Manchester United and Arsenal are backed to come through in the Super Sunday fixtures while wins are also predicted for Tottenham, Southampton, Everton, Fulham, Norwich, West Brom and Stoke while Sunderland and West Ham may have to settle for a draw.
Here they are...
QPR v Tottenham: 1-2
Of course Harry Redknapp will know all about some of Spurs’ star players and will seek to nullify threats by using any inside knowledge that he can. But in all honesty I do not think he has the requisite talent to do anything about it.
Aston Villa v Southampton: 0-1
Based on their meeting at St Marys earlier in the season this should be a no-brainer. Southampton tore Villa apart that day and despite being at home can see Southampton getting the better of Aston Villa’s fledgling defence once again.
Everton v Swansea: 2-0
The Swans have been playing brilliantly recently but a trip to Goodison is another task entirely. Everton gulfed them in the return fixture earlier in the season and a similar result seems likely.
Fulham v Wigan: 3-1
Both teams are certainly in an around the relegation mark but Fulham can pull away slightly with a decent victory at Craven Cottage. While Wigan continue to surprise me this season I just cannot see them earning anything in London.
Norwich v Newcastle: 2-1
Carrow Road will not be the ideal location for Newcastle to travel after losing Demba Ba. They may also be without Fabricio Colocinni who is trying to force a move back to Argentina so things do not look rosy for The Toon. This is why I am backing Norwich for the win.
Reading v West Brom: 0-1
This would be a good opportunity for Reading to pick up some valuable points but my realist head cannot see them pulling off the performance necessary to hold off West Brom.
Stoke v Chelsea: 2-1
No doubt Chelsea will bring in as many of the taller stronger lads as possible for this fixture but I wonder if it will make any difference. Stoke’s physical presence may prove too much for The Blues and can see another great scalp at The Britannia in hand.
Sunderland v West Ham: 1-1
I doubt this game will set many pulses racing. West Ham and Sunderland should both be fine this season and this game has all the hallmarks of a mid-table bore-fest. Obviously I do hope I am made to eat those words.
Manchester United v Liverpool: 3-1
So we move on to Super Sunday and one of the biggest fixtures of the year. Liverpool travel to Old Trafford confident of taking advantage of an occasionally flimsy backline but United are the stronger team player-for-player and I can see no trouble for The Red Devils in this fixture.
Arsenal v Manchester City: 3-2
I really hope as much as I expect this to be an exciting tie; I also think we could look back at this weekend as the weekend the title was won by United. Without Aguero I am not sure City have the firepower to completely see off Arsenal and I am going to back The Gunners for a pulsating win that could have massive ramifications on the 2012-13 season.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?
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