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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

Shock win for Crystal Palace, Arsenal, City and Chelsea in comfortable wins and impressive results from Everton and Liverpool.

The Premier League is back, and so are the HITC predictions. We had our up and downs last season, calling some big scalps then getting other results very wrong. 

But how have we done this week, the opening weekend of the Premier League season?

Liverpool v Stoke City: 3-1 

I think Liverpool are in for a great season, with or without Suarez, while Stoke City on the other hand, I feel are doomed to relegation.

And I expect that trend to be highlighted in the opening game of the season.

Sunderland v Fulham: 1-1

Both teams have made some decent acquisitions this summer and seem to be on par in terms of squad ability.

That should be reflected in the scoreline at The Stadium of Light.

West Brom v Southampton: 2-2

I do not think West Brom will have as good a season as last year, while The Saints should have a better campaign.

But a score draw seems likely, as West Brom have a very good home record.

West Ham v Cardiff City: 1-0

Newly promoted teams often have a decent opening weekend, but Upton Park is not an easy place to travel.

Saying that, I think The Bluebirds should have enough in the locker to avoid defeat in East London.

Norwich City v Everton: 1-2 

Now I am possibly speaking in hope rather than expectation, but The Toffees have looked good in pre-season and I like the new system Roberto Martinez has installed at the club.

Should be enough for opening day victory.

Arsenal v Aston Villa: 4-2 

The Gunners have had a good pre-season campaign, but do have some injury woes going into the first game of the season.

Villa have strengthened their team as well, but I feel Arsenal will win out in a high-scoring affair.

Swansea City v Manchester United: 2-2

Swansea are going to be difficult opposition this season and talk of a baptism of fire for new United boss Moyes.

This will be no easy game and I can see The Swans holding out for at least a draw.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: 2-1

I always go with one shock result a weekend, and this week I am going with one I struggle to believe myself.

With the upheaval in terms of transfers and the drama involving Gareth Bale - I think Palace could spring a shock at Selhurst Park.

Don’t think it will mean much in the end mind.

Chelsea v Hull City: 3-0

Hull City have also made some excellent signings in pre-season.

But I have tipped Jose Mourinho to lead Chelsea to a Premier League title - and they should get the party started this Sunday.

Manchester City v Newcastle United: 3-1

The Toon are going to have a difficult season in my mind, and despite my reservations over the cohesion at City this summer - they should earn a Monday night win.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?

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