‘Can’t trust either team’ - Chris Sutton gives score predictions for Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham

All seven capital clubs are in action in a Premier League weekend which features two all-London affairs
Chris Sutton has assessed each London-clubs chances of success this weekend.Chris Sutton has assessed each London-clubs chances of success this weekend.
Chris Sutton has assessed each London-clubs chances of success this weekend.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has evaluated each London team’s chances of success ahead of an action-packed weekend of Premier League action. Sutton scored a total of 83 Premier League goals in his career and is remembered fondly for his formidable partnership with Alan Shearer during Blackburn's 1995 title triumph.

His one single season in the capital was less successful and he registered just one goal in 28 appearances for the Blues after arriving for a fee of £10m - which was a huge figure back in 1999.

Chelsea vs Brentford

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Sutton's former club Chelsea take on Brentford in this weekend’s match. The two teams enter the game in poor form. Brentford have lost five of their last six league games and have struggled to make their home ground the fortress that it has been in recent years - picking up just 15 points from 13 games. 

Chelsea are also under-performing and find themselves 11th in the league, with Maurico Pochettino needing a strong run of form to secure his future. Sutton told BBC Sport: "Basically, I can't see past a draw, because I can't trust either team to play well enough to win."

Sutton's prediction: Brentford 1-1 Chelsea

Everton vs West Ham

West Ham boss David Moyes returns to Goodison Park to take on former employers Everton. The Toffees are boosted by having their points deduction reduced from 10 points to six as they aim to survive in the top-flight. Meanwhile, West Ham recorded an excellent victory over Brentford last time out with Jarrod Bowen firing in a hat-trick.

Sutton said: "I keep backing Everton at home, and getting it wrong, but I fancy them here. Their former boss David Moyes has won at Goodison with West Ham once before, in 2021, but I have a feeling he will leave empty-handed this time."

Sutton’ prediction: Everton 1-0 West Ham

Fulham vs Brighton

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Chris Sutton is backing Fulham to deliver another strong performance after their victory over Manchester United. Brighton were hit with an injury blow to Karou Mitoma and Sutton believes that swings the balance in Fulham’s favour.

He said: “So, I am not going to look past Fulham here. They deservedly beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last week after carrying a threat all game, and Rodrigo Muniz has really impressed me in the past few weeks.”

Sutton’s prediction: Fulham 2-1 Brighton

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Another all-London affair sees Champions League hopefuls Tottenham take on Crystal Palace, who are targeting back-to-back wins under new boss Oliver Glasner.

Spurs have struggled to hit the heights they set in the first half of the campaign, but have enough to get over the line comfortably, according to Sutton. He said: "Glasner has been talking about his footballing philosophy and how it is all about scoring goals, but Tottenham are pretty good at that, and if they can find their rhythm then they will come out on top.

Sutton’s prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United vs Arsenal

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Title hopefuls Arsenal are currently crushing every time in sight and Newcastle United were the most recent victims of Mikel Arteta’ free-scoring team.

Arsenal travel to strugglers Sheffield United and Sutton sees this one as a formality. He explained: “The Blades are not going to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal and their plan will just be to try to keep them out for as long as possible. If the Gunners score early, then it could be a difficult afternoon for Chris Wilder's side.”

Sutton’s Prediction: Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal

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