We have gone with a Tottenham triumph in the North London Derby while the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Sunderland and Everton are also backed for victory. Draws may be on the cards for Chelsea, West Brom, Liverpool, Wigan, West Ham and Stoke.
Here they are…
Chelsea v West Brom: 1-1
It has been a week of turmoil at Chelsea with the Rafa Benitez outburst and reports of unrest amongst the team.
While I have no doubt that they a team of their talent will do everything to remain professional they are only human and West Brom are finding some form again. The Baggies could have enough to hold out for a draw.
Everton v Reading: 3-1
Both teams come into the game with hard-to-swallow defeats still swirling around their mouths from their last Premier League fixtures.
Reading will not be relishing this journey to Merseyside and even if Fellaini and Anichebe don’t recover in time the smart money is on Everton retribution from their November Mad Stad shambles.
Manchester United v Norwich: 2-0
I am sure you can expect to see some different names on the team-sheet this weekend but it potentially gives the likes of Hernandez, Anderson and Buttner the chance to show what they can do.
A comfortable win for United ahead of their date with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Southampton v QPR: 2-1
A tough one here as defeat would pretty much doom QPR to relegation so they will certainly be up for it.
Regardless Southampton look good for survival and I can see a very unhappy return to Hampshire for Harry Redknapp.
Stoke v West Ham: 2-2
I think Stoke are going to peter out toward the end of the season just like this year and West Ham should be able to capitalise by taking away a point from the Britannia; even without Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble.
Sunderland v Fulham: 1-0
The Black Cats have lost three games on the bounce in the Premier League and have not won a game since the 19th January. I think that run could end here in a mid-table clash with Fulham and victory would certainly ease lingering relegation fears.
Swansea v Newcastle: 2-3
An away win finally as I just have a feeling about Newcastle’s end to the season. They have brought in real quality over January with Debuchy and Sissoko in particular impressing.
A League Cup hangover for The Swans and a second Premier League defeat on the bounce.
Wigan v Liverpool: 2-2
There is a real temptation to go with a home win here as I can see Wigan’s tactical set-up really troubling Liverpool.
However Luis Suarez could be the difference against the Wigan defensive trio.
I’ll sit on the fence!
Tottenham v Arsenal: 4-2
Well this is the game that nobody wants to call. In the past I would have said Arsenal have what it takes to force a performance and take the spoils from White Hart Lane; but now I don’t think they do.
Spurs are the stronger team and Jermain Defoe could also return to the bench and make an impact.
Andre Villas Boas seems to be a manager full of ideas while Wenger; well he seems to be running out.
Aston Villa v Manchester City: 0-3
It pains me to keep being down on Villa and their fans must be getting very tired of my depressing predictions week after week. But can anyone really see them getting a result against City?
I may live to eat those words.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend’s fixtures?
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