Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Southampton, Swansea and QPR are backed to win while Reading, Chelsea, Newcastle, Sunderland, West Brom and Tottenham may have to share the spoils.
Here they are…
QPR v Norwich: 1-0
Norwich may have brought a couple of signings in recently but QPR have recently stopped Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea from scoring against them and they should be able to hold off Norwich at Loftus Road. Backing Loic Remy to grab one at the other end and earn Harry Redknapp’s men a vital three points.
Arsenal v Stoke: 4-1
Always a fiery encounter this one but the way Arsenal have been playing recently I just have a feeling their slice and dice style may be too much for a less mobile side like Stoke.
Everton v Aston Villa: 2-0
The fixtures do not come easy for Villa during their hardship and despite their last fruitful trip to Anfield Everton are hungry for fourth spot and Moyes will simply not accept anything less than three points at Goodison.
Newcastle v Chelsea: 2-2
Chelsea’s inconsistency could be punished at a rejuvenated St James Park. Cisse vs Ba should make for entertaining viewing and at the end of the day a share of the spoils may be the logical estimate.
Reading v Sunderland: 1-1
It’s happening again. Reading are coming into their own after the turn of the year and they have every chance of turning that form into a victory against Sunderland. However I feel they may come up just short.
West Ham v Swansea: 1-2
I am starting to feel West Ham could be dragged kicking and screaming into the relegation battle and neutrals favourites Swansea could give them a fair old nudge in that direction at Upton Park this weekend.
Wigan v Southampton: 2-3
A thriller at The DW? All the makings are certainly there for an entertaining game and after the way Southampton played at Old Trafford in midweek not backing them to edge this encounter would be a fools game.
Fulham v Manchester United: 0-2
Craven Cottage has a propensity to bring the worst out of visiting sides but United look geared up for the title this year. I am not sure that anybody can stop them and with Dimitar Berbatov struggling with an injury I just can’t see where the goals will come from for The Cottagers.
West Brom v Tottenham: 1-1
Spurs are going to pay for not reinforcing their strike force and while all eyes may be on Peter Odemwingie the likes of Lukaku and Long will do enough to earn at least a point for The Baggies.
Manchester City v Liverpool: 3-1
I am not sure why but I can see City having a comfortable afternoon on Sunday. Call it a prophecy if you like. Or wait till 6pm Sunday before you do.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend’s fixtures?
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