Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

It’s another packed weekend of Premier League action (Picture: Getty / Metro)Manchester City and Liverpool are setting a scorching pace at the top of the Premier League and the visit of the champions and league leaders City to Stamford Bridge is the weekend highlight.

Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the action.

Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri has become an increasingly influential player in recent weeks for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth bounced back after four successive Premier League losses to beat Huddersfield at the Vitality Stadium midweek although they were far from impressive.

Liverpool have made their best-ever start to a top-flight season after coming from behind to beat Burnley on Wednesday, but still trail City by a couple of points.

The Reds unsung hero James Milner will play his 500th PL game at the Vitality Stadium and it was no surprise to me that it was Milner who was the catalyst for Liverpool’s dramatic comeback against the Clarets midweek.

Michael’s prediction: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Liverpool

Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the current Premier League top goalscorer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions and four points this week from the visit of Spurs and a trip to Old Trafford shows just how far Unai Emery’s side have come in such a short period of time.

Town have lost eight of their last nine top-flight games against the Gunners and failed to score in each of those games. I fancy a similar scoreline at the Emirates.

Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Burnley vs Brighton

Both games between the sides finished goalless last season and it is hard to see a goal-fest at Turf Moor especially when you consider these two teams have had the fewest shots on target so far this term – Burnley 40 and Brighton 44.

If there is to be a winner at Turf Moor I think Sean Dyche’s side might nick the points, but it is unlikely to be a classic.

Michael’s prediction: Burnley 1 – 0 Brighton

Cardiff City vs Southampton

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton earlier this week (Picture: Getty)Southampton fans can take heart from the fact that their new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhüttl won 120 points in the Bundesliga during his two-season spell as manager of RB Leipzig; only Bayern Munich (166) won more in this period.

Saints hit the woodwork three times against Spurs midweek and deserved their late – albeit consolation – goal. Cardiff have come from behind to win their last two home league games, but I feel they will have to settle for a point in their quest for a hat-trick.

Michael’s prediction: Cardiff City 1 – 1 Southampton

Manchester United vs Fulham

Jesse Lingard rescued a point for Manchester United against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)United continue to show their character and fight having picked up a point from behind at both Southampton and at home to Arsenal in the last week.

No side has made as many changes as United so far this season which suggests the club have had their fair share of injuries, but also that Jose Mourinho does not know his best starting XI.

Fulham have lost their last six PL away games and I can’t see them getting anything at Old Trafford although the Cottagers have improved under Claudio Ranieri and the hosts will not have things all their own way.

Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 2 – 1 Fulham

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

The team scoring first in the 14 previous PL games between these clubs has never lost and I expect West Ham to grab the opener and the points in this London derby.

Palace have not won in their last five away games and I was disappointed they were not able to get at least a point against 10-man Brighton at the Amex midweek.

Michael’s prediction: West Ham 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea vs Manchester City

N’Golo Kante could be key to stopping the Man City juggernaut (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have lost two of their last three and only mustered seven shots in the two league games – both won by City – between the sides last season.

Chelsea are a different proposition under Maurizio Sarri, especially at the Bridge, this season and I feel they can keep a point. City were far too good for the Blues in the Community Shield in the season curtain-raiser but, back on home soil, I feel Chelsea will get a draw from a 1-1 draw as they did against Liverpool earlier in the season.

Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester City

Leicester City vs Tottenham

Harry Kane is looking to score for the third game in a row (Picture: Getty)Spurs have not had a PL draw in their last 19 games and I feel they will take maximum points at the King Power from an entertaining clash in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Harry Kane has scored 13 times in his 11 previous games against the Foxes and the England skipper may again be the difference between the sides at the weekend.

Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1 – 2 Tottenham

Newcastle United vs Wolves

Wolves came from behind to beat Chelsea at Molineux midweek, but they are struggling for goals on the road and if there is to be a winner at St James’s Park on Sunday then I feel it will be the hosts.

I was very impressed with the Magpies defensively at Goodison midweek with the returning skipper Jamaal Lascelles outstanding in a three-man defence. It will be interesting to see if Rafa Benitez perseveres with the system back on home soil.

Michael’s prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 0 Wolves

Everton vs Watford

Everton ran out of steam and ideas against Newcastle midweek and still seemed to be smarting after their Merseyside derby defeat.

Marco Silva was in charge of Watford when the Hornets lost the corresponding fixture 3-2 (goalless at halftime) last season and the visitors will travel to Goodison having lost their last four.

Richarlison scored for Watford at Goodison last season but his equaliser against Newcastle midweek was his seventh strike of the season and the young Brazilian looks sure to play a leading part in what I expect to be an entertaining contest with the hosts just edging it.

Michael’s prediction: Everton 2 – 1 Watford

Michael’s midweek wager: Arsenal, West Ham and Everton at 9/2

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool

Three big derby matches to look forward to in the Premier League this weekend (Picture: Getty / Metro)With Matchday 14 being packed full of Derbies, Brand ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on this weekend’s fixtures.

This round reaches its climax on Sunday, when Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in this weekend’s final game. Everton are sure to make it a competitive fixture, but with the Reds being unbeaten, it will take a monumental effort from the Toffeemen to inflict a first loss of the campaign, especially in front of the Kop.

