FM Predicts the EPL #3 | Stoke Shock Arsenal | FM17

Can Football Manager accurately predict the outcome of real life matches? In this brand new series on VivaLaVidaFM, I will be putting both FM17 and FM18 to the test as we look to see how accurate the game is.

Last week saw Manchester United finish top of the league at the end of Gameweek 1. Huddersfield earned a 3-0 victory and Chelsea suffered a shock defeat. Missed this post? Go back and check it out here to see how FM fared in its first week of predictions.

In this post we look at the second round of fixtures of the English Premier League season and see if Football Manager can predict what is going to happen. We’ll be looking at just nine matches this week as Manchester City play Everton on Monday night, meaning that game will be looked at in next weeks post.

The English Premier League 2017/2018

Swansea v Manchester United | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

swansea v man utd fm17

Swansea 0-0 Manchester United | FM17

Would Swansea really be able to hold out against a confident Manchester United attack?

In Real-Life

swansea v man utd formations

Swansea v Manchester United |

swansea v man utd result

Swansea 0-4 Man Utd |

Manchester United have started this season in astounding form, winning both games by four goals to nil. Swansea, on the other hand, follow their opening day draw with a poor result and will hope to bounce back against Crystal Palace next week.

Bournemouth v Watford | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

bournemouth v watford fm17

Bournemouth 3-0 Watford | FM17

A Benik Afobe hat-trick secured Bournemouth victory against Watford. Could Afobe and co. repeat the feat in the real-world?

In Real-Life

bournemouth v watford formations

Bournemouth v Watford |

bournemouth v watford result

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford |

Bournemouth lost their second game of the season as Watford won away from home to pick up their first win of the season. Brazilian Richarlison opened the scoring before Capoue secured the three points.

Burnley v West Brom | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

burnley v west brom fm17

Burnley 1-0 West Brom | FM17

FM predicts that Burnley will be on a high after their shock win against Chelsea and will dispatch of West Brom 1-0. Jonny Evans will do his best to anger West Brom as he looks to leave by scoring the winner, an own goal for Burnley.

In Real-Life

burnley v west brom formations

Burnley v West Brom |

burnley v west brom result

Burnley 0-1 West Brom |

Goalscorer Robson-Kanu was sent off after netting the eventual winner as West Brom beat Burnley for their second win of the season.

Leicester v Brighton | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

leicester v brighton fm17

Leicester 2-1 Brighton | FM17

FM17 predicts that Brighton will score another own goal (after netting an og in the first gameweek) on their way to a 2-1 defeat by Leicester.

In Real-Life

leicester v brighton formations

Leicester v Brighton |

leicester v brighton result

Leicester 2-0 Brighton |

Okazaki scored the opener for Leicester after just 53 seconds as the Foxes went on the beat Premier League newcomers two-nil. Brighton face a tricky trip to Watford next week as they look to pick up their first points of the season.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

liverpool v crystal palace fm17

Liverpool 4-1 Crystal Palace | FM17

Incredibly, Football Manager predicts that James Milner will score a HAT-TRICK OF PENALTIES!! It can’t happen, can it?

In Real-Life

liverpool v crystal palace formations

Liverpool v Crystal Palace |

liverpool v crystal palace result

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace |

Liverpool won an important three points as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at home. Sadio Mane grabbed the winner in the 73rd minute to give Liverpool their first win of the new season.

Southampton v West Ham | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

southampton v west ham fm17

Southampton 0-1 West Ham | FM17

Southampton lost 1-0 to West Ham, despite playing a large portion of the game with a one-man advantage after Pedro Obiang was sent off.

In Real-Life

southampton v west ham formations

Southampton v West Ham |

southampton v west ham result

Southampton 3-2 West Ham |

Once again, FM has predicted correctly for there to be a red card in a match. Arnautovic was sent off in the 33rd minute before a 39th minute penalty looked set to secure the three points for Southampton. Yet West Ham fought back bravely and equalised through a brace from Mexican Hernandez.

Charlie Austin scored a last minute penalty to win the match for Southampton, their first of the season.

Stoke v Arsenal | Saturday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

stoke v arsenal fm17

Stoke 1-2 Arsenal | FM17

In a tight encounter, FM predicts that Arsenal will come out on top by a one goal margin. Will Arsenal secure consecutive victories in the real-world?

In Real-Life

stoke v arsenal result

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal |

New Stoke City signing Jese scored what proved to be the winner in the 47th minute, despite Arsenal having a MASSIVE 78% POSSESSION. A disappointing defeat for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Huddersfield v Newcastle | Sunday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

huddersfield v newcastle fm17

Huddersfield 0-1 Newcastle | FM17

Newcastle will secure a 1-0 win against a Huddersfield side that won 3-0 on the opening day. Lazaar scored what could be his final goal for the club as he looks to secure a move away from Newcastle.

In Real-Life

huddersfield v newcastle formations

Huddersfield v Newcastle |

huddersfield v newcastle result

Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle |

Mooy scored a brilliant goal to earn Huddersfield a second win of the season as Newcastle fell short by one goal to nil.

Tottenham v Chelsea | Sunday 19th August 2017

On Football Manager

tottenham v chelsea fm17

Tottenham 3-3 Chelsea | FM17

A high-scoring draw between the two London-based clubs saw six different goalscorers. Would the real-world version live up to its FM prediction?

In Real-Life

tottenham v chelsea formations

Tottenham v Chelsea |

tottenham v chelsea result

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea |

A brace from Marco Alonso, including a brilliant direct free-kick, defeated Tottenham at Wembley. A much-needed win for Chelsea after last weeks setback against Burnley.


A lesson has been learned in our second week of FMbet. After earning a profit of £5.60 last week, I became greedy, placing money on doubles instead of singles.



FM predicted for there to be a red card in the Burnley v West Brom match and it was right. But I was greedy and matched it with a bet on Liverpool to score a penalty (after seeing James Milner score THREE in FM). A poor decision.


Bets placed: 10

Profit/Loss: £3.60

FM Predicts the EPL | Statistics

Matches Played: 19

Correct Outcome: 8 | 42%

Correct Scoreline: 1 | 5%

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Gameweek 3 Fixtures

Bournemouth v Man City
Chelsea v Everton
C Palace v Swansea
Huddersfield v Southampton
Newcastle v West Ham
Tottenham v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Man Utd v Leicester
West Brom v Stoke
Liverpool v Arsenal

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