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Premier League Midweek: Manchester City will manage their resources with Chelsea clash looming

Pep Guardiola on the touchline (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
Pep Guardiola on the touchline (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

THE season is starting to pick up pace and so is PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKLY.

Ahead of the first round of midweek matches of the competition, there are scores predictions for tonight’s games while there will be more previews and predictions for the matches tomorrow.


BOURNEMOUTH 3 HUDDERSFIELD 0

HAVING watched Bournemouth live at Manchester City on Saturday, I was impressed at how they took a positive approach to both attacking and defending despite losing 3-1. Eddie Howe’s team have lost four on the spin, but they should return to winning ways here against a Huddersfield team who threw away three points at home to Brighton.

 

BRIGHTON 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

THE A23 derby or a very serious grudge match, depending on your take on what constitutes a proper derby. Aside from semantics, expect a very tight game and a lively atmosphere. The two sides are not free-scoring so home advantage could leave the Seagulls, and not the Eagles, as the happier birds tonight.

Neil Warnock (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

 

WEST HAM 2 CARDIFF 0

CARDIFF manager Neil Warnock will take charge of his first game as a septuagenarian tonight, but the passion on the touchline will not have been distilled at all. However, his team have been ropey on the road and West Ham have the attacking talents in Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic, to win this one with a bit to spare.

 

WATFORD 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2

THIS is the second of nine matches in December for the Premier League leaders. As Pep Guardiola showed by making five changes for the win over Bournemouth, it is a case of managing resources carefully. Sergio Aguero is again absent but this is another game City will try to work their way through, especially with the clash at Chelsea looming on Saturday evening.