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: Stoke City vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Britannia Stadium – Saturday, November 7 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Stoke 13/5 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 21/20

Match Preview

Stoke City host Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday evening for a crucial Premier League clash, with the visitors desperately hoping to recover from a poor start to the season.

The Potters have endured an inconsistent opening 11 games, with just three wins so far and they have failed to score in their last two games, leaving them fourteenth in the table.

Their performance away at Newcastle in last weekend’s 0-0 draw certainly wasn’t glamorous, but it was a valuable point nonetheless, given the manner of the 2-0 home defeat to Watford the week before.

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Mark Hughes has his side playing a generally more entertaining brand of football than they did under Tony Pulis, but the fans will be hoping it doesn’t mean sacrificing results and Stoke need to find some consistency.

Stoke’s Premier League record: P11 – W3 – D4 – L4

It’s a desperate situation for visitors Chelsea, who arrive in Stoke following their worst ever start to a Premier League season, which has left them in the unfamiliar depths of fifteenth place.

And just when it seems like it can’t get any worse for manager Jose Mourinho, it somehow does. The 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend was followed by the news that he has been given a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour in the loss to West Ham two weeks ago.

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Despite the doom and gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge, the Blues did secure a vital 2-1 win at home to Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League group stage on Wednesday thanks to a late goal from Willian.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P11 – W3 – D2 – L6

The last Premier League meeting between these two sides was a 2-1 home win for Chelsea in April, while the last league meeting at Stoke was also a success for the Blues, winning 2-0 in December 2014.

However, Stoke will take confidence from their performance just under two weeks ago, as they knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup via a 5-4 penalty shootout win, after the game had finished 1-1.

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Team News

Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given (knee) and defender Marc Muniesa (hamstring) are out. Geoff Cameron will return to the squad following a thigh strain which ruled him out of the last two games. Phil Bardsley is also available again after serving a one-match ban. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel is on-loan from Chelsea and is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will not be able to attend the game after he received a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour in the West Ham game. Thibaut Courtois remains a long-term absentee, while Radamel Falcao is out with a muscular problem. Defender Branislav Ivanovic returned to training this week after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Key Points

Stoke’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/L/D

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: Stoke have only beaten Chelsea once in the Premier League (D3, L11) a 3-2 success back in December 2013.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has been one of Chelsea’s only consistent performers in this campaign. With five goals in all competitions, he’s the top scorer at the club this season and they’ll certainly need him to continue his fine form.

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Score Prediction

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea  This is bound to be a tight game with so much at for Mourinho and his Chelsea side. We could see a repeat result of the League Cup game 11 days ago.

League Cup Preview and Prediction: Stoke vs Chelsea

Competition: League Cup Fourth Round – Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Britannia Stadium – Tuesday, October 27 – 19:45 GMT (15:45 ET)

Match Odds: Stoke 5/2 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 21/20

Match Preview

Stoke host Chelsea in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night in what will be another real test for Jose Mourinho and his struggling side.

Stoke had won three on the bounce before Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Watford. They will look to pick back up with a win against the League Cup holders here and will be confident considering Chelsea’s poor form.

The Potters sit one point above the Blues in 14th in the Premier League after ten weeks and so it’s tough to call who will come out on top on Tuesday.

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Both sides could do with a solid cup run. Stoke have got this far by just edging past Luton on penalties before beating Fulham 1-0 in the last round.

Chelsea only entered the competition in the last round as they are the reigning champions. They beat Walsall 4-1 away from home and face a tougher road trip this time.

The Blues lost 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday in a game that saw Nemanja Matic sent off, while Mourinho was sent to the stands with one of his assistants.

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Chelsea have lost their discipline too many times already this season and the Portuguese head coach is under real pressure at this early stage of the campaign.

Chelsea have won the last four meetings between these two in all competitions. Stoke last beat the Blues in December 2013 in a thrilling Premier League game that ended 3-2.

Team News

Stoke are set to be without Geoff Cameron, who was injured in Saturday’s loss to Stoke. Ryan Shawcross is close to returning to action and could be named on the bench here.

Chelsea will be without Matic after his red card on Saturday. While Loic Remy, Pedro, Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois are all struggling with injuries and are unlikely to make the trip.

Key Points

Stoke’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/L

Chelsea’s last five in all competitions: L/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Chelsea have never beaten Stoke in six previous League Cup games (D3 L3).

Key Player: Bojan – The Spanish attacker has returned from injury and looks to be in good shape. He will look to hurt Chelsea if he starts here.

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Score Prediction

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea – This should be a really close game and could be quite a nervy affair. We’re not expecting bundles of goals but Chelsea should be able to do enough to at least earn a draw in 90 minutes, taking the game into extra time – not that either side will want that.