@Originalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the tenth weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got four out of ten predictions correct and one correct score. Will we do better this week?
Newcastle vs Liverpool (12:45)
Alan Pardew’s men recorded an excellent midweek victory over Manchester City in the League Cup and are looking a far more solid outfit. Liverpool also earned a League Cup win, although it was fairly unconvincing. The atmosphere in the northeast is far more positive and their side are picking up results. Liverpool are on a similar points total to all their top-4 rivals despite their poor start to the season and they should nick all three points here.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool
Arsenal vs Burnley (15:00)
The Gunners returned to winning ways last weekend but were rather gifted the three points by some hopeless Sunderland defending. Burnley are still awaiting their first win of the season and it seems unlikely that they will get anything from this one.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
Chelsea vs QPR (15:00)
Jose Mourinho will have been very disappointed that his side didn’t hang on to secure all three points against United last weekend but won’t be too concerned by the visit of their west London rivals. QPR earned a good win over a hapless Aston Villa side on Monday night and Harry Redknapp will have been pleased to see Charlie Austin finding the back of the net.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 QPR
Everton vs Swansea (15:00)
The Toffees have turned their form around and are right back in the frame for the all-important top-four places. Swansea also returned to winning ways and have two more points than their opponents this weekend. Garry Monk’s side won’t make it easy for Roberto Martinez’s team but Everton should find a way through.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Swansea
Hull vs Southampton (15:00)
Hull have recorded two excellent recent draws against Liverpool and Arsenal and confidence will be high amongst the group. Southampton, on the other hand, have been the best side in the league other than Chelsea and there is talk of them being surprise contenders for a top-four berth. Whether they can maintain their form over the course of the season remains to be seen but they should be able to beat Hull this weekend.
Prediction: Hull 1-2 Southampton
Leicester vs West Brom (15:00)
Leicester’s form has been getting gradually worse since their excellent start to the campaign and they are in danger of sliding into the relegation zone should results go against them this weekend. The Baggies have been in decent enough form but were fortunate to earn a point against Palace last weekend. This should be quite an open and entertaining game and I’m backing both sides to share the spoils.
Prediction: Leicester 2-2 West Brom
Stoke vs West Ham (15:00)
The Potters have lost twice to Southampton in this past week but gave a decent account of themselves in both matches so should come into this match feeling fairly confident. The Hammers find themselves riding high in fourth place and have played some excellent football this season. West Ham will probably enter this game as slight favourites but Stoke are generally good at home and should be able to get a point here.
Prediction: Stoke 1-1 West Ham
Man City vs Man Utd (13:30)
This is the biggest game of the weekend and one that shouldn’t disappoint. City have made a sluggish start by their lofty standards and United look very open at the back. Their defensive deficiencies should be exploited by the likes of Sergio Aguero, although United will fancy their chances of getting at City’s back line. It should be an end to end all-out attacking display from both sides with plenty of goals but City will expect to win.
Prediction: Man City 3-2 Man Utd
Aston Villa vs Spurs (16:00)
Villa are in free-fall and don’t look like scoring any time soon. Benteke looks off the pace and Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor are offering little going forward. Spurs suffered a poor defeat to Newcastle last weekend and their lapses in concentration at the back don’t appear to have been stamped out by Mauricio Pochettino. Having said that, Villa are the team everyone wants to play at the moment and Spurs should blow them away.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0-3 Spurs
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland (20:00)
Palace played well for large spells of the match against West Brom last weekend and will have been disappointed to let a two-goal lead slip late on. Sunderland, meanwhile, are full of errors at the moment and are gifting victory to opponents. They were improved at the back against Arsenal, errors aside, but look toothless going forward and Palace can scrape a victory.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Sunderland