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Psychic Steve’s Premier League Predictions – Week 5

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Well, well, well… A truly shocking weekend of predictions for so-called ‘Psychic’ Steve sees his reputation well and truly sullied here. Coming off the back of a 90% prediction success rate the week before, we had high hopes for our resident soothsayer. But after picking just two out of ten results and zero correct scores, the man’s job may well be on the line. Does anyone have Mystic Meg’s number?

Rileys Team Coach Steve Thick only bagged four points from a maximum thirty, but that was enough to make him the first Rileys winner in four weeks of Premier League result predictions. Psychic Steve would like it to be known that were it not for Robert Snodgrass’ 95th minute equalising free kick for Hull at Turf Moor, he’d have won 5-4. But we say – hey… You should’ve see it coming, man.

Representing Team Rileys this week is:

rileys-red George Morrison, General Manager (Solihull)

Right then. A new challenger. A new week of fixtures. Here’s how they both see things happening…

 

CHELSEA  2  LIVERPOOL  2

What can I say? I just don’t know what happened last week. But this week I’ll be back on track. I’ve taken my crystal ball in for a service and it’s working again. The weekend’s football kicks off on Friday night with a belter. Free scoring (and conceding) Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to see if they can turn Chelsea’s slip-up against Swansea into a little cause for concern. The Blues’ 100% record has gone, but I don’t see them tasting their first defeat, no matter how potent Sadio Mane & Co. are at the moment. I’m seeing another 2-2 draw for Antonio Conte’s boys in a feisty and entertaining evening clash.

Rileys’ George says: 2-1

 

HULL  0  ARSENAL  2

Hull keep defying the doubters and proving those football fans that had them nailed on for relegation wrong. Mike Phelan – in a normal world – would already have the Hull City manager’s job on a permanent basis by now. But we don’t live in a normal world (remember – Jordon Ibe was recently bought by Bournemouth for £15m…). The ownership situation keeps his job very much on a temporary basis. Despite their excellent start.

I’m still reeling from that last second goal to deny Burnley a win and me three points last week and mostly out of spite I’m backing Arsenal to trot out relatively comfortable 2-0 winners here.

Rileys’ George says: 2-2

 

LEICESTER  2  BURNLEY  1

As I *might* have already mentioned, Burnley were unlucky not to win last weekend and can – like me – feel a little hard done by. And they might well leave the home of the champs feeling the same way. Leicester should recover from their Champions League exploits against Club Brugge on Wednesday to pull off a narrow win here.

Rileys’ George says: 2-0

 

MAN-CITY  3  BOURNEMOUTH  0

Bournemouth come off the back of a win last weekend, but against Tony Pulis’ dreadful West Brom? That’s no major brag. This weekend they go to the Etihad to square up against a City side that rather easily swept away their Manchester rivals last Saturday. Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho were nowt less than awesome at Old Trafford and will carry on where they left off here with a hammering of Bournemouth; a hammering that’ll be easier than picking cherries (pun intended and, admittedly, pretty laboured).

Rileys’ George says: 2-0

 

WEST-BROM  0  West-Ham  1

You’ll have realised by now that I’m no fan of Mr. Pulis and how he sets up his teams. And nor does it seems, are Baggies fans. Grinding out results when needed is one thing, but grinding out ugly defeats is no good. Their ‘West’ counterparts from The Smoke play a much more expansive style. But still lose. Long balls or rabonas, defeats are defeats. It’s tricky to pick a winner here, but I’m getting a hunch that the visitors will nick it with a rare moment of magic in an otherwise turgid affair.

Rileys’ George says: 2-2

 

EVERTON  2  MIDDLESBROUGH  0

Both sides will be pleased with their starts, especially Everton. A new manager in place, they didn’t really strenghten their squad that much in the summer, but they did retain Romelu Lukaku. And his hat trick against Sunderland on Monday night shows why he’s so important to them. A brief glance into my newly-fixed crystal ball tells me they’re on for another win here against the Smoggies.

Rileys’ George says: 1-2

 

WATFORD  1  man-utd  2

A few minutes past 3pm last Saturday and it looked like Watford were going to get torn apart by West Ham. But they dug in and, with the help of the talismanic Troy Deeney, came back to win comfortablly in the end, 4-2. That same fight will run United close here, but I see in the stars a return to winning ways for Mourinho. Surely Rashford has to start?  If he does, he’ll play a big part.

Rileys’ George says: 0-2

 

CRYSTAL-PALACE  2  STOKE-CITY  1

Palace bagged their first win since 1982 last week and who better to face afterwards than the league’s (currently) worst outfit? Mark Hughes’ season has gone from bad to worse and the fiery Welshman was even sent to the stands last weekend. I don’t see things improving quite yet for his lot.

Rileys’ George says: 2-1

 

SOUTHAMPTON  1  SWANSEA  0

Southampton are looking the very essence of the ‘solid mid-table team’ here. Inspired by the wing work of Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond, this is the kind of game they’ll win to avoid any relegation thoughts. Swansea, for their part, battle and scrap. But Claude Puel will come away with the goods here.

Rileys’ George says: 0-2

 

TOTTENHAM  3  SUNDERLAND  0

You don’t need to be blessed with the same skill set as Zoltar from the movie Big to be able to see what’s coming here. A buoyant Spurs are going to nail the out-of-sorts Sunderland here. Things are looking bleak already for David Moyes’ young boys and the ruthless North Londoners aren’t going to go easy here. A sound thrashing awaits.

Rileys’ George says: 2-2

CURRENT SCORE: Rileys Experts: 26  –  26 Psychic Steve

It’s tight. Neck and neck. Both the Rileys staff members and our resident clairvoyant are doing equally well. Or equally badly… Let’s see what the next round of fixtures has in store…

Steve Charnock A freelance writer who writes news stories, features, articles, reviews and lists. But *always* forgets to write his mum a birthday card. Follow him on Twitter or follow him into the pub and buy him a drink.