Chelsea to lose at Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City to hold Arsenal and Liverpool to defeat Di Canio-less Sunderland are among the predictions for this weekend.
Tottenham v Chelsea: 2-1
In my humble opinion, Spurs have been better than Chelsea this season. They might not have a squad as strong in terms of depth, but their players are scoring goals. If Lewis Holtby, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen continue their excellent form - this should be a triumph for AVB in the Mourinho grudge match.
Aston Villa v Manchester City: 1-3
OK, so despite early grumbles, it looks as if City are ready to challenge for the title this term.
Villa have been a pleasant surprise, but without Christian Benteke it is difficult to see how Villa can challenge Pellegrini’s men - so this should be a comfortable win.
Fulham v Cardiff City: 1-1
Fulham were given a lift in midweek by beating Everton in the Carling Cup, but still look off the pace this season.
Cardiff have had their moments, the best of which have come at home.
With that in mind, I predict an even contest.
Hull City v West Ham: 1-1
Hull have surely been the most impressive of the promoted teams this season - and their win against Newcastle United was no fluke.
But The Hammers will give them trouble and another even contest should end a score draw.
Manchester United v West Brom: 2-0
United may be having their moments this season, but West Brom are having more.
That being said, everyone raises their game at Old Trafford, so a tight win looks on the cards for David Moyes.
Southampton v Crystal Palace: 3-1
The Saints looked fantastic against Liverpool last week, and Palace looked poor against Swansea.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how I think this game will go.
Swansea v Arsenal: 2-2
Easily the hardest game of the weekend to predict. This should be an entertaining game for anybody who likes the tiki-taka style of play, and at the end of it all I feel Swansea have the class to hold off Arsenal for a draw.
Stoke City v Norwich City: 2-0
The Potters have pleasantly surprised me this season, Norwich have been OK. But at The Britannia Mark Hughes’ side should prove to strong.
Sunderland v Liverpool: 1-3
Sunderland’s week of turmoil ends with the visit of Liverpool. Sure they are at home, and the tyranny of Di Canio’s reign has come to an end - but Liverpool should win comfortably.
Everton v Newcastle United: 3-1
The Toffees have the opportunity to put their Capital One Cup defeat out of their system against Newcastle this weekend.
And after Newcastle’s ramshackle performance against Hull I can’t see them getting anything at Goodison Park on Monday.
Although the battle between Hatem Ben Arfa and Leighton Baines could be the key.
What are your predictions for the weekend fixtures?
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