Everton, Chelsea, Southampton, West Brom, Sunderland, Newcastle and Arsenal are tipped for wins while our predictions see draws at Anfield, White Hart Lane and the DW Stadium.
Swansea v Everton: 0-2
Not saying the bubble has burst at the Liberty stadium but more that Everton are in great form this season and can only see this game going one way. Even in the games where they have dropped points the side have played exceptionally well and after the injustice of Monday night Moyes men will be battle born for the occasion. Again Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar’s almost telepathic connection will prove too hot to handle for The Swans.
Chelsea v Stoke: 2-0
Stoke always trouble the bigger teams but Chelsea should be able to craft their way to a convincing victory in this fixture. Don’t be surprised to see Gary Cahill chosen ahead of David Luiz for this rough encounter and his introduction could be crucial.
Just cannot see any other result then a home win.
Southampton v Aston Villa: 3-1
I have been backing them to come good for weeks and Saints fans are probably desperate for me to stop but this is surely their time to pick up their first points. The introduction of Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida with a full weeks training behind them could be a massive boost for the Saints and can see them outscoring Villa at St Mary’s; however Cristian Benteke looks set for a start and if he can link up with Darren Bent and Ron Vlaar performs as well as he has been then Southampton could still be on nil point come Saturday evening.
West Brom v Reading: 2-1
The Hawthorns is no place to go for a day-trip and a lesson in Premier League clinicality could be on the cards for The Royals. Been good so far this season until a haphazard display against Tottenham got many a pundit gasping. Mark Shane Long down for a goal against his former employers as Reading struggle to get the ball off the imperious Yacob and Mulumbu.
West Ham v Sunderland: 0-1
There is something about Sunderland this season and it begins with Martin. The manager has a wonderful little set-up there and they should welcome Adam Johnson back to the fold. West Ham looked wasteful against Norwich and based on that evidence cannot see them testing Simon Mignolet often enough to get past the in-form Belgian.
Wigan Athletic v Fulham: 2-2
Fulham are not great away from home while you never quite know which Wigan side is going to turn up; it’s got all the makings of a humdinger of a barn brawl at the DW. I originally had this down as a Wigan 2-0 win but then remembered Dimitar Berbatov’s performance from last week. The difference maker again? Perhaps.
Liverpool v Manchester United: 2-2
Undoubtedly the game of the weekend and can see it being a classic at Anfield. Liverpool raised their game for the Manchester City performance and they always seem to raise it up a notch when United come to town. Inspired by what will be an emotionally charged atmosphere can see Liverpool sneaking it as United go away from Merseyside empty handed again.
Until Paul Scholes comes on that is and hauls United back into the game. A 2-2 draw at Anfield, but should be a fine spectacle.
Newcastle v Norwich: 3-1
After they impressed in a terrific second half display at Goodison on Monday can see them continuing that trend against Norwich, dispatching the Canaries with ease on Chris Hughton’s return to the club. Norwich should score however as the aged Steve Harper doesn’t seem like much kop any more.
Manchester City v Arsenal: 1-2
I am going for it, defeat at the Etihad. Last week I earmarked City for a thumping win and they failed so this time I am going to go against my gut and predict Arsenal to come through in a pulsating encounter.
A key battle will be between Santi Cazorla and David Silva for control of the game. Judging by my predictions from last week however I feel I might be apologising to a few Arsenal fans for setting them up for a fall this week.
Tottenham Hotspur v QPR: 1-1
The win over Reading a false dawn? No I think AVB will still do it for Spurs but QPR are starting to look like they have things in order. White Hart Lane has hardly been a fortress for Spurs so far this season and that vulnerability could continue against The Hoops this weekend.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekends Premier League
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