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Head to head: The BPL preview

This week we bring you a different spin on the Premiership preview as we pick out what we are looking forward to the most this weekend and I take on Round Tables Head of Communications Nicole in new feature ‘what’s the score?’.

Game of the weekend:

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace – Technically this game is a derby and with only 10 miles between the stadiums should you expect a cagey affair? No, in all fairness I don’t think Palace and Chelsea could care less. I expect the atmosphere to be a bit more lively than usual just because both clubs are London based. The ‘derby’ factor is not the reason I am excited about this game. I am excited because Crystal Palace are currently sitting 5 places above Chelsea after the champion’s rocky start. Palace are blessed with incredible skill and pace on each wing. Firstly this means that they can set up perfectly to counter attack the champions who will be looking for their second win of the season. Secondly Chelsea will be missing a huge component of what made them champions last year, a solid defence. John Terry is missing due to his red card last week, Ivanovic seems to have spent the summer forgetting how to defend and Chelsea might be starting brand new left back Babel Rahman who has no Premiership experience. I expect both teams to go into the game with confidence that they can get a result, which always produces goals.

Who to put in your fantasy football team.

Adama Traore, the young Spanish Barcelona youth player has had a very bright start to his Aston Villa career. Last weekend he put villa back on track against Crystal Palace with a blistering run that forced an own goal from Palace left-back Souare. On Tuesday Traore opened his account for the Villains. It was against league two opposition, but they all count.  This weekend Traore comes up against a Sunderland defence who have conceded 8 goals in their opening three games (the highest conceded in the league) so I expect him to rake in the points and will only cost 2M (based on the Sun Dream Team.

What’s the score?

Newcastle vs. Arsenal:

Harry - 1 – 2              Nicole: 0 - 3

Harry’s thoughts : Newcastle are inconsistent and the Gunners – who have been better away from home recently need to start winning more.

Aston Villa vs. Sunderland:

Harry - 2 – 0      Nicole: 1-1

Harry’s thoughts: Unless Dick Advocaat has performed a miracle and taught Sunderland how to defend I expect them to lose this one especially after watching the black cats concede three goals to Exeter on Tuesday.

Nicole edit: Up the Blues!

Bournemouth vs. Leicester:

Harry – 2 – 2    Nicole: 2-3

Bournemouth have found their feet in the league after an impressive victory against West Ham last week, but now they come across one of the most inform teams in the league – Leicester.

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace:

 Harry – 3 – 1      Nicole: 2-1

Harry’s thoughts: A big congratulations to Chelsea who were finally able to get their first win of the season. I expect a lively game, but Chelsea's class will shine through.

Liverpool vs. West Ham:

 Harry – 1 – 1          Nicole: 2-0

Harry’s thoughts : Liverpool have not been completely convincing this season, however, they should have beat Arsenal.West Ham who beat Arsenal on the opening weekend haven’t picked up points since. I think the Hammers will hold out for a draw.

Man City vs. Watford:

Harry – 3 – 1              Nicole: 5-0

Harry’s thoughts : Man City are unstoppable so far, but I expect them to finally concede this week, although I said they would concede against Everton so what do I know.

Stoke vs. West Brom:

Harry – 2 – 0               Nicole: 1-2

Harry’s thoughts: Stokealona have had a tricky start to the season, but I think this Midlands ‘derby’ will provide them with their first win.

Tottenham vs. Everton:

Harry – 2 -0             Nicole: 0-1

Harry’s thoughts : Tottenham have been poor so far but I think Everton will go into the game a bit over confident and Spurs will take the win.

Southampton vs. Norwich:

 Harry: 1 – 1        Nicole: 1-1

Harry’s thoughts: Southampton have underperformed, Norwich have over performed. Draw.

Swansea vs Man United:

Harry: 2 – 0           Nicole: 3-1

Harry’s thoughts: Swansea are playing well but will be frustrated that they could not beat Sunderland last week. Despite what their seven points suggests Man United have not started well this season.


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