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Crystal Palace remain heavily reliant on Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)If the table is to be believed Palace and Burnley are equally matched, with both teams sitting on nine points. Admittedly the Eagles are coming off a very tough set of fixtures and picking up draws with Manchester United and Arsenal is far superior form to anything shown by the Lancashire outfit. The visitors have failed to win during their last six games but did pick up two draws . Monday’s 2-1 home loss to Newcastle was frustrating but after going 2 down quickly the Clarets created a host of chances and were perhaps a little unlucky not to claim a late point. Any side managed by Sean Dyche are certainly not going to lack fight or character and Burnley will not let recent results affect confidence. Last year’s good form was based on narrow wins with organised football and I see no reason why they can’t secure at least a draw from Selhurst Park.

Michael’s prediction: Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Burnley

Huddersfield v Brighton

The unexpected but fully deserved success at Wolves last weekend has certainly lifted spirits considerably in West Yorkshire and with Town moving out of the bottom three they will have gained a huge psychological bonus. They will hope to capitalise on that feel-good factor at home to Brighton, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and The Terriers may struggle to back that win up. Arguably an early goal and the ability to play counter attacking football played into Town’s hands at Wolves but back at the Kirklees Stadium they may have to take the initiative and have been unable to break opponents down there this season. Brighton haven’t convinced away this term and their mid table position has been achieved with reasonable home form. Huddersfield still find scoring tough and with Albion unlikely to over commit this game has all the makings of a dour encounter. A draw would not be too bad for either.

Michael’s prediction: Huddersfield 0 – 0 Brighton

Leicester v Watford

Jamie Vardy was back in the goals last weekend (Picture: Getty)This pair sit comfortably in mid table and with the top five starting to pull clear a top sixth place looks the best either can achieve this season. Understandably off the field events have derailed City recently although they have maintained their form and will hope to start climbing the table further. A midweek penalty shoot-out victory over Southampton has seen them advance to the quarter final of the League Cup and lifted spirits. Undefeated in four Premier League outings, The Foxes look fair value for victory against a Watford side who are starting to slip a little after a tremendous start to their campaign. The Hornets were poor against Liverpool last week and were lucky to pick up a draw at Southampton previously after the Saints were controversially denied a second goal. This looks a good opportunity for City to put pressure on Everton for the race to clinch sixth and I expect a home success.

Michael’s prediction: Leicester 2 – 1 Watford

Manchester City v Bournemouth

David Silva has been in inspirational form for Manchester City this season (Picture: Getty)The champions have been relentless and look like they could lift the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League quad. I often feel the best time to play City is following a Champions league midweek fixture, but such is the squad strength that even with rotation they always have too much weaponry for opponents. They were given a stern test in Lyon but secured the point from a 2-2 draw to leave them in a strong position to top their group. Bournemouth are next in the firing line and don’t look strong enough defensively to cope having lost their last three games all by 2-1 margins. I expect City to score freely in this game. Plenty of players have been helping out on the score sheet too which makes defending against City even harder. Midfield maestro David Silva has been in sparkling form and is currently a favourite to land the PFA Player of the year award. The Spaniard has chipped in with an impressive five goals in the Premier League this term and is certainly a very influential player at present.

Michael’s prediction: Manchester City 4 – 0 Bournemouth

Newcastle United v West Ham

Newcastle face West Ham at St James Park with both clubs sitting on twelve points and identical playing records. United were delighted to take maximum points from Monday’s trip to Burnley which was their third win on the bounce. The Hammers have had some eye catching results but have struggled for consistency and were thrashed 4-0 at home against Manchester City last weekend. They have a strong forward line so it’s not often they fire a blank and I expect them to find the net in the North East. With the teams so well matched this has draw written all over it.

Michael’s prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 West Ham

Southampton v Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out until the New Yerar with a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho continues to look disgruntled and frustrated as his charges struggle for consistency and form this year. The Red Devils are already out of the title race and look unlikely to challenge even for a top four position. United’s fantastic 2-1 come from behind win in Turin when they defeated Juventus in the Champions League is arguably the reason United are not looking for a new number one and was by far their best result in a difficult campaign. They managed a late winner to defeat Young Boys on Tuesday but this failed to please most and all doesn’t look well behind the scenes. With too many stars off colour the club find themselves back down in seventh place. They face a trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton who are also desperate for a win with former United great Mark Hughes now favourite to be the next manager to leave. Saints were out of luck at Leicester on Tuesday when VAR chalked off a potential winning goal in the Cup and they look a side needing a lucky break from somewhere. United were toothless against Palace at Old Trafford last week whilst the Saints are only off the bottom on goal difference and were once again leaking goals when beaten 3-2 at fellow strugglers Fulham. With both teams in poor form it’s the visitors who are more likely to get something out of the tie, but the game will not be pretty and is sure to be low-scoring.

Michael’s prediction: Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United

Chelsea v Fulham

Chelsea surrendered their unbeaten start to the season last weekend (Picture: Getty)West London rivals Chelsea and Fulham meet at the Bridge with the visitors finally able to smile following a 3-2 win over Southampton under new manager Claudio Ranieri. Whether the Tinkerman can follow up his tremendous success with Leicester is extremely doubtful but the Cottagers feel he can at least lead them to safety this season. Fulham are still at the foot of the table but with little between a whole host of clubs they are certainly far from doomed. Aleksandar Mitrovic was highly influential in helping Fulham to playoff success last season and his goals are going to be equally important in the race for survival. He bagged a brace last week and now has seven so far this season. However, the task will be tough as despite an uncharacteristic performance when meekly losing 3-1 against Spurs last week the Pensioners are still enjoying a productive season. With only one reverse they are handily placed to secure a top four finish and are still London’s leading club at present. They can be excused an off day and I fully expect them to bounce back in style with a victory.

Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 3 – 1 Fulham

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Unai Emery gets his first taste of the north London derby this weekend (Picture: Getty)North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs can always be relied upon to entertain especially when facing each other and another exciting encounter looks on the cards in a cracking super Sunday match up. The Gunners will feel more pressure to win to close a three-point gap and the race to finish in the top four looks likely to be between the three big London clubs. Arsenal were unconvincing but still picked up maximum points from their trip to Bournemouth and in forward Pierre-merick Aubameyang have a man in form and one of the deadliest marksman in the top flight. Of course, both teams look full of goals and a high scoring shootout looks likely. I still can’t trust either to win though and am happy to predict a goal filled draw.

Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool v Everton

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat in Paris (Picture: Getty)In a weekend of Derby fixtures Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in the final game of the round. With the hosts being unbeaten it will take a monumental effort for the Toffeemen to inflict a first loss of the campaign especially in front of the Kop. Everton have quietly come up on the rails and look a solid favourite to finish best of the rest without the big six. In fact they may even think a top six finish is a realistic aim and with only three defeats have shown plenty of enterprise. With only one defeat in their last seven Premier League fixtures they are one of the form sides and will make things tough for Liverpool. However Pool still have that touch of quality and squad depth their rivals may slightly lack and I expect a tight match but go for a narrow home win. Virgin van Dijk has been in impressive form of late and is more than justifying the huge fee Jurgen Klopp paid for the Dutch international. He scored against the Blues on debut during an FA Cup success back in January when becoming the first Liverpool player to score on debut against Everton since 1901! With great aerial presence and physical quality he will be vital at set pieces and I can see him notching again once more.

Michael’s prediction: Liverpool 2 – 1 Everton

Michael’s weekend wager: Leicester, Manchester United and Chelsea all to win at 9/2

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Rafa Benitez takes swipe at Chelsea fans after Newcastle defeat Burnley

Rafa Benitez had a dig at Chelsea fans after Newcastle’s win (Picture: Getty)Rafa Benitez aimed a not-so-subtle swipe at Chelsea supporters in the aftermath of Newcastle’s 2-1 victory over Burnley.

Ciaran Clark doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 23rd minute following an early Ben Mee own goal and the home side managed to hold on for the win despite Sam Vokes’ stunning long-range header just before half-time.

Unsurprisingly, Benitez was in a playful mood after a crucial three points for his side and the 58-year-old had a dig at Chelsea fans when discussing the match.

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A long-running feud between Benitez and Jose Mourinho, when the managers were in charge of Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, made the Spaniard’s appointment at Stamford Bridge an awkward one.

Benitez was famously booed and jeered during his first home match after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012 and was never truly accepted by Chelsea’s fanbase, even after leading them to the Europa League title.

Asked if he would like to stay on at Newcastle immediately after Monday’s win, Benitez told Sky Sports: ‘Yeah, I’m really pleased in England, I’m really pleased here with the fans here behind me.

‘So I have had three spells in England with the Liverpool fans, that I mentioned and the Newcastle United fans – that I mentioned too.’

Forget anyone, Rafa?

Rafa Benitez was never fully accepted by Chelsea supporters (Picture: Getty)As recently as last December, Benitez’s name was met by boos when Chelsea hosted Newcastle in the Premier League.

He was even subjected to a derogatory chant during the clash but insisted he took no notice of their goading.

‘I didn’t realise [their reaction]. I was focused on the game,’ he said at the time.

Ciaran Clark scored what turned out to be the winner at Turf Moor (Picture: Getty)Newcastle’s victory over Burnley on Monday night lifted them to 13th in the league and Benitez admitted the result was ‘massive’ for his side.

‘Every game for us is like a final. Winning is massive because it gives us more confidence.

‘There is still a long race ahead but we are doing well and hopefully we can continue that,’ he said.

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‘We needed to win and to perform well. The players did it and were amazing in terms of effort, organisation and team spirit.

‘We were working in the week trying to manage Burnley’s two big centre-forwards and the players did really well.

‘The main thing for us is to make sure we can get something out of these games. We have confidence now and the players will continue pushing and working hard.’

Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Chelsea and Bournemouth v Arsenal

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for the Premier League weekend (Getty/PA)The Premier League returns following the international break and the standout match of the weekend sees Tottenham host Chelsea at Wembley.

Maurizio Sarri’s side remain unbeaten in all competitions while Spurs have only played four Premier League games at Wembley as they wait to move into their new stadium.

Elsewhere, Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, Arsenal are looking to extend their unbeaten run at Bournemouth, while Liverpool face a tricky test at Watford.

Premier League champions Manchester City travel to West ham, while Claudio Ranieri has returned to England and will be looking to secure a first win as his Fulham side host Southampton at Craven Cottage.

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Tottenham v Chelsea

None of Spurs’ last 16 Premier League games has finished in a draw but I think it will be honours even when Chelsea visit Wembley.

Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have already won at Wembley this season, but I feel the hosts will get a draw in what promises to be a feisty London derby.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea

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Bournemouth v Arsenal

Arsenal have drawn their last three in the league and have conceded first in each of those games which shows there is nothing wrong with the spirit or resilience under Unai Emery.

Callum Wilson has scored in all three Premier League games he has played against the Gunners and the Bournemouth striker will not lack for confidence after his goal for England against the United States during the international break.

