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Newcastle new boy Isak could prove a shrewd signing

Top pick: Newcastle new recruit Alexander Isak could prove strong signing for the coming weeks

All Premier League matches were postponed last week following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as the United Kingdom mark its two-week period of mourning for the longest-serving British monarch.

Three of the ten scheduled fixtures this weekend, Chelsea v Liverpool, Manchester United v Leeds United, and Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace have been postponed due to police shortages across the UK.

Fantasy managers will be assured to find out that all points, including bonus, will be transferred to the rescheduled date for the postponed fixtures.

Newcastle new recruit Alexander Isak and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse could prove strong suggestions for the coming weeks.


Aston Villa v Southampton


Aston Villa have just one win from their first six matches, scoring just five goals in the process. Diego Carlos remains the only long-term absentee for Steven Gerrard’s side, while Matty Cash and Leander Dendoncker are doubtful.

Southampton have started reasonably well with seven points so far, but will be missing key players Tino Livramento and Roméo Lavia through injury this weekend.

These teams have met on 40 occasions, with Saints edging the rivalry with 16 wins to Villa’s 15.

Prediction: 1-1

Nottingham Forest v Fulham


Nottingham Forest have struggled massively in their first top-flight season in 23 years, conceding the third-most goals in the division with 14. This week, Moussa Niakhaté and Omar Richards are out, with fellow new recruit Orel Mangala doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Fulham are the story of the newly promoted sides, and Marco Silva was nominated for August Manager of the Month. Harry Wilson and new signing Manor Solomon remain out, while Antonee Robinson is doubtful.

Prediction: 1-2


Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City


Wolves have struggled to find the net across their first six matches, scoring the joint-fewest goals in the league with three. Fabio Oliveira and Sasa Kalajdžić are both out with ankle injuries, while Raul Jimenez is also doubtful.

Manchester City are unbeaten so far this term, but have suffered two draws away to Aston Villa and Newcastle. This week, Aymeric Laporte is out with a knee injury, while John Stones and Kyle Walker are doubtful.

City have dominated this match-up, winning ten of the 16 meetings.

Prediction: 1-3

Newcastle United v Bournemouth


Newcastle have started this term with some strong results, especially the home draw with Man City. The Magpies will miss Emil Krafth (knee) and Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring). Allan Saint-Maximin, Bruno Guimarães, and Callum Wilson are doubts with hamstring injuries, with goalkeeper Karl Darlow recovering from an ankle injury.

Bournemouth are back in the top-flight with an impressive comeback win last time out at Nottingham Forest. This weekend, summer arrivals Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell are out with knee and thigh injuries respectively, while David Brooks and Junior Stanislas are doubtful because of lack of fitness.

Newcastle lead this match-up with four victories to the Cherries’ two.

Prediction: 2-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City


Tottenham have started unbeaten in their first seven games in all competitions, winning five of them. Lucas Moura is doubtful this weekend with a tendon injury.

Leicester have made a terrible start to this Premier League season, taking just one point from their six games. Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira are out for this visit to North London.

The Foxes have conceded at least three times in four of their last five meetings with Spurs.

Prediction: 3-1


Brentford v Arsenal


Brentford have begun this season formidably with nine points from their first six league matches. Ethan Pinnock and Christian Nørgaard are out with knee and Achilles injuries for this London derby.

Arsenal returned to action last midweek with a comfortable Europa League win over FC Zurich in Switzerland. Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are out for the final game before the September international break, while Emile Smith-Rowe is doubtful with a knock.

The home side won each time these teams met last term, the Gunners winning 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium and the Bees winning 2-0 on opening night at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Prediction: 1-2

Everton v West Ham United


Everton have steadied the ship after consecutive defeats with four straight draws, most recently the stalemate with neighbours Liverpool.

Starting goalkeeper Jordan Pickford picked up a thigh injury in the Merseyside derby, while Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey and Andros Townsend are also out. Abdoulaye Doucouré and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are doubtful with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

West Ham have struggled to adjust to a slight system change in the early stages of the campaign, losing four of their first six games. Ben Johnson (hamstring) and Nayef Aguerd (ankle) are out for the long trip to Goodison Park. Fellow defender Aaron Cresswell is also doubtful.

Prediction: 2-2

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Published September 16, 2022 at 7:30 am (Updated September 16, 2022 at 10:20 am)

Newcastle new boy Isak could prove a shrewd signing

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