Dapo Olajuwon’s EPL prediction: Game Week 16

12-11-2022

💎 MAN CITY VS BRENTFORD 🐝

Brentford are wobbling at the moment. We saw them play a 2-2 draw against Nott. Forest last weekend and got knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the midweek by a lower division side, Gillingham on a penalty shoot-out. Now they will be traveling to the Etihad Stadium and I can’t see them getting anything from there. Man City, on the other hand, keep doing well. We saw them beat Fulham last weekend after Cancelo got a red card. Like I said last week, they are a different breed when they play at home. All I can see here is a Man City win.

PREDICTION: 1

TIP: MCI 3-0 BRE

RESULT: MCI 1-2 BRE

🍒 BOURNEMOUTH VS EVERTON 🔵

These two teams will be meeting for the second time in a row here at the same stadium. They met in the midweek in the Carabao Cup and it ended 4-1 in favor of Bournemouth. I don’t think we would get a similar scoreline but a similar result. I feel the Toffees will respond to that defeat but I still can’t see them winning this game. Maybe they can get a draw.

PREDICTION: 1X

TIP: BOU 3-2 EVE

RESULT: BOU 3-0 EVE

🔴 LIVERPOOL VS SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton have parted ways with Ralph Hasenhüttl and are in talks with Nathan James of Luton Town. The Saints will be going into this game without a manager so they will be playing freely in the way they want. Liverpool, once again, are looking like they have woken up and Mohamed Salah is gradually igniting again. They got a victory against Tottenham last weekend and I feel they will build on it here.

PREDICTION: 1X

TIP: LIV 2-1 SOU

RESULT: LIV 3-1 SOU

🎄 NOTT. FOREST VS CRYSTAL PALACE 🦅

Nott. Forest took a point against Brentford last weekend and then beat Tottenham in the midweek at home. They are going to play at home again here and will be hoping to go for the long break on an unbeaten run. Of course, they can do it since they have managed to find some sparkles. Crystal Palace played a good game against Newcastle in the midweek but got knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties. If they can play this game with the same tenacity against West Ham last week and the Magpies in the midweek, then they are surely going to get the job done.

PREDICTION: 2X

TIP: NFO 1-2 CRY

RESULT: NFO 1-0 CRY

TOTTENHAM VS LEEDS UTD ⚪

This is the battle of the Whites. Leeds Utd pulled out an emphatic win against Bournemouth last weekend in a 7-goal thriller. They went on to lose to Wolves in the Carabao Cup played in the midweek – I guess they are a bit tired. Now they are traveling to White Hart Lane in London to face a Spurs side that lost back-to-back games in the Premier League and Carabao Cup against Liverpool and Nott. Forest respectively. Leeds Utd will score goals if you allow them but this is something Tottenham will not allow. Leeds Utd are an attacking team and would go all out while Tottenham will be glad to pick them off on the counterattacks. Antonio Conte will be asking his boys for more and will most likely react to the back-to-back defeats here.

PREDICTION: 1X

TIP: TOT 2-1 LEE

RESULT: TOT 4-3 LEE

🛠 WEST HAM VS LEICESTER 🦊

West Ham are also wobbling at the moment. They were beaten at home by Crystal Palace last weekend and then lost to Blackburn Rovers on penalties in the midweek in the Carabao Cup after a 2-2 draw. I don’t think it will get any better here because Leicester have flipped their form, are playing well and getting results. Leicester are going to stretch them wide and play a fast game against them. Do West Ham have fast players to stop the likes of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes? I don’t think so but we will see to that. Nevertheless, it is difficult to rule out the Hammers.

PREDICTION: Over 1.5

TIP: WHU 1-1 LEI

RESULT: WHU 0-2 LEI

NEWCASTLE VS CHELSEA 🔵

Newcastle are now in the top 4 and they would like to remain there. They have been formidable this season, winning games convincingly in recent times and I am impressed. Chelsea, on the other hand, have been average this season. The Blues’ problem is there and it is obvious to everyone. They find it difficult to create a constructive midfield when they play and do not look sharp going forward. If I were Graham Potter, I would never bench Kovacic to reduce the power and control the Magpies would hold in the midfield with the likes of Bruno Guimaeres and Miguel Almiron. Also, they’ve got injury concerns going into this one which has been having effects on their performance and results while the Magpies have got crucial players back from injury. I think Newcastle will beat Chelsea and if it gets worse for them, they will rather get a draw.

PREDICTION: 1X

TIP: NEW 2-1 CHE

RESULT: NEW 1-0 CHE

🐺 WOLVES VS ARSENAL 🔴

Wolves lost to Brighton last time out in the league after taking the lead. They couldn’t defend properly against the Seagulls which got them punished and lost 2-3 in the end. They went on to secure a 1-0 victory in the Carabao Cup against Leeds Utd in the midweek. They did well to manage the game and sailed to victory successfully. I think there’s been some changes in the way they play and game management since the appointment of Julen Lopetegui. Or are they just getting a new bounce under the new manager? Arsenal, on the other hand, lost to Brighton in the midweek and got knocked out of the Carabao Cup away from home and maybe the Seagulls have sold out the manual to break down the Gunners. Mikel Arteta will be asking more from his boys and will be keen to remain on top of the league as the long break for World Cup commences after this Game Week. I believe the Gunners would get a win here but can the Wolves pull a stunt here by replicating what Brighton did in the midweek? I don’t think so.

PREDICTION: 2

TIP: WOL 0-2 ARS

RESULT: WOL 0-2 ARS

13-11-2022

🐦 BRIGHTON VS ASTON VILLA 🦁

Aston Villa beat Man Utd 3-1 at home last weekend, traveled to Old Trafford to face the same team in the midweek, and got defeated 4-2 that knocked them out of the Carabao Cup. I think this means they are not strong enough when they are not at home. Here, they will be away from home again and I think Unai Emery would have learned a few things from the last defeat. I am not expecting them to beat but I am not ruling them out completely here. Brighton will be full of confidence going into this game with the way they beat Wolves last weekend and Arsenal in midweek which was a massive victory for them. I am expecting them to continue the winning streak here but I have a feeling that they might be tired.

PREDICTION: Over 1.5

TIP: BHA 1-1 ASV

RESULT: BHA 1-2 ASV

FULHAM VS MAN UTD 👹

Fulham gave Man City a good fight and a run for their money at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. They were luckily defeated by Erling Haaland’s penalty in the final minute of the game. They will be full of confidence going into this, especially for the fact that they are playing at home in front of their fans. Man United’s consistency is in question here. The Red Devils got a good win against Aston Villa in the midweek and the question is “can they pick up from where they left off”. Back in the day, everyone would have already set their minds that Man Utd would win this fixture as if it is automatic but the reverse is the case recently. This is hard to predict so I would rather bank on goals here.

PREDICTION: Over 1.5

TIP: FUL 1-2 MUN

RESULT: FUL 1-2 MUN