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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

All square in the Manchester derby while massive wind for Everton, QPR, Southampton and Newcastle United are predicted ... along with a debut draw for Paolo Di Canio at Chelsea.

Here they are…

Reading v Southampton: 1-2

Nigel Adkins will be looking for some instant karma against his former employers in his first game at the Madejski Stadium as Reading manager.

But I think Southampton can see the end in sight and will go into this game with confidence.

For Reading it will be time to start planning for next season.

Norwich v Swansea: 1-1

Swansea have not been on form since they won the League Cup but looked thoroughly improved against Spurs last week.

However Carrow Road is a difficult place to have everything your own way so a draw seems a logical result.

Stoke v Aston Villa: 1-1

I have a feeling Villa might sneak a victory in this game but I do not have the conviction to go all the way with that bold estimate.

Sticking to a draw but if Villa do cause a shock it will plummet Stoke right into the relegation mire.

West Brom v Arsenal: 1-3

The Baggies really are the sort of team you want to be playing at this time of the season.

With a successful campaign already notched up they have little to play for while a determined Arsenal side are pushing for Champions League places.

Liverpool v West Ham: 3-0

Just as Andy Carroll finds some form up comes a game he cannot play in.

His parent club should conquer The Hammers with ease.

Tottenham v Everton: 1-2

No Bale, Lennon or Defoe; Spurs could be in for a rough ride at home to Everton this Sunday.

Backing a fully-fledged Everton squad to keep their Champions League hopes alive with an important London victory.

Chelsea v Sunderland: 1-1

Paolo Di Canio’s arrival will undoubtedly stir his troops and I think, based on little more than a hunch, that Sunderland can earn a point at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Newcastle v Fulham: 2-0

Fulham made themselves safe with victory over QPR on Monday night and with that comfortablity comes danger.

If Papiss Cisse plays like he did against Benfica then he should make short shrift of the Fulham defence at St James Park.

QPR v Wigan: 3-2

Why not back a thriller when these two face-off. You simply never know what you are going to get with these two sides and a QPR victory will just keep a small glimmer of hope in regards to their survival hopes.

Manchester United v Manchester City: 2-2

The fixture of the weekend can see United open up an incredible lead over City on Monday night. However I see a shared affair with United happy to take two points off their nearest rivals as their title precession continues.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekend?

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