Starting from today we’ll start predicting the outcome of English Premier League matches. As our predictions are based on information gleaned from websites and television programs, at first we’ll start predicting the outcome of matches involving the top seven teams, i.e. Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton. As the season advances we’ll gradually incorporate all the teams to our blog series.
The logic behind this decision is simply the fact that these teams get a lion’s share of the media coverage. With the exception of Manchester United, all the other top teams play in Europe as well which further increases the airtime allocated to them. All the other teams are still in contention for the League Cup and the FA Cup as well (Manchester United was eliminated from the League Cup by MK-Dons a few days ago).
Participation in more competitions means an increase in airtime allocated to these teams which in turn means more information about them and hence more elements to analyze and hopefully better predictions :-).
The predictions for matches starting on 30th August are as follows:
- Burnley 1 – 3 Manchester United
Although Manchester United lost 4-0 against MK Dons on Tuesday, the arrival of Angel Di Maria and their first team stars (RvP, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney) for this tie must be sufficient enough to secure 3 points.
- Everton 1 – 0 Chelsea
Everton vs Chelsea result assumes that Diego Costa and Andre Schurrle are injured and are doubtful for Saturday’s game. The result could be considerably different if they recover in time and make the squad.
- Leicester City 1 – 2 Arsenal
Although Arsenal is without their main striker Olivier Giroud we still think that they’ll just edge Leicester City to return to London with 3 points.
- Tottenham Hotspurs 3 – 2 Liverpool
Tottenham are very strong at White Hart Lane and have a very good coach who believes in positive, attacking football. Liverpool’s main problem is their midfield with Steven Gerard clearly not at his usual best.
- Manchester City 3 – 0 Stoke City
Apart from predictions we’ll post analysis pieces as well, looking into tactics as well as transfer news.
Next Saturday being the international break, we’ll post our next set of predictions on September 10, 2014
Note: Our analysis and prediction team is comprised of former professional soccer players, statisticians and sports journalists.