It’s the weekend once again and that means there are a whole load of new fixtures in the Premier League, Scottish Premier League and EFL Championship from which to pick this week’s winners, starting with a couple of Saturday three o’clocks one league under.
Blackburn Rovers Vs Cardiff City
Unbeaten Blackburn Rovers host Cardiff City fresh off the back of a 4-0 win over Derby County at Pride Park last Saturday which itself had been preceded by a 5-0 whomping of Wycombe Wanderers one week prior. In other words, Tony Mowbray’s side are in seriously hot form.
Cardiff City, on the other hand, come into this one after losing both of their two home games and recording their one solitary win on the road. Cardiff have shown glimpses of what they are capable of and there is little questioning the quality of Bacuna Ojo and Hoilett upfront but Rovers are simply too good and will win and win well.
Swansea Vs Millwall
Swansea City will be without coach Alan Tate for their visit of Millwall after he was banned for four games by the FA. In more bad news for the Swans, Millwall are unbeaten so far this season.
Swansea, though, are third and are themselves unbeaten, running out 2-0 winners a week ago away at Wycombe Wanderers. As importantly, they have not conceded a goal either meaning the Lions from East London have their work cut out.
With both teams unbeaten and setting up in a similar way, both sides reining unbeaten at the end of the day could well play out. Can see this finishing as a draw but a low scoring one.
Leeds vs Manchester City
Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola meet on the touchline Saturday evening in what we believe will be a high scoring game.
City will need to win and put themselves back on track given their surprise home defeat at to Leicester on Sunday. That game means that City already trail Liverpool by six points this time around, albeit with a game in hand.
Newly promoted Leeds have put together back to back wins following their high scoring defeat to Liverpool on opening day.
This match could very play out the same way. Leeds will not give an inch and City, as Leicester proved, can be got at and got at we’re sure they will be.
This season has been goal mad so far and all the signs point to this being another high scorer. The fact that City need the points almost more than Leeds, is why we’ll pick a high scoring away win.
That said, a Leeds win would not be the shock that people might have thought it was only months ago.
St Johnstone Vs Celtic
St. Johnstone have their work cut out for them as Celtic make their first visit of the season to McDiarmid Park this Sunday.
Celtic are one of only two unbeaten teams in the Scottish Premiership – guess who the other team are – and will be looking to bank another win.
With the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti in attack, that looks entirely likely.
Rangers Vs Ross County
This game should represent a comfortable win for Steven Gerrard’s side even factoring in their mid-week exploits against Galatasaray.
Gers nabbed a 2-1 win against the Turks in a fairly bad tempered affair but providing they have enough left in the tank, and I think they do, then this should be a straight forward win for the home team.
Manchester United vs Tottenham
For the second time in a week, Jose Mourinho will face a former employer as he takes his Spurs side to Old Trafford fresh from knocking Chelsea out the League Cup in midweek.
Spurs don’t have a great record there but did manage a win in 2018 when they won 3-0 with Mourinho on the home bench that day.
United have by far the better record in this fixture and no one is going to blame you for backing a home win.
I remain unconvinced by United though and last week’s lucky win away at Brighton, when the points were distributed off the back of a penalty – yes, another one – that was awarded after the final whistle was required to bank their first win of the season.
Before then, Brighton had hit the woodwork five times and were unlucky to leave with nothing. Given Tottenham’s improved form this week, I think they can take the points at Old Trafford once again.
- Saturday 15:00, EFL Championship: Blackburn Rovers To Win Vs Cardiff City, plus 2.5
- Saturday 15:00, EFL Championship: Swansea Vs Millwall, 1-1
- Saturday 17:30, English Premier League: Leeds vs Manchester City, 2-3
- Sunday 12:00, Scottish Premier League: St Johnstone Vs Celtic To Win, plus 3.5
- Sunday 15:00, Scottish Premier League: Rangers To Win Vs Ross County, 2-0
- Sunday 16.30, English Premier League: Manchester United vs Tottenham To Win