After a reasonably successful round of predictions last week, can we at HITC make it two successful weeks in a row with this weekend’s view into the crystal ball?
Arsenal v Chelsea: 1-0
Went with Arsenal last week to secure a shock win at The Etihad and they were unlucky not to so I am going to stick by The Gunners, my cheeky bet for title glory this season, to come out on top in what should be a pulsating game against Chelsea.
While a lot of the focus will be on John Terry, which could detract from a game between two attacking minded teams, with equally adept defensive patterns. Both dealt out thrashings in League Cup action so you should expect goals, which usually means they won’t come and I am backing Arsenal to edge it.
Everton v Southampton: 3-1
Southampton haven’t won at Goodison Park since Matt Le Tissier and Kevin Davies were on the score sheet in 1997 and judging by The Toffees home form this term The Saints will struggle to end that run.
However Southampton looked classy against Villa in the second half, but their narrow approach will be dangerous with Baines and Coleman likely to start at full back for the home side.
Fulham v Manchester City: 1-1
I keep changing my mind on Manchester City, one week they are thrashing somebody the next they are faltering in my mind. They are on a poor run of form and Craven Cottage is the last place they would want to go considering Fulham’s great home record.
Dimitar Berbatov never scored against City while at United, but I have a theory that might change as Man City’s winless run continues.
Norwich v Liverpool: 0-2
Surely this time they will bag victory, although you should never underestimate Norwich, especially at Carrow Road but it does seem like things are starting to click for Brendan Rodgers side. Sure Liverpool have played well recently but I am not sure it really means anything to a resolute side like Norwich, so the idea of a comfortable victory seems out of the question.
Yet you just feel the time has come for them to pick up a Premier League victory.
Reading v Newcastle: 1-2
Things are looking tough for Reading as they fell to another defeat to West Brom last weekend and despite being at home just cannot see them overcoming a Newcastle side chasing Europe.
The Reading defenders will have to deal with at least one of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse or the recently impressive Shola Ameobi and I am not sure Kaspars Gorkss or Alex Pearce have it in them.
Stoke v Swansea: 0-0
Just looked at this fixture and thought 0-0, sometimes you have to go with your hunch without much explanation for it, and that is exactly what I am going to do, unapologetically I might add.
Sunderland v Wigan: 3-0
Can see Sunderland winning in style as despite their current winless streak it isn’t testament to their general play. Wigan have also had an impressive start to the season yet there still must be worries over that backline and can see the link between Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner and the ‘100% man’ Steven Fletcher being far too potent for The Lactics in the North East.
Manchester United v Tottenham: 2-0
Of all the games this is the toughest to call as neither side has illuminated the league with their performances just yet. However, if in doubt always go with the home team, especially if it is Manchester United.
I feel it could be a tight affair but a game of this magnitude may have come too soon for AVB’s Tottenham reign.
Aston Villa v West Brom: 3-2
Another tight one to call and after their impressive win over Man City in midweek Aston Villa have again showed what they are capable of. They were torn apart by Southampton in the second half last week, but in their defence many teams would have been, and can see this being your classically played out Midlands derby.
Full of goals, full of incident and at the end of the day Villa win.
QPR v West Ham: 1-1
Monday Night football usually always serves up a treat and these two London clubs could do so, however I am not sure they will.
They both seem to be on the right track now, potentially heading toward a season of mid-table obscurity and that sort of mutuality will be represented in the scoreline.