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Weekend Premier League Predictions

Aston Villa Vs Everton

The Toffees kicked off the new season against Chelsea in an unfortunate defeat that saw them gift a penalty in a 1-0 defeat at home. Frank Lampard’s side has since taken another injury blow that will sideline Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey. Two new signings in Conor Coady and Onana could bolster them ahead of this away fixture though it is yet to be seen.

Villa Park. [Courtesy]

The hosts will be looking to bounce back from their defeat away at Bournemouth with Gerrard needing to get one over his former England team mate.

Tip: Home Win

Arsenal Vs Leicester

With an excellent start in their Premier League curtain raiser, Paul Merson expects his former club to carry on with the form they have been on and manage Leicester this coming weekend. He furthermore expects a 3-0 win over the foxes, however with the opponents being a formidable side I’d expect a tight game.

Unfortunate to lose a 2-0 lead in their opener to end up splitting the points in half with Brentford seemingly proving their fragility in the defense. If the gunners were to start off as they did at Selhurst Park, they could dictate the rhythm of the game to the end.

At the Emirates, the gunners should ease past their opponents to bag the three points though it remains to be seen. Prediction: 4-0 Home Win.

Emirates Stadium. (Courtesy: @Arsenal.com)

Brentford Vs Manchester United

With Ten Hag having a poor start of his PL career against Brighton, he will be looking to rally his side to a win against the Bees. This may come tough as he chooses his starting lineup, however, with Ronaldo getting minutes in his legs against Brighton, it could prove optimism for the fans and his side as their current top scorer to push them through this fixture.

Brentford Vs Manchester United. [Saturday @1930h]

Brentford’s resilience with their fans behind them at home could give them the boost to make it difficult for the travelling side. Frank’s side is stacked and Defender Kristoffer Ajer and winger Sergi Canos are both expected to return. Last weekend’s 4-3-3 formation saw their attacking shape bolster their comeback however, with the Red devils already stung once, this could end in a Draw/Under 2.5 goals.

Chelsea Vs Tottenham

A London derby in the second week of the PL is going to be a good start for the fresh and fit opponents. Sterling will be looking to keep his position on the left wing after a good performance against the Toffees. Newly-signed Cucurella will be ready to gain a foothold in the first team and make his mark against Spurs.

Tottenham on the other side have began the campaign in a strong position with Conte’s side easing past Southampton in a 4-1 win last weekend. Travelling to the bridge is however, a different beast in itself and could be a good test for them. With the striker partnership of Kane and Son yet to open their goal account, they will be up to grab the headlines.

Prediction: 2-2 Draw

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All or Nothing: Transfers

Arsenal

With the transfer window officially open, the European market’s big boys have commenced the etchin’ and flexxin’ of their teams. One thing’s for sure, the gunners always taking it slow and all- a mechanism that rarely works, with a rather slightest chance of satisfying all sectors of the pitch. Don’t get this wrong, judging by the previous summer window, with the outs and ins, the young gunners started off slow only to surprise a whole lot of fans as they picked up quick only to flap their wings close to the sun. The dream for top four lasted long enough and with the young guns stumbling over the finish line only to settle for a European position they had craved for.

Celebrations after scoring at Emirates. [Courtesy: Twitter- LeagueScroll]

Now headed into the 2022-23 season, the young guns should be busy sorting out contracts and incorporate some of their loanees into the squad if their services are need. However, business been slow compared to their noisy rivals. The likes of City and Liverpool have done it again. With just a point being the difference between the winner and runner-up in the just ended season, they have already hungrily pounced on the best of forwards in Europe ready to add more sauce to the already tough league.

Arteta’s men will be extra challenged with the Europa league now in their yard. Hard to say, but with the congestion of fixtures in the league, they will not only need additions to their squad but also quality and mentally strong squad players who will prevail through the good and bad days on the pitch.

New Gunner- Marquinhos. [Courtesy: Twitter-LeagueScroll]

With the slight glimmer of hope having already acquired the services of Marquinhos- Sao Paolo’s bright star, the fans will be edged on their seats, notifications on and constantly refreshing feeds for another new signing or departure. Whichever comes first.

Crucial weeks ahead with the likes of Youri Tielemans, Gabriel Jesus among others most likely ending up at the Emirates. We’ll sit back and enjoy as the dramas unravel. Not forgetting, this is a world cup year.