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Psychic Steve’s Premier League Predictions – Week 7

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Quite a week we’ve had in football, eh? The headlines have been dominated, understandably, by The Telegraph’s elaborate sting – and the subsequent departure of – Big Sam. Usually, England managers wait at least a year before disgracing themselves, so if anything you’ve got to applaud Allardyce’s dynamism and quick work (not to mention the man’s 100% win ratio). That apart, it was another exciting weekend of Premier League action. We saw Man United tear apart champions Leicester, Arsenal sweep aside Chelsea comprehensively and a Helluva comeback from Palace at The Stadium of Light.

After getting back to winning ways last time out, Psychic Steve’s vision blurred again last week and he went down 6-9 to his Rileys staff rival. He picked four results correctly, with one perfect score. But it wasn’t enough. Six weeks in, he’s won four match-ups and lost two. Let’s see how our ‘psychic’ spoofer fares against this week’s challenger…

Representing Team Rileys this week is:

rileys-red Lee Mason, General Manager (Nottingham).

 

EVERTON  2  CRYSTAL-PALACE  1

Seems like a long time ago now that Alan Pardew’s job was in doubt, doesn’t it? A few wins on the bounce and now him and his team look unstoppable. Even a two nil disadvantage didn’t prove enough at Sunderland last week. That said, I think they do look stoppable. Despite slipping up on the south coast last weekend, I see Ronald Koeman giving his men some Dutch courage on Friday night and ending Palace’s good run.

Rileys’ Lee says: 2-1

 

SWANSEA  0  LIVERPOOL  2

My prediction that Liverpool would only squeak past Hull City last weekend due to their previous lack of form against the smaller teams looks a bit silly now, doesn’t it? The Reds nailed five past them in the end, quickly putting paid to that theory. Now fourth in the league, Klopp’s gegenpressers are now many bookies’ second favourites for the league. Swansea come off the back of 180 minutes of chasing after those same bookie’s number one favourites, Man City. And will be, it’s pretty safe to say, fairly knackered. Watch out for Liverpool’s star man of the moment, Adam Lallana.

Rileys’ Lee says: 1-3

 

HULL  1  CHELSEA  2

The Tigers’ good start has waned a bit, but then it was always going to. Their slight loss of form is nowhere near as worrying as Chelsea’s, though. Their showings against Liverpool and Arsenal were both woeful, being comprehensively beaten on both occasions. You can tell that Conte is seething and secretly feeling a little hopeless when considering his squad. But the Italian won’t let them lose to newly-promoted Hull City. It would (literally) be more than his job’s worth.

Rileys’ Lee says: 0-2

 

SUNDERLAND  1  WEST-BROM  1

After West Brom’s impressive showing against West Ham, things went back to normal last weekend, drawing away to bottom club Stoke. Their next fixture sees them away again to a woeful team in red and white stripes, this time Sunderland. David Moyes won’t have enjoyed seeing Palace’s comeback steal the three points last outing. And I don’t see that illusive trio of points coming here, either.

Rileys’ Lee says: 1-2

 

WATFORD  1  BOURNEMOUTH  0

A couple of spritely but unpredictable teams face off here. Both Watford and Bournemouth have impressed and disappointed in equal measure so far this season and there aren’t too many people out there who’d fancy themselves to pick a winner. Even I don’t and I claim to be able to see into the future. I’m going to plump for a narrow home win, relying on the idea that their defeat to Burnley on Monday night will spur them into action here.

Rileys’ Lee says: 1-2

 

West-Ham  1  MIDDLESBROUGH  0

It’s gone from bad to worse to Allardyce levels of awful this season for West Ham, hasn’t it? We know about their poor results, sure. But it’s the silly stories that really give us a glimpse into the disharmony in East London. Things like the news that they’ve been piping in crowd noise at home games. And those pictures of Andy Carroll and Darren Randolph off their faces shouting at ‘birds’ in central London on a Tuesday afternoon. Still, I’ve got a feeling in my waters that they’ll pick up a rare win in a hard-fought game against a side that are starting to sense that this season’s gonna be a long one…

Rileys’ Lee says: 1-1

 

man-utd  3  STOKE-CITY  0

Bankers don’t come much more nailed on than this one, do they? United looked imperious when tearing Leicester a new one last week and Stoke have looked nothing less than abject in every game they’ve played so far. Mark Hughes is a resilient type and will drill his boys well, but it’ll be an unhappy return for the former Old Trafford striker. His lot are going to get rolled over by the new Rooney-less United.

Rileys’ Lee says: 2-0

 

LEICESTER  2  SOUTHAMPTON  2

Leicester’s league form isn’t great. They’ve already lost as many games this season as they did in the whole of last season. Their Champions League form is decent, though. Another win in midweek will make them buoyant, but while their back four kept it tight against Porto – Morgan & Co. need to work on things domestically. And I see it being that slight frailty that leaves them settling for a score draw here against a Southampton team that put three past West Ham last Sunday.

Rileys’ Lee  says: 2-0

 

TOTTENHAM1  MAN-CITY  2

Tottenham have started nicely and a win in Moscow in the Champion League will boost confidence. But with five injury doubts (Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele) for Sunday’s clash against the unstoppable City, it’s hard to back them. I see a 2-1 here, if for no other reason that it’s difficult to think of Son playing and not scoring at the moment.

Rileys’ Lee says: 2-1

 

BURNLEY  0  ARSENAL  2

Burnley’s hard work of late finally paid off on Monday night as their Steven Defour-inspired performance had them beating Watford by a couple. This week it’s another home tie, but against the side that made Chelsea look like a pub team on Sunday. Alexis Sanchez is seemingly gearing up for Halloween already – the man is terrifying, isn’t he? Michael Keane looks the real deal at the back for the Turf Moor outfit but six games at the highest level isn’t enough experience to know how to deal with forwards of the Chilean’s class.

Rileys’ Lee says: 0-2

CURRENT SCORE: Rileys Experts: 39  –  41 Psychic Steve

Another week, another round of fixtures. If Psychic Steve slips up again with these predictions, we might drop Mr. Allardyce’s agent an email. See if the big man’s interested in becoming ‘Psychic Sam’. Though we’re not too sure we could afford him…

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.