With Tottenham set to face Manchester United after a lunchtime kick-off consisting of two London rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal battling it out, the League table is set to be blasted wide open with at least two of these clubs set to drop points.
- Arsenal vs Chelsea: 1-0
Both clubs have started the season well with Chelsea’s attack being ferocious at times. But, when Fernando Torres is not on form the Arsenal defence will have a paradise of a time considering the lack of goal threat from Chelsea’a team.
Obviously the opposition do have quality players in Oscar, Mata and Hazard, but the Arsenal solid defence should be strong enough to balance out any lurking danger. However, with Chelsea’s defence looking vulnerable, it would be no surprise to see some solid Cazorla/Podolski interplay leading to a winner for the Gooners.
- Everton vs Southampton: 3-1
Southampton found their feet in the Premier League against Aston Villa, picking up their first three points of the season. But, Everton have been increasingly dominant in attack, with Pienaar and Fellaini supporting Jelavic or Mirallas in attack.
- Fulham vs Manchester City: 1-2
Mancini’s boys will be looking to bounce back from a home draw to Arsenal on Sunday but will face stern opposition in the form of Berbatov. HIs goalscoring prowess has been displayed at Craven Cottage and Jol’s men could pull off an upset against the leaky defence of City. But, with Diarra and Richardson missing out for Fulham, the attack of City might prove too strong for Jol to handle.
- Norwich vs Liverpool: 0-2
Rodgers’ side picked up an important mid-week win and the team have begun to look solid in attack. Even though the option of Suarez appears limited, the side should have enough depth in midfield to overcome the defence of Norwich, especially considering the absence of centre back Bassong.
- Reading vs Newcastle: 2-4
Newcastle have been struck with a blow following the absence of Coloccini, the rock of their defence. Interestingly, with the attack of Reading looking sharp and clinical, it will be no surprise to see the home team net a couple of goals too. But, with Cisse, Ba and Ben Arfa all lining up in the Madjeski stadium, it should be a relatively easy challenge for Pardew’s side.
- Stoke City vs Swansea: 3-1
Crouch has also been too much to handle for any opposition, and Swansea will be likely to face the problem head on with their defence not being able to cope with aerial threats as well. But, with the side moving the ball well up and down the pitch, they should be able to dominate the game at times. However, with Pulis’ men being on a slight hype after last week’s very solid performance, they should edge their visitors by full time.
- Sunderland vs Wigan: 1-0
With Di Santo and Alcaraz out for Wigan, the Black Cats should run the game quite confidently. Steven Fletcher should be able to continue his form so far and playing a team who are favourites for a relegation battle, the flair of Johnson and finesse of Fletcher should tally 3 points for O’Neil to get his first win of the season.
- Man Utd vs Tottenham: 3-2
Just like their Manchester rivals last year, Tottenham will put up a fight against the big club. With the likes of Dembele, Lennon and Bale, the threesome should be able to terrorise the thin defence of Manchester United. However, with an attack force consisting of Rooney, Valencia, Nani, Van Persie and Kagawa, United should have enough quality to see them overcome Villas-Boas’ side, but it is unlikely Spurs will sink without a fight.
- Aston Villa vs West Brom: 0-2
Aston Villa have continued their below mediocre form into the current season, including a loss to newly promoted side Southampton on the weekend, despite winning 1-0 at one point in the game. West Brom have started very well however and they will look to build upon this and erase the memory of last week’s defeat to Fulham.
- QPR vs West Ham: 2-0
Both sides have quality in their side but are yet to gel their team. Hughes’ side will feel hard done by following last week’s defeat at White Hart Lane, a performance which if they maintain will easily see them shrug off the underwhelming West Ham side. With no Andy Carroll, the club looked weak in the attack but managed to gain a last minute equaliser to Sunderland. However, QPR should have enough superiority in Cesar, Granero and Cisse to overcome any threat from their London rivals.