Liverpool putting their house in order before summer

The recent reports suggest that Liverpool FC are keen on further strengthening their backline after having signed Dutch international Virgil Van Dijk for £75 million in January this year. They are very keen on making a move for Dani Carvajal, the Real Madrid right-back.

He has emerged as the first choice everywhere for that particular position on the field, and has already appeared almost 200 times for the Galacticos. The attacking defender has also become a part of the Spanish national team, and his current contract runs until 2022.

Beyond the pros themselves, many people might also actually be punting on that possibility that Carvajal will join Liverpool on online betting sites like the Paddy Power football betting portal. The key to the ever-lucrative online sports betting industry is, as you may expect, all about making sure as many of the odds are in your favour as possible. And when it comes to a sport like football, where a single player could make all the difference between a smashing success and an embarrassing failure, putting your money on a win for your team can become entirely reliant on your team’s star players.

Jurgen Klopp is keenly looking forward to strengthening the right-back position of the Reds, as he prepares for a busy summer this year. This is mainly because of the ongoing injury problems surrounding Nathaniel Clyne. Owing to that, Klopp has had to resort to calling upon the young pair of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Carvajal hails from Leganes and has been in Madrid for quite some time after becoming the first-team regular, so the deal seems like a little way off right now. He joined Madrid from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 after one season in the Bundesliga.

The chase for Emre Can

In terms of one potential outgoing, Juventus need to wait until the summer to figure out if they have successfully managed to tempt Emre Can from Liverpool to Turin. The midfielder is out of contract this summer and everyone is expecting him to join Juventus on a free transfer. Some reports have suggested that the Reds are contemplating an extension, but Can has been insisting on a release clause, which is proving to be a roadblock in the deal.

Reports suggested the 24-year old midfielder already signed a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, but is nevertheless keeping his options open.

Talking to the press Emre Can said: “Of course I have to think about my footballing future. I haven’t signed for any other club, I’m just focused on this season.

“We want to finish in second place in the Premier League, we’re in the Champions League quarter-finals and we want to progress. That’s all I’m focused on now. My agent has blocked all the negotiations, I’m thinking only of football.”

Can has so far scored 14 goals in his 162 appearances since joining Liverpool in 2014.

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Incoming Thomas Lemar?

Going by the French press, Liverpool could be all set to finalise a highly important transfer of midfielder Thomas Lemar. Le10Sport, a France-based popular sports portal reported that the 22-year old midfielder from Monaco is expected to move to Anfield. All signs suggest that Liverpool have finally won that race.

Apparently, Monaco had been holding out and were expecting a bid in the vicinity of £88 million. As per the French publication, the deal is almost final.

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NYCFC losing Jack Harrison to Man City in £4m deal ahead of loan move to Middlesbrough

Jack Harrison’s time with New York City FC looks to be over. The talented young English winger landed in the United Kingdom on Tuesday morning ahead of a £4 million dealthat will see him join NYCFC’s parent club, Manchester City.

But Harrison’s travels don’t stop there. He is expected to immediately be loaned out to Championship side Middlesbrough, who are now managed by Tony Pulis. Harrison will remain at the Riverside until the summer, when he is expected to join up with the Man City squad for preseason training.

The loss of Harrison will be a major blow to NYCFC. The 21-year-old winger has developed incredibly well under the guidance of Patrick Vieira and has learnt an enormous amount from teammates such as David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.

But his impressive displays have come at a price for New York City FC fans. And that price is £4 million. Harrison will no longer be preparing for what would have been his third MLS season. Instead, he will be thrust straight into the middle of Middlesbrough’s Championship campaign.

Boro are currently eighth in the second tier of English football but are in the playoff race, as they sit just four points outside the top six with 18 games to play. They will be hoping the addition of Harrison can help to inspire them to a Premier League return at the first time of asking following last season’s relegation.

Harrison was also a target of Stoke City, but the Potters weren’t prepared to match NYCFC’s valuation for the player this month. As a result the former Manchester United academy attacker will join Manchester City after seven years in the United States.

In total, Jack Harrison scored 14 goals in 59 MLS games for NYCFC, assisting a further 13 goals over the past two seasons. He was a key part of the New York City squad but they will have to now prepare for life without the exciting young Englishman.

Premier League Predictions: Week 12 – Domestic action returns, North London Derby the standout fixture

Premier League Predictions: Week 12 – Domestic football is back following the international break. Many fans will be delighted that there are no more interruptions until March.

The top six are all in action on Saturday, with the North London Derby kicking things off at 12:30. League leaders Man City travel to Leicester, while Chelsea are also on the road at West Brom. Liverpool and Man United return with home fixtures against Southampton and Newcastle respectively.

Just the one game on Sunday as Watford and West Ham face off in another London Derby. Week 12 is finished off on Monday evening when Brighton host Stoke.

