September 19th, 2019

Premier League Gameweek 6 Preview

By Jonny Houghton

The Premier league continues this weekend with gameweek 6 fast approaching. Let’s take a look at all the games ahead of the next round of fixtures:

Southampton v Bournemouth-Friday night 8pm

We kick off this weekend with another South Coast Derby for another round of Friday Night Football.

Southampton return to action after beating Sheffield United last weekend, they face a Bournemouth side fresh off a 3-1 victory over a lackluster Everton. Loanee Harry Wilson has been improving in the Cherries midfield and will be looking to add to his goal tally along with his namesake Calum Wilson, who bagged a brace last time out.

Danny Ings and Che Adams have looked sharp, beginning to form an intriguing partnership up-front for the Saints. This looks like a game where either team could pick up a result and Friday night under the lights means anything can happen!

Leicester v Tottenham-Saturday 12:30pm

Really interesting this one, Leicester were unbeaten heading into their last fixture but fell to an early United penalty and were unable to recover.

Tottenham’s stuttering start to the season has put slight dampeners on their attempt to challenge Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League title this year, fortunately for them their rivals such as Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea aren’t doing much better.

After thumping Crystal Palace last weekend, they’ll have their eyes on the top 4. Tottenham kicked off their Champions League group this week against Olympiacos and will be hopeful that a late return from Greece won’t affect their preparations for this game too much. Leicester meanwhile have had a full week to prepare for this after their disappointing defeat to Manchester United.

Burnley v Norwich-Saturday 3pm

Teemu Pukki has been on fire this year bagging six goals

Norwich shocked everybody last time out, not least Pep Guardiola! The Canaries beat Manchester City 3-2 despite an injury riddled squad. The Pukki party continued and the Finn now has 6 goals in his first 6 Premier League games.

Burnley have had a decent season so far, with their two losses only coming to Top Six teams from last season and after their draw against Brighton last week, will be looking to rack up some more points. Both Pukki and Ashley Barnes should end up on the score sheet in what could be an entertaining game between these two teams.

 Everton v Sheffield United-Saturday 3pm

Everton’s trip to Bournemouth last weekend ended with a 3-1 defeat and Sheffield United’s excellent start to life in the Premier League stuttered somewhat after losing to Southampton last time out, yet the Blades remain the highest promoted side in the table.

Everton’s defensive solidity so far has kept them out of trouble, despite conceding 3 against Bournemouth, but a lack of goals has hampered them even more so.

Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean are showing signs of improvement and Richarlison is also a goal threat in midfield. I can see their big league experience guiding them to a win this weekend, possibly with Moise Kean getting on the score sheet in 90 minutes.

Man City v Watford-Saturday 3pm

If there was ever a game to get as many Manchester City players in your fantasy team as possible, this would be it.

The last time these two teams met City cantered to a 6-0 victory in the FA Cup final, and while it didn’t directly cost Javi Gracia his job, it definitely contributed to him losing it coming into this game.

Off the back of a trip to Ukraine for their Champions League opener and Pep Guardiola’s men should have more than enough about them to win this one. Perhaps they should field a 5-a-side team just to make things interesting. Watford might even manage a draw that way.

Sergio Aguero has been in excellent form this season so far and I fancy him to get the first goal in this game.

Newcastle v Brighton-Saturday 5:30pm

After a 3-1 defeat at Anfield last time out, Newcastle return to their home fans to face Graham Potter’s Brighton. Despite their off-field problems, it hasn’t been too bad so far for Newcastle this season.

Already taking a top 6 scalp in Tottenham in gameweek 3, they just need to sharpen up their attack with Miguel Almiron and Joelinton managing just one goal between them so far. Brighton are in a similar position with goals coming at a premium for The Seagull’s. I’m usually reluctant to pick a draw, but this doesn’t seem far wrong here to be honest with you.

Crystal Palace v Wolves-Sunday 2pm

Palace’s flying start to the season (get it? Eagles? Flying? No) came crashing down to earth last weekend against Tottenham.

Wolves come into this fixture after a 4-0 drubbing against Chelsea last time out and will want to recapture the form from last season that saw them secure a Europa League berth, starting with a visit from Portugese outfit Braga in midweek.

Palace will be the fresher team, but Wolves the return of Wily Boly who was absent against Chelsea due to suspension, could add some defensive solidity.

Wolves are still without a win this season while Palace have only managed 5 goals so far this season. With the return of Boly, Wolves should be able to keep Palace at bay and hope they can recover some of their sharpness up front.

Ruben Neves is always a danger, especially from outside the penalty area and will hope to kick on from here. This is the start of 4 games on the first proper Super Sunday of the season, maybe stick this one in your both teams to score accumulator for Sunday.

West Ham v Manchester United-Sunday 2pm

West Ham welcome Manchester United to continue Super Sunday this week and The Hammers will hope to repeat their 3-1 win in this fixture last year, granted United beat them 2-1 at home in the return game.

United have looked good under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far but have been undone by late equalizers in recent weeks. Only City and Liverpool have scored more than United this season, with Daniel James contributing 3 goals so far.

The Welsh-winger continued his good form in the recent international break and will relish the chance to run at West Ham’s full backs. Sebastian Haller has been in good scoring form for West Ham though and likewise, will be looking forward to testing himself against Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

United had their fair share of injuries last time out against Leicester and will hope for good work to be done on the physio’s table to help them out this weekend. United’s overall quality should see them through here, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men are more than capable of nicking one or two. United to win and both teams to score seems like a good shout for this Super Sunday encounter.

Arsenal v Aston Villa-Sunday 4:30pm

Villa have faced a bit of a murderers row since their return to the Premier League and find themselves in the relegation zone. Despite starting well they’ve only managed 1 win so far, denying Everton 3 points in gameweek 3.

Villa faced an Arsenal side who are just back from a Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek and have a history of not winning after European excursions. Top scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be rubbing his hands in delight with the prospect of facing a Villa defence that have only managed one clean sheet this season.

Arsenal haven’t exactly been defensively solid themselves so I expect the likes of Wesley and Jack Grealish to try and take advantage of that. The overall quality of Arsenal’s side should see them through this, but Villa are certainly capable of hitting the back of the net, given the Gunner’s shaky back four at times. Aubameyang and 3-1 in the anytime scorecast market gives a bit of a value, in case one of Arsenal’s other front 3 players grabs the first goal.

Chelsea v Liverpool-Sunday 4:30pm

The feature game of this weekend brings us an early season rematch from the UEFA Super Cup back in August and it’s a must win for both managers, albeit for different reasons.

Liverpool can’t afford to drop many, if any points in their relentless pursuit of Manchester City and the Premier League crown. While Frank Lampard and Chelsea will be looking for revenge and to put one over their old rivals.

Mohammed Salah will hope to continue his good form this weekend

Both teams were in action midweek against Valencia and Napoli respectively and the games come thick and fast now. No time for mistakes!

Chelsea gave Liverpool trouble during their August encounter in Istanbul but the Reds have improved since then. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are starting to form a good partnership both getting on the score sheet last time out, but they come up against a formidable defence in Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip.

The equivalent fixture last season gave us a 1-1 draw courtesy of a late Daniel Sturridge rocket, but I expect the Reds to go one better and get the win. Firmino and 2-1 in the anytime scorecast market sounds good to me.

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