Premier League Week 10: Preview and predictions

Matt Jones

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 1:33 PM UTC

Here's a look at what to expect from three feature Premier League matches this weekend, as well as a prediction for the remaining seven. It's time to cash some winning tickets!

<p>We'll tot up 10 games for the season following this round of matches in the Premier League and it's at this point in a term when we tend to have a well-formed idea about sides in the top flight. However, as we gear up for another fascinating gameweek, there are still questions over some top sides, still questions over who is best placed to challenge them and still questions about what teams will be scrapping to stay afloat in the division this term.</p><p>This set of fixtures might help answer a few of those. Score predictions for each game are in bold, with odds following.</p><h2><br />Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal</h2><p>Arsenal's performance on Monday in the 3-1 win over Leicester continued to enrich the feel-good factor around the football club at the moment, as they chalked up their 10th win in a row.</p><p>Although there have still been some issues in recent games that manager Unai Emery will need to address, particularly from a defensive perspective. The Gunners are playing some irresistible attacking football at the moment. All three goals against the Foxes were a joy to watch, as they pulled their opponents apart.</p><p>Palace will have a job on trying to shut Arsenal down and you sense spirits will be low after their testing recent run of form. And not only did they lose 2-0 to Everton after missing a penalty earlier in the match, they now stand on the cusp of a challenging run of fixtures; after the Gunners they face Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in the Premier League.</p><p>The big issue for Palace at the moment is their lack of potency in front of goal. This season they've failed to find the net in front of their own supporters and the atmosphere at Selhurst Park has been flat following the recent dispute involving the Holmesdale Fanatics</p><p>They do boast players that can give Arsenal issues and Wilfried Zaha is someone that has troubled Arsenal with his searing pace and trickery in the past.</p><p>However, there's a burgeoning swagger about the Gunners and provided they aren't jaded from their Europa League exploits against Sporting CP on Thursday night, they should have too much class for their London rivals here. <strong>1-2</strong> (9.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)</p><p> </p><h2>Manchester United vs. Everton</h2><p>The questions mentioned in the introduction to this piece perhaps most pertinently apply to Manchester United, who have had another eventful week leading up to their match with an improving Everton team.</p><p>The Red Devils earned a creditable draw at Chelsea last weekend and were seconds away from a big win. Then on Tuesday they were given a lesson by Juventus, who won 1-0 at Old Trafford; in truth it was a scoreline that flattered the hosts, as they rarely threatened against the Italian champions.</p><p>There are clear structural and tactical issues for manager Jose Mourinho to still resolve and Everton will rock up at Old Trafford looking to capitalise. After three wins in succession, including a dramatic 2-0 victory over Palace on Sunday, confidence will be sky-high among Marco Silva's players too.</p><p>At the sharp end of the pitch they certainly have what's needed to get at a ropey Red Devils defence. Richarlison, Bernard, Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson have all excelled at various points in the season, while Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman were excellent off the bench on Sunday.</p><p>If the Toffees can start well then Old Trafford may become a hotbed of angst once again. With that in mind, expect Everton to play on the front foot and look to hassle their opponents into mistakes.</p><p>Still, United have shown in their Premier League outings lately that they can still be devastating in brief spells of matches when they go forward and the end result should be an entertaining game between these two north-west rivals. <strong>2-2</strong> (17.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)</p><p> </p><h2>Tottenham vs. Manchester City</h2><p>Although this meeting between two of the best teams in the Premier League should be a spectacle, a lot of the talk surrounding Spurs vs. City is in regards to the pitch they'll be playing on.</p><p>That's because the day before this meeting on Monday there will be an NFL clash between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles. As such, the Wembley ground staff will face a massive challenge to get the playing surface ready in time for this glamour contest.</p><p>For City, a team that rarely lifts the ball off the deck, that'll be a concern. However, manager Pep Guardiola is blessed with a squad of footballers intelligent enough and talented enough to adapt to these circumstances. There have been signs as of late that this is a team clicking into gear too.</p><p>City have been boosted by the return of Kevin De Bruyne from injury in their last two matches, giving them yet another exceptional attacking option. Their pedigree in the final third was on show in wins over Burnley (5-0) and at Shakhtar Donetsk (3-0).</p><p>Tottenham's own form has been a long way short of their absolute best, yet they've enjoyed their best start to a Premier League season and can actually jump above City in the standings should they beat them on Monday. However, Mauricio Pochettino's side have still shown vulnerabilities and they were on display in the 2-2 draw with PSV in midweek.</p><p>City, as such, should be able to capitalise. That's provided they can adapt to what'll be an intriguing playing surface better than their opponents. <strong>1-3</strong> (13.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)</p><p> </p><h2>Other Games</h2><p>Brighton vs. Wolves <strong>1-1</strong> (6.50 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Fulham vs. Bournemouth <strong>1-2</strong> (11.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Liverpool vs. Cardiff City <strong>3-0 </strong>(7.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Southampton vs. Newcastle <strong>1-0</strong> (6.50 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Watford vs. Huddersfield <strong>2-0</strong> (8.00 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Leicester City vs. West Ham United <strong>2-1</strong> (9.50 <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f">Bet365</a>)<br />Burnley vs. Chelsea <strong>0-2</strong> (7.0 <a href=";a=c2ed1a45-de32-42ca-ab6a-cf5b6681a105&amp;f=2">BetVictor</a>)</p>
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