I feel Arsenal will take all three points in another game where I would think there will be plenty of goalscoring opportunities at both ends.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 20 league games against Palace and it is hard to make a case for the Eagles who have never beaten United in the Premier League.

Roy Hodgson’s side haven’t won in their last seven and the game could see Anthony Martial become just the fourth player to score in six successive Premier League games for the club alongside Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo – some company that!

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

Anthony Martial has been in fine form for Manchester United (Getty Images)Watford v Liverpool

Liverpool have failed to concede more than once in their last 15 Premier League games and it is their improved defensive displays that have led to the Reds going unbeaten in their first dozen league games of the campaign.

Watford have conceded 17 times in their last five winless games against Liverpool but they have improved this term, and this will be another stiff test of the Reds’ title credentials – an examination I expect they will pass in what promises to be a cracking game.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 1-2 Liverpool

Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Chelsea and Manchester City

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for the Premier League weekend (Picture: Getty/PA)Defending champions Manchester City can move back to the top of the Premier League when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, meaning City will reclaim top spot for themselves if they beat the Saints.

Chelsea could also move above Liverpool with victory over struggling Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

On Monday evening, newly-promoted Fulham make the trip to Huddersfield Town, with both clubs currently in the relegation zone.

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Manchester City v Southampton

Champions City have conceded just three times in their first 10 Premier League games of the season and they entertain a Southampton side who have failed to score in their last five league games.

I can’t see past another comfortable home win and I would imagine City would want to maintain their proud defensive record.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Southampton

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Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games when they thrashed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday.

They can maintain their excellent start to the season at the expense of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in this London derby.

The Eagles thoroughly deserved their point against Arsenal on Sunday and could have won at Goodison but for a missed penalty in their last away league game.

They are likely to find this Blues side a different proposition however.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

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Huddersfield Town v Fulham

A massive game near the foot of the table and something must give at the John Smith’s Stadium. The hosts have failed to score in their last seven home Premier League games whilst Fulham are the only side in the division without a clean sheet this term.

The Terriers have hit the woodwork (6) more times than they have scored goals (4) so far this term and they may have to settle for a point against the Cottagers in a game that is sure to be tense.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Fulham

Fulham face fellow relegation-battlers Huddersfield Town (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more tips from Michael read his column here.

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Arsenal v Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for the Premier League weekend (Picture: Getty/PA)Arsenal face high-flying Liverpool this weekend in the Premier League’s stand-out fixture.

The Gunners had won 11 consecutive games in all competitions before drawing to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are currently joint-top of the table, alongside defending champions Manchester City.

City welcome Southampton to the Etihad on Sunday, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all in action over the weekend.

Leicester City also play their first game since a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium led to the deaths of their chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four other people.

Ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, former England striker Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for every Premier League game.

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Bournemouth v Manchester United

Bournemouth begin the weekend sixth in the table and have kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe’s side will look forward to the visit of Manchester United despite the fact that they have only won one of the six Premier League games played between the clubs.

United had fortune on their side against Everton on Sunday but the bottom line is they are beginning to get results in the Premier League and the outstanding recent form of Anthony Martial is a big plus.

This is a big test for the Cherries, but if there is to be a winner at the Vitality Stadium I feel it will be the hosts.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Manchester United

Anthony Martial is enjoying a fine run for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Cardiff City v Leicester City

It is sure to be a difficult week for all at Leicester City following Saturday evening’s tragedy.

The players must be prepared mentally as well as physically for their visit to south Wales.

I don’t expect to see many goals at the Cardiff City Stadium in a game that is likely to prove difficult for both players and supporters of both clubs.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff City 0-1 Leicester City

Leicester is in mourning following the tragic helicopter crash (Picture: Rex Features)Everton v Brighton

I am sure Marco Silva would have felt United were there for the taking at Old Trafford on Sunday, but his Everton side fell short in one or two key areas and they are not yet good enough to mount a serious challenge to break into the top six.

Brighton rode their luck at home to Wolves at the weekend – scored with their only shot on target – and only had one shot on target until deep into injury time when winning 1-0 at St James’s Park in their last away game.

I expect to see Everton get back to winning ways and it would not surprise me to see Ademola Lookman get a start for the Blues with Theo Walcott disappointing at Old Trafford at the weekend.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-1 Brighton

Everton were beaten by Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)Newcastle United v Watford

Under normal circumstances a good point for Newcastle at Southampton at the weekend.

But another blank in front of goal and United have failed to win any of their opening 10 matches of a league season for just the second time in their history – last doing so 120 years ago, back in the 1898-99 top-flight campaign.

The Magpies have lost their first five Premier League home games, but I feel they can at least take a point against a Hornets side who have bounced back in recent games after their own poor run.

Nineteen points from their first 10 games is Watford’s best-ever start to a Premier League campaign, but I feel they will have to make do with a draw at St James’s Park.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Watford

Watford have made a fine start to the new season (Picture: Getty)West Ham v Burnley

West Ham have picked up just eight points from their first ten league games, but they have also thrown away eight points from winning positions after their 1-1 draw at Leicester on Saturday – more than any other side.

The Clarets are also on eight points in the table after they were roundly beaten by Chelsea at Turf Moor on Sunday.

This promises to be tight and tense, but I feel it will be the hosts who keep the points in the capital.

Michael’s Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Burnley

Manuel Pellegrini is turning things around at West Ham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal v Liverpool

Arsenal’s long winning run came to an end at Selhurst Park on Sunday and this is their first game against a “big six” club since their losses to Manchester City and Chelsea at the beginning of the season.

