Victory could be in the offing for Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle, who we back for a shock win against Manchester United. While QPR, West Ham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Stoke City, Swansea, West Brom and Reading can expect to share the spoils this weekend.
Manchester City v Sunderland: 2-1
Manchester City have not started the season well for their high standards but after the disappointing performance in mid-week against Borussia Dortmund they will be very hungry for a result in this fixture at The Etihad.
The still seem shaky so it won’t be a comfortable ride but an ugly win will help them get back on their feet for the upcoming season.
Chelsea v Norwich City: 4-0
I tipped Norwich for relegation at the start of the campaign and at the moment it seems I might have been on to something. They look a little out of their depth this season and the off pitch distractions such as Paul Lambert suing the club will not provide great enthusiasm for the game.
A second 4-0 triumph on the bounce could be in the offing as Norwich toil in the capital.
Swansea City v Reading: 1-1
Reading need a result and could capitalise on Swansea’s ropey end to Laudrup’s honeymoon period at The Liberty. The last time these two played was in a thrilling play-off final but while a repeat of that may be out of the question it should remain a tight affair and can see the Berkshire side picking up a result they need.
West Bromwich Albion v QPR: 1-1
Look, if West Brom keep on winning then sooner or later we will have to say they are title hopefuls. QPR need a result and a draw at The Hawthornes should not be beyond them. Stopping either Lukaku or Long will be a difficult proposition and the main problem is you never know which one Clarke will play till game day leaving little preparation possible.
A draw may depend on the form of Julio Cesar in between the sticks.
Wigan Athletic v Everton: 0-2
The DW doesn’t exactly fill teams with trepidation with its sea of empty seats and Everton have gone to worse places already this season and picked up results, such as the thumping they dealt Swansea and can see them going onwards here.
West Ham United v Arsenal: 1-1
West Ham just seem like a team Arsenal will struggle against. Say what you want about Big Sam but he used to pull the wool over old Arsene on a regular basis during his Bolton days. Arsenal will be fought, hard, from the off and Vito Mannone will likely face his biggest challenge so far in the Arsenal goal dealing with their physical presence and crossing proficiency.
Southampton v Fulham: 3-2
Southampton do love scoring goals and while Fulham won at Wigan earlier in the season ill refer you to my previous comment about Wigan at home. Should be an exciting game as two positive managing philosophies clash but can see Southampton edging this one.
Liverpool v Stoke City: 1-1
After disappointment against Udinese in mid-week can just see Liverpool struggling to break Stoke down at Anfield. Peter Crouch to grab the equaliser at his old stomping ground, surely it is written?
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: 3-1
AVB seems to have them playing finally and following on from that famous win at Old Trafford last week can see this one going the way of Spurs as Aston Villa seem to still be clicking into gear.
Gareth Bale should give Matthew Lowton a torrid time down that flank and the midfield will be a dominant area for Spurs, sorry Villa fans, hopefully for your sake I have put the ‘Alan Brazil’ style kiss of death on Spurs chances.
Newcastle United v Manchester United: 2-1
I always throw a shock result in because, well, that’s how football works and it cannot get more surprising then back-to-back defeats for United.
Rio and Evans look shaky and if Alex Buttner doesn’t replace Patrice Evra I would bet a lot of money on Hatem Ben Arfa playing from the right and giving his international team-mate a torrid time.
2-1 Newcastle, I am going with my gut on this one.
What do you think of the weekends Premier League matches?
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