Whaaaaat is up ladies and gents. You’re probably asking yourself who the fuck is this kid and where’s Nico’s betting predictions for this weekend’s matches?! Don’t worry, those are coming soon for all you betting degenerates, but in the meantime, let me introduce myself. My names Jordan Kulla, but my friends call me the Goob. I’m a die-hard Arsenal fan (tuff) from South Florida, and a somewhat avid supporter of the USMNT, when they aren’t sucking complete ass. On the weekends you can catch me watching pretty much any premier league match televised or most of the other top 5 European leagues. Normally I’d go on to say how I also love watching the Champions League, but Arsenal’s absence in it this year has me feeling some type of way. Nonetheless, soccer is my life and my passion and following it has consumed a large part of my life.
Now that I got that out of the way, let’s dive face-first into Premier League’s Matchweek 10 and what games you should be watching this weekend.
Manchester United – Tottenham
This is certainly the marquee matchup of the week, with both teams looking to mount further pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table. Both teams are kind of trending in opposite directions with Spurs clobbering of Liverpool last week, and United’s shock defeat to Huddersfield. It really pains me to say this, considering I absolutely and literally HATE Tottenh**, and somewhat hate United, but I think one of these two teams has a serious chance at winning the Premier League this season. I won’t go too into depth as to why I believe that right now, but perhaps well save that for a whole other article of it’s own. Harry Kane was just recently ruled out for this match which will provide United’s defenders with a great amount of relief, however Pochettino’s men are capable enough to get the job done without their main man. Look for a tense matchup between these two, with United likely to park the bus in the early stages of the match.
Crystal Palace – West Ham
So normally I wouldn’t even spend the time of day writing about these two shite clubs, but the circumstances are interesting leading up to this likely dull match. Let’s be honest, both teams are god-awful this season. Crystal Palace didn’t score a goal all season up until last week when they somehow beat Chelsea, and West Ham are on the verge of what looks like an early departure for Slaven Bilic, who I actually thought did a half-decent job with the squad up until the whole Payet fiasco. This game has significant implications for both teams, as Palace are dead last in the table, and the Hammers are even on points with Everton and Stoke in the relegation zone. With so many other matches to watch at the 10am slot, I’d never recommend you watch this shit show, but if you find yourself switching channels, don’t be surprised to see the goals fly in this one.
West Brom – Manchester City
This should be another embarrassing routing of a team at home for the Citizens, as their front three just simply cannot be stopped at the moment. Look for a blowout in this one.
Liverpool – Huddersfield
Huddersfield are flying high after their 2-1 victory over league giants United, however they’ll now have to face perhaps an even tougher test in Liverpool @ Anfield. Liverpool stud Coutinho has been ruled out of the match due to injury, so that will give Huddersfield all the more reason to believe they can at least take away a point from this match. Steve Mounie will be looking to continue his decent goal scoring record this year and look to take advantage of Liverpool’s shambolic defense.
Watford – Stoke City
This is an interesting match you could say. Watford are perhaps the story of the season thus far, sitting in 6th on the table, 1 point behind my Gooners, whereas Stoke, are doing Stoke things, sitting dead even on points with West Ham and Everton in the relegation zone. All props to Marco Silva, who’s seemed to really get his squad playing some solid football at the moment. Despite their negative goal differential, I think Watford will get the job done against a rather lackadaisical Stoke.
Arsenal – Swansea City
With these previews I try to be extremely unbiased, especially when I’m covering my own squad, so I’ll do the same here. Arsenal’s looking to continue building upon their rollercoaster form with a win against Swansea. Last week Arsenal laid the beat down on Everton, which basically led to the sacking of Ronald Koeman (get fucked). On the other end, Swansea are even on points with 3 other teams in the relegation zone, so they’ll be looking to at least secure a draw at the Emirates. Given the recent excitement over Eddie Nketiah’s insane debut as well as the Everton beat down, I like Arsenal in this one.
Bournemouth – Chelsea
Although the Cherries are home in this one, their lack of creation leading up to goals is seriously affecting them, maybe they miss Jack Wilshere???? Maybe. The Blues should easily get the job done at Dean Court.
Brighton – Southampton
This is an interesting matchup between two middle-of-the pack squads. Brighton have enjoyed strong success in their first ever season in the Premier League and will look to continue their strong form against the Saints. These two teams couldn’t be more similar in style of play, so look for a tense matchup.
Leicester City – Everton
Normally this should be a match that I look forward to writing about, but these two teams have not nearly performed to their full potential. Everton have just sacked Ronald Koeman and seem to not care at all about the rest of their season at this point. Every time they step onto the pitch it seems as if it’s a guaranteed loss. Idrissa Gueye will serve a one-match ban for his red card last week against Arsenal, so Leicester will look to exploit the Toffees down the middle of the pitch.
Burnley – Newcastle
Again, we have another interesting matchup between two teams who have certainly surpassed most likely their own expectations and other’s as well. Newcastle have rebounded quite well from their promotion to the Prem, and Burnley have been the consistent solid force that we’ve seen the past few years. Both teams are boasting some top-class defensive efforts thus far, and continue to expect this. I’m liking a low-scoring draw in this one.
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