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6 Scores Challenge: Sam Matterface and Steve Freeth's predictions including Manchester United v Arsenal

Original article published 10 November 2022

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Sam and Steve have both put seven correct results forward over the first two weeks, with Steve leading 2-0 in correct scores.

Brentford v Leeds

Sam: 2-2

Brentford’s only defeat this season came late on against Fulham and this could be a cracker between two teams who seemingly always find the net. Leeds have only failed to score once, and they’re a side who get right in your face, while Brentford are physical and energetic themselves.

Leeds famously won at the Gtech Stadium to secure stay up at Burnley’s expense at the end of last season. I was there for what was a terrific day for Jesse Marsch, but that is the only win for Leeds at Brentford since 1950, and I think this will be a draw.

Steve: 1-1

Both of these sides have taken a big scalp at home this season, and I think this will be a good test for them to see where each of them are.

After the late Mitrovic goal undid them late on against Fulham, the Bees have benefitted from late goals themselves in last two matches through Yoane Wissa and Vitalty Janelt. They’ve drawn their last two games 1-1 and I can see this being similar.

Jesse Marsch will have happy memories of this fixture from back in May, and he’ll hope they’re more adventurous

Luis Sinsiterra is yet to manage 90 minutes for Leeds but I’ve been impressed with him; he’s caught the eye and Brentford will have to be wary of him.

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Sam: 1-0

I feel a bit sorry for Crystal Palace as they’ve had a really tough start to the season. They’ve been impressive early in the campaign, taking the lead against Manchester City, soaking up Liverpool’s pressure and hitting them on the break, but Newcastle defend really well; they’ve kept six clean sheets in nine home games.

Wilfried Zaha can’t keep doing it all in terms of scoring the goals for Palace, and I think this might be one of those games where they come up a little bit short.

Steve: 1-1

Those watching Bournemouth in Championship will be aware that Eddie Howe is the king of game management, so it was no surprise to see his Newcastle side try every trick in the book to frustrate Liverpool.

He will have been delighted to see Alexander Isak bag on his debut, with the Swede also having one disallowed.

Newcastle face a Palace side yet to keep a clean sheet. It was no disgrace for Patrick Vieira to be undone by Erling Haaland, but it will have hurt to have lost another lead in midweek.

Ten of the last 11 between these two have been under 2.5 goals and I’m going for a repeat of that.

Tottenham v Fulham

Sam: 2-1

Tottenham switched off for just a few seconds in the second half against West Ham, and doing that cost them three points. They can’t afford to do that with Aleksandar Mitrovic around; his xG/90 is pretty impressive and his goal tally even more so, especially for a striker who people said couldn’t do it in the Premier League.

Harry Kane is eyeing up another record for goals scored in London derbies and can draw level with Thierry Henry this weekend. The last few Spurs games have been a bit dull, but I think this one will be more entertaining with both sides finding the net.

Steve 2-1

Spurs remain unbeaten but Antonio Conte will have been disappointed to drop points in midweek having gone ahead against West Ham, and the lack of form of Son Heung-min is a real worry.

He’s not influencing games this season, and as a Son fan, I’m concerned. There are no such worries for Aleksandar Mitrovic; he’s had 22 shots so far this season with 19 coming in the box, and scoring five goals in the process. He can test Spurs’ defence as he did Arsenal’s, before breaking through the usually watertight Brighton.

He’s bang in form after the questions of whether he can handle the Premier League and wasn’t just a Championship flat track bully.

I think Spurs will win, but it’ll be a tight game.

Chelsea v West Ham

Sam: 1-1

Scamacca, Paquetta, Antonio, Bowen, Benrahma… I just think that with Chelsea only getting Aubameyang in the door on Thursday, West Ham look like they’ve got more firepower.

Raheem Sterling has done brilliantly since his arrival from Manchester City but clearly Chelsea have got some problems. There’s a softness to them in terms of defence, and until they work out what they’re trying to do tactically, it’s going to be a difficult couple of weeks.

Thomas Tuchel used to pride himself on a great defence, but ultimately that’s the area where Chelsea have been struggling and at the moment they couldn’t finish a sentence, let alone a chance.

Steve: 1-1

With two defeats in three for Chelsea, West Ham will be smelling blood after getting a result against Spurs, with Tomas Soucek getting a goal after posting some impressive numbers prior to his equaliser.

Chelsea rarely lose to the Hammers at home, and on the positive side, Raheem Sterling’s started scoring and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s on his way, but I still think it’s a good time to play Chelsea, having conceded eight goals in their last four, and I think West Ham can frustrate the Blues.

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Sam: 0-4

Pep Guardiola made every fantasy manager happy this week when he said that Erling Haaland doesn’t need much rest, saying he’s not going to the World Cup, he’s 22 years old and he recovers well.

It’s good news for fantasy managers, bad news for Premier League defences, terrible news for Aston Villa. His xG/90 is 1.62, which right now suggests he’s on for over 50 goals this season. He’s not going to get 50 goals, but he’ll get a hell of a lot.

Steven Gerrard doesn’t seem to know what his best attacking trident is, making too many changes to the front line, and I’m not sure Villa fans were too impressed with their transfer work after a promising start to the window.

This has got a Manchester City mauling written all over it.

Steve: 0-3

Maybe Steven Gerrard isn’t the messiah many Villa fans thought he would be; the natives are well and truly restless. There are no such worries for Pep with Haaland hitting the ground running.

City have a great record against Villa – though they have a great record against everybody these days. They’ve scored two or more in their last nine matches with Villa, and it looks like a case of 10, and how many they’ll win by, though that depends somewhat on whether Haaland will start with the Champions League around the corner

One thing Villa do have over Saturday’s opponents is that they can boast about being champions of Europe… for the time being at least.

Manchester United v Arsenal

Sam: 1-1

Manchester United were solid if not spectacular against Leicester in midweek, not giving up too many chances, but Leicester will be a bit disappointed not to get on the scoresheet with David de Gea making a really good save from James Maddison’s free-kick.

The first-choice back four of Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia seem to be forming a bit of a bond, but Arsenal come to town top of the table with a real swagger.

Despite dominating much of their recent matches, they’ve been tight affairs, needing a late goal against Fulham, and having to recover from a setback against Villa in midweek.

The statistics will tell you Arsenal should win this game, and after what I’ve seen from the beginning of the season, that’s probably true. But this is the first real test for Mikel Arteta, and I think it’ll end in a draw.

Steve: 1-0

Arsenal are flying and looking to continue their excellent start at a place they’ve struggled in the past.

Fixtures have been kind to Mikel Arteta, but you can only beat what’s in front of you. The biggest test will come in October when they have that run of Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City in less than three weeks, while navigating the Europa League.

They face a United side who’ve put together three wins on the trot, with two away wins to nil after that confidence-boosting win against Liverpool, and I can see them inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Gunners with injuries mounting for Arsenal.

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