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EPL: Matchday 13 Predictor Leans

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

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Matchweek 13 of the Premier League Season is here, and we once again try and take down the $50,000 prize by playing Premier League Pick Em’ on the NBC Sports Predictor App. NBC Sports Predictor is a sports app that gives you a chance to win huge cash prizes by simply making predictions on the games. This article is a guide to help you think about each match. This week we navigate through Matchday 13 of 38.

Chelsea vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30 PM ET)

It’s almost unthinkable that the Chelsea team who started the season are now the same team that have gone four straight unbeaten. Much of that success came from sacking Thomas Tuchel and appointing Graham Potter. He has them playing free and easy and playing good football.

United are coming off a big win against Tottenham where they controlled the possession and dominated the match. That was the first time all season where United looked like a team with any quality, a team with a purpose. We shall see what happens in the future, but they have a tall task against Chelsea. The Blues are stout in defense and should win this without much fight.

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Manchester United 0

Wolves vs Leicester City (Sunday, 9 AM ET)

Wolves find themselves on the bottom of the table with just two wins. They have only scored five goals and allowed 14. They seem to be a competent club everywhere but in front of net. Even in their fixture with Crystal Palace they took a 1-nil lead, but allowed two Palace goals resulting in a loss. They are in the relegation zone, and fighting with every team tied at nine points.

Leicester City is another team who is down on the bottom of the table with them. They picked up their second win of the season on Thursday. They still need to be better defensively, but they should be able to fight their way to above the relegation line. Defensively is where they need to improve. They have allowed a league leading 24 goals. James Maddison is likely out during this contest. It’s hard to realistically see where the goals come from, but I’m not sure I’m ready to bet on Wolves. Stalemate? Do the kings of the nil-nil finish add another one?

Prediction: Wolves 0, Leicester City 0

Southampton vs Arsenal (Sunday, 9 AM ET)

Southampton are sitting 14th on the table and they are another one of those teams flirting with relegation. There’s no question about their attack led by Che Adams. It’s fluid. Defensively is where they have issues. They have conceded 18 goals this season and have only kept a clean sheet in 9% of their matches. I think they score at home. They’ve scored in every home match so far this season but one. I don’t trust them.

Now Arsenal, I trust them. The EPL leaders play good defense and have a strong attack. They were in a Thursday Europa fixture but were able to rotate a few guys. I’d imagine this strong unit doesn’t have any issues against this Southampton side. A blowout is very possible with these two teams.

Prediction: Southampton 1, Arsenal 3

Aston Villa vs Brentford (Sunday, 9 AM ET)

It seems like this Aston Villa team is back to their old ways. They seem like a team that is more likely to get relegated than finish on the top half of the table. They lack quality in front of net and fail to finish their any of the chances they get. They are 17th on the table and tied with two other teams with nine points. They have only scored two more goals than the Wolves, who have scored the least. It’s time to start questioning if Steven Gerrard is the right man for the job.

Bentford’s success might be a surprise to some, but to me, this is well deserved. They play with control and capitalize on other teams mistakes. Ivan Toney has done well this season leading the charge for the Bees. They might be too much for Villa to handle this weekend.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0, Brentford 1

West Ham vs Bournemouth (Monday, 3 PM ET)

West Ham’s improvements have been made over the course of a few weeks. They are now 13th on the table and have picked up their third win. They now haven’t lost in five of their last six across all competitions. Bournemouth are a team who somehow have allowed 23 goals yet are still 12th on the table. I don’t expect them to score against this West Ham side who have only conceded 12 goals on the season.

Prediction: West Ham 1, Bournemouth 0