Following the end of the international break, managers will be able to put their final touches to their squads as the fourth gameweek of the season is set to begin.
But with Chelsea topping the table, Swansea having a sensational start and Fulham having a disastrous times since the departures of Dembele and Dempsey, is this week going to be another shock week in the Premier League?
Norwich vs West Ham: 0-1
West Ham have immense momentum following their 3-0 win over London rivals Fulham, but the injury of Andy Carroll might prove pivotal as the Hammers look set to face a tough opposition. Houghton’s side impressed against Tottenham but the experienced Benayoun, Nolan and Cole should be enough to overcome Norwich.
Arsenal vs Southampton: 2-1
The Arsenal squad have looked solid in defence, but their finishing has not been up to scratch for a team who are challenging for top four. However, with the newly promoted side being hard done by in their previous game against Manchester United, the talent of Cazorla and Podolski should be enough to overcome Adkins’ low morale side.
Aston Villa vs Swansea: 1-2
Lambert’s side has been very shaky recently but recently came into form against Newcastle to earn a solid point. But, the talent of Taylor, Britton and Michu should prove too much for Aston Villa. But, with Swansea losing defenders Neil Taylor and Kyle Bartley, the back four will be very prone to mistakes especially from a pressing Darren Bent who is looking to make amends from his absence last season due to injury.
Fulham vs West Brom: 2-2
With both teams looking to rebuild after huge changes at the club, the strike-force look to be the main threat in this game with both midfield’s lacking skill and pace. But, Berbatov and Lukaku should both help to increase an end to end game which could see a large number of goals being scored.
Manchester United vs Wigan: 4-2
Manchester United’s attack has proven to be clinical so far this season and there should be no difference when they meet Wigan. But with Martinez’s side looking sharp on the attack as well as facing an under-whelming United defence in comparison to their preferred starting line-up, the pace of Wigan should be enough to get Ferguson sweating in the United dug-out.
QPR vs Chelsea: 0-2
QPR’s goalkeeper might prove a saving grace for Hughes as Chelsea will be expected to demolish their West London rivals and keep up their 100% record. Di Matteo’s side including Mata, Oscar and Torres should have no doubts as they meet an unsettled QPR squad who are yet to introduce a few of their summer signings.
Stoke City vs Manchester City: 1-1
Manchester City will still struggle to keep hold of Peter Crouch and with the addition of Michael Owen giving the Stoke City options, a 4-4-2 approach will allow Adam to keep control of the midfield defensively and keep hold of Tevez, Toure and even appearances from Rodwell and Sinclair. But, with City’s attack looking unstoppable so far, it will take another brave performance from Stoke to prevent a top side taking the win at the Britannia.
Sunderland vs Liverpool: 0-0
A Liverpool team should be motivated this week as their fans will sing their hearts out at the Stadium of Light, but it is likely to be retaliated by a fantastic Sunderland side. With Stephen Fletcher facing up against Liverpool, as will Adam Johnson, the two will likely be very challenging for Liverpool to contain – but Suarez is dropping form at the moment which will see Liverpool suffer as a result.
Reading vs Tottenham: 1-1
With Dembele set to start for Tottenham, it is unlikely that Lloris nor Dempsey will make their impact for Spurs on Sunday. Whilst it might be tougher for AVB’s side to grab a hold of possession on Sunday, Reading will have a tough task of cracking Tottenham’s defence which has looked impressive in the past two games despite the home draws. But with Spurs fielding the same players on the pitch, the arrival of Dempsey will help inspire Tottenham in later games whilst Dembele’s forward play could help Spurs crack Reading’s defence at the Madjeski.
Everton vs Newcastle: 2-0
Both sides have got star players in their side, but with Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye’s balls to the strikers not tallying up to the goals currently with Cisse still yet to score this season, Fellaini and Jelavic could be set to run the game at Goodison Park on Monday evening. Newcastle’s defence is currently suffering from injuries and Moyes should act on this and take the game by hold and put on a brave and courageous attacking game.
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