The first weekend of Premier League action saw Jake storm into an early lead thanks to Richarlison’s double and Mo Salah’s thunderbolt from 17mm out v West Ham. AJ claimed a consolation through Daniel Sturridge’s goal. Debate was rife but AJ, unsurprisingly, ruled out 2 points for Richarlison’s double, so the scores are at 2-1.
Matchday 1 score: Jake 2-1 AJ
Overall score: Jake 2-1 AJ
Romelu Lukaku (brighton v MAN UTD)
Romelu Lukaku looked hungry last Friday night despite playing just the 20 minutes against Leicester City. He almost opened his account for the season so will be extra determined to find the net down on the south coast. Manchester United were humilated at the AMEX Stadium in May so will be out for revenge and Lukaku will replace Rashford up front. If last season’s binge of goals is anything to go by, Lukaku should mark his first start this season with a goal or two.
Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez & Leroy Sane (MAN CITY v huddersfield)
Although due to be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League on Sunday with a 13:30 kick-off, this match has no right to be shown pre-watershed as it is a confirmed snuff film. Records will be broken in this match: think back to Manchester United’s record 9-0 win v Ipswich back in the 1994/95 season. Yes, people might look to last season’s 0-0 at the Etihad and the 2-1 at the John Smith’s/McAlpine/Galpharm Stadium last season and think these teams are much closer. Those were outliers. Huddersfield are weaker and are known in the top flight.
Manchester City will be back with their full compliment of players such as Kevin de Bruyne and perhaps Leroy Sane in their apparent revolving doors line-up of attacking midfielders. Riyad Mahrez impressed on his competitive debut at the Emirates, so I have these three pencilled in to score. Sergio Aguero will most likely lead the line at home to Huddersfield, and should fancy himself to bag a few. Double figures? Maybe.
Harry Kane (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs fulham)
After Spurs got their campaign off to a winning start after an arguably fortunate win against Newcastle, they play at “home” (still Wembley for now) for the first time, hosting Fuham. I think its fair to say me and Jake expect Fulham to get going at some point, but I can’t see any other result here apart from a Spurs win and Kane will be eager to open his account as he challenges for the top scorer award once again.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (WEST HAM vs bournemouth)
Still got faith in the Hammers, still got faith in Chicharito. West Ham win this and Chicharito scores, showing he needs to be in that starting 11 and that a solo striker in the form of Marco Arnautovic isn’t the answer.
Alvaro Morata (CHELSEA vs arsenal)
Battle of the new bosses here, you could argue both teams and both managers haven’t got their squad where they want it just yet. The difference is Chelsea managed to win last week and look alright doing it, therefore I’m going for a Chelsea win and with that a goal from the striker who has been given the starting role by Sarri – Alvaro Morta.
Romelu Lukaku (brighton vs MANCHESTER UNITED)
Cancelling the Doyle out here in a tactical move, we both expect big Rom to open his account here against a Brighton team who clearly have a long season ahead of them. I’d be surprised at any point if me or Jake think they will stay up.
Big Cenk Tosun (EVERTON vs southampton)
Big Cenk is your typical strong Turkish centre forward who is gonna bang at least 15 goals this season. Jake is all over The Saints, citing Vestergaard as one of the signings of the summer. I’m still doubtful they’ve done enough not to be drawn into a relegation dogfight. Expecting Big Cenk to get one over on Jake and his boy Vestergaard this time out.