We predict the football scores ahead of the upcoming weekend fixtures, including wins for Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea and defeats for Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle.
No malice, bias or ill-feeling intended, just a humble football observer putting his head on the block for the good of written entertainment.
Newcastle v Chelsea: 1-3
In the early kick-off Alan Pardew welcomes Jose Mourinho to St James Park, a Jose Mourinho with a reportedly fully fit team at his disposal.
Newcastle will have serious trouble containing the visitors, and a comfortable win should be in store.
Fulham v Manchester United: 1-2
Is the doom and gloom over for Manchester United with the turn of Ol’ Hallows Eve?
Possibly, the win against Norwich City was a breath of fresh air from the close run thing against Stoke last weekend.
Fulham were torn apart by Southampton on Saturday evening, and lost to Leicester City in the League Cup in midweek.
They need a result, but I think they will come up short.
Hull v Sunderland: 1-1
Of all the promoted sides, Hull City have impressed me the most. They are unbeaten at home, and I do not think that will change.
However, Gus Poyet has certainly done something to this Sunderland lot, and they should be capable of holding The Tigers at bay for a draw.
Man City v Norwich: 4-0
Is pressure growing on the shoulders of Chris Hughton? The Canaries spent big in the summer, but so far have not clicked.
Some big names are missing for the travelling side, and they shouldn’t threaten at The Etihad.
City backed for a clean sheet - but will it be Joe Hart or Costel Pantilimon getting the credit?
Stoke v Southampton: 0-2
This is a tough one to call, because like a game of blackjack I am not sure when to stop saying hit me when it comes to Southampton’s form.
But I cannot see it happening this week. Their high pressing game should really counter-act a Stoke team trying to play this new style of football with varying degrees of success - the sky is the limit indeed Mauricio.
West Brom v Crystal Palace: 1-1
Palace need points, fast, as Premier League survival is already beginning to slip through their fingers.
West Brom do have some injury concerns that might give The Eagles some hope, as woul there performance against Arsenal last weekend.
So you know what, why can’t they pick up a point at The Hawthorns?
West Ham v Aston Villa: 2-2
The Claret-and-Blue derby, and an interesting one considering this season has been Jekyll and Hyde for both teams.
Beating Tottenham and City one week, outplayed by City and Everton the next.
With that in mind, a draw seems a likely result.
Arsenal v Liverpool: 3-2
The scoreline I predict may tell the story of the game I envisage, but I do think The Gunners will just have enough to overcome Liverpool.
Offensively both teams look strong, and that is why I predict goals - but there is something about Arsenal in the league this season, a little edge, that I feel will earn them the victory tomorrow evening.
Nothing more than a hunch though, and this could go either way.
Everton v Tottenham: 1-0
Steve Bruce and Ray Wilkins both believe that Romelu Lukaku has been allowed out on loan by Chelsea in order to damage other team’s title chances.
Here is another opportunity for the Belgian to do just that.
Meanwhile, Spurs have a problem, in that they cannot seem to score freely at the moment.
At Goodison Park, they will be made to pay for such slack clinicality in the final third.
Cardiff v Swansea: 2-1
The South Wales Derby in the Premier League, who’d have thought this day would come.
The atmosphere will be special, and that I feel will allow the home side to pick up a memorable win.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?
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