Jurgen Klopp is still looking for his first league victory as Liverpool manager and Mark reckons his wait will continue against struggling Chelsea. Our longest-serving member Harriet Drudge takes him on with her predictions in her final week with The Offside Rule Podcast.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho host Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp on Saturday to kick off week 11 of the Premier League season.
Mourinho’s side are in trouble. They backed up their loss at West Ham United last Saturday with a penalty shootout loss away at Stoke in the Capital One Cup.
The club are struggling and will now see success as finishing in the top four this season but even that seems a long way off for the Blues.
With Eden Hazard’s missed penalty at Stoke costing his side their advancement, it has been up to other players to step up, but they have failed to do so.
Liverpool have also failed to gather any kind of momentum since Klopp took charge at Anfield, but they did pick up their first victory under the German in the Capital One Cup against Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Liverpool are struggling to create chances and Chelsea are struggling for form and confidence.
A cagey affair should be expected at Stamford Bridge and even without Diego Costa, who’s set to miss out on the game, Chelsea should have just about enough – but this is anyone’s game.
Harriet’s Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
Two teams that were knocked out of the midweek’s cup contests were Crystal Palace and Manchester United with both looking to bounce back against each other on Saturday.
The Eagles have been playing well and picking up good results for most of the season but Pardew’s men were defeated at Manchester City 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Yannick Bolasie is an injury doubt and the former Newcastle boss is struggling to stick with one striker up top with Dwight Gayle, Frazier Campbell and Patrick Bamford all striving for minutes and goals.
Louis Van Gaal’s United have now drawn three games in three but were knocked out on penalties by Middlesbrough in the cup on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney struggled again but the United side that played on Wednesday will be different with Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger all expected to return to the midfield.
With Anthony Martial still looking sharp, a mean defence still in place, and one goal conceded in four games, United should do enough to win at Selhurst Park.
Harriet’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Swansea 2-2 Arsenal
Arsenal were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and will be able to take no liberties at Swansea on Saturday.
The Swans defeated Arsenal last season in South Wales with Jefferson Montero having a particularly good time against Calum Chambers.
The young Englishman is unlikely to start this weekend as Arsenal will look to revert to a more familiar shape with Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez likely to return.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were injured in the midweek defeat with the Gunners’ squad looking rather thin with an important away trip to Munich on the horizon.
Swansea grabbed a win at Aston Villa last weekend and seemed to be playing with some of their old swagger. They seem to enjoy playing the Gunners and this could be a highly entertaining fixture once again.
Harriet’s Prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Arsenal
Watford 1-0 West Ham United
The good times at West Ham United keep on rolling after their win at home to Chelsea last week. Next, they travel to newly promoted Watford this Saturday.
The Hammers have been fantastic, especially on the road, with wins at Crystal Palace, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool all within the first ten games of this incredible season.
Slaven Bilic’s side have been able to counter attack at will with Dimitri Payet in particular catching the eye.
They are unlikely to get that much room in which to saunter against Quique Sanchez Flores’ Hornets side.
They have the second meanest defence in the Premier League and were excellent in their 2-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke last Saturday.
West Ham are scoring goals for fun but this could be another shock that the very solid Watford could be at the advantage of.
Harriet’s Prediction: Watford 1-0 West Ham United
Tottenham 4-0 Aston Villa
Tottenham host troubled Aston Villa on Monday night football with great confidence against a side that are pretty much on the floor.
Spurs were one goal down within a minute at Bournemouth last Sunday but scored five in reply with Harry Kane netting three of those.
The England striker is back on form at the right time and could progress further with Villa next up at White Hart Lane.
Villa were defeated at Southampton in the cup on Wednesday night and could have done without their midweek exploits on the South Coast.
Form, goals and confidence are missing with Sherwood already headed for the exit door at Villa Park.
No manager has been found and with Spurs posing a mean defence, a confident attack and a free week to rest and train in equal measure, this could be a walk in the park for the North London club.
Harriet’s Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa
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