clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

EPL Game-Week 17 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

New, comments

Let’s take a look at this week’s team news and predictions. Then be sure to come back and join us for the early confirmed lineups and the action unfolds in real time!

Jamie Vardy - Leicester City - Premier League
Will Jamie Vardy continue his goal scoring form? I think so!
Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The final European week of the Champions League and Europa League group stage is over and we have to wait until February next year for more of their magical nights (and select rotation risk). But we do have Premier League back which means it’s time to manage our squad players so we can grab as many points as possible!

~

Saturday

Liverpool v Watford

Leaders Liverpool are over the moon, enjoying a great run of form with their sights set on an historic Premier League title. Still 15 games unbeaten and winning seven in a row, they will likely demolish Watford who are facing troubles in almost every aspect of their football game so far. Watford’s previous two visits to Anfield ended up in 5-0 losses, and a very similar result seems to be approaching here.

Prediction: 4-0

~

Burnley v Newcastle

Sean Dyche’s side have won five and drawn three times in the past 13 games but have suffered three straight defeats, They will look to bounce back when hosting Newcastle in front of their fans.

The Magpies have impressed this season, winning four and drawing two in their last seven fixtures to reach 11th in the table, four points ahead of Burnley. However, the home side seems to have an edge to grab their three points desperately.

Prediction: 1-0

~

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Chelsea have seen a dip in form lately. After getting hammered by Everton, the Blues have won just two of their previous five, which is a concern. The case is even worse for Bournemouth who have lost their last five games and failed to score in the past two. It will be an open-ended game since both teams look delicate at the back yet still moving forward, but Chelsea should be able to deliver here.

Prediction: 3-1

~

Leicester v Norwich

High flying Leicester look like the only club with a chance of keeping the title race alive, but the Foxes are eight points back of Liverpool. The Foxes have a remarkable eight wins in a row, scoring 27 goals as the Vardy party continues: 16 goals on the season, including 11 in his current eight game scoring streak. Norwich has been disappointing, especially in defense where problems don’t look to be fixed anytime soon, so the Foxes’ should make it nine in a row.

Prediction: 3-0

~

Sheffield United v Aston Villa

Two of this season’s promoted sides face off against each other with Sheffield aiming for a top-half finish while Villa are stuck near the relegation spots. Chris Wilder’s side have lost just once in the previous nine games, which puts them in the eighth spot, and will look to continue their form. Dean Smith’s desperate Villans can’t afford to lose, but surprising Sheffield looks the winner here.

Prediction: 2-0

~

Southampton v West Ham

Both are struggling to achieve much this season, which is why this match is the perfect chance to jump clear of the relegation zone. West Ham sit 16th while Southampton are in the 18th, but they’re separated by only one point. The Hammers have only one win and one draw in the last nine games, while Southampton have been on the edge with major consistency issues. This game could be a close one where neither of the teams can afford a defeat but it looks like they will share a point each.

Prediction: 0-0

~

Sunday

Manchester United v Everton

The Red Devils have defeated the likes of Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and Guardiola’s Man City and appear to have finally righted the ship, reaching fifth in the table. There is a really good atmosphere surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who managed to rest enough key players in the Europa League win this week, so a lethal Marcus Rashford will be fresh to take charge against Everton.

The Toffees have a new aura around them with interim coach Duncan Ferguson leading his side to an impressive win against Chelsea at Goodison Park, but the Red Devils look to take a hard-fought three points in this game.

Prediction: 3-1

~

Wolves v Tottenham

Wolves are in sixth position and continue their unbeaten form of 11 games so far, having also secured a place in the last 16 for Europa league. Spurs suffered another defeat against Bayern Munich this week but managed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage. They need to start delivering consistency in their performances week in and week out. Jose Mourinho’s side have won three out of four and are only a point behind Wolves, so this game looks to be an exciting one. Tottenham will probably take all three points because of the star quality of players they possess.

Prediction: 1-2

~

Arsenal v Manchester City

Man City are 14 points adrift of Liverpool after a defeat from their Derby Day to Manchester United, even though they bounced back with a win over Dinamo Zagreb midweek. On the other hand, Arsenal picked up their first win last week under Freddie Ljungberg against West Ham and will be looking to rebuild their form of getting three points. Pep Guardiola’s side has been unlucky with injuries and a few debatable VAR decisions, but the Citizens will be heavy favourites as the Gunners have lost five times straight against the Citizens and haven’t won since 2015.

Prediction: 3-1 1-3

~

Monday

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Palace are in the top half of the table with impressive form this season so far, having not conceded in three straight fixtures though their own scoring has been somewhat muted as well.

The Seagulls have four wins and a draw from their previous nine. They’ve impressed at times during this season under Graham Potter but have been inconsistent, which is why the home team looks to have the edge here.

Prediction: 1-0

~

The early game is Liverpool vs Watford, which means that Fantrax managers should see Klopp’s confirmed lineup at about 11:30 GMT. Be here for that if you can!

So what tinkering are you pondering as deadline seconds tick away? What matches will you be watching? And who’s on your barn-door watch list? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

~