Here are our Premier League predictions as the fixtures return after the international break.
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Both of these teams have the same defensive record this season but City are in second because their attack has been more productive. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have to play extremely well to get anything out of this game.
Arsenal v Hull City
Arsenal are one of the sides worst affected by the current injury list. They are missing key players but should have enough to secure a win and close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Burnley v West Ham United
This is going to be a difficult game for Burnley against a West Ham team, which is in form and which will be well supported away from home. The Hammers have momentum and a win potentially puts them into the top four.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
This is a match that could have cause a problem for Jose Mourinho’s side last season. However, expect a professional away performance and a solid away win as the Blues maintain their lead and improve their record as the Premier League’s best attack.
Everton v Aston Villa
This is one of the most difficult games to call this weekend because despite Everton’s poor defence, they are always difficult to beat at home. Villa’s struggles in terms of scoring goals this season could count against them.
Newcastle United v Leicester City
A win for Newcastle should be enough to help them out of the bottom three. However, they are facing a side that has a better attacking and defensive record so far this season. Newcastle’s support will also be a vital factor.
Southampton v Sunderland
The Saints have been one of the pace setters in the Premier League this season. They have the best defence in England’s top flight from games played so far and they will be confident of putting another three points on the board.
Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool
QPR are bottom of the table with only four goals scored, 15 conceded and facing a Liverpool side that could be welcoming Daniel Sturridge back into their starting line-up. Liverpool should be comfortable winners.
Stoke City v Swansea City
This is another game, which is difficult to call. The stats suggest that the difference between the sides is that Swansea’s attack has scored more goals so far this season, but Stoke always make it difficult for sides to play attractive football when they’re at home.
West Brom v Manchester United
Both sides will be well rested because of the international break but United have the potential in attack to really take this game away from the Baggies quickly. There are just too many threats in this United side to see anything other than an away win.