EPL predictions this weekend (1), 2017/18

Being the first weekend of a ten-month long English Premier League (EPL) 2017/18, anxiety is bound to grip the fans, players and the managers, none of whom will want to start off on a losing note.

Anyway, here are the score and match predictions and the predicted starting line-ups (starting XIs) in all the 10 fixtures that are being played this weekend (August 12, 13):

  1. Arsenal vs Leicester City

Predicted score: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City | Goal scorers: Lacazette and Vardy

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Leicester (possible): Petr Cech (GK); Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi/Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny/Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac; Alex Iwobi/Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain/Mesut Ozil (3-4-3)

Leicester predicted line-up vs Arsenal (possible): Kasper Schmeichel (GK); Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan (c), Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs; Riyad Mahrez, Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James, Marc Albrighton; Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho/Shinji Okazaki (4-4-2)




2. Watford vs Liverpool

Predicted score: Watford 1-2 Liverpool | Goal scorers: Pereyra, Firmino and Mane

Watford predicted line-up vs Liverpool (possible): Heurelho Gomes (GK); Kiko Femenia, Sebastian Prodl, Miguel Britos/Christian Kabasele, Jose Holebas; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Nathaniel Chalobah/Etienne Capoue; Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Tom Cleverley; Jerome Sinclair (4-2-3-1)

Liverpool predicted line-up vs Watford (possible): Simon Mignolet (GK); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson/James Milner; Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane (4-3-3)


3. Chelsea vs Burnley

Predicted score: Chelsea 2-0 Burnley | Goal scorers: Batshuayi and Willian

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Burnley (possible): Thibaut Courtois (GK); Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian Borges, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata(3-4-3)

Update: Pedro Rodriguez has been ruled out of this fixture due to an ankle complaint

Burnley predicted line-up vs Chelsea (possible): Tom Heaton (GK); Phil Bardsley, James Tarkowski/Kevin Long, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward/Charlie Taylor; Scott Arfield, Jack Cork, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady; Jon Walters, Sam Vokes/Ashley Barnes (4-4-2)


4. Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town

Predicted score: Crystal Palace 2-1 Huddersfield Town | Goal scorers: Benteke, Zaha, Kachunga

Crystal Palace predicted line-up vs Huddersfield (possible): Wayne Hennessey (GK); Luka Milivojevic, Scott Dann, Jairo Riedewald; Andros Townsend/Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Yohan Cabaye/Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jason Puncheon, Patrick van Aanholt; Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Jason Lokilo/Andros Townsend (3-4-3)

Huddersfield predicted line-up vs Palace (possible): Jonas Lossl (GK); Tommy Smith, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Scott Malone/Chris Lowe; Aaron Mooy, Philip Billing/Dean Whitehead; Tom Ince, Rajiv van La Parra/Kasey Palmer, Elias Kachunga; Steve Mounie (4-2-3-1)


5. Southampton vs Swansea City

Predicted score: Southampton 2-0 Swansea City | Goal scorers: Gabbiadini, Redmond

Southampton predicted line-up vs Swansea City (possible): Fraser Forster (GK); Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, Jordy Clasie/Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse; Nathan Redmond, Manolo Gabbiadini, Sofiane Boufal/Dusan Tadic (4-3-3)

Swansea predicted line-up vs Southampton (possible): Lukasz Fabianski (GK); Kyle Naughton, Alfie Mawson, Federico Fernandez, Martin Olsson; Tom Carroll, Roque Mesa, Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge/Luciano Narsingh; Tammy Abraham, Jordan Ayew (4-4-2)


6. West Bromwich Albion vs Bournemouth

Predicted score: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Bournemouth | Goal scorers: Rondon and Defoe

West Brom predicted line-up vs Bournemouth (possible): Ben Foster (GK); Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazy, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom; Matt Phillips, Claudio Yacob, Jack Livermore, Nacer Chadli/James McClean/Chris Brunt; Solomon Rondon, Jay Rodriguez (4-4-2)

Bournemouth predicted line-up vs West Brom (possible): Asmir Begovic (GK); Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake; Ryan Fraser, Lewis Cook, Harry Arter, Junior Stanislas/Josh King; Jermain Defoe, Callum Wilson (4-4-2)


7. Everton vs Stoke City

Predicted score: Everton 1-1 Stoke City | Goal scorers: Rooney, Shaqiri

Everton predicted line-up vs Stoke City (possible): Jordan Pickford (GK); Cuco Martina, Michael Keane, Ashley Williams, Leighton Baines; Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies/Davy Klassen; Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney, Kevin Mirallas; Sandro Ramirez (4-2-3-1)

Stoke City predicted line-up vs Everton (possible): Jack Butland (GK); Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron; Mame Biram Diouf, Joe Allen, Darren Fletcher, Erik Pieters; Xherdan Shaqiri, Maxim Choup-Moting, Bojan Krkic (3-4-3)


8. Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City

Predicted score: Brighton 1-3 Manchester City | Goal scorers: Murray, Aguero, de Bruyne, Jesus

Brighton predicted line-up vs Man City: Mathew Ryan (GK); Bruno Saltor, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Markus Suttner; Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Pascal Gross, Isaiah Brown; Glen Murray (4-5-1)

Man City predicted line-up vs Brighton: Ederson Moraes (GK); Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi; Kyle Walker, Fernandinho/Yaya Toure, Luiz Danilo/Leroy Sane; David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne; Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus (3-3-2-2)




9. Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted score: Newcastle United 1-2 Spurs | Goal scorers: Diame, Kane, Eriksen

Newcastle United predicted line-up vs Spurs: Rob Elliot/Karl Darlow (GK); Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark, Massadio Haidara/Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden/Jack Colback; Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame, Christian Atsu; Dwight Gayle/Ayoze Perez (4-2-3-1)

Spurs predicted line-up vs Newcastle United: Hugo Lloris (GK & C); Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen; Kyle Walker-Peters, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks, Ben Davies; Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli (3-4-3)


10. Manchester United vs West Ham United

Predicted score: Man United 2-1 West Ham United | Goal scorers: Rashford, Lukaku, Hernandez

Man United predicted line-up vs West Ham: David de Gea (GK); Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Matteo Darmian; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku (4-2-3-1)



West Ham predicted line-up vs Manchester United: Adrian (GK); Pablo Zabaleta/Sam Byram, Winston Reid (C), Angelo Ogbonna/Jose Fonte, Aaron Cresswell/Arthur Masuaku; Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang/Mark Noble; Andre Ayew, Robert Snodgrass, Marko Arnautovic; Javier Hernandez (4-2-3-1)

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