Alright so this week we're going to try a little something different. I am going to list my Top Three Premier League matches of the week and give you my predictions on all three. My challenge for you is to comment with your score predictions and at the end of the weekend/Monday, we will see just how smart you all are and how dumb I am. Sound like fun? Well it would be a lot more fun if you all would participate, so let's get crackin'.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City
Off-season daydreams suddenly became early season hopes when Swansea City came out swinging over the first few weeks of this Premier League season. Recent stumbles however have brought the Welsh side back down to earth as of late as the team currently holds a 3-2-3 record.
Leicester City on the other hand has performed just a tad bit above what many would expect from a newly promoted team. The Foxes have had some hard fought battles so far, many of which were against very strong opposition. Their 2-3-3 record isn't anything to write home about, but it isn't anything to be ashamed of either.
Given the fact this match will be played at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, most of the week I have been leaning toward Swansea winning, but as I continue to study (and more than likely over think) each of their records so far, I am going to predict that this one ends in a 2-2 Draw.
Burnley vs. Everton
The newly promoted Burnley side is still without a win in Premier League play this season, but don't let that statistic fool you. The Clarets only surrendered one goal over four games after their opening week 3-1 loss to Chelsea FC and one of those matches was against Manchester United. However, on the other side, Burnley hasn't exactly been an offensive powerhouse, only scoring multiple goals in one match this season so far (two against Leicester City).
Everton is straight off of a dominating win over Aston Villa and you could only imagine they are ready to keep the train rolling after a somewhat lackluster start to their 2014-2015 season. Tim Howard looked like he was in top form against his countryman, Brad Guzan and we all know what happens when Howard gets on a roll.
This one has all the potential for a blowout, but I am still not convinced that Everton has a consistent enough attack to put up a ton of goals. My prediction for this one is a 1-0 win for Everton.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Normally this would be a battle of heavyweights and there is still that chance it will be. However, with Chelsea's dominance so far this season and a Man U start that had some dreaming of better days with Moyes (ok maybe that's a stretch), it hardly looks like much of a match at all on paper.
That said, I am not convinced this won't be an entertaining match. The Red Devils have looked better as of late....well I mean relatively and given the storied past of these two taking on each other, that rivalry element is always going to be hanging over both sides which means you can all, but throw statistics out the window.
With the way guys like Diego Costa have been playing, I still believe Chelsea is the far better team here, but I will go as far as to predict that Manchester United will get on the board first. After that Chelsea will settle in and break the hearts of Man U fans eventually winning by a score of 3-1.
So to recap, I have Swansea and Leicester drawing 2-2, Everton beating Burnley, 1-0 and Chelsea coming back to claim victory over Man U 3-1. Now it's time for you to give me your predictions and we shall see who comes out on top.