The Gunners have not led at halftime in any of their Premier League games so far this season and they will need to be at the top of their game from the off against a Liverpool side who will try and hit the hosts hard on the break.

A big game for both clubs – Arsenal will move to within a point of the Reds with a win, but the gap will be seven if Jurgen Klopp’s side take the points. A Liverpool win for me.

Michael’s Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool

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Wolves v Tottenham

Wolves play some lovely football, but they are struggling for goals of late and they need to bounce back having lost back-to-back league games for the first time under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Spurs huffed and puffed but only had the one gilt-edged opportunity against City on Monday night and I think they will lose further ground in the battle for a Champions League spot at Molineux as they may have to settle for a draw.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Tottenham

Tottenham lost to Manchester City on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Manchester City v Southampton

Champions City have conceded just three times in their first 10 Premier League games of the season and they entertain a Southampton side who have failed to score in their last five league games.

I can’t see past another comfortable home win and I would imagine City would want to maintain their proud defensive record.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Southampton

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Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games when they thrashed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday.

They can maintain their excellent start to the season at the expense of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in this London derby.

The Eagles thoroughly deserved their point against Arsenal on Sunday and could have won at Goodison but for a missed penalty in their last away league game.

They are likely to find this Blues side a different proposition however.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

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Huddersfield Town v Fulham

A massive game near the foot of the table and something must give at the John Smith’s Stadium. The hosts have failed to score in their last seven home Premier League games whilst Fulham are the only side in the division without a clean sheet this term.

The Terriers have hit the woodwork (6) more times than they have scored goals (4) so far this term and they may have to settle for a point against the Cottagers in a game that is sure to be tense.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Fulham

Michael’s weekend wager: Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea at 4/1

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool & Arsenal

Can Chelsea beat Liverpool for a second time this week? (Picture: Metro)The big game of the Premier League weekend sees Liverpool visit Chelsea on Saturday evening as they bid to maintain their unblemished start to the season. Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor.

West Ham v Manchester United

All eyes will be on Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho during West Ham’s clash with Man Utd (Picture: Getty)West Ham have improved in recent weeks and could easily have taken all three points against Chelsea last weekend with Andriy Yarmolenko missing a gilt-edged late opportunity.

United were knocked out of the League Cup against an improving Derby County midweek, but their away form – won their last three – is, actually better than their home form at present.

It would not surprise me if the game finished all square, but if there is to be a winner I think the hosts might nick it.

Michael’s Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Manchester United

Arsenal v Watford

Unai Emery has masterminded Arsenal’s six-game winning streak in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games, but they continue to look fragile defensively and rode their luck at home to Everton last weekend.

That said the Gunners have failed to score in just two of their last 36 home league games and both of those blanks were drawn against Manchester City.

Watford are likely to have their opportunities at the Emirates, but I expect the Gunners to make it five wins on the spin.

Michael’s Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Watford

Everton v Fulham

Everton have won all 13 home games in the Premier League against Fulham and I expect the hosts to get a much-needed win following back-to-back defeats.

Marco Silva has a big decision to make regarding Richarlison with many Blues’ supporters, and pundits, clamouring for the young Brazilian to be employed as a central striker.

Aleksander Mitrovic joined Eden Hazard at the top-of-the-goal-scoring- charts after his late equaliser against Watford at Craven Cottage last weekend. Everton need to be wary of the goalscoring threat of the Serb who has been a revelation since joining Fulham in January.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-1 Fulham

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham

Harry Kane was back on the scoresheet in Tottenham’s win at Brighton (Picture: Getty)Town supporters have yet to see their side find the back of the net at home this season and it might be another barren weekend for the Terriers when Spurs visit the John Smith’s Stadium.

Erik Lamela has given Mauricio Pochettino a welcome headache in recent weeks with the Belgium international coming off the bench to score in Spurs’ last couple of league games. He will be itching for a start.

Spurs have scored in 31 of their last 32 Premier League games and I expect them to take all three points in west Yorkshire.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham

Manchester City v Brighton

Sergio Aguero has been unstoppable at the Etihad Stadium (Picture: Getty)Sergio Aguero has scored 14 times in his last 10 Premier League games at the Etihad and the Argentinean striker is likely to return to the starting XI for the champions having sat out the midweek League Cup win at Oxford.

Brighton have not won in their last 16 Premier League games on the road and it would be something of a shock if the Seagulls won at the home of the champions.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Brighton

Newcastle United v Leicester City

James Maddison has caught the eye for Leicester City this season (Picture: Getty)Newcastle picked up a good point at Selhurst Park from a goalless draw last weekend, but goals are likely to be at a premium for United this season. Indeed, the Magpies have yet to find the back of the net more than once in a competitive game this term and I feel they will have to settle for a point against Leicester at St James’s Park.

The Foxes have not drawn any of their last 10 Premier League away games (L7 D3) but I feel that trend might be bucked this weekend in what promises to be an entertaining clash.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City

Wolves v Southampton

Wolves were good value for their draw at Old Trafford last weekend and, back at Molineux, are one of just five sides unbeaten at home so far this Premier League campaign.

Only the current top 3 have had more shots on goal than Wolves so far this term (89) although 30 of those came in their last home game with Burnley. Saints were toothless against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend although they will welcome back Danny Ings who was ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea v Liverpool

Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s matchwinner in midweek against Liverpool (Picture: PA)The biggest game of the Premier League season to date with Liverpool looking to become just the second side in the history of the Premier League to win their first seven league games. Note the other was Chelsea in the 2005-06 season who won their first nine league games en route to the title.

