Premier League Predictions Week 2 vs Tom Malley


This will be one of the earlier Premier League Predictions posts this season, as for the first time ever, we have Friday night football in the English top flight as Manchester United visit Aston Villa. But before I and my guest predict the score of that and nine other games, let’s take a look back at last week when I challenged Benjamin Wills.

The score finished 4-3 to me, as I predicted four correct results and Benjamin predicted three, whilst neither of us got the score of any of the games exactly correct. Thanks to Benjamin for taking part, and he may well make another appearance on the blog later on in the season to try and avenge his first score!

Here’s what the (albeit small) table looks like:

  1. Olly (average) – 4
  2. Benjamin Wills – 3
  • Olly’s Total = 4
  • Guests’ Total = 3

This week’s opponent is Tom Malley, also an aspiring sports journalist who writes his own blog, which can be found here. Tom is a Portsmouth fan, so it will be interesting to see how his team get on when my team Reading visit Fratton Park for the second round of the League Cup in a fortnight. He also writes for Touchline Talk, the website where I also started out – and his posts for them can be found here. You can find him on Twitter: @Tom_Malley99

So has writing for Touchline Talk taught us both anything? Well, let’s see if we’re any good at predicting football scores (the jury is definitely still out on me following last week’s only narrow win!). Here goes…

Aston Villa vs Manchester United – Friday 7:45pm

Wayne Rooney has scored 13 Premier League goals against Villa, more than against any other club. However, he has failed to score in his last six league appearances at Villa Park.

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

Southampton vs Everton – Saturday 12:45pm


Everton have netted a total of three own goals in their last two games at St Mary’s – which they lost 3-0 and 2-0. The unfortunate players were Antonio Alcaraz, Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku.

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

Sunderland vs Norwich City – Saturday 3pm

Norwich have scored just once in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light, and haven’t won on Wearside since August 1997.

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

Swansea vs Newcastle United – Saturday 3pm

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

Swansea have collected 17 points against Newcastle since being promoted to the Premier League, more than any other side over the same period.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City – Saturday 3pm


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

Stoke won both games against Tottenham last season – the first time they had done the double over Spurs in their history.

Watford vs West Bromwich Albion – Saturday 3pm

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

These two sides last met in the top flight in the 1985-86 season, when Watford won 5-1 at home. Vicarage Road will play host to Premier League football for the first time since May 2007.

West Ham United vs Leicester City – Saturday 3pm

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

Both West Ham and Leicester are looking to win their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – Sunday 1:30pm

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace evades Nacho Monreal of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on February 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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

Crystal Palace won their opening top-flight game for only the second time in 44 years. They have never won their opening two matches in the top division.

Manchester City vs Chelsea – Sunday 4pm

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

Chelsea have not lost any of their last 28 Premier League games in the month of August (W23, D5) since a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in 2006.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth – Monday 8pm

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

Bournemouth’s two previous trips to Anfield to face the Reds have ended in a 4-1 defeat (FA Cup 3rd round replays in 1927 and 1968).

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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