- Manchester City 2 – 1 Sunderland (Sat 12.45pm)
Sunderland are in decent form as they head for the Etihad stadium this Saturday hoping to end City’s 32 game unbeaten streak at home and their first away win of the season. Martin O’Neil’s men are still unbeaten in the league and with Steven Fletcher they have a significant goal threat to test Man City’s defence.
As for City, their form has been indifferent so far and they will be wanting to put the disappointing result on Wednesday behind them and get back on track in the Premier League. It’s going to be a close game but i see Mancini’s team nicking this one 2-1.
- Chelsea 2 – 0 Norwich City (Sat 15:00)
The home side are just about hitting their stride at the moment with an emphatic victory in midweek and a title credential proving win over Arsenal last weekend. Torres, Oscar, Hazard and Mata are starting to combine beautifully and there seems to be a great team spirit in the squad this season.
This all bodes badly for the visiting canaries as they have struggled to take off this season under new manager Chris Hughton with no victories yet in the opening six games. However i expect Norwich to put up a braver fight than last time out against Liverpool although Chelsea will still be too strong and will win 2-0.
- Swansea City 1 – 1 Reading (Sat 15:00)
It’s set to be a real scrap at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday as both are in need of some points to kick-start their seasons. Swansea started like a runaway train with two brilliant victories from the first two games, but the Swans have veered off the rails in recent weeks and are slipping down the table.
Although the visitors, Reading would happily swap places with their opposition as Brian McDermott’s side are still looking for their first league win and they need to get it quickly before all confidence disappears. I expect this to be a tight encounter with both sides desperate not to lose but wanting to win. Looking at recent form i think Reading will get something out of the game, I’ll go for 1-1.
- West Brom 2 – 2 QPR (Sat 15:00)
Steve Clark’s baggies have surprised many so far this season with a very solid start to the campaign and have dispelled any thoughts of West Brom becoming involved in a relegation battle with only one defeat from six.
QPR on the other hand have looked pretty ropey in the second season since their return to the top flight. Mark Hughes men have been on the end of a couple of hammerings already this season and have so far failed to win so they will be looking for maximum points on Saturday.
It’s a tough one to call this match as West Brom are in great form and work really hard as a team, whereas QPR almost look like a team of strangers at times yet they have some real quality in the side. I fancy the hoops to nick a point from this game, I’ll say 2-2.
- Wigan Athletic 0 – 2 Everton (Sat 15:00)
Well what more can be said about David Moyes and Everton, the Toffees have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season and are playing some fantastic football in the process. Marouane Fellaini is causing havoc in the division at the moment and will certainly give Wigan plenty of problems as will Nikica Jelavic who returned to form last weekend with two goals against Southampton.
The Latics will have to play pretty well to take anything off Everton on Saturday, but you can never rule them out as they proved last season when they held them to a 1-1 draw at home. Arouna Kone will have to be at his sharpest if Wigan are to get anything from the game as Everton just look too strong, 0-2 for me.
- West Ham United 1 – 2 Arsenal (Sat 17:30)
Saturday’s teatime kick off see both sides take on their second London derby in a week as West Ham, fresh from a win over QPR, take on Arsenal who lost out to Chelsea last weekend. The Hammers have slipped back into the Premier League seamlessly with three wins already and they can welcome back Andy Carroll for the match which will no doubt cause Arsene Wenger a headache.
The gunners will be looking to get their title challenge back on track with a victory although Arsenal have struggled with Big Sam’s sides in the past and could be in for another tough ride. However if Arsenal play their football they should have enough to see the home side off although West Ham won’t go down without a fight, the visitors to nick it 1-2.
- Southampton 3 – 0 Fulham (Sun 13:30)
Sundays clash at St Mary’s looks interesting as both sides will be hoping to improve their position in the league table. Fulham managed a rare win on their last away trip at Wigan so they will be looking to build on that result with another solid performance at Southampton. However the saints have been pretty good at home this season and I expect them to try and overwhelm Fulham with the attacking threat of Lambert, Ramirez and Lallana.
If Southampton play well they should come away with the three points, but if they make hard work of it then Fulham will be tough to break down. I’m going for the saints in this game with a 3-0 victory.
- Liverpool 4 – 0 Stoke City (Sun 15:00)
Thursdays home defeat to Udinese will be hard to take for Liverpool as it put an abrupt end to their decent run of form and denied Rodgers another chance to get a good home win under his belt. Instead he will have to look at this weekends clash with Stoke to get that elusive home win for the fans to enjoy.
I expect Liverpool to put the midweek result behind them and carry on from last Saturdays thrashing of Norwich with Luis Suarez bang in form and looking for more goals. Stoke won’t be easy pickings however as they have only one league defeat so far this season but in the clash of styles at Anfield on Sunday I’m looking for the quick passing ability of Liverpool to be too much for Stoke, I think 4-0.
- Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0 Aston Villa (Sun 15:00)
AVB’s Spurs side are beginning to find their feet and look like a side that could finish in the top four this season. The power, pace and ruthlessness they showed at Old Trafford last week needs to continue in Sunday’s match if they are going to take maximum points at home to Aston Villa.
Although the visitors have struggled so far this season, Tottenham have also found it hard going at home this season with only one win from three games at White Hart Lane. Paul Lambert’s side need to keep picking up points to gain a bit of momentum and confidence as they already look like they’re in for a tough season. If Villa get their tactics right they could cause some problems but with Defoe, Bale and Dembele all in great form I can only see this result going one way, 3-0 to Spurs.
- Manchester United 4 – 2 Newcastle United (Sun 16:00)
Old Trafford has seen it’s fair share of classic matches over the lase few seasons and on Sunday we could be in store for another. Newcastle under Alan Pardew have given Fergie’s side a few problems in recent clashes and even beat United 3-0 at St James’ Park last season.
It’s all set up to be another enthralling encounter with Demba Ba and Robin Van Persie both in lightening form plus the obvious frailties in both sides defences. Also, to top it all off, Wayne Rooney is hitting form again and he loves playing against Newcastle. I’m expecting plenty of goals in the last game of the week and I think United will just have enough to shade it, I reckon it’ll finish 4-2.
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