Jermaine Jenas backs Villa to win while Sam Quek expects a score draw against Bournemouth
Well…what a start to the Premier League season, hey? Goals, a red card and VAR – it’s safe to say there was plenty to talk about.
Brighton’s 3-0 win against Watford was not written in any script as Graham Potter secured his first win as a Premier League manager.
And Liverpool started strongly after adding another convincing Premier League win at home to Norwich City.
Ahead of this week, footie5 ambassadors Jermaine Jenas and Sam Quek have had their say on five games this weekend.
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United
A disappointing start to the season for the Latics means they have to find their first points of the season against 5/2 title favourites Leeds United who are looking for their second home win of the season.
JJ: Wigan 1-2 Leeds
Wigan can be tough opposition at home and will want to bounce back after that big defeat to Preston but I think Leeds will just edge this one.
SQ: Wigan 0 vs Leeds 2
I think Leeds will secure automatic promotion this season, mainly because Marcelo Biesla is a special manager. He’ll mastermind an away win.
Southampton v Liverpool
Southampton will want to get points on the table quickly after a disappointing start but it will not be easy as they face Liverpool.
JJ: Saints 1 – 4 Liverpool
Still a lot to work on defensively for Southampton and Liverpool are looking in ruthless mood going forward!
SQ: Southampton 0 vs Liverpool 2
Liverpool looked a little defensively frail when I have watched them, but I expect any early season teething problems to be sorted now.
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Both teams will want to bounce to winning ways after tough tests last week. Norwich will be hoping to put their drubbing away to Liverpool behind them while Steve Bruce will want to bounce back from Newcastle’s home defeat to Arsenal.
JJ: Norwich 2-2 Newcastle
Yes Norwich were a bit naive at times in their first game but going forward they have shown why they were so exciting to watch in the Championship last season.
SQ: Norwich 2 vs Newcastle 1
Norwich showed enough in the second half when I watched them vs Liverpool for me to believe they will beat Newcastle at home.
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
JJ: Brighton 1-1 West Ham
Tough start for West Ham against City but they had some good spells which they can take some confidence from. Brighton surprised us all with their performance but I’m expecting the Irons to bounce back and nick a draw so SCORE DRAW!
SQ: Brighton 2 vs West Ham 2
Aston Villa v Bournemouth
Both sides will want to get a result after displaying decent performances last weekend but missing out on three points.
JJ: Aston Villa 2-1 Bournemouth
Villa looked a threat for 45mins against Spurs I think Wesley will but to much for that Bournemouth defence.
SQ: Aston Villa 2 vs Bournemouth 2
I’m going for double points with a score draw. I like Eddie Howe’s style of play a lot and Villa spent big in summer.
Jermaine and Sam are ambassadors for footie5 from thepools.com. footie5 is a weekly free-to-play football prediction game where you can win £25,000 just by predicting the scores of five matches from the English and Scottish leagues.
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Everton v Watford
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Leicester City
Barnsley v Charlton Athletic
Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough
Brentford v Hull City
Bristol City v QPR
Luton Town v WBA
Reading v Cardiff City
Millwall vs Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City
Stoke City v Derby County
Swansea City v Preston
AFC Wimbledon v Accrington Stanley
Blackpool v Oxford United
Burton Albion v Rotherham United
Bury v Gillingham
Coventry City v Bristol Rovers
Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Lincoln City v Southend United
Peterborough United v Ipswich Town
Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale
Tranmere Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers v MK Dons
Bradford City v Oldham Athletic
Carlisle United v Mansfield
Colchester United v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexander v Walsall
Exeter City v Swindon Town
Forest Green Rovers v Grimsby Town
Leyton Orient v Stevenage
Morecambe v Cheltenham Town
Newport County v Plymouth Argyle
Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town
Salford City v Port Vale
Scunthorpe United v Crawley Town