The Reds have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 league games with Chelsea and this is the biggest test yet of Liverpool’s title credentials.

Eden Hazard has scored four times in his last two home Premier League games and Liverpool need to keep the Blues talisman at arm’s length. I expect to see goals in what promises to be a cracker.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Cardiff v BurnleyCardiff are without a win in their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded 12 goals in their last three games. The Clarets lost at Burton midweek in the League Cup with a weakened side but hammered Bournemouth 4-0 at Turf Moor last weekend and will fancy their chances in south Wales.

I don’t expect, however, to see many – if any – goals at the Cardiff City Stadium although if there is to be a winner I would expect the visitors might edge it.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff 0-1 Burnley

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Palace have won three of their last four Premier League games on the road, but Bournemouth will be keen to bounce back after a bad day at the office at Turf Moor last weekend.

The Cherries are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games and I think both sides will have to settle for a point from an open, entertaining contest.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Crystal Palace

Michael’s weekend wager: Everton, Wolves and Spurs at 15/4

Michael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more of Michael’s tips read his column here.

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd v Wolves & Arsenal v Everton

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Metro.co.uk)Brand Ambassador Michael Owen believes it will be a good weekend for the “big six” in the Premier League this weekend as he again shared his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor.

Fulham vs Watford

Watford’s 100% start to the new season was ended by Man Utd last weekend (Picture: Getty)The hosts have conceded at least twice in all five Premier League games so far this season, but I feel they will pick up a point against a Watford side whose second half comeback against Manchester United on Sunday could, on another day, have brought them an unlikely point. Watford have lost their last eight Premier Leagues games in the capital, but they showed their mettle against United last weekend and no side has scored more goals (8) in the second half so far this term than the Hornets.

Michael’s Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Watford

Manchester United vs Wolves

Paul Pogba was back to his best last week (Picture: Getty)United have won their last six league games against Wolves at Old Trafford and I feel they will maintain that good record at the weekend although the Molineux outfit have quickly come to terms with the Premier League and should, arguably, be unbeaten so far this season. Jose Mourinho has never lost back-to-back home league games in his managerial career but, after three successive away wins, I expect his side to exorcise the demons of that defeat at the hands of Spurs last month. Wolves have taken a point against champions City and kept clean sheets in their own back-to-back wins in their last couple of games. This promises to be the game of the weekend and one I feel United will edge.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Wolves

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle

Wilfried Zaha scored Crystal Palace’s winning goal last weekend (Picture: Getty)Since the start of the 2016-17 season fouls on Wilfried Zaha have resulted in 41 yellow cards – more than any other player in the Premier League – and you could see and feel his frustration coming through the television when he spoke after last weekend’s Huddersfield game. The Ivorian has scored three of the Eagles’ four Premier League goals so far this term and Roy Hodgson needs goals from other avenues. The stats suggest if you stop Zaha you stop Palace. The former Manchester United wide-man cum striker missed the home game with Southampton this season – the result a 2-0 loss. Newcastle have played four of the “big six” clubs already this season and lost each game narrowly 2-1. I feel the time to assess United and their season-long prospects and expectations will not be for at least another month and I feel they can take a hard-earned point at Selhurst Park in a low-scoring contest.

Michael’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle

Leicester vs Huddersfield

You can’t afford to leave early if you are a Leicester supporter with half of their eight Premier League goals scored so far this season in the 88th minute or later. That said I think they will have too much for the Terriers at the King Power Stadium given Town have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games and have not scored more than once in that time.

Michael’s Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Huddersfield

Cardiff vs Man City

Man City suffered a shock midweek defeat against Lyon (Picture: Getty)Cardiff were in the game for 80 minutes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but things are unlikely to get any easier for the Bluebirds when the champions come to town on Saturday. Cardiff are without a win in their last nine Premier League games and I expect Pep Guardiola’s side to heap further misery on Neil Warnock’s side with the champions likely to be wounded after their shock home Champions League defeat to Lyon midweek.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff 0-3 Man City

Liverpool vs Southampton

Mohamed Salah could be back in the goals this weekend (Picture: Getty)It was a pleasure to be at Anfield midweek where Liverpool were good value for their 3-2 win over PSG in the Champions League. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games and I will be surprised if Southampton can stop the Red juggernaut. Jurgen Klopp may shuffle his pack against the Saints and I expect to see Naby Keita restored to the starting XI. I feel the Reds midfielder has goals in his locker and may break his Liverpool duck if given the nod.

Michael’s Prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Burnley vs Bournemouth

Burnley have never lost five games in a row in the Premier League and will be desperate to arrest their current run of poor results. Better teams than the Clarets will lose at Molineux this season, but it was the manner of their defeat which was so alarming last weekend. The Cherries have, however, only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games on the road and I think Sean Dyche’s side will get a positive result – although they may have to settle for a point.

Michael’s Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Bournemouth

Brighton vs Tottenham

Tottenham have lost three in a row for the first time ever under Mauricio Pochettino (Picture: Getty)You have to go back to April 1983 for the last time Brighton beat Spurs and I expect a much-improved performance from Spurs than the one who played so poorly at Wembley last weekend. Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded two late goals in the San Siro in the Champions League midweek. They must roll their sleeves up and show their mettle and quality at the Amex, but it won’t be easy against a side who have come from two goals down to take a point in their last two games.

