Four things we expect to happen this weekend in the Premier League
As always, there are plenty of talking points going into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures. With managers under fire, teams struggling to find the net and English centre backs ranting about shaggy-haired Welsh pundits in press conferences, it’s all been going off. And in complete disregard for its ‘street cred’, ComeOn! has decided to put its head on the block and make four bold predictions for this weekend’s English top flight action.
Chelsea to kick-start their season
Chelsea’s mid-week Champions League victory over Dynamo Kyiv would surely have done oodles for the confidence of a side whose season has hit rock bottom in recent times. A defiant home crowd showed up in numbers on Wednesday to show support for their under-fire boss Jose Mourinho, chanting ‘stand up for the special one’ during the game. And with a winnable away fixture against Stoke City at the weekend, we feel this is the perfect opportunity for the much-maligned Portuguese to finally get Chelsea’s season back on track.
Villa to nick a point
Call us crazy but we think there maybe something in it for Aston Villa in their tricky home fixture against Manchester City on Sunday. Despite losing 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur last week, Villa put on a second half display which, had they had a bit more rub of the green (and a referee who clearly supported the Lilywhites as a boy), would easily have seen them take home a point from North London. With highly-rated French coach Remi Garde now instilled as the midlands club’s new boss, we feel the all too familiar ‘new manager syndrome’ maybe enough for the home side to snatch a draw against the Champions-elect and stop the rot this Sunday.
Jamie Vardy to score AGAIN
After being released from Sheffield Wednesday’s youth team as a lad and almost dropping out of football altogether, Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise in football has been nothing short of unbelievable. The 28-year-old has now scored in eight consecutive Premier League games and is just three games away from breaking the all-time consecutive game record of ten, currently held by Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
His Leicester City side have lost just once in their last eight games and play host to Watford on Saturday, who despite enjoying a shock victory over West Ham last weekend, will do well to cope with the pace and power of an English striker desperate to impress the powers that be with next year’s European Championships on the horizon.
North London Derby to end all square
This one is always hard to call but taking into account the events of this week’s European football, we feel Mauricio Pochettino’s men will come to the Emirates with a game plan on Sunday and hold the Gunners to a draw. If the Gulf in quality between the Premier League and the Bundesliga wasn’t evident before this week, it was glaringly obvious for all to see on Tuesday evening as German champions Bayern Munich looked embarrassingly comfortable in their 5-1 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League. Spurs meanwhile enjoyed better fortune on Thursday night with a late Moussa Dembele winner against Anderlecht lifting them to the top of their Europa League group. With all this and the fact that Arsenal currently have an injury list longer than Mick Hucknall’s arm, we feel a draw is certainly within reach of Spurs this Sunday.