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This Weekend’s Predictions…From a Middlesbrough Fan

Date: 22nd September 2012 at 9:16 am
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Week five of the Premier League season is approaching, and the table is slowly starting to form a more stable outlook as to where clubs may finish this season. There is still a long way to go, and many surprise teams so far will no doubt, fall away from the chasing pack as the weeks go on. Let’s see the predictions for this weekends games:

  • Swansea Vs Everton

Both teams have made solid starts to the current campaign, notching seven points our of twelve so far. Swansea will be relying on Michu to find his shooting boots once again, while the Toffees will look towards Jelavic to continue the form he produced last season. A hard game to predict, but I feel Swansea will edge this by a single goal. Final score: Swansea 2 – 1 Everton

  • Chelsea Vs Stoke

Chelsea will be eager to bounce back from their disappointing draw in the Champions League, by dismantling a resilient Stoke team that held champions Manchester City to a draw last week. Away from home, Stoke are more likely to go for their traditional long ball route, and Chelsea may struggle to counter their aerial threat. However their sheer attacking quality should be enough at Stamford Bridge to put Stoke away. Final score: Chelsea 3 – 1 Stoke

  • Southampton Vs Aston Villa

Southampton remain the only team to not register a point so far, and after a spirited display against Manchester United several weeks ago, they were torn apart like wet paper against Arsenal last week. Aston Villa have made an indifferent start to their campaign, but I feel that is more to them still shaking off the Mleish effect that plagued them all last season. Villa to take this one, and leave the Saints rooted to the bottom. Final score: Southampton 0 – 2 Aston Villa

  • West Brom Vs Reading

West Brom could be the surprise package this season, they have played some fantastic football, acquiring seven points thus far as a result. Reading, on the other hand, have only picked up a solitary point so far. They seem to lack the quality to threaten many teams in the league, especially away from home, and that’s why I see the Baggies picking up an easy win here. Final score: West Brom 3 – 0 Reading

  • West Ham Vs Sunderland
Sunderland have to brilliant signings in both Johnson and Fletcher, and will count themselves unlucky to have not beaten Liverpool last week. West ham meanwhile, have made a solid start to their campaign as they seek to avoid the drop. Hard to pick a winner, here so I say a low score draw. Final score: West Ham 1 – 1 Sunderland
  • Wigan Vs Fulham

Wigan have had a fairly decent start to the season so far, picking up four points. If they can pick up regular points before Christmas, they have a great chance of survival when they hit their inevitable good run at the end of the year. Fulham however have the likes of Berbatov, who can tear through nearly any defence on his day. Wigan have the home advantage, and that’s the only reason I see them picking up a point. Final score: Wigan 2 – 2 Fulham

  • Liverpool Vs Manchester United

This will be an emotionally charged match at Merseyside. The Kop, always loud, will be absolutely boisterous in their most heated derby game as they celebrate the justice they finally received for Hillsborough. However, Manchester United are very likely to silence those fans by the games end. While they have not played at their best so far this campaign, it is certainly better than Liverpool, who will remain on two points by the end of the game. Final score: Liverpool 1 – 3 Manchester United

  • Newcastle Vs Norwich

Both teams have stuttered out the stables this campaign, after both having surprising successful ones last year. The pressure has obviously got to them so far, and they face a challenge to match their heights they achieved the previous season. I can’t look past a goalless draw here. Final score: Newcastle 0 – 0 Norwich

  • Manchester City Vs Arsenal

The toughest game to predict this weekend, Manchester City are stumbling their way through matches at the moment, not displaying the ruthlessness that crowned them champions last year. However, a win against a big team like Arsenal would be the kick start that they need to provide the dominating displays of last year. Arsenal meanwhile, are playing some of the best football they have produced in years. Carzorla, and Podolski have been a lethal combination so far, and Giroud will find his shooting boots sooner or later. A high scoring draw will happen here. Final score: Manchester City 3 – 3 Arsenal

  • Tottenham Vs QPR

Spurs finally recorded their first win under Andre Villas Boas last week against Reading, and it seems Defoe is finally producing the form that once had him tipped to be one of the worlds best. QPR have struggled despite their signings so far, with perhaps too many in a short space of time being the reason for their woes so far. A team needs time to gel, and QPR have yet to find the rhythm that will ensure their survival this year. A comfortable win for Spurs here. Final Score: Tottenham 2 – 0 QPR

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