@Originalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the eighth weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got five out of ten predictions correct and one correct score. Will we do better this week?
Man City vs Spurs (12:45)
City have negotiated two tough away trips and we all know that they can go several gears higher against bigger teams. Unfortunately for Spurs, they often feel the full force of City’s might. The London club have a very poor record against the bigger sides and it’s hard to see that changing at The Etihad.
Prediction: Man City 3-1 Spurs
Arsenal vs Hull (15:00)
Arsenal suddenly look a bit depleted at right-back with Calum Chambers suspended and Mathieu Debuchy out injured so Hull will look to take advantage of that. Having said that, Arsenal still have a lot going forward and should be able to pick off The Tigers.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Hull
Burnley vs West Ham (15:00)
Burnley are really struggling for goals but secured an important draw with Leicester next weekend. They will desperately need to secure a win somewhere before they get cut adrift along with Newcastle and QPR but West Ham have shown excellent recent form. Sam Allardyce has done a terrific job in galvanising his team’s style and they should continue their good run with another win here.
Prediction: Burnley 0-1 West Ham
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (15:00)
Palace have done pretty well under Neil Warnock, despite sitting in a lowly position in the league, but Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they will remain unbeaten all season but they will certainly take some beating. Mourinho’s teams have a habit of grounding out away victories and whilst Palace will give them a game, a Chelsea win is very likely.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
Everton vs Aston Villa (15:00)
Everton have had a dreadful start to the season and will need to pick up points quickly to rise up the table. Villa, on the other hand, are coming to the end of one of the worst runs of fixtures any fixture machine could have thrown out and, although they have lost three on the spin without scoring, they have performed admirably against the big sides. Fabian Delph’s injury is a devastating blow, however, and Everton will be confident of recording a win here.
Prediction: Everton 1-0 Aston Villa
Newcastle vs Leicester (15:00)
Leicester have made an excellent start to the season but they will have been disappointed to let their lead slip against Burnley last weekend. Newcastle, meanwhile, have made a terrible start and if they don’t pick up a result here, Pardew could be heading for the exit door. Newcastle have shown some good battling qualities to fight back in recent games but the crowd will get on their back at home if they don’t take the initiative and I fancy Leicester to hit them on the break and snatch a victory.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Leicester
Southampton vs Sunderland (15:00)
Southampton have been a revelation under Koeman and the manager deservedly won the manager of the month award for September. Sunderland had a good result last weekend and are proving tough to beat but Southampton should have too much for them.
Prediction: Southampton 3-0 Sunderland
QPR vs Liverpool (13:00)
The focus of this game will be on Raheem Sterling who was left out of England’s starting line up citing tiredness and returns to play against his childhood club. QPR have been one of the worst teams in the division this season and currently deserve to be languishing at the bottom of the table. This is a good game for Sterling to return to top form and Liverpool should edge victory.
Prediction: QPR 1-2 Liverpool
Stoke vs Swansea (16:00)
Stoke will be disappointed with how they’ve began the campaign and will be keen to regain the home form that has struck fear into sides for so many years. Swansea will be delighted with their start and yet there are only three points between these sides, which demonstrates the tight nature of the Premier League. Stoke need to start performing at home and they should get a point here.
Prediction: Stoke 1-1 Swansea
West Brom vs Man United (20:00)
Judging by recent United matches, this should be an excellent game. The Red Devils have an attack that can score against any team but sadly their defence does not match. Saido Berahino is performing ably for The Baggies and will fancy his chances of adding to his tally against United’s shaky back line. Having said that, United should have far too much going forward and this should be a comfortable victory.
Prediction: West Brom 1-4 Man United