Arsenal, Everton, Reading, Southampton, Stoke City, Manchester United and an important win for Liverpool sees those clubs earn three points while the spoils could be shared between Newcastle United, West Ham United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic and West Brom in our predictions for the weekend ahead.
Here they are...
Arsenal v Fulham: 3-1
Martin Jol’s words may have stoked up the flames ahead of this clash and Arsenal will be hoping to bounce back to defeat against Manchester United last week with a home victory. Fulham have never been the best of travellers and even an away day down the road at The Emirates seems a task to far for Jol’s men.
Everton v Sunderland: 3-1
Everton have been on a poor run of results as they have continually failed to win games that they have dominated. Backing them to end their drawing patch with a home triumph over a troubled Sunderland side.
Reading v Norwich: 2-1
A win for Reading is finally on the horizon despite Norwich’s recent run of improved form. Reading will still be kicking themselves from not holding on against QPR the previous weekend and will see a home game against The Canaries as a real chance of picking up a victory.
Southampton v Swansea: 4-2
Like Reading Saints need a win and once again the result did not tell the story of their most recent outing against West Brom. Swansea are not great travellers and this is a must-win game as Nigel Adkins men are starting to look condemned to relegation already.
Stoke v QPR: 1-0
Watching QPR against Reading last week it was clear to see they were a shambles. Hughes is playing with Cisse, Bothroyd, Hoilett and Taarabt in the same team leaving the defenders desperately exposed. Can you see them getting a result at The Britannia? I can’t.
Wigan v West Brom; 1-1
Just feel this one will be a draw. West Brom have had a great start to the season but a lot of their success has been built on fortress Hawthorns. Wigan are looking again as if they will fight to the death for Premier League survival and think this could be an entertaining match.
Aston Villa v Man Utd: 1-3
One. That is the number of times Aston Villa have beaten Manchester United in their last 33 league meetings. United haven’t lost at Villa Park since ‘you’ll win nothing with kids’ in 1995 and this weekend should be no different.
Man City v Tottenham: 2-2
Spurs are a confusing side. One week they are winning at Old Trafford the next being outplayed by Wigan at White Hart Lane. Saying that City are not exactly setting pulses racing this season and AVB looks to be something of a big game manager. Will it be enough to topple Mancini, probably not but a draw is a definite possibility.
Newcastle v West Ham: 1-1
With Demba Ba struggling to be fit it may give Papiss Cisse the confidence he needs to start hammering in the goals again. West Ham have had a brilliant start to the season however and Big Sam will want something from his old employers.
Chelsea v Liverpool: 1-2
Here it is, my shock result of the weekend. I always throw one in and this week is no different and is mainly based on the form of Luis Suarez. I can see him giving Terry, Cahill or Luiz an absolutely torrid time in this fixture and if Liverpool’s Allen can control possession therefore nullify the effects of Hazard, Mata and co Liverpool might just earn an important win at Stamford Bridge, which would be their fourth on the bounce.
What are your predictions ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action?