Mathew Nash presents his weekly predictions...
Arsenal v West Brom: 2-1
Arsenal have been in poor shape in recent weeks and have a few injury problems to concern themselves this week. However while West Brom’s bubble has not burst it does seem to be deflating in recent weeks. Backing Arsenal to get back to winning form at The Emirates.
Aston Villa v Stoke: 0-1
Stoke are on a really good run of form and Aston Villa’s youthful side may struggle with the experienced heads coming up against them at Villa Park on Saturday. If Villa do manage to get a result it would represent an excellent learning curve for Lambert’s young players.
Southampton v Reading: 3-2
By all reasoning this should be an exciting fixture. Both promoted teams have been scoring plenty of goals; and conceding just as many on top. Home advantage might just give Southampton the edge, if not they may have to take a long hard look at the season ahead.
Sunderland v Chelsea: 0-1
After tearing FC Nordsjaelland apart in midweek Rafa Benitez has got some goals under his belt. The defeat at West Ham last weekend was largely down to the dynamism of Mohamed Diame in midfield and you just can’t see a Sunderland player capable of replicating such heroics.
Swansea v Norwich: 2-1
Norwich are genuinely becoming my second team this season for the same reason that Swansea are also in contention for that mantle; they are proving me wrong. At the Liberty however I can’t see another result other than a win for the high-flying Swans.
Wigan v QPR: 1-1
QPR need to start winning games but just can’t see them achieving the feat at the DW this weekend. Roberto Martinezis no fool and the idea of becoming QPR’s first victims will not fill him with joy. Score draw.
Manchester City v Manchester United: 3-2
I thought about sitting on the fence on the biggest fixture this weekend but in the end have gone on gut instinct with a City win. I could go through the reasons as to why I believe City might have the edge but quite honestly this is just a hunch.
Everton v Tottenham: 2-2
Everton the draw specialists strike again. Spurs go to Goodison in high spirits but cannot see them doing enough to win what should hopefully be an exciting game.
West Ham v Liverpool: 0-0
I can’t see West Ham troubling the Liverpool defence while The Reds possession football may come up short against a dogged West Ham team in good form.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?