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Hindsight's Premier League Predictions

OUT TO MAKE HIS POINT: Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

RED MONDAY will see arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester United go head-to-head at Anfield. Liverpool are full goals and should provide a serious test for a United defence that looks far from impregnable.

England captain Jordan Henderson will come against £90 million man Paul Pogba in what should be a pivotal battle in the middle of the park.

On the touchline things could get lively too. Home boss Jurgen Klopp is known for his high-energy antics while Jose Mourinho is no shrinking violet.

All matches at 15.00 unless otherwise stated

Saturday, October 15

Chelsea - Leicester 12.30
The last two winners of the Premier League crown meet at Stamford Bridge. Ironically both are well off the pace as it stands. Leicester would appear to have the bigger problems with their defensive stability a thing of the past. Captain Wes Morgan and central defensive partner, Robert Huth, will have their work cut out against a rampant Diego Costa who already has six goals to his name. The match will see Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante come up against his former team mates. Honours even.

Bournemouth - Hull
The home side are just beginning to find their feet this season. Eddie Howe’s men are unbeaten in their last two matches with a win against Everton and a battling draw against Watford. The Cherries have a plethora of pacy forwards in Benik Afobe, Max Gradel, Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Lewis Grabban. Hull have lost their last two but that said they have been against Liverpool and Chelsea. The Tigers will be shot down
again on Saturday.

Arsenal - Swansea
This could prove to be a trickier fix- ture for the hosts than it would have been a month ago. The Gunners have won their last three top flight fixtures and look set to mount a serious title challenge which has been long overdue. Key to their form is the mercurial Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott who would have appeared to have woken from his slumber at last. The England man is scoing goals and creating assists. That said, Swansea’s players will be out to impress new boss, American Bob Bradley. Home side get the job done with.

Man City - Everton
First plays fifth in what should be an entertaining encounter at the Etihad Stadium. City will be keen to bounce back after Tottenham put them to the sword just prior to the international break. Some of City’s big names went missing in north London and they will need to get back to winning ways if that defeat is to be seen as nothing more than a blip. The Toffees have just one point from the last six available. City win.

Stoke - Sunderland
This is a genuine six-pointer as Stoke (in 19th place) face Sunderland who are bottom. Sunderland generally get the better of Premier League meetings against their Midlands foe (sev- en wins to four) but I can see Mark Hughes having his City side fired up for this crucial match. Key for City will be Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic who has the ability to turn a match with his sublime skill. Relief for Hughes as his team edge it.

West Brom - Tottenham
Nacer Chadli will be up for this one! The Belgian ace joined the Baggies from Spurs for a club record transfer fee of £13 million and has been a revelation ever since. He will no doubt be keen to put one over his ex team mates. WBA are a difficult nut to crack but Tottenham have the resources to do so. Having blown away previously unbeaten Man City last time out, the Cockerels will be confident. In Kyle Walker and Danny Rose they possess arguably the best pair of full-backs in the division. Spurs go marching on.

Crystal Palace - West Ham 17.30
Palace will be too strong for the under-performing Hammers. Alan Pardew’s men, after a win against Sunderland and a creditable point away to Everton, are moving up the table. West Ham are currently in nightmare mode and need to get their act together fast. The move to the London Stadium has not helped but neither have results where it really matters, on the field of play. Injuries and departures mean that Slaven Bilic’s is now without key players.

Sunday, October 16

Middlesbrough - Watford 13.30
This one is almost too close to call. Boro (16th) play the team just above them. Last time out the hosts deservedly eked out a point against West Ham. They looked solid but a short- age of a genuine goal scorer could catch up with them come next May. Watford have not won a game since their convincing 3-1 win over Man United. Hornets buzzing.

Southampton - Burnley 16.30
I like the look of Southampton this term. They play a today game and have a rock solid defence in the shape of Virgil van Dijk and Euro 2016 winner Jose Fonte. In midfield and up front they have plenty of options; they have enough about them to have a decent season as long as their Europa League campaign does not take it’s toll. Burnley were unlucky to be beaten by Arsenal but they won’t stop the Saints either.

Monday, October 17

Liverpool - Man United
This match always provides some- thing special. Local rivalry is key to a historic fixture that has two giants of the game central to the action. Liverpool’s pressing game and wealth of strikers will see off the Red Devils who are yet to find a level of consistency. The home side are genuine title contenders but I am yet to be convinced by United. This all red affair should be compulsive viewing on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. Joy for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

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