The Premier League returns today after the first international break of the season, and Liverpool at home to Newcastle kicks off our free predictions for Saturday 14th September.
There can be a lethargic feel to Premier League fixtures after international breaks. Some players have had arduous trips across the globe and back, with some arriving back at their respective clubs late in the week, and probably a bit the worse for wear come the weekend.
Let’s hope that’s not the case, and we get plenty of exciting action across the weekend. There is 7 fixtures on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, with a Monday night match between Aston Villa and West Ham completing the weeekend. Here is our free Premier League predictions for Saturday.
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Free Premier League Predictions 14th September
Liverpool V Newcastle – Home Win
Hard to make a case for Newcastle, but I probably said the same thing when they travelled to the new White Hart Lane a few weeks back.
The early fixture after an international break can sometimes be drab affairs after players travelling long distances.
I still expect a home win for the Reds, but it could be closer than we think.
Brighton V Burnley – Draw
Both these two teams have made solid starts to the season, with 4 points each from 4 games.
Brighton are still trying to get used to their adapted playing style under new Head Coach, Graham Potter, while we all know what we are going to get from Sean Dyche and Burnley.
The Clarets are hard to beat, and Brighton are still finding their way, so I’m going to go with the draw on this one.
Man Utd V Leicester – Draw
Another one of these close to call matches. In theory it should be a home win, but which United will turn up? They were inspirational against Chelsea in the opening match of the season, but the Blues turned up to play and left gaps for United to expose.
When United faced Palace, a side that were prepared to sit back and defend, they struggled. Brendan Rodger’s won’t have failed to notice this, and I can see his Leicester side causing United problems today. Going for the draw in this one.
Sheff Utd V Southampton – Home Win
5 points from 4 matches is a decent start to the season for the Blades. They’ve had a mixture of results, with a home defeat to Leicester sandwiched in between a win over Crystal Palace, and a credible draw away at Chelsea.
The Saints have had a similar start. After a couple of defeats in their first 2 matches, they have now picked up 4 points from their last 2 matches – a 2-0 win over Brighton and a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. I expect a tight match here, and am going for a closely fought 1-0 win for the Blades.
Tottenham V Crystal Palace – Home Win
Both these sides have had up and down starts to the season, meaning form is fairly unpredictable. In their last outing Spurs – arguably – chucked away a 2 goal lead at the Emirates, which followed on from a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle.
For all the doom and gloom surrounding Palace after their opening 2 matches, they now sit 4th in the table following wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa.
Can’t see Palace winning here, so it’s between a home win and a draw for me. I’m coming down slightly on the side of home win.
Wolves V Chelsea – Draw
This looks a great fixture on paper, and would probably have made a decent live TV match. No doubt it will be a drab 0-0 draw after that prediction.
Anyway, a really hard one to predict. Wolves tend to do well against the big sides, and Chelsea look to have the beating of anyone of their day. This one could go either way, so I’m going for a scoring draw.
Norwich V Man City – Away Win
When it comes to Man City and Liverpool matches, it’s a bit of a procession when it comes to predictions. It’s pretty easy to predict a City win, but for 95% of the matches in the Premier League involving Pep’s team, how can you not.
For sure, they will slip up from time to time, but apart from when City and Liverpool play each other, it’s hard to predict anything other than wins for the big 2.
All I can predict for this one is a Man City win. I expect Norwich to take the match to Man City, so there could be a lot of goals in this one. Don’t rule out over 5.5 goals in this one, or a high scoring overs bet coming in.
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