EPL predictions this weekend (August 19-21, 2017)

The first weekend of the Premier League 2017-18 season was full of goals, with as many as 31 scored over 10 fixtures (an average of 3.1 goals per match). But then we also witnessed seven teams keep clean sheets and get off to satisfactory starts to their respective campaign. The defending champions suffered a shock loss at home to Burnley, Liverpool were robbed of a couple of vital points by Watford and newly-promoted Huddersfield Town scored three for the concession of none against Crystal Palace. And no doubt that these three were the headline results of gameweek 1. What will week 2 throw up? Let us predict what might happen.

1 Swansea City vs Manchester United

Predicted score: Swansea City 0-2 Man United | Goal scorers: Rashford and Lukaku

Predicted Swansea line-up vs Man United: Lukasz Fabianski (GK); Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson; Roque Mesa, Leroy Fer, Tom Carroll; Wayne Routledge, Oli McBurnie/Tammy Abraham, Jordan Ayew (4-3-3)



Predicted Man United line-up vs Swansea: David de Gea (GK); Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian/Daley Blind; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku (4-2-3-1)

2 Bournemouth vs Watford

Predicted score: Bournemouth 2-2 Watford | Goal scorers: Defoe, RicharlisonĀ and King

Predicted Bournemouth line-up vs Watford: Asmir Begovic (GK); Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Simon Francis/Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels; Harry Arter, Andrew Surman; Jordan Ibe, Ryan Fraser, Josh King; Jermain Defoe (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Watford line-up vs Bournemouth: Heurelho Gomes (GK); Kiko Femenia, Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Nathaniel Chalobah/Etienne Capoue; Richarlison, Tom Cleverley, Nordin Amrabat; Stefano Okaka/Andre Gray (4-2-3-1)

3 Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion

Match prediction: Burnley 1-1 West Brom | Goal scorers: Brady and Phillips

Predicted Burnley line-up vs West Brom: Tom Heaton (GK); Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward; Jack Cork, Jeff Hendrick; Robert Brady, Johan Gudmundsson/Scott Arfield; Sam Vokes, Jonathan Walters (4-4-2)

Predicted West Brom line-up vs Burnley: Ben Foster (GK); Allan Nyom, Ahmed Hegazi, Craig Dawson, Chris Brunt; Claudio Yacob/Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore; James McClean, Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips; Jay Rodriguez (4-2-3-1)

4 Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Match prediction: Leicester 2-1 Brighton | Goal scorers: Vardy, Mahrez and Propper

Predicted Leicester line-up vs Brighton: Kasper Schmeichel (GK); Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs; Riyad Mahrez, Wilfried Ndidi, Matty James, Marc Albrighton; Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy (4-4-2)

Predicted Brighton line-up vs Leicester: Mathew Ryan (GK); Bruno Saltor, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Markus Suttner; Anthony Knockaert, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Pascal Gross; Hemed, Glenn Murray (4-4-2)

5 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Match prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace | Goal scorers: Mane, Salah and Benteke

Predicted Liverpool starting XI (11) vs Crystal Palace: Simon Mignolet (GK); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson/James Milner; Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane (4-3-3)

Predicted Crystal Palace line-up vs Liverpool: Wayne Hennessey (GK); James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Jairo Riedewald; Timothy Fosu-Mensah/Joel Ward, Jason Puncheon, Luka Milivojevic, Patrick van Aanholt; Andros Townsend, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Christian Benteke (3-4-2-1)

6 Southampton vs West Ham United

Match prediction: Southampton 2-1 West Ham | Goal scorers: Gabbiadini and Hernandez

Predicted Southampton starting line-up vs West Ham: Fraser Forster (GK); Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand; Steven Davis, Mario Lemina; Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse/Sofiane Boufal; Manolo Gabbiadini (4-2-3-1)

Predicted West Ham line-up vs Southampton: Joe Hart (GK); Pablo Zabaleta, Winston Reid, Jose Fonte/Angela Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku/Aaron Cresswell; Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble; Marko Arnautovic, Edimilson Fernandez/Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew/Michail Antonio; Javier Hernadez (4-2-3-1)

7 Stoke City vs Arsenal

Match prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal | Goal scorers: Shaqiri and Xhaka

Predicted Stoke starting line-up vs Arsenal: Jack Butland (GK); Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron; Mame Biram Diouf, Joe Allen, Darren Fletcher, Erik Pieters; Xherdan Shaqiri, Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez (3-4-3)

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

8 Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United

Match prediction: Huddersfield 1-1 Newcastle | Goal scorers: Mounie and Ritchie

Predicted Huddersfield line-up vs Newcastle: Jonas Lossl (GK); Tommy Smith, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Chris Lowe; Aaron Mooy, Philip Billing; Tom Ince, Kasey Palmer, Elias Kachunga; Steve Mounie (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Newcastle starting XI vs Huddersfield: Rob Elliott (GK); Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu; Dwight Gayle; Ayoze Perez (4-4-1-1)

9 Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Match prediction: Spurs 1-1 Chelsea | Goal scorers: Kane and Willian

Predicted Tottenham line-up vs Chelsea: Hugo Lloris (GK); Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen; Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Ben Davies; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli; Harry Kane (3-4-2-1)

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Spurs: Thibaut Courtois (GK); Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Andreas Christensen/Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso; Jeremie Boga, Alvaro Morata, Willian Borges (3-4-3)



10 Manchester City vs Everton

Match prediction: Man City 2-1 Everton | Goal scorers: Aguero, Jesus and Rooney

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

Predicted Everton line-up vs Manchester City: Jordan Pickford (GK); Ashley Williams, Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka; Cuco Martina, Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin/Idrissa Gueye, Leighton Baines; Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez (3-4-3)

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