With the scrapping of the Premier League’s controversial Pay Per View games, it’s another bumper day for armchair fans everywhere on Saturday with the best part of 10 hours of live-action to look forward to.
Liverpool will be looking to build on their win over Leicester when they travel to Brighton on Saturday lunchtime, while Manchester City will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Burnley – a team they have beaten 5-0 in their last four meetings at the Etihad.
A reckless Everton then host a dangerous yet vulnerable Leeds in what should be a treat for the neutrals before the top flight’s only winless sides, West Brom and Sheffield United, do battle at the Hawthorns.
So we asked Beatrice and Feyi from the Goal Diggers podcast to preview a great day of Premier League action and give us their predictions.
Brighton v Liverpool 12:30
The Seagulls have been impressive on the road of late, losing just two of their last 12, but with only three of their last 18 points being won at the Amex.
As for Liverpool, over their last nine meetings with Brighton, the Reds have racked up a whopping 27 goals while conceding over seven.
Feyi says: “Liverpool are on a roll right now. I expect them to beat Brighton, even with their defensive issues. All Liverpool have to do is outscore their opponents- which they do easily, especially with Mane and Jota on form.”
Feyi’s Prediction: Liverpool to win 4-1
Beatrice says: “Although Liverpool have a long injury list and are coming off the back of a defeat in the CL they undoubtedly still have enough fire power to defeat this Brighton side, who are without their star player Tariq Lamptey.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Liverpool win
Man City v Burnley 15:00
Man City can become only the second side in English football history (after Notts County) to beat the same opponents 5-0 in four straight home games, but City look to be a shadow of their former selves so far this season.
Burnley are hardly pulling up any trees themselves this season, but they will arrive at the Etihad at their most confident this season having beaten Crystal Palace to get their first win of the campaign last time out.
Beatrice says: “With Man City not looking quite up to it this season, a game like should give them a much-needed boost.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Man City win
Everton v Leeds 17:30
Everton may have got back to winning ways at lowly Fulham last weekend but the Blues were far from convincing and their 3-2 victory made it six straight games they’ve conceded at least two goals.
Leeds were impressive against Arsenal last Sunday and probably should have won the game with Patrick Bamford missing some good chances, though if he finds the net in this one, he’ll become only the second player – after Thierry Henry – to score in a Premier League side’s first five away games.
Feyi says: “I expect this game to be thrilling with goals from both sides. Goals galore! Both teams are capable of scoring plenty of goals but defending? Well…. I think Everton will take this one in a five-goal thriller.”
Feyi’s Prediction: Everton win 3-2
Beatrice says: “Two geniuses of the game come face to face as Ancelloti takes on Bielsa in what is sure to be a great game and I can already see Dominic Calvert Lewin scoring a brace here.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Everton win
West Brom v Sheff Utd 20:00
No team has conceded more than West Brom (18) this season, but then no side has scored fewer than Sheff Utd (four) so not a lot to get excited about at the Hawthornes it would seem.
West Brom went down 1-0 in controversial fashion in their last game while the Blades also suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham.
And if this one does end all-square it will see both sides reach 10 games without a win under their belts – it would be only the third time in Premier League history this has happened.
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