Read on for predictions to all ten of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 12 could see plenty of change at the top…

Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham

Easily the biggest game of the weekend. The North London Derby usually doesn’t disappoint. Arsenal put in a poor display against Man City before the international break, losing 3-1. Arsene Wenger needs a response from his players, a loss to their bitter rivals could see them slip down to 7th. Spurs won 1-0 at Wembley against Palace last time out. A result that in years gone by they may not have been able to grind out. They look a strong force at the moment and confidence is high. Harry Kane and Dele Alli should be refreshed following his exclusion from international call ups, expect them to be at the forefront of the Spurs attack.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton

The Premier League’s bottom side welcome out of form Everton to Selhurst Park. Palace fans may well have been looking forward to the international break in hope of their side having a chance to rebuild and get ready to face Everton. The Toffees really haven’t had anything to shout about. Their loss to Watford last time out meant that they have now conceded as many goals as Palace (22) this season. Both sides are desperate for a win, a scrappy score-draw could be on the cards.

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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Jurgen Klopp’s side have got their season on track again. They are sitting 5th in the league and that 4-1 thumping against Spurs seems a long time ago now. However, they are going to have to make sure they do not slip up this weekend. Sadio Mane is ruled out through injury once again, so the pressure for the inform Mohammed Salah to deliver has increased. Southampton have hardly set the world alight so far this season. Their home loss against Burnley before the internationals has left them loitering just four points above the relegation zone. A home win looks likely.

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Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are in desperate need of a run of form. They have been unlucky in stages so far this season but it cannot be used as an excuse for their league position. The Cherries are just one point outside of the relegation zone and if results were to go against them this weekend they could be second bottom by Sunday evening. Huddersfield are still progressing well. They won 1-0 before the international break and are more than worth the place bang in the middle of the table. They will no doubt see this as a winnable fixture so expect an energetic game. Score draw.

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Leicester 1-4 Man City

Leicester City may think they were unlucky not to take all three points last time out. But it’s the same inconsistency that cost them. They are creating plenty of chances but are not clinical enough. They are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, so there is reason to be optimistic ahead of this game. Man City have looked on a completely different level to the rest of the league so far this season. Pep Guardiola’s men are already being spoken about as one of his best ever sides and there is even talk about whether they can go the season unbeaten. Goals are free flowing for the Citizens, so don’t expect anything less this weekend.

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West Brom 1-3 Chelsea

West Brom are in trouble. Tony Pulis reportedly has two games to save his job. One of those is at home to the reigning champions here. The other sees the Baggies head to Wembley to take on Spurs. If the West Brom squad want to show they are behind the manager, now is the time. But they haven’t won in nine-straight league games and have slipped to 16th in the table. Chelsea impressed in their 1-0 win over Man Utd before the international break. Now Antonio Conte’s men need to kick on and keep the pressure on the three sides above them. Expect the Blues to prove too strong.

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Burnley 1-0 Swansea

Swansea have a 100% record against Burnley in their four previous Premier League meetings. But don’t expect that to continue beyond the weekend. Burnley are flying and Sean Dyche’s men are picking up plenty of plaudits for their strong start to the season. The Swans are 19th and seem to be struggling for goals and creativity. Paul Clement will find himself under serious pressure if results don’t improve, but they are unlikely to find at joy at Turf Moor on Saturday in what should be a tight game.

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Man United 2-0 Newcastle

This is a big game for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. They could be 11 points behind Man City by the time they kick off on Saturday evening and they will have to get that gap back to eight, if City indeed win. They failed to score at Chelsea without properly threatening over the 90 minutes but they will have to take the game to Newcastle here. Rafa Benitez’s men will be setting up to contain the hosts and try and hit them on the break and from any set-pieces. It might not be pretty, but United should be able to get it done.

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

David Moyes starts life as West Ham manager with a tricky trip to Watford. Hornets boss Marco Silva looks like he’ll be staying put for now, and that’s a major boost for the home side considering their impressive start to the season. It’s unclear how much the speculation will have got to the Watford players but they’ll have a chance to show they are focused when the Hammers arrive on Sunday. Moyes has a tough job on his hands but he’ll set the visitors up to be solid and try and play as a unit. If they try and impress the new manager they could well come away with something positive.

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Brighton 1-1 Stoke

The fact that Brighton come into Monday night’s game three points ahead of Stoke highlights what an excellent start to the season they’ve made. Chris Hughton’s men have established themselves and have made the Amex Stadium a bit of a fortress so far. They’ve picked up eight points from a possible 12 since losing to Manchester City on the opening weekend of the campaign. They will fancy their chances here, especially with the whole nation’s eyes on them for Monday Night Football. Stoke showed signs of much-needed improvement before the break, beating Watford away before drawing 2-2 at home to Leicester. Mark Hughes has a talented squad of players but is not getting the best out of them. If they show up, they can cause anyone problems, but Brighton will be resolute and hard to break down.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 11 – Huge weekend in title race as City face Arsenal before Chelsea vs Man Utd

Premier League Predictions: Week 11 – Another huge weekend of Premier League football is upon us. The international break is looming and so all 20 clubs will be hoping to head into the break in high spirits.

There are ten games to enjoy this weekend but there’s no doubt what the two standout fixtures are. Sunday will see a colossal double-header in the title race as Man City host Arsenal before Chelsea face Man Utd straight after. Spurs face Palace in the earlier game on Sunday, while Everton entertain Watford at the same time as the Chelsea vs Man Utd game.

