Matchday 2 of the Premier League is almost upon us and there’s some great fixtures to look forward to. Here are five bold predictions for all the action.
Premier League fans rejoiced last week when domestic soccer returned to their screens. The games will come thick and fast now with matchday 2 already upon us. This weekend, Chelsea host Leicester as Frank Lampard looks for his first competitive win as the Blues boss whilst newly promoted Norwich will search for their first points when they host Newcastle.
Nicolas Pepe will hope for his first competitive start in an Arsenal shirt and Moise Kean will look to open his account for Everton when they host Watford. The weekend is rounded off by Manchester United who will look to continue their strong start by winning away to Wolves on Monday. Here are five predictions for all the action.
1. Leicester pile pressure on Lampard as they win at Stamford Bridge
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea host Leicester this Sunday, in a game that could be much tighter than book makers might suggest. The bookies have the Blues as strong favourites in their first home match of the season but Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester could definitely pull off an upset.
The Foxes have looked much better since Rodgers took charge and they’re certainly playing with more confidence. Chelsea had a tough defeat away to Manchester United in the opening weekend but they redeemed themselves slightly with their Supercup performance against Liverpool on Wednesday night – narrowly losing to Liverpool on penalties.
Currently, it seems like Lampard is under unnecessary pressure from the media because he’s a relatively new manager and the fact that he had so much success with Chelsea as a player. This has brought a strange and almost burdening expectation from fans and press alike.
The club will give him time to develop his squad but he’ll know the sooner he gets first win the sooner he’ll have to deal with questions about his ability to manage a club of Chelsea’s stature. Whatever happens on Sunday, this game should be entertaining.
Rodgers and Lampard both like their sides to play soccer the right way and this has the potential to be an open and exciting match. Chelsea may not have a talisman like Eden Hazard any more but Christian Pulisic should grow into this role and the squad still has a strong backbone of players like N’golo Kante, Azpilicueta and Giroud.
Chelsea will open the scoring through Tammy Abraham but this won’t dishearten Leicester’s attacking intent. The Foxes will level before half-time and then go on to win the match 2-1 with a late breakaway goal from Jamie Vardy.