EPL 2018/19 – Matchday 5

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Off the back of an eventful international break, England suffered defeat in the UEFA Nations League opener with a handful of players from both Tottenham and Liverpool.

While it wasn’t entirely a big defeat, Spurs would have preferred the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane to be more involved in the game. On the flipside, Reds’ forward Salah was on a roll as he bagged a brace in Egypt’s friendly against Niger, showing that his form his firmly intact.

Expect Klopp to field the same team that has given him a continuous winning streak since the start of the Premier League season. Salah, Mane and Firmino to lead the frontlines, while Milner and Keita bolster the midfield. It should be a cagey affair, but one that Liverpool can win. However, Alisson’s risky behaviour could cost the Reds.

Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

 

Newcastle vs Arsenal

The Magpies resume their opening month in the Premier League with another big game at home – this time against Arsenal. After falling to 2-1 defeats in fixtures against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, Benitez’s men will face another big one when the host the Gunners, who themselves had a bumpy start to the season.

Emery’s style of playing from the back doesn’t seem to stop despite the strategy showing signs of failure. Here’s where Newcastle can take advantage. Benitez has the players to play three upfront, with Randon leading the lines along with Muto and Perez on the flanks. These three men could press the Arsenal defence from the top and force them to make mistakes.

All they have to do is keep possession well and not lose the ball in midfield. However, it’s been tough for the Magpies to pick up three points against top-of-the-table calibre sides, and it looks like it’s going to be more of the same here.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal

 

 

Wolves vs Burnley

Burnley were the dark horses of the Premier League this season, as they begun their campaign fighting for a place in the UEFA Europa League. Fatigue eventually kicked in, and while they were close to sealing a spot in Europe, their results in the Premier League were poor.

Wolves on the other hand, boast a big 1-1 draw against a once impenetrable Manchester City side and a 1-0 win over West Ham who’re strangely struggling despite having a good squad of players and a dependable coach. Costa and Moutinho should be surefire starts for the Wolves as they continue to provide the much-needed bite for Santo’s side.

As much as Wolves are the favourites to win this tie, the international break would have been useful for Burnley to find their ground, while Vokes and McNeil try to recover from their slumps.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Burnley

 

 

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