Following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 🇬🇧, the #EPL Game Week 7 was postponed to pay respect to her as the Queen of England 🏴 likewise three fixtures of the Game Week 8 are also postponed. May her soul rest in peace. Fourteen teams are back in action this Game Week tallying a total of seven fixtures.
Popoola Seun, known by the nickname “Shawn Nitro” is a Chelsea fan based in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Reason being a Chelsea fan: “I started supporting Chelsea in the early 2000s because most members of my family support Chelsea and their style of play. I love the club because they never throw-in the towel until the final whistle and this prompted me to join.”
🦁 Aston Villa vs Southampton ⛔
These are two inconsistent teams that have been struggling this season so far. Both of them have been prone to conceding goals this season and you never can tell how many goals either of them can Concede. Four out of the Saint’s games, in particular, they have conceded the first goal which makes it more skeptical to build a case for them. I think they are a match for each other quality wise which makes it hard for me to pick a side. So I will be sitting on the fence here.
PREDICTION: Over 1.5
TIP: ASV 1-1 SOU
Shawn Nitro: Aston Villa look rejuvenated after 1-1 draw against the defending champions, Man City while Southampton will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Wolves. I see Aston Villa claiming all three(3) points.
TIP: ASV 2-1 SOU
RESULT: ASV 1-0 SOU
🎄 Nott. Forest vs Fulham ⚪
These are two newly promoted sides meeting which I won’t overlook anymore. Last time two newly promoted sides met, there were goals – a 5 goal thriller precisely. So I will be expecting nothing less than two goals in this fixture. Nott. Forest have signed 19 players but they are yet to find a working principle to debunk their problems. Fulham, on the other hand, have been impressive in the #PL so far and a player I will be looking out for in this clash is Mitrovic. I think it is probably going to be a good day for the away team.
TIP: NFO 1-2 FUL
Shawn Nitro: After a series of defeats for Nott. Forest, they will want to bring the fight to Fulham who have been impressive this season for a newcomer to the #PL. I see a full time draw.
PREDICTION: X (Full time draw)
TIP: NFO 1-1 FUL
RESULT: NFO 2-3 FUL
Shawn Nitro’s opinion about Chelsea this season: Things are shaping up with the arrival of a new coach. We will still do well this season.
🐺 Wolves vs Man City 💎
Wolves got a good win (1-0) against Southampton last time out and I don’t think they would build on it here because this is probably their biggest challenge of the season. Four of their last six meetings with Man City have produced at least three goals, meanwhile, they suffered a 5-1 defeat in their last meeting. I don’t see them getting anything out of this one because they are struggling at the moment, Man City are now a stronger team with both Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne in great forms. This should be another day for the Manchester fans to shout joyfully.
TIP: WOL 0-4 MCI
Shawn Nitro: Wolves have not been impressive this season so far registering their first win against Southampton. Now they are facing a very stiff opponent Man City who dropped points against Aston Villa and will want to return to winning ways to avoid further upset to retain the title. So I see Man City winning this.
TIP: WOL 0-2 MCI
RESULT: WOL 0-3 MCI
⚫ Newcastle vs Bournemouth 🍒
Newcastle played a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last time out. Both teams showed their defensive prowess and this is something I don’t think Bournemouth have the quality to break down here. The Cherries are currently without a manager so I think they will be playing with freedom; in the way they can. Newcastle will be eager to get back to winning ways, get the result for the money they’ve spent in the transfer window, and get back into the top half of the table. This is something achievable at the end of the season with the quality they’ve got in the team and the work begins now.
TIP: NEW 2-0 BOU
Shawn Nitro: After splashing the dough this summer transfer window, Newcastle just managed one win from six (6) games, not the results they expected. Bournemouth, on the other hand, fought hard to edge a narrow win over Nott. Forest but facing Newcastle this weekend will bring a twist to the story. I see the Magpies winning this.
TIP: NEW 2-1 BOU
RESULT: NEW 1-1 BOU
⚪ Tottenham vs Leicester 🦊
Tottenham had a good win against Fulham last time out but lost to Sporting CP in the UCL in the midweek sadly – they failed to convert their chances. They will be having some fires in their belly and hoping to bounce back here against Leicester who are not consistent. Spurs have been impressive and unbeaten in the league this season so far, thus, they will be keen to continue it here. The Foxes have been poor and inconsistent this season having one point in their last 6 #PL games. They’ve had players leave the club and didn’t bother to replace them which makes it very hard to make a case for them. Also, Tottenham have four of their last five meetings with Leicester which adds to the potential possibility of Spurs victory.
TIP: TOT 2-1 LEI
Shawn Nitro: Antonio Conte’s men have had four(4) wins so far this season. They are not as free scoring as we thought them to be. Leicester are sitting at the bottom of the league and I don’t see them as a threat as they are yet to get a league victory this season. So Tottenham all the way.
TIP: TOT 2-1 LEI
RESULT: TOT 6-2 LEI
🐝 Brentford vs Arsenal 🔴
I am expecting a good game at the Brentford Community stadium here. Both sides have suffered one defeat each but the Bees have had a couple of draws. It will be a difficult game for both sides and I think Brentford will have difficulty getting goals here. Arsenal, on the other hand, have a greater reason to win here because they are at the top of the table and need to remain there although a win for both sides will make a huge difference on the table. I’m expecting nothing less than two goals and a very competitive game.
TIP: BRE 1-2 ARS
Shawn Nitro: Another London derby to look out for. The home side thrashed Leeds Utd 5-2 last time out; a team looking strong with a high scoring capability. Arsenal, on the other hand, suffered a defeat away from home to Man Utd and will be eager to get back to winning ways. It will be a tough one for the Gunners but I see them winning this one.
TIP: BRE 1-3 ARS
RESULT: BRE 0-3 ARS
🔵 Everton vs West Ham 🛠
Everton are still looking for their first win of the league this season after a poor start while West Ham, on the other hand, also made a poor start. I believe the Toffees will be determined here but their injury concerns are worrisome as Calvert-Lewin is still not available alongside Mina, Holgate and Godfrey. I think Lucas Paquetá will be the differential here as he will help the Hammers win the midfield battle against the Toffees. This has to be a low-scoring affair.
PREDICTION: Under 3.5
TIP: EVE 0-1 WHU
Shawn Nitro: Everton are yet to register a win so far this season with three(3) consecutive draws and the last one was a Merseyside Derby draw. They are a physical side and I think we all know them for that. West Ham have some incredible talents who can spring up surprises but I see this ending in a draw.
PREDICTION: X (Full time DRAW)
TIP: EVE 0-0 WHU
RESULT: EVE 1-0 WHU
NOTE: The remaining 3 fixtures have been postponed due to the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.