West Ham vs Chelsea

Eden Hazard is in the form of his life at the moment (Picture: Reuters)I watched West Ham’s win at Goodison at the weekend and thought it was an excellent result for the Hammers although it is fair to say that on the day Everton were there for the taking. West Ham have lost more Premier League London derbies than any other club and I feel Maurizio Sarri will become just the third Premier League manager to win his first six games in the competition after Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola. That said I expect the hosts to give them a real game in what should be a cracking derby.

Michael’s Predication: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal have recovered from their poor start to win four in a row (Picture: Getty)This is a fixture that invariably produces goals and Everton’s two away games so far this season have finished 2-2. I think Blues boss Marco Silva would take a point now although the Gunners have not drawn any of their last 21 Premier League games (W11 L10). This current Arsenal side, as good as they are on the eye, will always give you a chance and I expect Everton to find the back of the net at the Emirates, but Bruce Rioch was in charge of the Gunners (January 1996) the last time they lost at home to Everton. Unai Emery will need time to mould an Arsenal side that could challenge for the title, but I do expect the Gunners to win another game that promises plenty of opportunities and goals.

Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal 3-1 Everton

Michael’s weekend wager: Leicester, Chelsea and Arsenal at 3/1Michael Owen is a Brand Ambassador for BetVictor. For more of Michael’s tips read his column here.

FIFA 19: The best cheap starter team on Ultimate Team

The Premier League provides the best cheap options for making a starter team (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)With the release of FIFA 19 fast approaching – and the Ultimate Team Web App already live – it’s time to start thinking about building a reasonably affordable team that can start racking up wins, and coins, as soon as possible.

We’re not looking for any superstars or world-beaters, just a simple XI to kick things off. Our needs are pretty simple: sweatiness, pace, a double-helping of beast mode and maybe some skill moves thrown in. We’ve scoured the FIFA 19 ratings, and their likely prices, and think this starter team has everything for around 15k-20k…

GK/DEFENCE

You can build a dominant defence relatively cheaply this year (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Between the sticks, Nick Pope (80) looks like he could be the new overpowered goalkeeper everyone will hate playing against, especially now compatriot Jack Butland has been relegated. Pope has apparently grown three inches since the last game, now a ginormous 6ft7, but still has quick reflexes and great positioning. Mathew Ryan (78) and Vicente Guaita (81) are also options.

The full-back positions are stocked with talent in the Premier League this season and Joe Bryan (75), who has been upgraded from silver, looks like an excellent, all-round pick at left-back. Arthur Masuaka (75) has a bit more pace, but that will probably cost a little bit more too. At right-back, Danilo (79) doesn’t have a stat under 70 and could go under the radar, while DeAndre Yedlin (76) is very tempting given his explosive pace.

Nathan Ake (79) has everything you want from a centre-back and pace in abundance, while the fact he is a non-rare should lower his price tag. West Ham summer signing Fabian Balbuena (80) has some serious beast potential, and his jumping and heading stats look particularly good. The likes of Mason Holgate, Christian Kabasele and Caglar Soyuncu could be options if you’re really strapped for cash.

MIDFIELD

There are some excellent, rounded, skillful midfielders to pick up on the cheap (FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)If you want a powerful, physical midfielder on a budget, Mohamed Diame (75) ticks all the boxes and should have a cut-price BIN right from the off – though look to upgrade him for the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (77) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (80) pretty early on. Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira (78) is another great option: good pace, good passing, excellent dribbling and four star skills.

On the left wing, there are a host of options to choose from. Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi (79) is a good entry-level pick and has both four star skills and four star weak foot. Once you earn a few more coins, Brazilian duo Felipe Anderson (82) and Bernard (80) have 90+ pace and bucket loads of dribbling ability.

On the opposite flank, there are once again a number of excellent options to choose from. Theo Walcott (79) should be relatively affordable for anyone in need of pace and good finishing, but keep your eye on Adama Traore (75). In all likelihood his price will be explode on release, largely because he is the second fastest player in FIFA 19 with 96 pace, behind only icon Ronaldo.

FORWARDS

Pace is essential up front and there are some exciting options (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Every iteration of FUT seems to throw up a few OP strikers that can wreak havoc against even the most expensively assembled squads, and Bournemouth could provide two such players this year.

Josh King (78) has lost a bit of pace since FIFA 18, and will likely need to be converted from CF, but remains an excellent budget striker – and he should be slightly cheaper this year due to those aforementioned changes. Teammate Callum Wilson (78) is likely to be slightly less expensive, but has better physical stats. Andre Gray (75) was an excellent option last year and still has blistering speed, while Michail Antonio (78) has strength, speed and serious ability in the air. Any two of those should form a ferocious strike partnership to get your new FUT campaign up and running.

AND HERE’S HOW THEY’D LINE UP…

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Metro.co.uk)As the first international break of the 2018-19 season comes to an end, Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the weekend.

Joint-leaders Liverpool travel to Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off, while reigning champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in action from 3pm.

Manchester United face Watford in the late game on Saturday evening, while struggling Burnley and West Ham are among the teams in action on Sunday.

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Tottenham v Liverpool

This is a real test of Liverpool’s title credentials and a win at Wembley will go a long way to proving their doubters wrong.

With a star-studded side full of attacking options the Reds are almost always guaranteed to score and will look to heap more misery on the hosts who were beaten at Watford last time out.

Liverpool have made an excellent start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Dele Alli hopes to be fit for the Londoners after missing England’s game with Switzerland and although Harry Kane was quiet against Spain he is still the go to man for his club.