Before all of Sunday’s action, there are six matches on Saturday. The weekend begins as Stoke welcome Leicester to the Bet365 Stadium at 12:30. Then on Saturday evening, Liverpool travel to West Ham looking to put pressure on the rest of the top six ahead of Sunday.

Read on for predictions to all ten of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 11 isn’t one you want to miss…

Stoke 2-2 Leicester

The lunchtime kick off has the makings of a tight one. Both sides are sitting in and around mid-table, separated by just one point. It’s all very tight in the middle of the pack and there are plenty of goals flying in. We expect there to be goals in this one. Stoke and Leicester’s fixtures have seen the ball hit the back of the net a combined 59 times. The Potters won 1-0 last time out, while Leicester extended their unbeaten run to five in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton. Score draw.

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Huddersfield 1-1 West Brom

Despite promising starts to the season, both Huddersfield and West Brom have tailed off in recent weeks. Huddersfield did shock everyone with that stunning win over Man Utd a couple of weeks ago, but that is their only win in eight in all competitions. They need to avoid defeat to West Brom here, and will fancy their chances at home. The Baggies aren’t playing well and haven’t kept a clean sheet in five. That’s uncharacteristic of a Tony Pulis side. This one might not be pretty.

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Newcastle 3-0 Bournemouth

The belief around St James Park is there for all to see. Players and fans alike are behind Rafa Benitez despite some inconsistent form of late. The Toon Army come into this one having narrowly lost 1-0 away at Burnley and now a response is needed. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have been out of luck for the majority of the season so far and are the second lowest scorers in the league. They lost to Chelsea last weekend and a trip up North probably wouldn’t have been the next fixture they would have picked given the choice. Newcastle to take all three points.

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Southampton 1-1 Burnley

Burnley are flying high as they come into the weekend in seventh, level on points with Liverpool. Sean Dyche is further highlighting how good a manager he is and so there’s no wonder why he’s being linked with the vacant position at Everton. But for now, his focus will be on Burnley and getting as many points as possible every week. They will go to Southampton looking to hit them on the break and can expect to come away with a point. The Saints have been better in recent weeks but still lack a clinical edge. Both should score but the points look set to be shared.

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Swansea 1-1 Brighton

Swansea are sitting just above the relegation zone. On just eight points so far this season there is reason for concern. However, they probably considered themselves unlucky last weekend to lose away at Arsenal having held the lead. That made it three losses on the bounce in all competitions and they’ve won just one in their last seven in the league. By stark contrast, Brighton are on a three-game unbeaten run. They are sitting 12th in the league but a loss here would show them just how quickly things can change as it would put 17th placed Swansea just a point behind them. An important fixture that neither can afford to lose.

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

This is a big game for both sides. For West Ham, they need to show they are behind Slaven Bilic as he remains under intense pressure. For Liverpool, they need three points to make up ground on the sides above them ahead of Sunday’s games. West Ham carelessly threw away a win at Palace last week and had to settle for a point. They did beat Spurs in the League Cup before that, but in the Premier League, they have only one win in six. Liverpool have been inconsistent all season but looked good against Huddersfield last week. Expect them to prove too strong for a West Ham side that look to be in trouble.

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Spurs 3-0 Crystal Palace

What a rollercoaster week it has been for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. The low of losing narrowly to Man Utd last weekend in what wasn’t a pretty fixture, to their midweek heroics of taking apart Real Madrid. But, and it’s a big but – Spurs must stay grounded. The media frenzy which has surrounded them in such a positive light will very quickly turn with a poor result this weekend. If results go Tottenham’s way they could be within five points of top spot as the other four in the top five go head-to-head. There isn’t much to say about Crystal Palace’s league form this season. They remain bottom despite picking up a point last weekend. If Spurs play at their usual tempo, expect goals and a relatively easy win.

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Man City 4-1 Arsenal

At this stage of the season, it doesn’t look like anyone can stop Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team are full of confidence and are brushing aside anyone in their way. Arsenal arrive at the Etihad as the underdogs but they are unbeaten in five in all competitions. The problem for Wenger’s men is they are still vulnerable at the back. They conceded two at Everton and then fell behind to Swansea last time out. Man City are ruthless and will exploit any weaknesses. Unfortunately, this looks like it will only end one way. And that’s with a convincing home win.

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Chelsea 1-2 Man Utd

Chelsea’s title defence has been far from convincing. The Blues are unconvincing and only just overcame Bournemouth last weekend before being torn apart in their midweek clash in Rome. If reports are believed to be true, all is not well behind the scenes for Antonio Conte and his side. Key players are missing for both Chelsea and Man Utd but Jose Mourinho will be eager to get one up over his old employers. Don’t expect a repeat of this fixture from last year. United will be difficult to breakdown and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them take all three points back up to Manchester. Is the clock ticking for Conte?

