Premier League Predictions Week 6 vs Jason Roberts

MIKE HEWITT
MIKE HEWITT

There’s two firsts for Premier League predictions this week. One negative and one positive. I’ll start with the former by revealing that for the first time ever my guest challenger beat me last week as Mitch Clarke was victorious by a scoreline of 7-6 – that’s the highest score from a guest this season! The YouTuber got three correct results and two correct scores, whilst I managed to pick up two correct results and two correct scores. Maybe Mitch will make another appearance later on in the campaign to try and better that score! So here’s what the table looks like with our new leader!

  1. Mitch Clarke – 7
  2. Tom Malley – 6
  3. Olly (average) – 6
  4. Felipe Alviar-Baquero – 5
  5. My Dad – 4
  6. Benjamin Wills – 3
  • Olly’s Total = 29
  • Guests’ Total = 25

Now onto the positive first, which if you’ve guessed by the title, is that I have my first ever guest who actually played professional football – Jason Roberts! I was lucky enough to interview Jason for Reading FC fans site The Tilehurst End earlier this week, and kindly asked whether he would take part in the predictions game for this weekend – an invitation he accepted. During his career, Roberts played 509 club games, scoring 168 goals for the likes of Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Reading. He earned promotion to the Premier League three times, and was awarded an MBE in 2010. But is he any good at predictions? Let’s find out what he and I have guessed for this week’s matches…

Disclaimer: Before you say anything, yes I have predicted a lot of 1-1 draws, it wasn’t a typo!

Chelsea vs Arsenal – Saturday 12:45pm

REUTERS/DYLAN MARTINEZ
REUTERS/DYLAN MARTINEZ
  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Jason’s Prediction: 2-1
  • Final Score: 2-0

Chelsea have already equalled their tally of three league defeats for the whole of last season. This is their worst start to a top-flight season since 1986, when they had three points after five games.

Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion – Saturday 3pm

  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Jason’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Final Score: 0-1

All 18 Premier League encounters between these two sides have ended either as a draw or with a one-goal margin of victory.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland – Saturday 3pm

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

Sunderland remain winless in their opening six Premier League matches for the third consecutive season, and fourth time in total.

Newcastle United vs Watford – Saturday 3pm

REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY
REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY
  • Olly’s Prediction: 1-1
  • Jason’s Prediction: 0-0
  • Final Score: 1-2

Newcastle have failed to score in four successive league games. Only once before have they had a longer top-flight run without a goal: six games in 1988.

Stoke City vs Leicester City – Saturday 3pm

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

Stoke could become the second Premier League team in history, after Everton in 2005-06, to lose their opening three home matches of a season without scoring a goal

Swansea City vs Everton – Saturday 3pm

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

Swansea have never beaten Everton in their 20 league meetings but did knock the Toffees out of the League Cup 12 months ago.

Manchester City vs West Ham United – Saturday 5:30pm

GETTY IMAGES
GETTY IMAGES
  • Olly’s Prediction: 2-0
  • Jason’s Prediction: 3-1
  • Final Score: 1-2

Manchester City are enjoying a club record 11-match winning streak in the league. Only Arsenal (14) and Manchester United (12) have ever had longer winning runs in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace – Sunday 1:30pm

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

The average age of Tottenham’s starting XI in the Premier League this season is 24 years and 355 days – the youngest in the top flight.

Liverpool vs Norwich City – Sunday 4pm

  • Olly’s Prediction: 3-1
  • Jason’s Prediction: 4-1
  • Final Score: 1-1

There have been 26 goals scored in the last five league meetings between these two sides – 21 of them by Liverpool.

Southampton vs Manchester United – Sunday 4pm

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

All four of the league meetings between managers Ronald Koeman and Louis van Gaal have ended as away wins: last season, and in 2006-07 when Van Gaal was at AZ Alkmaar and Koeman at PSV Eindhoven.

Many thanks to Jason once again, and 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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