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This Weekend’s Premier League Predictions – From a Middlesbrough Fan

It’s week six of the Premier League season, and the table is starting to take shape slowly as we are now nearly 1/6 of the way through the current campaign. Many punters will be stumped on who to back for this weekends fixtures, with several evenly matched games occurring. Here are this weekends predictions:

  • Arsenal Vs Chelsea

Chelsea look unbeatable thus far this season, but will come against an Arsenal team, that is beginning to convince pundits, and fans alike that this could the season they challenge for Premier League honours. Encounters between these two have always been close, and expect it to be the same again. Arsenal should scrape this with their home advantage.

Final score: Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea

  • Everton Vs Southampton

Apart from a pathetic display in the Capitol One Cup earlier this week, Everton have looked good value so far this season, becoming early contenders to gatecrash the top four. Southampton on the other hand, will be buoyed with their first win this season against Aston Villa, with an emphatic 4 – 1 win. Expect a close game, with both teams cancelling each other out.

Final score: Everton 0 – 0 Southampton

  • Fulham Vs Manchester City

City continue to splutter through the current campaign, looking a shadow of the team that won the Premier League last season. Their awful display in the League Cup against Aston Villa, followed by an erratic rant by boss Roberto Mancini, may be signs of cracks appearing on the champions armour. Fulham meanwhile, have made a solid start to their campaign. and will be looking towards Berbatov to fire them to victory. It will be close, but City should drag themselves past Fulham with a single goal.

Final score: Fulham 0 – 1 Manchester City

  • Norwich Vs Liverpool

It’s all well and good for Liverpool to play their youngsters in cup competitions, but in the Premier League, they need to field their best, and their best hasn’t looked good enough so far. They have shown signs of promise under Rodgers, a spirited display against Manchester United, despite being down to ten men evidence of that. but they still lack the clinical finisher required to kill off a game. Norwich are still finding their feet under Hughton, and will look to Grant Holt to score the goals required. Another close game, and will end in a score draw.

Final score: Norwich 1 – 1 Liverpool

  • Reading Vs Newcastle

Reading have shown signs of life on occasion so far this season, yet have not registered a single win so far. They show glimpses of class that would enable them to survive, but sloppy mistakes at the back are costing them valuable points. Newcastle have made a steady start to the campaign, and will be happy to see Ba finally find his scoring boots again. Can’t see past Newcastle here.

Final score: Reading 0 – 3 Newcastle

  • Stoke Vs Swansea

Both teams suffered disappointing defeats last week, and will be looking to make amends. After a bright start to the season, Swansea have started to fall off the pace in recent games, while Stoke have yet to find any consistent form in the Premier League so far. Expect a score draw here.

Final score: Stoke 1 – 1 Swansea

  • Sunderland Vs Wigan

Wigan recorded a great win against a lacklustre West Ham in the League Cup earlier this week, and will want to carry that performance onwards in the Premier League. Sunderland meanwhile, are still gelling as a team, but have slowly started to pick up form in their games. Wigan will provide sturdy opposition, but the likes of Fletcher will eventually prove too much.

Final score: Sunderland 2 – 0 Wigan

  • Manchester United Vs Tottenham

The games at Old Trafford, so expect four penalties for United! In reality, United recorded a somewhat, fortuitous win against Liverpool last week, and will be hoping for an improved performance against a Spurs side, who have picked up some form. Andre Villas Boas will be hoping that Jermain Defoe has his shooting boots on once more at Old Trafford, and that lady luck is smiling on them. United were lacklustre last week, but expect them to pick up their form here with a close win.

Final score: Manchester United 2 – 1 Tottenham

  • Aston Villa Vs West Brom

A Midlands derby that does not bode well for Aston Villa. Lambert still has a massive job on his hands to clear the damage done to the Villains last year, and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better, though it cant get much worse than a 4 -1 defeat to Southampton. They did play well against Manchester City midweek in the cup though, so perhaps the work in progress is finally coming together. West Brom have been on good form this season, and will look towards the power of Lukaku to fire West Brom to victory here.

Final score: Aston Villa 1 – 2 West Brom

  • QPR Vs West Ham

If West Ham can put aside their miserable defending during their cup match against Wigan earlier in the week, then they should be just fine this season. They have demonstrated enough skill and grit to show that they can stay up this year, and that’s without the injured Carroll. QPR meanwhile, have been awful so far this season, their large amount of signings currently failing to gel, and I cant see that changing here.

Final score: QPR 0 – 3 West Ham.

What are your predictions? Leave your comments below.

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