Here they are...
Wigan v Arsenal: 1-3
Usually I would see this as the type of tie that Arsenal could find themselves struggling in. However after their impressive victory over Reading on Monday night and Wigan Athletics’ growing injury list now including the very necessary James McCarthy it doesn’t seem like a game Wigan can expect too much from.
Manchester City v Reading: 3-0
Reading have beaten Everton this season and pushed Manchester United all the way. Both those games came at home and at the moment they are in a sad state on the foot of the table. The Champions should canter through this one.
Newcastle v QPR: 2-0
It took Leon Best to beat QPR last season and a similarly tight affair should be in store as Newcastle struggle for form. That being said I do believe that The Magpies will be just a little too good for Harry Redknapp’s men at the moment.
Southampton v Sunderland: 2-1
The Saints are without their talismanic captain Adam Lallana but can replace him with Gaston Ramirez with little or no downside. Sunderland on the other hand look poor this season and if Southampton turn on the style this should be a win for Nigel Adkins men.
Tottenham v Stoke: 3-1
Stoke City are again proving to be a solid side and could counter-act Tottenham’s attacking play with steely defending. Although I believe Spurs approach is just what is necessary to grab victory over Tony Pulis’s men.
West Brom v Norwich: 1-1
Two of the leagues high flyers who continually seem to confound the doubters face-off at The Hawthorns and the only end result I can possibly conceive is a score draw.
West Ham v Everton: 2-1
Traditionally Everton are not friends of visiting the capital and without Maraoune Fellaini in the midfield they may again come stuck in London against a difficult West Ham side.
Liverpool v Fulham: 2-0
Liverpool were shocked by a superb performance from Christian Benteke last weekend but it is hard to see Fulham recreating that magic. Should be a comfortable win for Rodgers’ men.
Swansea v Manchester United: 2-4
I see goals, goals and more goals and if I am wrong feel free to blame me for the 0-0. Manchester United’s defence has been as flimsy as ribbon this season but luckily they seem to outscore opponents anyway. That is exactly what I think will happen at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Chelsea v Aston Villa: 2-1
This could be a prelude for the League Cup final and after Villa tucked away Liverpool last weekend they will come into this game on a wave of optimism. However Chelsea appeared to blow away jet-lag cobwebs as they swept past Leeds in the second-half of their semi-final in midweek and cpuld prove too strong.
Expect Branislav Ivanovic to replace either Gary Cahill or David Luiz to counter the threat of Christian Benteke.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?
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