Premier League Predictions Week 1 vs Benjamin Wills

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After introducing the Big Match Preview at the start of last season, the 2015-16 campaign also needed an exciting new series here on It’s Football Not Soccer. So, I thought I should put my predictions skills to the test and guess the scores for all 10 Premier League games each weekend, along with a guest to the blog – much like Mark Lawrenson does on Football Focus. 

A correct result (win, lose or draw) earns one point, whilst getting the actual score itself right is worth two points. The person with the most points at the end of each week is the winner on that occasion. Over the course of the season, a league table will be drawn up, featuring all the challengers’ scores and my average score, whilst I will also keep a record of mine and all of the challengers’ total scores and see who wins.

Hopefully lots of people will be trying their hand at predictions, and for the first week, it’s Chelsea and Swindon Town fan Benjamin Wills. He also writes his own blog, whilst also regularly contributing to The Offside Rule Podcast, Shoot Magazine and H4TV. Furthermore, in 2014, Benjamin was a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in the Young Blogger of the Year category. You can check him out on Twitter: @BenjaminWillsSJ

Here are our predictions, and the final scores will be added in after the match in question has finished.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 12:45pm

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Manchester United beat Tottenham for the first time in six Premier League games with an impressive 3-0 victory at Old Trafford when the sides last met in March.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 2-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 2-2
  • Final Score: 1-0

Bournemouth vs Aston Villa – Saturday 3pm

Eddie Howe’s side, who won the Championship last season, face Aston Villa who only narrowly avoided relegation but did beat the Cherries in the FA Cup.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 2-1
  • Final Score: 0-1

Everton vs Watford – Saturday 3pm

Watford’s last defeat on the opening day of the season was against Everton in 2006-07, when they were most recently in the Premier League.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-0
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 2-0
  • Final Score: 2-2

Leicester vs Sunderland – Saturday 3pm

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Both fixtures between these sides last season ended goalless, with the game at the King Power in May confirming Leicester’s survival following a miraculous escape.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-0
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Final Score: 4-2

Norwich City vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 3pm

Newly promoted Norwich have failed to win any of their last 12 opening weekend fixtures, losing six and and drawing six, whilst Palace have lost their last four season openers.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 0-1
  • Final Score: 1-3

Chelsea vs Swansea City – Saturday 5:30pm

Champions Chelsea have the Premier League’s best opening day record, winning 15 of their 23 matches. They have not suffered defeat since losing to Coventry City in 1998-99.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 2-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 2-0
  • Final Score: 2-2

Arsenal vs West Ham United – Sunday 1:30pm

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Arsenal have won their last 10 league and cup games against West Ham, including nine Premier League matches.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 3-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 3-0
  • Final Score: 0-2

Newcastle United vs Southampton – Sunday 1:30pm

Newcastle have failed to score in their opening game in four of their five seasons since returning to the top flight in 2010, whilst Southampton have won their opening Premier League fixture just once since 1999.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Final Score: 2-2

Stoke City vs Liverpool – Sunday 4pm

This will be the first time that teams have met in back to back Premier League fixtures at the same venue after Stoke’s 6-1 thumping of Liverpool on the final day of 2014-15.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 2-2
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 0-0
  • Final Score: 0-1

West Brom vs Manchester City – Monday 8pm

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In the last five seasons, the team that has played their first game on a Monday night has gone on to win the league title, including Manchester City in 2011-12.

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-3
  • Benjamin’s Prediction: 0-1
  • Final Score: 0-3

I’ll share the results on Twitter after the weekend’s fixtures and also include them in next week’s Premier League predictions. If you want to take part or share your predictions, just leave a comment below!

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