The second week of the Premier League. Will it be two defeats in a row for United? Can City edge out big rivals Liverpool? Arsenal face a tough one away at Everton and are Chelsea the team to beat after their superb performance against Burnley.
So many questions and so few answers to the most competitive league there is. Seven out of ten last week wasn’t bad so I hope you made a few quid although no doubt the United result hammered a few coupons. Anyway here goes. Take Two.
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Villa will be delighted with their start. I didn’t see them winning at Stoke and perhaps that was a wake up call for Mark Hughes. Roy Keane and Paul Lambert will be looking at the likes of this game for a home win and Newcastle will want to bounce back after their 2-0 defeat at home to City. I have tossed this one about for a long time and I have changed my mind several times on it. Newcastle made six debuts in the City defeat and will hope they have improved from last week. It looks like a draw as both sides are about even.
A draw with no great conviction.
Southampton v West Brom
The top scorer in the Premiership is Sailo Berahino who scored twice for West Brom in their opening draw with Sunderland. He won’t win the title. The last time the top scorer was outside the top five of City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea was Kevin Phillips for Sunderland back in 1999. Southampton were very unlucky in their opening fixture and I think they will be too good for the visitors in this one.
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Crystal Palace have no Tony Pulis and no Malkey Mackay so Keith Millen stays in charge for yet another game. The Hammers lost their opening London derby last week and this season could be a real struggle for them. It won’t be easy at Palace who showed against Arsenal that they will be hard to beat this season. Another tight affair I feel and the Hammers need at least a point.
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