⛅️ Friday Forecast: Solskjaer vs Arteta, haunted Pep, happy José

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We’ve got another tasty set of Premier League fixtures to get our teeth into this weekend.

Here are our predictions.

Game of the weekend 💪

Manchester United v Arsenal

The world used to stop when ‘Manchester United v Arsenal’ used to dominate the weekend’s fixtures, but like ‘The Simpsons’, it’s not got the same prestige about it as it had in the 90s.

Neither club are challenging at the top of the domestic game anymore and the incumbents in both dugouts are novices on the coaching front rather than pioneers of the sport as both Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger were.

Despite this, there is still a certain level intrigue around this weekend.

United are coming off the back of an impressive 5-0 drubbing of fashionista Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig, while also recently conquering Paris again.

While Arsenal aren’t creating a lot of chances or having a lot of fun at the moment, and the calls for Mikel Arteta to move Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the middle are growing louder.

Neither defence is particularly solid, to be polite, and it wouldn’t take much for this game to descend into chaos through some glaring errors at the back. We’re fully on board with this happening.

🔮 Our prediction: Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal

Potential upset 😨

Sheffield United v Manchester City

Whether it’s down to a lack of pre-season, or a sign of serious and underlying problems, Manchester City have not started this season firing on all cylinders.

Eight points from five games has Pep Guardiola’s side languishing in 13th, and the lack of available strikers had summer signing Ferran Torres deputising in the role in the 3-0 win over Marseille.

Torres did score in France and could start there again at Bramall Lane, but Guardiola will be desperate for Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to rediscover their form again quickly.

Sheffield United have had a dreadful start to the season, and are winless in their first six games.

However, Chris Wilder’s men put in a solid performance in the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend and can consider themselves unlucky not to have come away from Anfield with a point.

If they can continue that improvement on Saturday than Guardiola could be in for a spooky Halloween.

🔮 Our prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Manchester City

Easiest 3️⃣ points

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion

At some point, we might all have to have a word about how José Mourinho is doing a half-decent job at Tottenham and they all seem to be singing off the same hymn sheet in north London.

If they weren’t so intent on doing something ‘Spursy’, such as the collapse in the West Ham game, then perhaps Spurs would be talked about as serious title challengers.

Harry Kane looks reborn, physically and positionally. Son Heung-min has developed into one of the best clinical finishers in the league and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has added an abundance of steel into the midfield.

Brighton have looked impressive in most of their games so far this season but have only come away with one win in their first six.

Graham Potter won’t be judged on not getting points in games against the likes of Tottenham, which is good because we expect the Seagulls not to get any this weekend.

🔮 Our prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Brighton

Too close to call 🤔

Aston Villa v Southampton

Aston Villa were steamrolling the Premier League until Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds rocked into town last Friday night and comprehensively beat Dean Smith’s side 3-0.

The Villains, inspired by the mercurial Jack Grealish, had a 100% record before last weekend and with Ross Barkley looking like he has found a new lease of life in Birmingham, Villa look like they could do some damage this season.

Ralph Hassenhüttl’s Southampton are capable of a performance like strong 2-0 win over Everton but also have the 5-2 defeat to Spurs in them.

This match-up could produce total chaos, and should be a spectacle. We are here to embrace the chaos.

🔮 Our prediction: Aston Villa 2-2 Southampton

🔥 Your Fantasy Football team’s captain should be …

Harry Kane

Nothing groundbreaking about this selection. Kane has five goals and eight assists in his six league appearances so far this season and we wouldn’t want to be a Brighton defender trying to handle him this weekend.

Other predictions 🔮

Wolves 1-1 Crystal Palace

Burnley 0-3 Chelsea

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

Newcastle 0-1 Everton

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