Whether Spurs can stop a rampaging Liverpool forward line looks unlikely, however, and five wins on the bounce for Jurgen Klopp’s side beckons.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth were well beaten at Chelsea before the International break but are a much tougher opponent on home soil.

There is usually a partisan atmosphere and the tight little Vitality Stadium generates a terrific atmosphere.

Leicester should welcome back star striker Jamie Vardy from suspension and after tough games with Manchester United and Liverpool the Foxes will fancy themselves on the South Coast.

Leicester have won two and lost two so far this term (Picture: Getty)They should be looking for maximum points if they wish to challenge for a top six berth but just look a little short of squad depth to perhaps make that leap at present.

Sitting on the fence I envisage a share of the spoils.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Chelsea v Cardiff

Maurizio Sarri is certainly changing the way Chelsea approach their football and his refreshing attacking attitude is already making him a fans favourite at the Bridge.

Indeed, Chelsea have attempted and completed more passes than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.

Maurizio Sarri has already made a significant impact at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Their perfect start to the season is likely to be maintained on Saturday against a Cardiff side without a win in six in all competitions.

The Bluebirds did well to reach the top-flight, but the truth is they look set for a quick return and it is likely to be a long afternoon for Neil Warnock’s side at the Bridge.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Cardiff

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Without the injured Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace suffered a surprise home reverse against Southampton in their last game and have failed to build on an opening day win over Fulham.

The Eagles are likely to have the Ivorian international available for their trip to Huddersfield, however, and it should be noted that they have won all three top-flight away games between the sides without conceding a goal.

Crystal Palace have been reliant on Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Huddersfield are yet to taste victory so far this term but picked up a useful point at Goodison before the International break although scoring goals is likely to be a problem for the Terriers this term.  I feel Palace will secure a narrow success.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Fulham

The Citizens will be looking for goals when they host new boys Fulham and there have been 16 goals scored in the Cottagers’ four Premier League games to date.

Fulham have already shipped nine times in those four games although in Alexsandar Mitrovic – who scored twice, one a cracker for Serbia midweek – they have a striker at the top of his game.

Manchester City have been backed to thrash Fulham (Picture: Getty)Indeed, the Serb has scored 16 league goals since his Fulham debut in February – more than any other in the top two divisions of English football.

That said I expect City to put behind a couple of indifferent performances against Wolves and Newcastle and gain an emphatic success.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 5-1 Fulham

Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle start the weekend in the bottom three and are yet to win, but the fixture list has not been kind to United and they look to have some easier looking fixtures after the visit of Arsenal.

Indeed, I still believe The Toon will move clear of the drop zone and it would be no surprise to me if they again finished the season in the top half.

Arsenal have yet to convince and often looked shaky at Cardiff despite running out 3-2 winners.

Mesut Ozil looks set to make his first appearance at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)Two defeats from four outings is hardly top 4 form, however and the Gunners are already looking more like a top six outfit than one who will challenge for a Champions League spot – at least this season.

Newcastle won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season and the Gunners have not won back-to-back away Premier League games since May 2017. I do not expect the Magpies to lose.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Watford v Manchester United

Watford couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season and manager Javi Gracia, who had been favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose/leave his post, was a worthy winner of the Manager of the Month for August.

Watford fans will be hoping that is not the kiss of death, but there looks no reason to desert the Hornets just yet.

United got a valuable win at Turf Moor last time but they won’t relish a trip to Vicarage Road and I expect the resurgent hosts to get at least a point from the game.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 1-0 Manchester United

There has been speculation over Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Wolves v Burnley

Wolves have made a good start to life back in the top flight and a late winner at West Ham has given them a platform to consolidate.

They took a useful point at home to the Champions in their previous game at Molineux and they will be relishing the visit of Burnley at the weekend.

Owen expects Burnley’s struggles to continue (Picture: Getty)Wolves are without a win in their last 14 Premier League games at Molineux but have only lost two of 28 home league games under Nuno Espirito Santo and the Clarets have lost five of their last six away Premier League games.

Things are likely to get worse before they get better for Sean Dyche’s side.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Burnley

Everton v West Ham

Everton were disappointing against Huddersfield last time when they missed the skills of the suspended Richarlison who scored twice on his Brazil debut against El Salvador midweek.

The Blues must again do without the exciting Brazilian against West Ham this weekend, but I feel Marco Silva’s side can keep the points.

Manuel Pellegrini is already under pressure at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty)Everton have won more Premier League games against the Hammers (24) than any other club and Manuel Pellegrini will become the first West Ham manager to lose their first five league games of the season in their history if they lose at Goodison.

With Chelsea to come next weekend this is a massive game for the Irons, but I feel the points will stay on Merseyside.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-0 West Ham

Southampton v Brighton 

These South Coast rivals look well matched and should provide an intriguing contest for Monday Night viewers to enjoy.

The Saints took the bragging rights with a narrow 1-0 success away in the League Cup recently but will need to improve their home form to make an impact this campaign.

Southampton host Brighton on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Brighton will be delighted with four points from a tough opening set of fixtures and after a tremendous comeback from 2-0 down at home to Fulham to rescue a point, look full of fight this time around.

Glenn Murray bagged a brace in that stirring fightback and looks key to Albion’s hopes.  I think they will do enough to add another point to their tally at St Mary’s.

Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Brighton 

Michael’s weekend treble: Chelsea, Wolves and Everton at 10/3

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