Liverpool will try to maintain their perfect start to the season with a victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s men have opened up an early five point gap at the top of the Premier League table and we are tipping them for victory in our first Gameweek 6 prediction.
Chelsea vs Liverpool, Sunday, 11:30
Both of these sides lost their opening Champions League games midweek and they will be hoping to bounce back with a victory on Sunday. Liverpool lost 2-0 away to a strong Napoli side in an uncharacteristically error-strewn performance. On Wednesday night, Frank Lampard lost his first game as manager in the Champions League. Valencia left the Bridge with all three points after substitute Ross Barkley’s late penalty hit the crossbar.
These teams have met already this season. Tammy Abraham’s missed penalty meant Liverpool left Istanbul with the UEFA Super Cup trophy after the game finished 2-2 a.e.t. Much has been made of Chelsea’s young English core but they aren’t quite able to match a team of Liverpool’s calibre yet.
The form book suggests there will be goals in this one too. Chelsea have conceded the second-most goals in the League this season (11) while Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their eight competitive games to date.
We’re expecting goals and Liverpool’s front three to just edge it for the Redmen.
Newcastle vs Brighton, Saturday, 12:30
Even at this early stage of the Premier League season, this is a crucial game in the battle to avoid relegation for both Newcastle and Brighton. In 2018/2019, the sides finished 13th and 17th respectively. The Seagulls have made initial improvements under new boss Graham Potter but they still lie in 16th after five games this term.
In the summer just gone, wisdomous Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley replaced Champions League-winner Rafa Benitez with former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce. Bruce’s managerial trophy haul amounts to two Championship Playoff victories and an F.A Cup runner-up medal as manager of Hull City.
On early season form it looks as though it could be another long season for Newcastle fans. The gloom was lifted momentarily with an away win over Spurs but an early exit from the EFL Cup and three defeats in the league doesn’t bode well for the Geordies. However, big money signings Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin seem to have enough quality to drag Newcastle clear of the drop zone.
They showed some positive signs in their defeat to Liverpool last weekend and odds of 6/4 are too good to turn down for the home team.
West Ham vs Manchester United, Sunday, 9:00
After five Premier League games there are six teams sitting on eight points and two of them face each other on Sunday afternoon (UK time). The last time West Ham faced Manchester United at the London Stadium the Hammers won 3-1 with Jose Mourinho in the dugout for the Red Devils.
This season, Manuel Pellegrini has steadied the ship after a heavy opening day defeat to Manchester City. They’re unbeaten in their last five in all competitions and they are winning plaudits for their attacking football. Pellegrini’s front four of Sebastian Haller, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko have enough pace and skill to trouble any defence. Add Spanish U21 international Pablo Fornals into the mix and you can see why there’s a buzz around the London Stadium this season.
They have enough at the back to keep Man United quiet too. Don’t forget that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had a Thursday night game against FC Astana to contend with and they could be feeling the effects of a Europa League hangover on Sunday. Declan Rice and Issa Diop have been dominant so far for West Ham and they have a safe pair of hands behind them with Lukasz Fabianski in goal.
Expect the Hammers’ wingers to target Manchester United center-back Victor Lindelöf with high balls all afternoon in the hope that French striker Haller can supply the goals.
Treble comes in at approx. +2760
*All prices correct at time of writing. All kickoff times stated are EDT.