Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Manchester United vs Manchester City
The reigning champions can't afford another setback at Old Trafford.
After a busy few days of European action, the Premier League is back with a bang this weekend.
The chasing pack, including Arsenal and Liverpool can ill-afford to drop further behind with games against Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest appearing to offer strong chances of three points.
Old Trafford, meanwhile, will take centre stage on Sunday as Manchester United play host to the reigning champions in what is sure to be an emotionally charged derby.
As ever, Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk…
Crystal Palace vs Spurs
Crystal Palace vs Spurs is an interesting game. It’s a tricky one because Crystal Palace can surprise teams if they’re in the mood for it. Spurs, on the other hand, need to continue this trend of winning games. The real character of the team will be judged when they lose their first Premier League game. That will be the moment when we see how they bounce back. Unless they go one better and go the whole season unbeaten… imagine that, imagine that!
Listen, it’s going to be like this. Spurs will win the title in their first season without Harry Kane and go unbeaten. Take that Arsenal! Everybody will be like ‘I can die peacefully.’
I will go for a Spurs win because I want the fairy-tale to continue. To that, the only thing they need to do is stay concentrated. Nothing else, they need to stay concentrated.
Prediction – 0-2.
Chelsea vs Brentford
I will go for Chelsea. They need to find their consistency. They pick up speed and when you’re winning 2-0 against Arsenal, that is when you need to be more solid and know how to protect that lead because Arsenal have the quality to hurt you.
Against Brentford, they cannot afford to do something like this again. They have enough quality to win the game.
Prediction – 1-0.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United
It’s an easy win on paper, to be honest. It should be a win for Arsenal. I see it as a win. Sheffield United have a very tough challenge to stay in the Premier League. With the small teams, it’s always important how you start the season. If you don’t start it well, it’s going to be a very tough job to stay up.
Prediction – 3-0.
Bournemouth vs Burnley
That streak (Bournemouth not winning a game) must end at some point. I’ll go with them to win it. It’s not going to be easy, as it’s a massive game at the bottom of the table, but I’ll go with them to win it. First win of the season.
Prediction – 2-1.
Wolves vs Newcastle
I don’t see Wolves winning, to be honest. They are in form since beating Man City, but Newcastle are having a great season. They did lost in midweek though, so I’ll go for a draw.
Prediction – 1-1.
West Ham vs Everton
West Ham will still have enough, in my opinion, to get something out of the game despite playing in midweek I’ll go for them to win.
Prediction – 1-0.
Brighton vs Fulham
Fulham’s second away game in a row, although they’re playing good football. But Fulham need to learn how to not make silly mistakes.
Do you see what I mean when I say mistakes? In the last game against Spurs, they tried to play out from the back. They make mistakes because they didn’t know how to get the ball out and Spurs were more experienced and took advantage of their mistakes. Thank you very much – two goals, three points.
They need to correct this type of stuff. I like that they are trying to play this way, and will continue to try to play from the back, but be smarter. So, in this game honestly, I don’t see them winning.
Brighton needs to correct stuff immediately, in my opinion, if they don’t want to erase everything they have done so far under Roberto De Zerbi, so I’ll go with them.
Prediction – 2-1.
Aston Villa vs Luton
Credit to the work of Unai Emery, it’s great for everybody there. For Luton, it’s going to be tight down the bottom until the end of the season, in my opinion. On paper, Aston Villa are overwhelming favourites to win this game so unsurprisingly, I’ll go with them.
Prediction – 3-0.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest
Liverpool are going under the radar at the moment, in a way. Many people don’t pay too much attention to them and are underestimating them and are saying ‘they cannot challenge.
But once again, it’s Jurgen Klopp. They have good players in the team. Mo Salah is still there. So based on that, watch them closely because, in the end, they can surprise everybody. I’ll go with them to win it.
Scoreline – 2-0
Man Utd vs Man City
Let me tell you something… If United allow the same freedom like they did against Copenhagen to City, they are going to suffer.
There are teams when you play against them, you can afford to make mistakes because you know if there’s a lack of quality in the opposition, they are not going to take advantage of the mistakes you’re making. But then there are teams when you know if you make half of a mistake they will punish you – teams like City. You need to be 100 per cent more concentrated against City.
I’ll go for a draw. Hopefully, if United don’t make silly mistakes and they can get a surprising win.
Scoreline – 1-1.
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