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Everton 2-2 Watford

Everton are in trouble. They’ve sacked their manager. They’ve spent a lot of money on a squad that haven’t clicked. And they’ve already been knocked out of Europe. They have lost five in a row in all competitions and Watford will arrive confident they can add to the Toffees’ woes. The Hornets have lost back-to-back league games for the first time this season but have enough about them to respond with a better performance at Goodison Park. The challenge for Everton is trying to rally and avoid dropping more points as a result of that Europa League hangover.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 10 – 2nd vs 3rd as Man Utd take on Spurs, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool expected to win

Premier League Predictions: Week 10 – The Premier League weekend kicks off with an absolutely huge clash. It’s 2nd versus 3rd as Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford. Expect plenty of goals across the ten fixtures this week, while there is the potential for upsets in must-win games for the top sides.

The three o’clock action comes thick and fast after the early kickoff. Struggling Crystal Palace face off against West Ham in the only London Derby of the weekend. Pace-setting Manchester City travel to West Brom, while Arsenal and Liverpool have home ties. Chelsea complete Saturday’s action with the late kickoff away at Bournemouth.

Sunday has a couple of interesting fixtures, Brighton welcome Southampton, before Claude Puel begins his reign as Leicester City manager at home to Everton, who have recently sacked Ronald Koeman. The weekend’s action is completed with Monday Night Football as Newcastle visit Burnley.

Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 10 will be an interesting one…

Manchester United 2-2 Tottenham 

Easily the biggest fixture of the weekend. Man Utd vs Spurs has provided some classic fixtures through the years. Both sides are coming into this one needing to bounce back. United’s loss at Huddersfield last weekend was a shock result and Jose Mourinho needs a reaction like his side showed in their midweek Carabao Cup clash. Spurs were emphatic last time out in the league. Their 4-1 win over Liverpool sent out a message to the rest of the league, however their dismal loss against West Ham in midweek was unforgivable and they owe it to their fans to pick up a positive result here. Expect goals as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku go head-to-head.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

This is a big game. Make no mistake about that. Some reports suggested that failure to win this one would result in the sacking of Slaven Bilic as West Ham manager. However, Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Spurs may change that. Either way, Premier League points are the priority for both. Palace have struggled but did win their last home game. Another home win here would be a major boost. However, they haven’t scored in 9 of their last 10 games, losing each. West Ham haven’t been much better, failing to win 11 of their last 12 away games. Don’t expect this to be pretty.

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West Brom 0-3 Manchester City

Tony Pulis, like every West Brom fan was devastated not to have picked up at least a point last weekend. However, they have to hold their hands up to accept losing at the hands of one of the goals of the season. West Brom are sitting in and around mid table but they won’t be looking forward to a visit from league leading Man City. Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t have it all their own way in midweek, yet they sealed their place in the next round of the Carabao Cup, despite his displeasure of the ball. Normal service resumes with a ‘normal ball’ here and we expect City to continue their early title charge.

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Watford 2-0 Stoke

They might have lost 4-2 at Chelsea last weekend but Watford are undoubtedly this season’s surprise package so far. The Hornets are enjoying their best ever start to a season in the top flight. They beat Arsenal in their most recent home fixture and should prove too strong for Stoke here. The visitors are in trouble. Last week’s home loss to Bournemouth left them down in 17th. They’ve not won away from home yet this season. Don’t expect that to change here.

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Arsenal 3-0 Swansea

Arsene Wenger & co. have reason to be in high spirits. They took apart a very sorry Everton side last weekend keeping them at pace with the top four. Following up from that a much changed side secured progression in the cup in midweek. Arsenal should be looking to take three points in what has the makings of a routine home game this weekend. Swansea are sitting 15th but are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. They cannot afford to take a drumming here as we all know how important goal difference can be in the Premier League. A win to ‘nil looks likely for the hosts.

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Liverpool 2-1 Huddersfield

The fact that Liverpool come into this game just one point ahead of Huddersfield tells you all you need to know. The Reds have been inconsistent and have not solved their defensive problems. Last week’s 4-1 loss to Spurs further highlighted their vulnerabilities and they now need to bounce back. They will fancy their chances at home, but the visitors are riding high in confidence. Their 2-1 win over Man Utd was arguably the shock result of the season so far. Don’t rule out another surprise result at Anfield, although Liverpool should edge it.

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Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth remain in the bottom three. They picked up a much needed win last weekend away against Stoke and made it a week with plenty to cheer about having progressed in the cup. This is going to be another big test for them but they’ll be relishing a visit from Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s side are coming through a rough patch with promise. Despite being a way off the top of the Premier League their squad depth stood the test of three games in a week. Last weekend’s win at home to Watford showed they have the resilience to fight back and if they go behind here, don’t expect them to let it phase them. Narrow victory for the Champions.

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Brighton 2-2 Southampton

Neither of these sides have really set the world alight yet this season. They have showed some signs of promise but inconsistency has prevented either side from making a statement. Brighton will be pleased with their start to life in the top flight. They are unbeaten in three-straight home league games and will now hope to keep that form going. The Saints picked up a first league win in four last weekend. It’s hard to tell which Southampton side will turn up. But goals could be on the cards here.

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Leicester City 1-1 Everton

The battle two sides who have recently sacked their managers. Leicester have acted promptly to replace Craig Shakespeare with Claude Puel. They picked up an impressive win away at Swansea last weekend and also reached the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup in midweek so things are on the up. Everton’s woes continue, they sacked Ronald Koeman after being demolished by Arsenal last weekend and were knocked out the cup by Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Their poor run of form has to come to an end soon, but we don’t expect them to win here. Score draw.

