QPR, Chelsea, Southampton, Stoke City, West Brom, Manchester United and Manchester City are backed to win while we think Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Reading and Aston Villa will have to make do with a share of the spoils in this weeks fixtures.
Here they are...
Sunderland v QPR: 1-2
A lot depends on whether Sunderland duo John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole manage to recover from their injury woes ahead of this massive fixture. Harry Redknapp has Park Ji-Sung back for his first game in charge and I personally like a bit of a fairy-tale. First win of the season for QPR.
Aston Villa v Reading: 1-1
Reading played brilliantly against Wigan Athletic last weekend and still had to make do with absolute diddly-squat. Cannot see them losing at Villa Park against an Aston Villa side looking out of knick at the moment. Score draw.
Chelsea v Fulham: 2-0
West London derby and an important one for Rafa. The draw with City at the weekend has done little to quell the boo-boys who will be there once again equipped with their ‘Rafa Out’ banners for good measure. Fulham are having a little dip in form and Chelsea should capitalise with a solid victory. Not going to try predicting which Fernando Torres will turn up.
Southampton v Norwich: 2-1
Every time I back Southampton to do well they get pegged back but I really think they will come out on top against Norwich on the south-coast. They tore QPR and Newcastle apart in their last two games and if Cork, Ramirez, Lallana, Puncheon and Lambert bring their A game no amount of dogged defending will keep them out.
Everton v Arsenal: 1-1
Everton are becoming the draw merchants after conceding a cheap goal against Norwich at Goodison on Saturday condemned them to yet another sharing of the spoils. Simply put however I just can’t see either team winning so going for yet another Everton draw.
Stoke City v Newcastle United: 1-0
No let up for Toon fans if Stoke get their way. Pardew’s men are struggling with injury problems at the moment and a busy schedule is clearly not helping. Last year’s Europa League strugglers Stoke might just punish them at the Britannia.
Tottenham v Liverpool: 0-0
I rarely go for a goalless draw but these two might just cancel each other out at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. With the talent on show it could also be 3-3 but my overwhelming gut-feeling is that the points will be shared at The Lane.
Swansea City v West Brom: 1-2
I am going to continue to back the Baggies revolution by suggesting they can win at The Liberty this week. They beat Sunderland with key-man Youssouf Mulumbu absent on Saturday and Swansea won’t have enough in them to prevent the Baggies from marching on.
Manchester United v West Ham: 3-1
United are getting hard to predict after they toiled to victory against QPR this weekend. West Ham however were finally found out as Spurs put them to the sword this weekend gone. As is becoming customary United are bound to concede but back them to outscore The Hammers at Old Trafford
Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: 0-2
Wigan are fast becoming the ‘un-relegateable’ Premier League team but that tag comes mainly from beating the teams around them as they did against Reading on Saturday. The Champions pose a different threat.
What are your predictions for the midweek action?
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