After watching in unbridled joy as England overcame the mighty San Marino, and earned a spirited draw to World Cup contenders Poland, it’s finally time to return to the Premier League, which people actually care about.
Some mouthwatering fixtures await fans this weekend, including the hotly contested North East derby, but who will come out on top? Here are our predictions:
- Tottenham Vs Chelsea
Could the ongoing issue with John Terry prove to be too distracting for Chelsea to handle? If so they better shake their heads into gear against an ever improving Tottenham side. While Chelsea are sitting nicely at the top of the league, the trip to White Hart Lane is never an easy one, and Spurs will be desperate to boost their credentials of chasing a Champions League spot. A close game, but Spurs will end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.
Final score: Tottenham 2 – 1 Chelsea
- Fulham Vs Aston Villa
Aston Vila are still struggling to break out of the losers mentality that former manager Alex Mcleish installed within the team, but they need to sort themselves out quickly if they are to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. Fulham meanwhile, have made a relatively decent start to their campaign, and sit mid-table with nine points. Villa need the win, but they will have to wait another week, as Craven Cottage is turned into a fortress by Fulham.
Final score: Fulham 2 – 0 Aston Villa
- Liverpool Vs Reading
Liverpool are now down to one striker until Christmas at the earliest, and despite his hat-trick against Norwich a few weeks ago, Suarez has never been the most consistent of goal scorers. Add to that the potential that he is one injury/suspension/racist comment away from being absent from the side, and Liverpool are in real trouble. Reading meanwhile, are sat in the relegation zone, and have not done much to convince fans they’ll get any higher this season. A disjointed and crippled Anfield side though may just be the ticket they need to push themselves up the league. However, a boring goalless is on the cards here.
Final score: Liverpool 0 – 0 Reading
- Manchester United Vs Stoke City
Stoke earned a hard fought point in their recent fixture at Anfield a few weeks ago, and will be hoping for a repeat performance at Old Trafford as they take on Manchester United. Despite suffering an injury crisis, United still have the quality in attack to outscore any team against them, especially at home. Stoke will put up a spirited display, but United will prove too strong in the end.
Final score: Manchester United 1 – 0 Stoke City
- Swansea Vs Wigan
Swansea have taken their eye off the ball in recent weeks, after having made a great start to the campaign, Laudrups side have begun to slip down the league after not winning a single game in five attempts. They have a chance to make the Liberty Stadium a castle like last season once more, with the entertainment of survivalists Wigan. Both teams were tipped to go down last season and defied the odds, this match could be an indicator of who is more likely to this year. A very tight game, but the likes of Michu should prove too much for Wigan.
Final score: Swansea 2 -0 Wigan
- West Brom Vs Manchester City
West Brom have been the surprise package so far this season, and are currently on the same points as Everton, who occupy the last Champions League berth. Manchester City on the other hand, though unbeaten, have spluttered through the campaign so far, and may find themselves in deep trouble at the Hawthorns. Another tight game predicted, but West Brom should spring a surprise victory against last years champions.
Final score: West Brom 2 – 1 Manchester City
- West Ham Vs Southampton
Two promoted teams go head to head in this clash, but only one of them is looking over their shoulder at the moment. Southampton have played some good football this season, but been undone by costly goals. West Ham are doing better than expected, and sit mid-table with eleven points. West Ham to take this one.
Final Score: West Ham 1 – 0 Southampton
- Norwich Vs Arsenal
After a slow start to the campaign, Arsenal are playing at a level that has made them genuine contenders amongst the pundits to be chasing the title this season, the likes of Carzorla and Podolski proving to be revelations so far. Norwich meanwhile, have struggled under new boss Chris Hughton so far this season, and it shows, sitting firmly within the relegation zone on three meagre points. Expect Arsenal to pluck The Canaries from their cage this weekend.
Final score: Norwich 0 – 4 Arsenal
- Sunderland Vs Newcastle
One of the most highly anticipated ties on the football calendar, this promises to be full of suspense, drama, and the odd red card. Both sides have made decent starts to the season, but we all know form goes out the window during a derby clash. Sunderland will be hoping Fletcher has his scoring boots on, while the Geordies will look towards Ba and Cisse to punch through the Mackems defence. A close tie that will end in a score draw.
Final Score: Sunderland 2 – 2 Newcastle
- QPR Vs Everton
QPR are playing so badly it’s almost funny, with only two points to their name so far this season, and some extremely lacklustre performances to match. Everton are playing solid football currently, and sit in fourth position ahead of the likes of Spurs and Arsenal. QPR will be desperate to pick up a win, but it wont happen against the Toffees, who will register their fifth win of the season.