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Burnley 1-1 Newcastle

The weekend is rounded off with an intriguing matchup. Burnley have been a better side away from home so far but will still see Monday’s game as one they should be winning. Their only home win so far this term came against Palace. For Newcastle, they’ll be looking to keep picking up points. They’ve only lost one of their last seven and look like they’re all pulling in the same direction as Rafa Benitez. It might not be the most entertaining game, but expect it to be interesting.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 9 – Chelsea looking to get back on track against Watford, goals expected at Wembley

Premier League Predictions: Week 9 – The Premier League is back for another action-packed weekend of action, with the usual lashing of goals and drama sure to follow. It all gets underway on Friday night as West Ham welcome Brighton to the London Stadium. The two sides come into the game tied on eight points so it’s all to play for.

Then on Saturday, surprise package Watford travel to Chelsea looking to remain unbeaten away from home. The Hornets beat Arsenal last weekend and will be looking to pile more misery on an out-of-form Blues side here. Manchester United and Manchester City are in action during Saturday’s 3 o’clock kickoffs. United travel to Huddersfield, while City host Burnley. Then Southampton face West Brom in the late game on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, there’s a Merseyside vs North London double-header to enjoy. Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park in the early afternoon game. Then Liverpool take on Spurs at Wembley to round off the weekend in what is the biggest fixture of Week 9, on paper.

Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 9 has some big fixtures to look forward to…

West Ham 1-1 Brighton

Both West Ham and Brighton come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw. The two have an identical record so far this season, having won two, drawn two and lost four, only separated by goal difference. It would not be surprising to see another low-scoring draw this weekend. The Hammers will be hoping to make it three games unbeaten and they have a good chance of doing so given Brighton are yet to win on the road this season.

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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

The champions are in trouble and their strugglers are all too apparent. Antonio Conte’s side are winless in three games in all competitions and they are well off the pace domestically. Watford on the other hand have been putting in some fine performances. They are sitting fourth in the league, two points ahead of Chelsea and will be relishing getting at a side displaying such defensive weaknesses. This would usually be a game the Blues would be expected to win comfortably, but given they couldn’t beat lowly Palace last weekend, another loss is a possibility.

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Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd

Huddersfield’s early season form already feels like an age ago now. They haven’t won in their last six league games, so a visit from second-placed Man Utd is the last thing they will want. Jose Mourinho received widespread criticism for the way he set his side out last weekend against Liverpool. That 0-0 draw certainly wasn’t for the purists, but it was job done as far as Mourinho was concerned. Expect a comfortable United win this weekend.

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Man City 6-0 Burnley

On the face of it, predicting any side to score six seems over the top, however given how Pep Guardiola has his City side playing it wouldn’t surprise many. They’ve scored 17 goals in their last three home league games, notching seven last time out. Their squad depth is proving to be making the difference so far this season and they’re scoring freely. Burnley, like just about every Premier League side, will not be looking forward to visiting the Etihad. While some will say City’s outrageous form will have to take a dip at some point, it looks unlikely for that to be this weekend.

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Newcastle 2-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle fans are buoyed with the news that their controversial owner Mike Ashely is looking to sell the club. The atmosphere this weekend will be as impressive as ever and they will expect to pick up three points against the Premier League’s bottom side. Crystal Palace pulled off the unthinkable last weekend with a home win over Chelsea. While that result will no doubt lift spirits and give them the platform to build upon, it would be a surprise to see them make it back-to-back wins.

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Stoke 3-2 Bournemouth

Stoke and Bournemouth haven’t got going yet. We’re eight games in but they’ll both be looking at this game as a great opportunity for three important points. The Potters let seven in at Man City last week and will be looking forward to getting back in front of their own fans. They’ve picked up seven of their eight points at home so far and have played some tricky games. Bournemouth haven’t got a single point on the road yet. They’ve only scored four goals in total all season and look set for a long season. There could be goals here but Stoke look poised to take the win.

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Swansea 2-1 Leicester

Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester reign is over following his sacking this week. The Foxes haven’t looked threatening enough so far this term and it sums up their problems that they come into Saturday’s game two points behind Swansea. The Swans have lost as many games as Leicester this term but picked up their second win of the campaign to Huddersfield last weekend. They should be able to stay up this season, as long as they keep their home form strong. For Leicester, it’s difficult to predict what sort of performance they’ll put in, but don’t be surprised to see them land in more trouble down in Wales.

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Southampton 1-1 West Brom

Neither Southampton nor West Brom have started the season very well. But they’re not in trouble either. They will both be hoping for a top-half finish this season and that’s obtainable. But both need to start scoring more goals. The Saints scored twice against Newcastle last Sunday but that was only enough for a 2-2 draw. West Brom also had to settle for a draw as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Leicester on Monday. This one should be hard-fought but there’s nothing to separate them on paper.

