Liverpool versus Chelsea
To put it bluntly: Liverpool are in all kinds of trouble. With a defence that resembles a charity, Diego Costa and Co must be licking their lips at the prospect of playing at Anfield this weekend. But Liverpool’s problems don’t just lie in defence, as £16 million striker Mario Balotelli has now played over ten hours of Premier League football without a goal. To put this into perspective, you would only have to watch the average paint for six hours before it dried (scientific fact!). This fixture couldn’t have arrived at a worse time for Liverpool, as Chelsea, who are still undefeated, have been in sublime form recently. Expect Fabregas and Costa to lead the Liverpool defence a merry dance this Saturday.
Prediction: Liverpool 1 – 3 Chelsea (Chelsea to win at 1.08)
Manchester United versus Crystal Palace
“Manchester United: a club which possesses a strike force as good as its defence is bad.” This statement sums up Manchester United’s season so far, as their embarrassment of riches up front has led to lots of goals, but their ‘riches’ at the back have led only to embarrassment. This weekend will be particularly interesting as two of United’s first choice defenders will be unavailable (one through injury and the other through suspension). Crystal Palace have also struggled recently but will hold real hope that they can get a couple of goals against United’s makeshift backline. Expect calamitous defending at both ends!
Prediction: Man United 3 – 1 Crystal Palace (Over 3.5 goals at 1.23)
Swansea versus Arsenal
Both Swansea and Arsenal have blown hot and cold this season so far, but both have cause for optimism as their key men in the form of Wilfried Bony and Alexis Sanchez have started to hit form. Sanchez especially, has the natural ability to take the Premier League by storm as his majestic performance against Burnley proved. There will definitely be goals in this one.
Prediction: Swansea 1 – 2 Arsenal (Arsenal to win at 1.13)