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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

Manchester United and Manchester City should continue their winning form while Everton, West Brom, QPR and Liverpool are also backed for victories. The likes of Newcastle, Reading, Swansea, Stoke, Wigan, Sunderland, Chelsea and Arsenal may have to settle for a draw.

Here are the predictions ahead of a wintry weekend of football in the Premier League.

Liverpool v Norwich: 3-0

Liverpool thumped Norwich at Carrow Road earlier in the season and despite vast improvements in the Norwich team since then it is hard to see beyond a comfortable Liverpool win at Anfield; in particular after an impressive second half against United on Sunday.

Man City v Fulham: 4-1

Even before Koscielny saw red at the weekend City looked good for the win against Arsenal and a similar performance should see them to a comfortable victory against perennial on-the-road strugglers Fulham.

Newcastle v Reading: 1-1

Reading completed an incredible comeback to beat West Brom last week and I can see them pulling off a decent result in this fixture as well. The Toon are reeling from missing out on Loic Remy and I find it hard to see where their goals will come from in this fixture if Papiss Cisse plays out wide.

Swansea v Stoke: 1-1

A battle of two footballing philosophies at The Liberty and while I would personally like Laudrup’s uninhibited attacking ground football to persevere I feel the polar opposites may cancel each other out. If the game goes ahead with heavy snow currently pelting South Wales although at the moment there are no concerns the game might be called off.

West Ham v QPR: 1-2

Loic Remy will be given a frontline position for his debut at Upton Park and I can see the buzz at the club rubbing off sufficiently to see Harry Redknapp earning a valuable three points at his former club.

Wigan v Sunderland: 2-2

Sunderland have really impressed me recently with their resurgent form; even if Bolton did dump them out of the FA Cup in midweek. Wigan will see this as one of many games where three points is necessary but I can’t see Sunderland coming away with nothing.

West Brom v Aston Villa: 3-0

It has been a long time since WBA could go into a midlands derby with Villa as genuine favourites but that is certainly the case this time around. West Brom to take the honours in style.

Chelsea v Arsenal: 1-1

Chelsea have certainly not been in imperious form at home in recent weeks and the form of Jack Wilshere will be a real concern for them. However they should raise their game for a match of this magnitude but that may still only be enough for a share of the spoils.

Tottenham v Man United: 1-2

Did I flip a coin on this one? Yes but that is between me, you and the world-wide-web. Tough to cal after the way AVB masterminded a victory at Old Trafford earlier in the season. United however seem to be on auto-pilot to the trophy right now and when they are playing like that they are truly unbeatable.

Southampton v Everton: 1-3

Two hours ago I would have said that Southampton certainly had the chance to hold Everton at home, at least. Now in the wake of Adkins absolutely heartless and diabolical sacking by hatchet man Cortese the mood at St Marys is going to be extremely volatile on Monday night. New manager syndrome will not come into effect and Everton should win comfortably.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekends action?

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