The 2022 Premier League season kicked off yesterday. This season, we will be sharing with you our predictions on fixtures involving the ‘Big Six’, based on our experts’ analysis.
Here are the predictions for this weekend:
Fulham vs Liverpool, Saturday 12:30pm
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This is the fourth season in a row where Liverpool is playing a newly-promoted team in its opening game. The Anfield road residents have won all the previous games, scoring 11 goals and conceding 4. The reds have also signed Fulham’s star player, Fabio Carvalho which will be a big loss for the hosts. Klopp’s men are coming off a community shield win with their confidence flying high and are sure to come out on top with Darwin Nunez getting at least a goal. Mo Salah has also scored in the opening game of the last five seasons This will not be an exception.
Score: Fulham 1–4 Liverpool
Spurs vs Southampton, Saturday 3pm
Spurs ended last season on a high after claiming the fourth spot with Son Heung-min winning the golden boot alongside Mo Salah. The North London Club has signed 6 players so far with Richarlison, Ivan Perisic and Bissouma making the headlines. This indicates their desire for a better spot this season. Meanwhile, the Saints have only made one notable signing in Joe Aribo despite finishing five points above the relegation zone last season. Goals from both sides are a frequent occurrence when these sides meet, however, Spurs will take this one.
Score: Spurs 3 -1 Southampton
Everton vs Chelsea, Saturday 5:30pm
The Toffees have won their last four home league games in a row against the blues. However, they go into the game without Richarlison, who has been sold and the injured Calvert Lewin and Demerai Gray are unlikely to start. Tuchel’s men are coming off a below par pre-season but new signings, Koulibaly and Sterling would be aiming to impress the fans and new owners chaired by Todd Boehly. Kai Havertz would be hoping to announce himself as the blues new striker following the departure of Romelu Lukaku on loan. 5 out of the last 7 meetings have ended with one side winning with a clean sheet. This will be a tough game but Chelsea will get it done.
Score: Everton 0 – 2 Chelsea
Man United vs Brighton, Sunday 2pm
United conceded more goals last season than they had ever done in the Premier League. In spite of that, they have only made one major defensive signing in Lisandro Martinez. Their opponent’s, the Seagulls are a thorn in the flesh of big sides which they showed in the 4-0 demolishing of United last time out. Luckily for the Red Devils, their attack trio of Martial, Rashford and Sancho had an excellent pre-season and the team would be looking to impress the new man on the sidelines, Erik ten Hag. Meanwhile, Brighton’s player of the last campaign, Marc Cucurella is on the verge of leaving the club.
Score: Man United 3-2 Brighton
West Ham vs Man City, Sunday 4:30pm
City have won three of their last five league meetings against the Hammers, conceding in four of them. Notwithstanding, City have had a better transfer window so far with the signing the likes of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips. Apart from last season, City have won all their opening games since the 2011-12 season and would be hoping to bounce back from a community shield defeat. The Hammers still have all their best performers from last season with Angelo Ogbonna coming back from a long term Injury. However, Pep’s men will prove too strong for the Londoners.
Score: West Ham 1-3 Man City