It’s the show buster, the headline act, the prediction game version of Batman vs Superman!
Introducing one of Superbru’s top guys and by all accounts a top bloke, James Hutchison.
James is the Commercial Director at Superbru, and is responsible for advertising and sponsorship sales, as well as marketing and growth.
“We’re pretty big in South Africa where a lot of sports fans have heard of us, and we are trying to become more established in other markets like the UK, Australia and US. The Premier League is the one tournament we run that has almost universal appeal, so we follow it closely and try to grow the game as much as we can. There’s even R20,000 on offer every week to entice people to play!I live in South West London, just around the corner from Superbru HQ, and not far from Stamford Bridge. I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I was 8, and am thoroughly enjoying the Premier League season so far – so much so that it has almost (but not quite) wiped out the misery of last season’s abject title defence.”
Hutch: Liverpool 2 – 0 Swansea
Swansea have been fairly awful so far this season, and this run of fixtures is not ideal for the new manager (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea in 6 rounds). I can’t see them getting anything out of a trip to Anfield, and if Liverpool are serious about challenging for the title, they have to put Swansea away.
Dirk: Liverpool 2 – 0 Swansea
Easy one to predict really. Ray Clement making the right signings but think this will be too hard a game for them too soon. Liverpool to win this comfortably.
Marcel: Liverpool 3 – 0 Swansea
Liverpool at Anfield is generally a tough ask. When you’re rooted to the bottom of the table and have your third manager in a season it’s not too different from being stuck inside a burning Kuga without a brick. Coutinho is back from injury and Origi is possibly the most improved striker in the EPL, easy win.
RESULT: Liverpool 2 – 3 Swansea
Hutch: Bournemouth 2 – 1 Watford
I quite like watching Bournemouth play, and have a lot of respect for Eddie Howe and his team. Neither defence is particularly convincing, but I think the home side will edge it.
Dirk: Bournemouth 2 – 1 Watford
The Cherries are really good at home this season, and Watford have only picked up 1 win in the last 9 games. Not good form at all for Watford. I think Bournemouth will impress here and get a good 3 points.
Marcel: Bournemouth 1 – 0 Watford
Watford are a team falling back at an alarming rate. Last season’s almost instinctive partnership between Deeny and Ighalo has evaporated much like their goals. Capoue can’t rescue every game for the Hornets. Bournemouth to win a scrappy match.
RESULT: Bournemouth 2 – 2 Watford
Hutch: Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Everton WP
I normally like home advantage, but Palace lost to Swansea at home a couple of weeks ago, and if they can’t beat the team at the bottom of the table, what hope do they have against an in-form Everton? Not much. I expect a rejuvenated Everton attack to win this one comfortably.
Dirk: Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Everton WP
Everton are a form team right now and should push on here against an unconvincing Big Sam Palace. I thought he’d have more of an effect on the team but so far he hasn’t at all. Perhaps we’ll see more of Big Sam’s touch on the side over the next few weeks, but right now they’re not quite there.
Marcel: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Everton WP + MP
Zaha is away on AFCON duty. Big Sam hasn’t won a game yet. Everton smashed City last time out. That should be enough to confirm an Everton win but they are notoriously inconsistent so I’m not for a big score.
RESULT: Palace 0 – 1 Everton
Hutch: Middlesbrough 1 – 0 West Ham
With just 1 goal scored in the last 4 matches for Middlesbrough, it might make sense to pick West Ham (or a third consecutive 0-0 for Boro), but I’m going with my gut, which says a narrow home win. It doesn’t sound like Dimitri Payet will play a part, and there’s only so long the rest of the side can sustain a performance based on defiance.
Dirk: Middlesbrough 1 – 1 West Ham
West Ham might be better off without the distraction of Payet really. They squad looked fired up to prove that they can win without him, and an on form Carroll is always difficult to deal with. I think they’ll even out here.
Marcel: Middlesbrough 0 – 1 West Ham WP
Boro are a better side than I’ve given them credit for all season but West Ham are one of those teams on the cusp of being a big team. Wins in horrible places like Middlesbrough is the difference between begging Payet to stay and proving your team has star pulling quality.
RESULT: Boro 1 – 3 West Ham
Hutch: Stoke City 1 – 1 Man United WP + MP
Stoke have not lost a game at the Britannia since November, and whilst most people will pick United to end that run, I’m backing them to frustrate Jose Mourinho’s side. I haven’t been entirely convinced by United’s attacking threat, despite a good run of results, and I fancy the upset pick for this one.
Dirk: Stoke City 1 – 1 Man United WP + MP
Both teams are in a good vein of form. They should both have enough muscle and style to make it an interesting game to watch, though I feel form is with United it’s hard travelling to Stoke. I think Stoke will get a good point for the game.
