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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

Manchester United, Chelsea, Norwich, Aston Villa, Liverpool plus a shock win for Sunderland over Arsenal are included along with draws for the likes of Southampton, Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle, Swansea, Reading, Stoke and QPR.

Here they are…

Tottenham v Newcastle: 1-1

The early kick off on Saturday should be an entertaining fixture between high-flying Spurs and the rejuvenated Magpies at White Hart Lane. That being said I can’t seem to separate the two so a draw seems a fair result.

Chelsea v Wigan: 2-0

Chelsea are not having the best of times at the moment but a home fixture against Wigan should be a welcome break for Rafa Benitez and co. A comfortable win is just what they need and I can see Frank Lampard edging even closer to that record this week.

Norwich v Fulham: 1-0

Norwich at Carrow Road and Fulham away from home. Only one result seems logical in my mind.

Stoke v Reading: 2-2

This should be robust meeting at The Britannia and I think Reading have the capability to match The Potters for physical prowess. It is a tough game to call but a draw may well be the fairest result.

Sunderland v Arsenal: 2-1

Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny which could mean a start for either Sebastian Squillaci or Ignasi Miquel. With Santi Cazorla having to return from Qatar and Walcott also reportedly nursing a slight dead leg you wonder if a shock could be on the cards.

Swansea v QPR: 0-0

Not a very inspiring prediction I know but despite the apparent miraculous return to fitness of Loic Remy I can’t see QPR scoring against Michael Laudrup’s men. That being said QPR have been so solid defensively in recent weeks I cannot see Swansea scoring either.

Southampton v Manchester City: 2-2

The opening game of the season between these two was a magnificent encounter and Southampton were incredibly unlucky not to have come away with all three points on that occasion. I have stopped short of predicting victory as City will still have plenty of goals in them but a draw? Could spell curtains for City’s title challenge.

Aston Villa v West Ham: 2-1

After their spirited performance against Everton expectations will be running high over a potentially massive result in the Claret and Blue derby at Villa Park. A victory would be massive for Paul Lambert’s men and I think they can do it.

Manchester United v Everton: 3-2

United will be seeking revenge after the opening day defeat at Goodison as well as the title hammer-blow dealt in this fixture last season. In general United have a great home record against The Toffees and I expect a return to such form this Sunday; but expect a fight.

Liverpool v West Brom: 3-0

Liverpool have looked pretty good recently and West Brom on the other hand are starting to find life tough after a promising start. Liverpool should be comfortable winners; but we’ve said that before.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?

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