EPL Week 6 Predictions: Teams Unlikely to Keep a Clean Sheet This Weekend
Every Premier League manager strives for clean sheets, though it may not be what neutral fans want to see.
The average number of clean sheets in the English first tier has lowered as the season progresses, with teams becoming more effective in attack.
Five of last weekend's encounters produced three goals or more, and only six teams kept a clean sheet.
There are, however, a number of outfits that might leak a few goals in this weekend's fixtures.
|Saturday, Sept. 28||Time||Prediction|
|Tottenham vs. Chelsea||12:45 p.m. BST/7:45 a.m. ET||1-1|
|Aston Villa vs. Manchester City||3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||1-2|
|Fulham vs. Cardiff City||3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||1-2|
|Hull City vs. West Ham||3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||2-2|
|Manchester United vs. West Brom||3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||3-1|
|Southampton vs. Crystal Palace||3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET||2-0|
|Swansea City vs. Arsenal||5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET||3-3|
|Sunday, Sept. 29|
|Stoke City vs. Norwich City||1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET||2-1|
|Sunderland vs. Liverpool||4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET||1-3|
|Monday, Sept. 30|
|Everton vs. Newcastle United||8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET||2-1|
Opponent: Newcastle United (H)
After failing to score in their first two games, Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United have entered a much more fruitful period in front of goal, scoring in each of their last four games.
Summer arrival Loic Remy helped boost the club's goal count, and his two-goal display against Hull City tied him as the Magpies’ highest scorer this season.
While Pardew’s lack of defensive nuance at the moment makes three points a big ask, Everton's vulnerability will inspire hope in the Magpies' strikers.
Roberto Martinez's team could be vulnerable after conceding two goals in the 3-2 win at West Ham last weekend.
Opponent: Hull City (A)
Of the three promoted sides, Hull City have looked the most consistently threatening when moving forward and will be on a high after winning 3-2 at Newcastle over the weekend.
The Tigers’ bite has come from the left boot of Robbie Brady, the former Manchester United starlet impressing with a goal and an assist at St. James’ Park.
West Ham are without a win in three games and face a tough trip to the KC Stadium, where Hull have scored in every game so far this season.
Opponent: Arsenal (H)
Arsenal are top of the table for a reason. They have scored in every game of their packed campaign and netted just under two goals per game.
With seven consecutive victories, the Gunners are in inspired form and the trio of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud now have set their sights set on Swansea City.
The South Wales outfit have been impressive this month, and have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches.
That could come to an end against the Premier League leaders, who look sure to net as long as the sparkling form of Ozil, Ramsey and Co. can continue.
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