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Everton 1-3 Arsenal

Everton are in trouble. Ronald Koeman is in trouble. Time might run out for the Dutchman if they lose on Sunday, but that’s how we see it going. Arsenal aren’t exactly a force to be reckoned with at the moment. They lost 2-1 at Watford last weekend and need to pick back up. But the Toffees have shown very little to prove they are going to be a side challenging for European football so far this term. The Gunners beat Everton 3-1 back in May and we see the same scoreline occurring here.

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Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Expect goals at Wembley. Both sides come into Sunday’s game off the back of excellent Champions League results. Liverpool set a record with their 7-0 win at Maribor the biggest winning margin recorded by an English side in the competition. Spurs didn’t win, but their point at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid was impressive. However, both sides know this is a massive game at the top end of the Premier League. Spurs still haven’t settled at Wembley and Liverpool have enough pace to hurt them in behind. Expect drama, but expect it to end all square.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 7 – Man Utd to stroll past Palace, Chelsea and Man City face off in huge game

Premier League Predictions: Week 7 – Another weekend of top flight action is upon us, with some key games to be played before next week’s International Break. Chelsea host Manchester City in the standout fixture of the weekend on Saturday night. While there is a triple-header of action to enjoy on Sunday.

This weekend’s action begins with Huddersfield hosting Spurs in the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday. Spurs will be looking to keep up their impressive away record against the Terriers. Crystal Palace travel to Manchester United, as their search for a first goal of the season goes on. Then Pep Guardiola locks horns with Antonio Conte in the evening game. Sunday’s action begins with Arsenal against Brighton, before Everton play Burnley. Then, Liverpool travel to Newcastle in the final game of the weekend, with Rafa Benitez looking to get three points against his former side.

Read on for all of this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 7 should produce a fair few goals…

Huddersfield 0-2 Spurs

Huddersfield have impressed so far this season as they’ve been resilient and tough to break down. However, Spurs arrive off the back of a 3-0 away win in the Champions League and seem to be enjoying playing away from home. Their Wembley troubles haven’t improved but Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to be a real force on the road. Expect them to be too strong for the battling Terriers here.

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Bournemouth 1-2 Leicester

Second-bottom Bournemouth and Leicester City both come into this game having lost to the Merseyside clubs. Eddie Howe’s side look like they’re in trouble. Winning just once and scoring just four times in six games is worrying for the Cherries. Leicester aren’t doing a lot better themselves, just one point ahead. This is a big game, with both desperate for points. Expect it to be cagey, Leicester to edge it.

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Man Utd 5-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace look doomed. We’re only seven weeks into the new season but they haven’t scored a goal and now face a daunting trip to an in-form United side. Roy Hodgson’s reign has begun with back-to-back losses. They were pulled apart by Manchester City last weekend and a similar outcome is expected here. United put four past CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday. Their attack looks unstoppable and they should cruise to victory here.

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Stoke 1-1 Southampton

Stoke were taught a lesson by Chelsea last weekend. Their defensive struggles were there for all to see, not helped in part by injuries. The Potters have also struggled in front of goal, netting just five in six. Southampton were unlucky not to pick up a point against Man Utd last time out, they showed promise throughout and will fancy their chances here. However, much like Stoke, the Saints haven’t been prolific in finding the back of the net. Low-score draw.

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West Brom 1-1 Watford

Watford have been excellent away from home so far this season, winning all three of their trips on the road. The Hornets do have a few injury problems to deal with ahead of this week’s trip to West Brom though. Marco Silva’s men will be confident of leaving the Hawthorns with a result, but they’ll do well to seal all three points. The Baggies fell 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday and are now winless in four league games. Tony Pulis will be demanding a reaction but we see this ending all square.

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West Ham 2-0 Swansea

The Hammers showed a spirited comeback in their loss to Spurs last weekend but they did little to lift the mood around the London Stadium. The fans expect more and will be on top of their players from the off. It’s looking like a case of when not if for Slaven Bilic, if they don’t pick up three points this weekend he may well get the boot. Swansea threw it away late last weekend at home to Watford. They have scored just three goals this season and look likely to find themselves up against in a relegation scrap if they don’t find a run of form.

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Chelsea 1-2 Man City

This is a huge game at the top of the Premier League. Both sides are in good form. Both look strong. And both have managers hungry for success. But something might have to give. Chelsea’s impressive win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday might actually cost them here. They put a lot into that performance and will only have had two days to prepare for the visit of City. The visitors had a home game against Shakhtar on Tuesday and should benefit from the lack of travel and extra rest. Both should score but City’s pace in attack could ultimately prove the difference.

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Arsenal 3-0 Brighton

The Gunners have started to find some form. They are unbeaten since they were thumped by Liverpool at the backend of August. It was a wake up call for Arsene Wenger & Co. that they have risen to. A comfortable win should be on the agenda this weekend and they need to win to nil. Brighton picked up an impressive three points against Newcastle last time out but they know how difficult of a trip this one will be. They’re sitting comfortably in mid-table but as we all know, the Premier League can be cruel, it would be huge for them if they can get a positive result heading into the international break.

