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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

Manchester United, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham should be celebrating while Chelsea and Liverpool could drop points this weekend.

Here they are…

Manchester United v Crystal Palace: 3-0

After defeat against Liverpool prior to the international break, a big improvement will be expected from David Moyes and his players this weekend.

A comfortable win should be in the offing against the newly promoted Eagles - but it could be the manner of victory that really matters.

Aston Villa v Newcastle United: 2-0

An interesting game between two teams whose seasons really could go either way this year.

Villa however look much stronger than the Toon so far this campaign and I expect that trend to continue with victory for the home side.

Fulham v West Brom: 1-1

Neither team have got up and running this season, and although we are only three game sinto the campaign there will be nail-biters contemplating a relegation battle.

That being said I cannot see either side getting one over the other here - score draw.

Hull City v Cardiff City: 1-2

A relegation six-pointer at this stage of the season and a repeat of the exciting final day match from the Championship last term.

I am going to base my prediction on how the two got on in the 2012-13 season, and back Cardiff to pick up a vital away victory.

Stoke City v Manchester City: 0-2

With City’s obvious frailties at the back it would be easy to back The Potters at The Britannia. What with Mark Hughes after revenge as well.

That being said I cannot see it happening. Manuel Pellegrini’s men should have enough about them to claim victory in this one.

Sunderland v Arsenal: 1-4

Arsenal, buoyed by the signing of Mesut Ozil could be the worst possible team to play this weekend.

Sunderland could discover that to their cost at the Stadium of Light as I back a comfortable win for an excited Gunners bunch.

Tottenham v Norwich: 2-0

It hasn’t quite clicked for Spurs yet, with their new players all impressing but penalties from Roberto Soldado all they have to show for it in terms of goals.

The Canaries should provide a stern test as they did last season, but Spurs should have enough to bounce back from their North London disappointment.

Everton v Chelsea: 2-2

If any team in the Premier League has not received the points they deserve so far this campaign it is Everton. Unlucky not to win any of their games so far they should offer Chelsea a stern test at Goodison Park.

And I fancy them to hold out for at least a point.

Southampton v West Ham: 3-1

West Ham have had a gloomy Friday, with Andy Carroll on his way to a specialist amid reports of his injury keeping him out until 2014.

I don’t think the mood will brighten over the weekend, with Southampton ready to punish The Hammers.

Swansea v Liverpool: 1-1

The streak could come to an end this Monday, as Liverpool’s 100% record comes under threat from Brendan Rodgers’ former club at the Liberty Stadium.

I can’t see them losing, but a draw seems plausible.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?

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