The Monotonous international break is finally over, it’s time to get back to the main course of the Premier League. Some exciting fixtures are planned, and the punters are sure to stake their bets once more.
Many results seem obvious on paper, but as we all know, there are no easy games in the top flight anymore. Here we look at what I believe will be the final results come the end of Monday.
- Norwich Vs West Ham
A tough match to predict, Norwich have been rather enigmatic so far this season, losing 5-0 to Fulham on the opening day of the campaign, they responded perfectly against Tottenham, earning a spirited draw. West Ham have done well in their opening three games, earning six points out of nine. They are missing Andy Carroll, but I still predict them to be too strong for the Canaries. Final score prediction: Norwich 1 – 2 West Ham
- Arsenal Vs Southampton
Arsenal have finally discovered their shooting boots in the influential Carzorla, and lethal Podolski. With Giroud also destined to find his feet sooner or later, it’s hard to look past Arsenal recording a home win against Southampton. To count them out will be foolish though, their cruel defeat to Manchester United shows that they are not pushovers, and will be desperate to claim a major scalp at the Emirates. However, I feel Arsenal should comfortably push past the Saints. Final score: Arsenal 2 – 0 Southampton
- Aston Villa Vs Swansea
When Lambert took charge of Aston Villa over the Summer, their fans expected a rise to the upper half of the league, after a disastrous tenure under Alex Mcleish. They have been disappointing so far this season however, only recording a solitary point. Swansea on the other hand, have played a style of football exactly like Barcelona, with the points to show, sitting second in the league with seven points. Despite the home advantage, I cant look past Swansea obtaining their third win of the season. Final Score: Aston Villa 0 – 2 Swansea
- Fulham Vs West Brom
Fulham have lost their best players in Dempsey, and Dembele, yet acquired the undoubted skills of Berbatov. Their form has been hit and miss so far this season, obliterating Norwich 5-0 on the opening day, yet being stuffed 3-0 by West Ham in their most recent game. West Brom on the other hand, have been improved dramatically under Lee Clark. With seven points out of nine so far, and some attractive football to boot, it seems both of these teams are destined to cancel each other out. Final score: Fulham 1 – 1 West Brom
- Manchester United Vs Wigan
Last seasons miracle team Wigan are looking to once again doubt their critics and extend their stay in the top flight. Manchester United will be looking to finally record a resounding victory this season, looking shaky in all their outings so far. Once again, Van Persie will be the difference maker in this match, his skill too much for the Wigan defense to handle. Final Score: Man United 3 – 0 Wigan
- QPR Vs Chelsea
Derby day between these two West London sides, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Ferdinand and Terry, their race row from last year still sore in the eyes of both clubs. QPR practically have a new team with all their signings this season, but with little time so far to fully gel., it will be Champions League winners who triumph in this encounter. Final Score: QPR 1 – 3 Chelsea
- Stoke City Vs Manchester City
Stoke are never an easy side to play against, their balls to the wall physical football style an unsettling factor for many opposing teams. City, like their United counterparts, have yet to play with the emphatic style that saw them claim the title last season. Aguero is tipped to return against The Potters, but I see Stoke holding on to claim their fourth point this season. Final score: Stoke 0 – 0 Man City
- Sunderland Vs Liverpool
Sunderland have finally strengthened their team with Fletcher and Johnson, Liverpool have weakened their team with only two strikers. They have yet to find a consistent flow with Rodgers so far, and I don’t see that changing at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland will put Liverpool away to claim their first win of the season. Final score: Sunderland 2 – 0 Liverpool
- Reading Vs Tottenham
Neither team have found a consistent run of form so far, an issue Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas needs to resolve fast, with boos echoing around in their previous fixture. Spurs will need to find a win against promoted Reading to reduce the rapidly rising pressure on AVB, Reading on the other hand, will want to get their feet on the ground, having only recorded one point so far. I fancy Spurs to record their first win this season, the class of Bale, and Adebayor too much for the Royals. Final score: Reading 1 – 2 Tottenham
- Everton Vs Newcastle
The hardest game to predict this weekend, both teams have shown promise and delivered well at points so far. Everton will be relying on the want-away Fellaini to once again produce his magic on the Magpies. Newcastle will look towards Ben Afra to unlock a sticky Toffees defense. A tough match to predict, and is pointing towards an inevitable score draw. Final score: Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle.