EPL Week 10 Predictions: Projecting Top Performers and Biggest Surprises
Matchday 10 means that a quarter of the season in the Premier League has come to a close, and after this weekend, we should have a very good idea of which teams are going to be sticking around the title race this season.
Can Arsenal prove they are for real against Liverpool, or will the Reds announce that their intent to challenge for top billing in the league isn't overly optimistic? Who will win a fantastic matchup between Everton and Tottenham? Which of the top teams are most likely to be upset or come away with a surprising draw this weekend?
And who will the top performers be? These questions, and more, are all answered below. Enjoy.
Game of the Week: Liverpool at Arsenal
An honorable mention goes to the match between Everton and Tottenham on Sunday, but all eyes will be on top-of-the-table Arsenal hosting third-place Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal will be hoping they get Theo Walcott back for this game. Without him—and Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for that matter—the Gunners have occasionally suffered from a lack of width on the pitch.
Not having Mathieu Flamini available won't help matters, as the veteran has been rock-solid anchoring the midfield triangle for the Gunners this season.
Then again, with Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey all in excellent form—and crafty players like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also capable of pure class—the Gunners aren't about to play dead in front of their supporters against Liverpool.
But the Reds counter with the Premier League's hottest offensive weapons, Luis Suarez (six goals and an assist in four matches) and Daniel Sturridge (eight goals and two assists in nine matches). If this matchup was a movie, it would be called There Will Be Goals.
Look for this thrilling matchup to end in a 2-2 draw.
We don't have to leave the Arsenal versus Liverpool game just yet. Look for Ozil to continue his domination of the Premier League with two assists, while Suarez will score another goal and chip in an assist.
Tottenham has given up just five goals on the season, second-best in the league. So it will be all the more surprising when Romelu Lukaku notches a brace in a big, 2-1 win for Everton.
That's a top performer and a bold prediction, folks—how you like them apples?
Robin van Persie has scored in his last two games for Manchester United. He'll double that total against Fulham, scoring a brace.
West Ham have been pretty stingy this season, allowing just eight goals. Look for Christian Benteke to defy that trend, notching a brace for Aston Villa.
The keepers and defenders from Manchester City, Stoke City, Southampton, Manchester United and Crystal Palace (more on some of these results below) will be quite pleased after earning clean sheets this week.
Bold Predictions and Surprises to Watch For
Newcastle couldn't stop a leaky faucet with a bucket, but they have proven to be as dangerous on offense as any team in the league. So here's a bold prediction for you—at home, they'll draw with Chelsea, 3-3, in one of the craziest Premier League games of the season.
How's that for bold?
You want more bold predictions? Crystal Palace will go to West Brom and come away with a 1-0 win, enough to free them from the bottom of the table.
Is that bold enough for you?
Sone Aluko may not be able to return against Sunderland, but if he's fit look for him to notch a brace against Sunderland.
It isn't a bold prediction to say that Manchester City will win on Saturday. It will be pretty surprising, however, when they absolutely wipe the floor with Norwich City, winning 5-0.
But in my boldest prediction of the weekend, I envision Stoke City and Southampton playing to a scoreless draw. Okay, just kidding—that prediction seems pretty obvious, seeing as Southampton have given up just three goals on the season and Stoke have allowed just two goals in four home matches.
I just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention.
Winners: Manchester United, Hull City, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Everton
Draws: Arsenal vs. Liverpool, Newcastle vs. Chelsea, Stoke City vs. Southampton
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