UK – Last weekend saw some unexpected results including Nottingham Forest defeating Liverpool. No one could have predicted that scoreline and only time will tell what is in store for us in Matchweek 14.
Liverpool’s shock defeat to Nottingham Forest leaves them in eighth place in the division, 12 points off Arsenal at the top of the league. Jurgen Klopp‘s side looked like they had returned to their old selves after defeating Manchester City. However, last week’s result has shown that they have a long way to go before they are back to their best.
Even Virgil van Dijk who has been one of the best defenders in the world in recent years had a poor game against Forest and came under criticism from his manager. Liverpool did, however, have a much-improved performance in the Champions League in midweek as they beat Ajax 3-0.
The Reds come up against a Leeds United side this weekend who have not won in their last eight matches leaving their manager Jesse Marsch under immense pressure. The Yorkshire side has some tough fixtures coming up with games against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Newcastle on the horizon. They will not be expected to beat Liverpool but an improved performance would help Marsch massively as he looks to get the fans back onside.
Forest showed that anyone in the league can beat Liverpool but it is difficult to see them losing back-to-back games against teams in the relegation zone.
Score prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Leeds United
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest, Sunday October 30, kick-off 14:00
Arsenal dropped points against Southampton as they drew 1-1 in their last Premier League game. Mikel Arteta‘s side needs to get back to winning ways if they are to maintain their place at the top of the table.The man in form for the Gunners at the moment is Granit Xhaka who has scored in their last two league matches. The Swiss midfielder has turned his Arsenal career around and is becoming a fan favourite.
Arteta’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League on Thursday night, so they go into this weekend winless in their last two matches in all competitions. Nottingham Forest delivered one of the shocks of the season last weekend as they defeated Liverpool 1-0. It was just their second win of the season and Steve Cooper‘s side remains bottom of the division.
Taiwo Awoniyi got the winning goal against Klopp’s side which was his third goal of the season. He is Forest’s top goalscorer and if anyone can hurt Arsenal then it is Awoniyi.
Score prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Leicester City vs Manchester City, Saturday October 29, kick-off 12:30
Manchester City is just two points behind Arsenal and they know if there are any more slip-ups from the Gunners, it will not be long before the top spot is City’s. Pep Guardiola‘s side put the defeat by Liverpool behind them as they defeated Brighton 3-1 with Erling Haaland scoring twice. This took Haaland’s tally to an unbelievable 17 so far.
Leicester City has won their last two games which have lifted them out of the bottom three. These victories have also eased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers. Last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers was particularly impressive with Youri Tielemans scoring an early contender for the goal of the season. James Maddison scored his 6th goal of the season which should put him in contention for a place in England’s World Cup squad.
Jamie Vardy also came off the bench to score his first goal of the season. However, the foxes face a tough test to keep their unbeaten run of three games intact.
Score prediction: Leicester 1-2 Manchester City
Last weekend’s predictions vs actual results:
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Liverpool
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
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