Bridge and while the 29-year old is thriving at Everton, the Molineux club are floundering after his departure and they may come off second best here.
Chelsea are unbeaten under Graham Potter and I’m expecting that to continue.
Manchester City will rip Southampton apart. This idea that Southampton, who drew with them twice last season, are a team that City down like playing against will be dismissed out of hand.
Saints never keep clean sheets, and haven’t done so for 14 Premier League games. In fact the last clean sheet they kept away from home to a team still in the top flight was, of course, Manchester City a year ago.
City will lay waste to their defence, and the Saints will ship six – if they’re lucky.
Take a glance at the recent results in this fixture and you’ll see the Citizens smashing in six here, five there, all as you’d expect.
But in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s defence, and let’s be honest, he could do with one right now, he’s also stopped Pep a number of times during his stay in the Premier League.
However, with how long the Austrian has left at St Mary’s being up for debate, it’s more than likely going to be how many for Haaland & Co, so I’ll go for four with a late Saints consolation.
Brighton haven’t lost in seven home matches, while no Tottenham player has scored from open play on the road in four games!
Although those seven home matches were all under Graham Potter, the signs from new boss Roberto De Zerbi were positive, and I can see the Seagulls taking the game to Spurs, who’ve been too passive.
That approach may well suit Antonio Conte’s men, allowing them to hit the hosts on the break, but they can’t afford to miss chances like they did at Frankfurt on Tuesday or Brighton will win at home again – and I think they will.
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes and Antonio Conte blowing his top over something, and I just wonder if we’re close to another outburst from the fiery, but brilliant, Italian after a disappointing couple of results over the last week.
Fellow countryman Roberto De Zerbi is new to the Premier League but the early signs from Anfield are that Brighton fans should be in for some entertainment this season.
The Seagulls had a go at Liverpool and I can see them having a go at Spurs as well, but this time they might keep the lead.
Crystal Palace have had a tough start to the season, playing five of the Premier League’s current top seven, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
They played well against Chelsea in patches, but Leeds are always capable of a performance, and I think Jesse Marsch being back on the touchline bringing his chaos will help.
This is it, this is where the season turns for Crystal Palace, this is when the Eagles start their climb up the table.
Okay, slightly over the top, but the run of fixtures between now and the start of January gives Patrick Vieira’s team a chance to show their quality.
The late Conor Gallagher goal against Chelsea rubbed further salt into the wound, but the visitors, without Luis Sinisterra, can be got at.
Eberechi Eze hasn’t scored many for Palace, but he scored against Leeds in a comfortable 4-1 victory almost two years ago – watch this space…
Liverpool go into the weekend 11 points off the top, and Arsenal have been as brilliant as Liverpool have not.
The Gunners came through a big test in last week’s North London derby and I expect them to turn up at home and cause Jurgen Klopp’s Reds grief.
There will be goals – Arsenal’s last 10 games have turned out 37 goals, and I fancy a lively Arsenal win here.
I fancy a draw in this one and with there being only one 0-0 this century, I’m predicting an entertaining affair.
Jurgen Klopp tweaked his formation in midweek against Rangers, but Arsenal are a huge step up in class with the Gunners looking worthy Top 4 challengers this season.
The visitors are 11 points behind Arteta’s side and I can see that still being the case at full-time with so much firepower on the pitch.
I’m looking forward to this one. I felt alone in the summer suggesting that Frank Lampard was doing the right things at Goodison; now the Toffees are now unbeaten in seven with the best defence in the league it’s a bit less lonely!
Manchester United missed chances on Thursday night but Marcus Rashford played well off the bench and must start on Sunday.
If he does, then that resolute Everton defence might be more troubled. Will they be able to withstand it? I’m not sure, but I do fancy Everton to get something out of the game.
The best defence in the Premier League taking on a team that conceded six last weekend.
The return of Conor Coady to Merseyside has worked a treat for Frank Lampard with the England defender showing his leadership qualities both on and off the field.
The only positive that the Red Devils can take from the mauling at the Etihad was that they won the second half, but boy, we’re clutching at straws there.
They had won their previous four Premier League games before being brought down to earth by their rivals and they can head back to Manchester with a point.