The Crystal Ball has been out again, duly polished and ready to give you our take on the weekend’s fixtures. Do you agree?

Premier League


Manchester City v Liverpool

This is a big one. Liverpool’s win against Arsenal has seen them catapulted up the list of title contenders, and they will certainly test City’s newly-arrived pace at the back. But will their own defence be able to hold out against a City strike force that has frightening potential? Despite missing Vincent Kompany home advantage should see Pep’s men to three points.
We say: 3-2

Arsenal v Bournemouth

Boy do Arsenal need a win here. Arsene Wenger and his men have had two weeks to mull over that disaster at Anfield and you’ve got to expect a reaction. The quality is there, despite that showing, but is the heart? We believe so and Bournemouth who themselves have had a shaky start might be on the receiving end here.
We say: 3-1

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

A surprisingly good start for one of the Albions and an unsurprisingly bad one for the other. Will home advantage give Brighton an opportunity to find a much-needed win? There is enough quality in the visitor’s line-up to ensure that they continue to populate unheard of upper-reaches of the table for at least one more week.
We say: 0-2

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

A fine couple of performances to kick things off were somewhat tempered by a tame capitulation for Ronald Koeman’s men at Stamford Bridge last time. They’ll be looking to get things rolling again here against a Spurs side that beefed their squad up late in the transfer window but who themselves need a good result here. Honours even.
We say: 1-1

Leicester City v Chelsea

An intriguing match-up of the last two champs in the Midlands. Despite all of the so-called turmoil at Chelsea, Antonio Conte has fashioned a pair of wins after that opening-day shocker. The squad is now stronger, key men are getting fitter and it’s hard to see them losing here. But we fancy City have enough class to deny the Londoners all three points in what could be a thriller.
We say: 2-2

Southampton v Watford

New players settled in? Check. New manager getting his players to respond to the system? Check. But these are truer of the visitors rather than their hosts here. However, Saints have plenty of class and they might be ready to produce more after three fact-finding missions for their own new boss. Home win.
We say: 3-1

Stoke City v Manchester United

Mark Hughes says he is happy with his transfer window business, Jose Mourinho says he is delighted. We know which one is spot on. United have strengthened throughout the spine of the team and now look a match for anyone. Another three points on the road here should continue to heap pressure on their title rivals.
We say: 0-2


Burnley v Crystal Palace

Frank de Boer, it has been said in some quarters, needs a result here to save his job. That’s pretty ridiculous given that this is his fourth game at the helm but such is the pressure in the Premier it wouldn’t be a total shock. With Mamadou Sakho bolstering a shaky defence and a team better than they’ve shown so far we’re going for the Eagles to collect a point at inconsistent Burnley.
We say: 1-1

Swansea City v Newcastle United

A couple of excellent late arrivals led to a decent window for Swans, despite the loss of Gylfi Sigurdsson. For Toon it was less successful and it could be a long hard season on Tyneside. With Wilfred Bony providing firepower and Renato Sanches adding a lot of class in midfield we’re going for a home win here.
We say: 2-1


West Ham United v Huddersfield Town

Two teams who have had completely different starts to the season. The Hammers really needed the added strength William Carvahlo would have provided in midfield but they aren’t as bad as initial results might indicate. Town couldn’t be much happier with their early form but with the Hammers finally getting a home game we think there be a change in fortune
We say: 2-1



Derby County v Hull City
Despite average starts both of these will expect to make a promotion push. All square here
We say: 2-2


Aston Villa v Brentford
Villa are better than they’ve shown so far and with new faces settling down this look a safe home
We say: 2-0

Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough
We fancy a promotion push from Boro’ and a relegation fight for Wanderers so it’s easy to go for an away win
We say: 1-2

Fulham v Cardiff City
Fulham have started poorly, Cardiff brilliantly. But both could be redressed here.
We say: 3-1

Leeds United v Burton Albion
One-way traffic here as Leeds continue their push for the top and Albion continue to struggle
We say: 3-0

Norwich City v Birmingham City
Harry Redknapp did some decent business – quietly – during the window. A point the reward here.
We say: 1-1

Preston North End v Barnsley
Preston have made a good start, Barnsley haven’t. Both should continue here.
We say: 2-0

Queen’s Park Rangers v Ipswich Town
Rangers have started surprisingly well, Ipswich more so. A high-scoring draw is our take.
We say: 2-2

Reading v Bristol City
Reading will compete for a promotion spot again whilst City will make the top half. Home win
We say: 2-0

Sunderland v Sheffield United
Worrying times at the Stadium of Light. And this won’t be easy against a Blades’ team that look strong.
We say 1-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Millwall
Wolves definitely have the class to make a serious challenge whilst the Lions would settle for safety.
We say: 3-1

Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Wednesday appear hungover after last season’s near-miss. A home chance to turn things around.
We say: 2-0