We haven’t seen Premier League football in over a week, but the UEFA Champions League has kept us entertained in the meantime. Liverpool weren’t great against Ajax, but they dug deep and won big thanks to a late goal from Joel Matip, while Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw against Salzburg in Graham Potter’s first game as manager.
For Manchester City, it was once again Erling Haaland’s show, as the Norwegian scored an incredible late winner against former club Borussia Dortmund. He has certainly elevated Pep Guardiola’s team, but will that be enough to win the UEFA Champions League? Time will only tell.
As things stand, the race for the top four spots in the Premier League is also tantalizingly close. With Thomas Tuchel no longer in charge, it will be interesting to see how Chelsea adjust to life under Graham Potter, as the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager looks to establish his authority at the club and kickstart a new project.
Liverpool haven’t been as good as they were last season, but I still think they’ll finish in the top four. Based on how the current season has played out, I believe Arsenal will finish ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, but a lot can change between now and the end of the season.
Three Premier League games have been postponed, but there are still seven games to play, including Arsenal and Manchester City. On that note, here are my predictions for the eighth gameweek of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund: UEFA Champions League Group G
Manchester City aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders right now, but they should be able to beat Wolves, who simply don’t score enough goals. Erling Haaland is the man of the moment, scoring another spectacular winner against his former club Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League 2-1 victory.
I know Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his squad frequently, but I believe he will look to unleash Haaland once more before the international break. Norway will not compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is bad news for the Premier League and the rest of Europe because Haaland will be fully fit and rested while the others compete in Qatar.
In terms of Manchester City’s best front three right now, I’d like to see Julian Alvarez play out wide, with Phil Foden and Haaland rounding out the attack. Based on what I’ve seen so far, he’s a proper player who would fit in with most Premier League teams.
Jack Grealish is struggling right now, but Manchester City won’t be too concerned because they’re still going about their business. They lost Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling this summer, but with Haaland and Alvarez, they’ve done a great job of revitalizing the offense. I’m not sure if it can truly be called an upgrade; we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out in the long run.
Wolves 0-2 Manchester City Prediction
Southampton vs. Aston Villa
Premier League – AFC Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa
This is a game that Aston Villa must win. They received an unexpected 1-1 draw against Manchester City, and their game against Leicester City was canceled, so this is a good opportunity for them to take all three points. It’s always a different kind of game when you go in expecting to win, but I believe Villa will come out on top.
Philippe Coutinho probably signed for Aston Villa to get his career back on track and cement his place in the Brazil squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but he’s been left out of the squad by Tite for the upcoming international break. Maybe the manager just wants to try out a few new faces before flying to Qatar, but Coutinho will be disappointed given his poor start to the season.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the results, but I believe Steven Gerrard has some time left as Aston Villa manager. You never know in football because fans have a big say in a manager’s fate, but I don’t think they’ll look to sack him even if they lose this one.
Aston Villa 2-0 Southampton Prediction
Nottingham Forest vs Fulham – Premier League Fulham FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest must win this game, just as Aston Villa must. Fulham, on the other hand, has performed admirably this season. They’ve attacked teams and played aggressively, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has continued to score goals.
This will be a game full of chances, and Fulham’s only goal will be to avoid defeat. In terms of Forest, I believe they have signed too many players, which could be a problem. They’re giving it their all to stay up, which I like, despite the fact that many of their players were on loan at the club when they were promoted last season. Steve Cooper is an excellent coach, and he will seek a few points here and there until the World Cup.
Because few Forest players will be attending the World Cup, they may have a better opportunity to work with their manager and understand his philosophy. As I previously stated, they must hold on until then and avoid losing too many games.
Nottingham Forest vs. Fulham (prediction): 2-2
Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United
Premier League – Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United
Bournemouth came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2, but I don’t think they can beat Newcastle United away from home. Allan Saint-Maximin has improved his reputation this season, but he must continue to do so in order to establish himself as a proven match-winner in the Premier League.
If he consistently adds goals and assists to his tally, the so-called big teams will be all over him. However, he is already at a massive club where the fans adore him, so there is no need for him to push for a transfer at this time.
Newcastle United will defeat Bournemouth 2-0.
Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur Press Conference And Training Session
To be honest, Tottenham aren’t playing well right now. The game against Sporting in the UEFA Champions League was a bad one for them, but it could help them in the long run, in my opinion. At the start of the season, I felt like results were covering up flaws, which obviously won’t be the case after what happened in Europe midweek.
Having said that, I still believe they will beat Leicester City this weekend. The Foxes are all over the place, and it appears that their players aren’t working together, which is a concern for Brendan Rodgers. They have good players, but it’s just not working for them right now.
Son Heung-min’s form has been a cause for concern, but I fancy him to return to his best. Because the cream always rises to the top, I believe Antonio Conte should continue to start him every week.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City
Brentford vs Arsenal
Manchester United v Arsenal FC – Premier League
Arsenal will remember what happened on the opening day of the 2021-22 Premier League season – in fact, it’ll be fresh in their memory. Ivan Toney scored a sensational hattrick for Brentford against Bournemouth and will be one to watch out for, but I think Arsenal will get all three points. It’ll be a hard game, but the Gunners have been good this season and will look to return to winning ways after losing 3-1 to Manchester United.
Arsenal’s top-four chances look a lot better this season. The problem is, they went 2-1 down against Manchester United and Mikel Arteta immediately made three substitutions, which looked like a knee-jerk reaction to me at the time. They need to believe in themselves more and in all honesty, Arsenal didn’t play badly despite losing to Manchester United.
If Gabriel Jesus gets injured, they have massive problems. Eddie Nketiah is a good lad, but playing and scoring every week is a different ball game. I don’t want to say too much, but Arsenal are in a good position to secure a top-four finish and I hope they can make it count this time.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Brentford
Everton vs West Ham United
Everton FC v Liverpool FC – Premier League
It might be a ridiculous thing to say, but I appreciate what Frank Lampard has done as Everton manager so far. They are getting harder to beat and he’s got his team working hard, which is only a good sign. Everton got a great result against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby – they just have to hang in there and keep fighting it out to get points on the board.
Anthony Gordon was wanted by Chelsea this summer, but that was under Thomas Tuchel and Everton rejected massive amounts of money from the Blues to keep him at the club. I think he’ll stay at the club this season – I refuse to believe they kept him this summer only to sell him midway through the season! West Ham haven’t had the best start to the season and have been really hard to predict, so I think this game will end all square. Prediction: Everton 1-1 West Ham United
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