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Premier League Match day 2-Top Six Preview

I should really make it clear that this is based on last season's too six, Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. It is possible that these teams won't be in the top six this year. However I think it will be the usual suspects that finish the season in the top six.

Spurs v Fulham

This should have been the grand opening of Spurs new sparkly stadium, instead it's back to Wembley as the new stadium is nowhere near completion. A fitting finale to Tottenham's summer when they bought, er, nobody.
By contrast at the end of a season where they had played exciting fast paced football, Fulham gained promotion via the ecstasy of the play-offs. They then spent over a hundred million pounds on new players. The star new signing is the much hyped Jean Michel Serri, but despite also buying World Cup winner Andre Schurle, their best buy, in my opinion was centre back Alfie Mawson. When they are all fit Fulham has a decent spine and when you sprinkle the stardust of Schurle and Sessegnon around that they are surely hoping for a top ten finish.
Having said all that I expect the style of Fulham's football will play into Tottenham's hands and Tottenham will run out comfortable winners. I can't see Fulham breaking Tottenham down. The only worry for Spurs is scoring themselves. Harry Kane has never scored in August and Son has headed off to the Asian games, which leaves a lot of pressure on Alli and Ericson.
score prediction: 2-0

Chelsea v Arsenal

Unai  Emery certainly got a tough draw in terms of opening fixtures. The good news is that it gives him a chance to see how far away from the top sides his Arsenal team are, the bad news is that they are maybe further away than he initially thought.
The dilemma is how best to maximise his teams strengths and disguise its weaknesses. Arsenal have some world class attacking talent but the issue is how to mould them with the rest of the team and make them look defensively sound. Something Arsene Wenger consistently failed to do. Emery has brought in defence minded players but they are still relative novices in terms of the Premier League.
Chelsea had a great start to the season under their new manager Sarri, three points on the road, three goals and a clean sheet. I'm convinced though that this result flattered them, until Kante's  mishit goal Huddersfield were slightly the more dominant team. I think this will be tighter than many pundits think and the probable start of Eden Hazzard will make the difference.
Score prediction:1-0

Man City v Huddersfield

Man City lost their best player, Kevin De Bruyne to injury this week. Expect the wheels to come off and the Pep Guadiola juggernaut to come to a crashing halt. Actually don't expect that, expect other great players to step up and Bernard Silva in particular to really cement his place in the side. Huddersfield are in for a long hard season and today is not going to get any easier. This match is a romp for City.
Score prediction: 4-0

Brighton v Man United

In week one Man United scraped a tricky three points against the ever tricky Leicester whilst Brighton received a swift kick in the pants from Watford.
It feels like every single United player has come out in the press and said what a great guy Mourinho is and that they have no problems with him. Which makes me think that perhaps he isn't a great guy and they do have problems with him, despite that though, I can only see a United win. It will be a typical United match, tight, scrappy and they will be winning by the single goal until a couple of late goals flatters them.
Score prediction:0-3

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Crystal Palace's best bit of summer business was to tie Wilfrid Zaha down to a new contract. Liverpool invested heavily in areas that needed strengthening and hope to really challenge for the title. If they are going to challenge though, they need to go to places like Palace and come away with three points. This is one of those matches where you expect Liverpool to win but arent surprised if they don't Palace actually have a decent record against Liverpool, five wins and three draws in their eighteen Premier League head to heads. Neither team has any fresh injury worries, so the managers just need to decide whether or not to rotate.
Score prediction:0-1

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