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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

WEST BROM CHALLENGE: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

CHELSEA WILL be looking to bounce back after their mauling at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday. Should the champions fail to win against West Bromwich Albion, Jose Mourinho's title aspirations might need medical attention! Man City - who Chelsea 3-0 - top the table and face Everton in the late afternoon game on Sunday.

If the City spine of Joe Hart, captain Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero stay fit and healthy, they will reclaim the PL crown which they won in 2012 and 2014.

Also up with the top-flight pacesetters Liverpool and Manchester United who play Arsenal and Newcastle respectively.

Hindsight's Premier League predictions is in association with Sky Sports.

Saturday, August 22

Manchester United - Newcastle 12.45
It was yet another unconvincing performance from Louis van Gaal’s men last time out against Aston Villa. Their 1-0 scoreline has been a recurring theme and you can’t help but feel they will struggle to score goals this term unless they buy before the transfer window closes. Wayne Rooney’s woeful performance against Villa culminated in the striker only having one touch in Villa’s box. Van Gaal will most certainly have to bolster United’s attacking options if they are to have any chance of reclaiming the Premier League title. Newcastle, however will be aiming to get their season up and running. But that looks somewhat fanciful due to their poor record against the Red Devils. United keep up the winning habit.

Crystal Palace - Aston Villa
Despite their narrow defeat against Arsenal, Alan Pardew’s men will head into their game against Villa knowing they have what it takes to return to winning ways. The attacking options at Pardew’s disposal will be a lovely conundrum for the Palace boss; with the likes of Yohan Cabaye also aiming to blossom once more under the Englishman. There has been a massive upheaval at Villa Park this summer, but the new additions will need time to settle and Palace will no doubt be aiming to pounce on the lack of cohesion in Villa's side. Home win.

Leicester - Tottenham
Leicester City looked like certainties for the relegation morgue before a ball was even kicked, however now they currently occupy a Champions League spot. New boss Claudio Ranieri has hit the ground running and exceeded expectations, much to the delight of the King Power Stadium faithful. As for Spurs, they are still heavily reliant on Harry Kane. But the likes of Nacer Chadli will aim to ease the goalscoring pressure of Spurs’ talisman. Draw.

Norwich -Stoke
City will need Nathan Redmond to be in sparkling form if they are to have any chance of securing their Premier League status. Redmond’s career has petered out due a lack of consistency, so now he has a great chance to shine in the top-flight. Stoke on the other have bought well this summer. Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to make his debut against the Canaries, so I predict a comfortable win for the visitors.

Sunderland - Swansea
The Black Cats suffered a demoralising defeat to Norwich at the weekend, which sees them rooted at the bottom of the league. The threat of relegation never entirely recedes in places like Sunderland; so it looks like it will be one of those seasons again. City newcomer Andre Ayew has adjusted well to life in the Premier League. Garry Monk’s men will surprise many this term and I reckon they will condemn Sunderland to yet more misery. Away win.

West Ham -Bournemouth
The Hammers were unable to beat in-form Leicester City at the weekend. Hammers Reece Oxford and summer signing Dimitri Payet have caught the eye and may have better luck against newly promoted Bournemouth. The Cherries’ rise to the top-flight has been circuitous to say the least. But I reckon this encounter will be a hard-fought game, where both teams will cancel each other out. Draw.

Sunday, August 23

West Brom - Chelsea 13.30
Chelsea’s recent slump, with pre-season also in mind, shows no sign of abating. The Blues tamely accepted their 3-0 defeat against Man City as Jose Mourinho’s countenance eluded disappointment. Perhaps he needs help from a doctor or two? West Brom defensively held firm in their last game and I expect more of the same this weekend from Tony Pulis’ men. Draw.

Everton - Man City
Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City dismantled last season’s most parsimonious defence in Chelsea at the weekend and will be setting their sights on reprising a similar performance against Everton. Nonetheless, Ross Barkley reaffirmed his burgeoning reputation against Southampton with a man-of-the-match performance. But City’s attacking prowess will ultimately prevail in victory, as they aim to become the early season pacesetters.

Watford - Southampton
The Premier League newcomers have started the new campaign with two solid draws. But my only concern is Troy Deeney may find it hard replicating his imperious goalscoring form from the Championship into the Premier League. As for Southampton, they need to keep a clean sheet this weekend. Hapless defending has been their downhill thus far, but I expect the Saints to secure a narrow win.

Monday, August 24

Arsenal - Liverpool 20.00
Both teams know a good start to the season will strengthen their aspirations of competing for the Premier League title. Arsenal have only drafted in Petr Cech, whereas Liverpool have bought well and look like genuine title contenders. The Reds have had all summer to ruminate upon their poor showings last term; and with Christian Benteke leading the line I expect Liverpool to secure a comfortable win.

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