The fifth weekend of the Premier League is almost upon us. Here are five bold predictions for all the action during matchweek 5.
The Premier League returns this Saturday after the international break, with Liverpool traveling to Tottenham in the earlier kickoff and thigh-flying Watford hosting Manchester United in the later game.
There’s a double header on Sunday, with Wolves hosting Burnley earlier in the day, and West Ham traveling to Everton. The matchweek finishes on Monday, when Southampton host Brighton. Here are five bold predictions for all the action.
1. Pellegrini sacked after losing fifth consecutive game
On Sunday, struggling West Ham travel to Everton in a game that could decide whether Manuel Pellegrini remains in charge at the London club. It’s crazy to think that after just five league games he could face the sack but Premier League clubs don’t normally hang around considering the price of relegation.
Pellegrini is obviously an extremely experienced manager having previously won the Premier League with Manchester City as well as managing Real Madrid. That shows the Chilean has the potential to get the Hammers playing the right way but he needs the right amount of time.
Everton have started the season well and they could even be a little disappointed with their start as they’ve had a couple of draws which could have been wins. Most importantly, the Toffees haven’t lost in the league yet and have proven a force going forward.
Marco Silva finally has Everton fans happy with the way their team is playing but now his challenge is to maintain that standard of play while also staying competitive in the league.
The Liverpool club are definitely one of the more exciting sides in the league right now and if they manage to keep the likes of Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson fit for the majority of the season then they could clinch a Europa League place.
It’s hard to see West Ham taking anything from this match. They’ve had good periods in each of their games (even in their 4-0 loss at Anfield) but they’ve not managed to play a full game without committing crucial defensive errors.
The Hammers defense will struggle to cope with Everton’s attackers on Sunday and unfortunately that could spell the end for Pellegrini at West Ham. Zero points after five games isn’t good enough but hopefully the Chilean manager is given time to turn it around.