Draws predicted for Fulham, Stoke, Norwich, Everton, Wigan and Sunderland in their respective ties while Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Reading, Newcastle United and West Ham could be celebrating their results.
Fulham v Stoke: 1-1
Games between these two sides never produce many goals so a low scoring draw seems a good bet. You wonder why Sky have decided to make it their mid-afternoon kick off really but hopefully they can prove me wrong.
Arsenal v Aston Villa: 4-1
Ok so Arsenal are not having the best of times at the moment after FA Cup defeat against Blackburn Rovers was followed by a humbling home defeat to Bayern Munich in the week.
However I can see a resolute Arsenal fighting back at The Emirates to pour more misery on an Aston Villa side struggling themselves.
Norwich v Everton: 2-2
The Premier League’s draw specialists meet at Carrow Road and the home side will probably be more pleased with a share of the points in this fixture.
Not very inventive a prediction but also the most logical.
QPR V Manchester United: 0-1
QPR have done really well this season to hold some of the biggest teams back at Loftus Road and they will be likely to set out with the task of containing Manchester United. This ploy worked on Manchester City but United are a different proposition and they should be able to snatch victory.
Reading v Wigan: 3-2
Wigan may be hoping for Jordi Gomez to score another hat-trick against Reading this weekend but at the Madejski Stadium winning is something only the specialists have been able to crack this season.
It is a relegation six-pointer that could shape the rest of one teams season and for The Royals a positive result could be on the horizon.
West Brom v Sunderland: 1-1
Both teams seem to be heading toward a season of mid-table obscurity after one side dropped form and the other picked up from their early sluggish beginnings.
A score draw seems a fair bet.
Manchester City v Chelsea: 3-1
It’s the biggest Premier League game of the weekend and both teams are in need of a result. While Chelsea were toiling against Sparta Prague on Thursday Manchester City were putting themselves through extra training. That preparation time could prove the difference; but I am backing Frank Lampard to score his 200th Chelsea goal at The Etihad.
Newcastle United v Southampton: 2-1
Bonjour mon ami et bienvenue à Newcastle. It is of course France Day at the club as they celebrate their current French contingent at St James Park. Morgan Schneiderlin may try to hijack the day for his own means but Alan Pardew should be able to get one up on his former team.
West Ham v Tottenham: 1-0
A sneaking suspicion about this game; that Tottenham’s Europa League exploits may just leave them slightly off the pace for a derby tie with The Hammers. I could be wrong and if I am it is a sure indicator of Spurs’ progression under Andre Villas Boas.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend’s fixtures?
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