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Everton 1-1 Burnley

It’s mad to think Burnley come into this game two points ahead of Everton. But the Toffees’ tough start to the season has left them with a hill to climb. They picked up their first league win since opening weekend last time out, beating Bournemouth 2-1. But their Europa League commitments mean they will only have had two days rest by the time Sunday’s game comes around. They struggled at Man Utd after their first European game of the season and might have a similar problem here. Burnley have already won away at Chelsea and Spurs this season and will be confident of getting at least a point.

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Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

One of the Premier League’s most memorable fixtures of all-time returns with the promotion of Newcastle. The Geordie faithful have experienced it all against Liverpool and it’s usually a game that delivers something for everyone. Expect the Toon Army to look to bounce back after their defeat last weekend and put in a big performance. Liverpool have been struggling. The pressure is mounting on Jurgen Klopp, who desperate needs his side to find their scoring touch as they have been wasteful in front of goal. If history is anything to go by, this should be a cracker.

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Premier League Predictions: Week Six – Man City to continue goal rush, Spurs travel to West Ham for London Derby

Premier League Predictions: Week Six – Another action-packed weekend of Premier League football is upon us. West Ham take on Tottenham in what should be an entertaining London Derby to kick things off. A whole host of fixtures on Saturday should provide plenty of goals. Man City welcome struggling Crystal Palace, while Man Utd travel to Southampton. Leicester then face Liverpool in the Saturday evening fixture, just a few days after their Carabao Cup win over the Reds.

There’s just one game on Sunday as the battle of the promoted sides takes place, Brighton welcome Newcastle. Monday evening sees the last instalment of week six’s action, as Arsenal host West Brom. We’re looking forward to seeing it all unfold so read on for our Premier League predictions: Week six should produce goals.

West Ham 1-3 Tottenham

West Ham are unbeaten in three in all competitions. They should be in good spirits having scored three to advance in the EFL Cup in midweek. Last weekend was a frustrating one for them, however a point away at West Brom is still a solid result. Spurs are still yet to pick up a win at Wembley in the Premier League. They should be taking three points in this fixture. If Harry Kane & Co. hit the ground running it could be a long game for the West Ham faithful.

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Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

It comes as a surprise to see these two sides enter week six in the bottom three, but poor starts have left both with work to do. Bournemouth finally got their season up and running with a win over Brighton last time out. But Everton were hammered 4-0 at Man Utd. Both picked up home wins in the Carabao Cup during the week and will be looking to build now. The Toffees will be glad to come into a game as favourites but need to make sure they don’t underestimate the Cherries.

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Southampton 1-4 Man Utd 

The Saints, like just about every other Premier League club, will be bracing themselves for the ominous visit of Jose Mourinho’s side. Man Utd are in free scoring form and they have looked unstoppable at times already this season. However, Southampton have to have looked at how Stoke performed against The Red Devils and feel they can get a result this weekend. Expect goals.

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Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Stoke have proven that they are set to be a real force at home once again this season from what we’ve seen so far. They beat Arsenal, then drew with Man Utd in their two home league games so far. Chelsea are next in store and will be hoping to continue their impressive form. The Blues haven’t lost since opening weekend but were frustrated by Arsenal last Sunday. An early Chelsea goal would force Stoke to come out, which won’t suit them. If anyone is going to edge it, it’s probably going to be the visitors.

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Burnley 1-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield travel to Burnley on Saturday afternoon having picked up a respectable point against The Foxes last time out. Burnley frustrated Liverpool last weekend and will feel they have a great chance of making it four points from two games with a win here. Given both of these sides have not been freely scoring so far this season, 1-1 looks a likely result.

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Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Things couldn’t be going much worse for Crystal Palace. We’re only six weeks into the season and they’ve yet to win a game. They’ve yet to score a league goal. And they’ve already changed their manager. By contrast, City are scoring goals for fun. They’ve bagged 11 in their last two league outings and will look to put Palace to the sword here. It’s difficult to see anything other than a City win in what has to be the banker of the weekend.

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Swansea 2-2 Watford

Swansea will be feeling buoyant after they came away from Wembley with a point against Spurs last weekend. The Swans are sitting 14th but should be aiming to break into the top half sooner rather than later. Watford were hit for six last time out at home against Man City. A pretty sorry performance but they, like others have already experienced this season, were simply outclassed by City. Don’t expect them to be thumped two weeks on the spin.

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Leicester 2-2 Liverpool

Leicester proved they can still compete with the league’s top sides as they knocked the Reds out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Liverpool created the majority of the chances but were punished on the break by a positive Leicester team. Both will make changes here but the Reds remain without Sadio Mane. They simply don’t look the same without him and so we see the Foxes frustrating Jurgen Klopp’s men once again here.

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Brighton 1-3 Newcastle

Sunday’s standalone fixture is a battle from two promoted sides. Both have been giving a good account of themselves however it is Newcastle who have the points to show for it. Brighton come into this one having lost back-to-back games against Bournemouth, the latter eliminating them from the EFL Cup. Newcastle won again last weekend and are in the top four. They will be hoping to make it four wins in a row here, don’t be surprised to see them do so.

