Chelsea’s home fixture against Manchester United on Sunday is the standout match in the Premier League this weekend, find out how we think Tuchel’s men will get on in our weekly match predictions.
Well, it’s with great disappointment that I start my Matchweek 13 Premier League match predictions here at The Big Kick Off.
Yes, that great source of entertainment that’s been keeping us amused for weeks now has finally gone.
Last Saturday’s latest installment of complete humiliation was a step too far for even the board at Old Trafford, and finally, yes finally, the stricken racehorse better known as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was despatched to the knacker’s yard.
On a serious note, I’m not one for calling for managers to be sacked after a handful of bad results, but Ole’s sacking is well overdue.
Like a lot of fans and pundits – Rio Ferdinand especially springs to mind – the Old Trafford board seemed to get caught up in the hype of United’s 3-1 win in Paris back in March 2019, and gave the wrong man the job.
In fairness to Ole he did an okay job and restored some much-needed confidence back into United’s browbeaten – by Mourinho – squad, but just doing an okay job isn’t good enough for a club like Manchester United.
Anyway, Ole’s gone now, and we have to find another form of amusement every week.
Latest Premier League Winner Betting Odds
Onto the latest Premier League betting, and there’s no change at the top.
City was 8/11 before they beat Everton, and they’re still 8/11 now.
- Man City 8/11 (1.72)
- Chelsea 23/10 (3.30)
- Liverpool 9/2 (5.50)
- Man Utd 100/1 (101.0)
- West Ham 100/1 (101.0)
- Arsenal 150/1 (151.0)
- Tottenham 250/1 (251.0)
Elsewhere Chelsea has been trimmed into 23/10 (3.30) from 13/5 (3.60) following their dismantling of Leicester.
While Liverpool has surprisingly drifted from 4/1 (5.0) to 9/2 (5.50), following their second-half mauling of Arsenal.
Matchweek 13 Premier League Match Predictions
As is the case every week, remember these Premier League predictions are for a bit of fun only.
If you are planning on betting, keep it to very small amounts, please.
Arsenal v Newcastle – Sat 12.30pm
First up this weekend is Arsenal who will be looking to bounce back quickly from last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.
A home match against Newcastle is the ideal match, but the Gunners will need to be careful here, as Newcastle – under Eddie Howe – look like they are going to take the fight to teams more.
I think the new more adventurous Newcastle we witnessed last weekend might well leave more holes at the back, and I think Arsenal may well exploit these.
- Verdict – Arsenal Win
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa – Sat 3pm
Palace surprised me at Burnley last weekend and left Turf Moor with a point.
They are a side I’m expecting to drop off at some point, but it’s not showing any sign of happening anytime soon.
As for Villa, they got off to a great start under new boss Steven Gerard last weekend, but I can’t go with anything other than a home win here.
- Verdict – Palace Win
Liverpool v Southampton – Sat 3pm
I mentioned in last week’s predictions that Southampton is a side that rarely wins three games in a row, and so it proved. It was about all I predicted right last week in fairness!
Liverpool at the moment is a bit of a machine just churning out results (West Ham defeat besides).
Does anybody really give the Saints a chance here? No, let’s move on then!
- Verdict – Liverpool Win
Norwich v Wolves – Sat 3pm
After last weekend’s result, this isn’t a straightforward prediction.
After beating Southampton, this is also possibly a winnable match for Norwich. But similar to my view that Southampton doesn’t win three matches in a row, neither does Norwich!
Wolves for their part are on an exceptional run. In their last seven matches, they have picked up 16 points.
I don’t see Norwich winning, so it’s a 50/50 call between Wolves and the draw.
I’m going to go for Wolves to win!
- Verdict – Wolves Win
Brighton v Leeds – Sat 5.30pm
The final match on Saturday sees Brighton host Leeds at the Amex.
Both these sides are in poor form and this has the look of a match not worth getting into a row – with your better half – about who has control over the TV remote.
I’m not sure what to go with here, but Brighton are due a win, they are seven without one now.
Leeds are poor this season, I thought a week or two back that they were too good to go down, but I’m not so sure now.
If Bielsa’s team lose this they will be in a bit of trouble, and I think they may well lose again here.
- Verdict – Brighton Win
Brentford v Everton – Sun 2pm
Well, another fixture that has the look of who wants to win the least about it.
Last weekend, Brentford got a decent point at Newcastle and could count themselves unlucky not to win.
As for Everton, they are six without a win now, and on current form, they will probably count last Sunday’s 3-0 defeat away at Man City as a good result!
Both these teams are in poor form, I don’t know why, but I just have a sneaky feel for Everton to nick this one.
- Verdict – Everton Win
Burnley v Spurs – Sun 2pm
Both these teams seem to be slowly turning the corner at long last. Burnley was surprisingly open in their 3-3 draw with Palace last weekend, and in Maxwel Cornet have a real goal scoring threat.
I do think – despite their awful Europa Conference League defeat on Thursday – that Spurs and even Harry Kane are emerging from their doldrums, and I have a feeling they will enjoy facing Burnley this weekend.
- Verdict – Spurs Win
Leicester v Watford – Sun 2pm
Based on last weekend’s results, I would have no option but to predict a win for Watford. But I’m not going down that route.
Leicester hasn’t got going this season, that’s for sure. But last Saturday they faced a brilliant Chelsea team who are having an outstanding season.
As for Watford, take the results against Everton (they won 5-2) and Man Utd (4-1) out of the equation, and they’ve been absolutely rubbish lately.
We also see Claudio Ranieri going back to the KP Stadium for this match, but I can only see him leaving empty-handed.
- Verdict – Leicester Win
Man City v West Ham – Sun 2pm
This is probably a tricky match for Pep’s Manchester City side.
I dare say they are still on an almightly high after beating PSG 2-1 on Wednesday, and this could be one of those occasions where they are a bit flat.
As for West Ham, their impressive run came to an end last Saturday when they lost 1-0 away to Wolves.
I know City has slipped up twice at home already this season, but can I predict they are going to slip up again?
No, is the simple answer!
- Verdict – Man City Win
Chelsea v Man Utd – Sun 4.30pm
I’m expecting a far improved performance from United this weekend, and they also have the added bonus of Harry Maguire being suspended for this match!
Even so, how can anybody back against this Chelsea side at the moment?
They seem to be going from strength to strength under Tuchel, and I can only see another comfortable win for them this weekend.
- Verdict – Chelsea Win
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