Marcel: Stoke City 0 – 1 Manchester United
Where do you start with Stoke? One week they are incredible and capable of beating City, the next they are dire and unwatchable despite Mark Hughes’ best attempts to turn the long-ballers into real footballers. Narrow, hard-fought win on one of those cold nights in Stoke.
RESULT: Stoke 1 – 1 Manchester United
Hutch: West Brom 2 – 0 Sunderland WP + MP
Having been thrashed 4-0 by Tottenham last week, West Brom have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways, hosting a dreadful Sunderland side. This probably won’t be the game of the weekend, but it should be a home win.
Dirk: West Brom 2 – 0 Sunderland WP + MP
Sunderland’s best player Kone is at AFCON. West Brom showing they can grow into a better side. Good and easy win for Pulis’s men here. It has to be an amazing transfer window for Sunderland to stay up.
Marcel: West Brom 2 – 0 Sunderland WP + MP
One of my mates is a Sunderland lifer and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I predict a loss for them but their form doesn’t suggest anything else even with Defoe almost singlehandedly trying to keep them in the Premier League. WBA are performing really well this season, comfortable win in my book.
RESULT: WBA 2 – 0 Sunderland
Hutch: Man City 2 – 1 Tottenham
This looks like a more exciting prospect, featuring another team on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing last weekend. Spurs have won 6 in a row, scoring 19 goals in the process, and will be confident of taking points from this game, but home advantage swings it for me, just.
Dirk: Man City 2 – 1 Spurs
City needs a reaction after a really bad day at Everton. Expect a result to put them back into contention and show that Pep is here to stay. I’m a City fan, I know to Believe!
Marcel: Man City 1 – 2 Spurs
Ordinarily, I might suggest that Pep would be able to turn things around with a week off but I just can’t see City bouncing back against Spurs after that 4-0 thumping by Everton. Spurs are really pushing for the title this season. Arsenal fans will be hoping that they can somehow vex the North Londoners into a collapse to ensure the procession of St. Totteringham ….
RESULT: Manchester City 2 – 2 Tottenham
Hutch: Southampton 1 – 0 Leicester WP
Both of these sides have disappointed so far this season, and currently sit 13th and 15th in the table. The reigning champions have scored 1 goal in the last four rounds, only slightly bettered by this weekend’s hosts: Saints have scored 2. The home side to edge it.
Dirk: Southampton 0 – 0 Leicester
Both teams are not what they can be right now. Both in proper iffy spells of form. I think Southampton will be the better side, but with Austin out they don’t have the goal scorer they need. I think it’ll end up being a frustrating 0-0 draw.
Marcel: Southampton 1 – 0 Leicester WP
Ranieri and his Leicester foxes are uncomfortably close to the relegation zone and this fixture will see them stay no more than 5 points above the struggle. If they go down it will be one of the most remarkable stories ever. Let it be written. Saints by the odd goal.
RESULT: Southampton 3 – 0 Leicester
Hutch: Arsenal 2 – 0 Burnley WP
I can’t see anything but an easy home win at the Emirates, whether or not Olivier Giroud is fit to play. I’ve picked 2-0, but it could easily be more.
Dirk: Arsenal 2 – 0 Burnley WP
Wish I’d have predicted a Barton winner last week, because I know how much Marcel likes him haha! This week away at Arsenal will be a different story for Burnley though. Arsenal to pick up the points here, Burnley good fighting team but at the Emirates they’ll struggle to really impose themselves. Arsenal to win.
Marcel: Arsenal 3 – 0 Burnley WP
Burnley at home are a difficult team to beat. Burnley away are cannon-fodder. I can’t see anything but a comfortable win for the other North London team provided Sanchez, Ozil & co don’t have a stroppy day. Hattrick for Sanchez? I’m making him my fantasy football captain this week.
RESULT: Arsenal 2 – 1 Burnley
Hutch: Chelsea 2 – 0 Hull WP + MP
It’s a similar story in the final match of the weekend, where Hull could be in for a long afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully Diego Costa will be fit, both physically and mentally, and he can continue his fine goalscoring form against the relegation candidates.
Dirk: Chelsea 2 – 0 Hull WP + MP
Chelsea rolling with things and at home against strugglers, they really should win. Hull have a new manager but this test will be a really tough ask for his side. Chelsea to win comfortably.
Marcel: Chelsea 3 – 0 Hull WP
I don’t often go for the high score predictions but Hull are sh*t. And they don’t travel well. It could be a rout at Stamford Bridge, probably the best game to watch on Sunday.
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