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Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

Arsenal have been impressive through the first three weeks of September after a terrible start to the season. Arsene Wenger’s men have won all four of their home games this term in all competitions and should be too strong for the Baggies on Monday. Tony Pulis will set his side up to frustrate the hosts, but ultimately Arsenal have too many attacking threats that can cause problems. West Brom haven’t won in four in all competitions so now is a good time for Arsenal to be playing them.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Man Utd vs West Ham

Premier League: Manchester United vs West Ham

Old Trafford – Sunday, August 13 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Man Utd 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Ham 9/1

Man Utd vs West Ham: Preview

Manchester United open their Premier League season against West Ham on Sunday afternoon. The two sides have made some strong signings this summer and will be raring to go in the opening weekend’s final fixture.

Man Utd have spent big on bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic. Jose Mourinho knew he had to strengthen the squad after last year’s fifth-placed finish. The Red Devils did qualify for the Champions League as a result of their Europa League win.

But the aim will be the mount a serious title challenge this season. Mourinho has assembled a strong squad and knows his side need to get off to a winning start here.

United fell 2-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night. They put in a strong display, despite losing, and will be looking to hit the ground running against the Hammers on Sunday.

West Ham’s main summer signing will be a familiar face to the Old Trafford crowd. Former United striker Javier Hernandez has joined the Hammers for around £16m, in what is surely going to be one of the best deals of the window.

Slaven Bilic has also brought in Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Sead Haksabanovic. West Ham will surely improve on last season’s 11th-placed finish.

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The Hammers couldn’t have been handed a much tougher opening game. West Ham will have to wait a month until their first home game of the campaign, with away trips to Southampton and Newcastle to come following Sunday’s game at Old Trafford. That’s due to the ongoing athletics World Championships currently taking place at the London Stadium.

These two sides met three times last season. The pair drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford, before United won 4-1 in the League Cup three days later. The Red Devils then beat the Hammers 2-0 at London Stadium in January.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Team News

Manchester United have no new injury concerns heading into the new season. Jose Mourinho is expected to give debuts to Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. Though Victor Lindelof might have to start on the bench, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones available again after being suspended for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup game. Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are injured.

West Ham could welcome back Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini after recent injuries. But Slaven Bilic will be without Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio. Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez are expected to make their league debuts for the visitors.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Key Points

Man Utd’s preseason form: W/L/W/W/L

West Ham’s preseason form: W/L/D/D/L

Key Stat: Manchester United are unbeaten in their last nine home Premier League games against West Ham. Their last league defeat to the Hammers at Old Trafford came on the final day of the 2006/07 season.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United’s big summer signing loves playing against West Ham. The powerful striker has scored in nine of his last ten games against the Hammers in all competitions.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham – United struggled for goals against teams like West Ham throughout last season. However, the signing of Lukaku is meant to fix those problems. Things are unlikely to be perfect for either side in the opener, but the hosts look primed to get off to a winning start. West Ham are a stronger side than they were last term. But the hosts have spent big. Expectations are high and they need to prove they can kick on, starting on Sunday.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Premier League: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Emirates Stadium – Friday, August 11 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Leicester 11/2

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Preview

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will be feeling confident ahead of this one as they came from behind to win the Community Shield last weekend against Chelsea on penalties. This game will have more of a competitive edge than the usual curtain raiser, but we can expect Arsene Wenger’s side to be up for it.

The Gunners really need to mount a title challenge for the long haul this season. Wenger’s extended contract did not please every Arsenal fan, so there is added pressure to deliver.

There have been a number of changes to the Arsenal squad in the transfer window. The defensive addition of Sead Kolasinac looks to be a strong signing. While Alexandre Lacazette has come in to lead the line, he should add the killer instinct Arsenal fans have been calling for.

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Leicester City have had a busy transfer window so far, with Kelechi Iheanacho their biggest signing. He has proved to be a deadly finisher in his Premier League career, needing just a sniff of a chance.

Craig Shakespeare’s efforts to guide Leicester to stability last season earned him the job on a permanent basis. He will be looking to prove to the board he is the right man for the long term, but knows how big of a task this opener will be. The Foxes finished 12th last season and will be hoping to better that position once again.

They’ve spent big on some quality additions to the squad but are looking increasingly likely to lose Riyad Mahrez. Their key playmaker has made it clear he wants a new challenge but has been respectful of the club, so there shouldn’t be unrest in the squad.

Arsenal vs Leicester City

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Team News

Arsenal will be without some familiar faces for the opener. Alexis Sanchez is injured and his future with The Gunners remains up in the air. Santi Cazorla will also miss out, while Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista are all doubts. New boy Kolasinac is expected to make his debut.

Leicester City are expecting to be without new signing Vicente Iborra. While there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Islam Slimani, Robert Huth, Kelechi Iheanacho and Danny Drinkwater.

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Key Points

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last seven home games against Leicester in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexandre Lacazette – There is pressure on Arsenal’s marquee signing to score the goals to push them towards the title. He scored 129 times in 275 games for Lyon so has a big reputation.

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Prediction

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City – Goals in the opener. There is pressure on the Arsenal squad to prove they are title contenders this season, so they need to hit the ground running. Although they have key players absent, they should be able to pick up three points on Friday night. Leicester are going to cause teams trouble this season, but they are up against it here.