⛅️ Friday Forecast

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It’s back! After what felt like a long (and hugely unnecessary) international break, Premier League football has finally returned.

And it’s a stormer involving Merseyside derbies, top six clashes and potential upsets on Tyneside.

We take you through all the major talking points …

Game of the Weekend 💪

Everton v Liverpool

What’s this? A Merseyside derby that involves TWO teams capable of winning? You’d better believe it, folks.

Everton have started the season brilliantly with four wins from four, spearheaded by creative virtuoso James Rodríguez and goal machine Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But Liverpool – despite their seven goal hammering at Aston Villa – can flick the switch, especially with Sadio Mané and Thiago back in the side.

It’s such a shame fans won’t be present because in these circumstances because Goodison Park would be rocking at Saturday lunchtime.

But we’re expecting goals either way and if Everton can steal a result, that would put immense pressure on Liverpool who can’t stand losing bragging rights to this lot.

📊 Fun fact: Liverpool are undefeated in their last 22 matches against Everton in all competitions.

🔮 Our prediction: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Too close to call 🤔

Manchester City v Arsenal

You’re probably thinking: Arsenal away at a top six club and ‘too close to call’ do not usually fit together. But hear us out.

The Gunners are enjoying a sharp upward trajectory under Mikel Arteta and boosted by the arrival of Thomas Partey, will be looking to make a statement.

Manchester City, meanwhile, have looked vulnerable against Leeds (after being torn apart by Leicester) and are struggling for rhythm under Pep Guardiola.

But the main storyline here is between both managers. Arteta spent three seasons as City working alongside Guardiola – can the apprentice bite the master?

Their counter attacking style worked in the FA Cup semi-final and that’s definitely the formula to follow. Whether Kevin de Bruyne plays or not will have a significant bearing on this result.

📊 Fun fact: Manchester City have scored at least 3 goals in their last three home matches against Arsenal.

🔮 Our prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal

Potential upset 😰

Newcastle v Manchester United

Newcastle are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Which is why we’re backing them to beat Manchester United.

The Magpies lack attacking impetus under Steve Bruce but quick, direct players like Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson are exactly what could trouble their opponents.

United have been disastrous this season. Defensively shambolic, strangely disjointed going forward and without some crazy luck at Brighton – would be sitting on three defeats.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has generated plenty of goodwill at Old Trafford but anything other than three points? His job could be in serious jeopardy.

Newcastle should be thriving on that disruption and with Harry Maguire potentially being taken out of the team – strike when the beast is weak.

📊 Fun fact: Manchester Utd have won their last five away matches (Premier League).

🔮 Our prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Manchester United

🔥 Your Fantasy Football captain should be …

Either Harry Kane or Heung-min Son – the choice is yours!

Those two have been scoring for fun/assisting for fun, and you never know what West Ham will offer defensively.

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