In form Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their 100% record after beating Manchester United last time out but face a difficult away trip to Swansea City. Similarly Chelsea and Manchester City all travel to potentially sticky fixtures while United will want to bounce back at home to Crystal Palace. Tottenham are in similar shoes as they face Norwich City, following their North London derby defeat. With some big games this weekend, make sure you back your hunches with William
Liverpool have won all three of their Premier League games one nil and fans will surely be satisfied with another if it means staying on top for another week. Daniel Sturridge is struggling for fitness after pulling out of the international games this week, but he is the man in form and if he plays then Liverpool will fancy themselves once more. Swansea’s win at West Brom will have taken pressure off a difficult start but their signings are still settling and they will find a similarly styled Liverpool a tough ask.
Although not a 100% record Chelsea are the only other team in the division undefeated. The Special one’s magic already seems to be working but a trip to Goodison Park and Everton will test his outfit once again. Everton are yet to win but have drawn three, and Roberto Martinez recruited well on transfer deadline day. This will be a tight affair and another draw may be on the cards, even with new boy Romelu Lukaku unable to debut for Everton against his parent club.
Both Manchester clubs have endured indifferent starts to the campaign, with City losing to newly promoted Cardiff before scraping past fellow new boys Hull City. United lost to Liverpool last week and put in a performance that left much to be desired. They have yet to get going under David Moyes but hosting Crystal Palace may be the fixture they need to boost confidence, and this game could see a few home goals. City will have a tougher time away to a solid Stoke side, but if anyone has the quality to win at the Brittania its City, and they should come away with three points.
Tottenham were also underwhelming at the Emirates and slumped to defeat. The North London clubs find themselves on the same points, and both would expect to collect three points this weekend. Spurs face a Norwich side in erratic form and would expect their new signings to start making an impact, while Arsenal may well hand record signing Mezut Ozil a first start away to a struggling Sunderland side.
Predictions with William Hill
Man Utd vs Crystal Palace
Moyes will want to put his Liverpool performance behind him, with Holloway’s men potential targets of a hammering: 3-0
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Sunderland have struggled under Di Canio this season, and with Ozil looking to start the Gunners will have too much quality: 1-3
Tottenham vs Norwich
Spurs’ signings will have had more time to gel, even with the international break, and Erikson could be key. Hughton’s men will find it tough away: 3-0
Everton vs Chelsea
Goodison Park is a difficult away venue for any team, and will be tough to break down. Chelsea haven’t set the world alight under Mourinho yet but have been solid: 1-1
Swansea vs Liverpool
Swansea will have been boosted with their last win after a poor start, and will be hoping Michu can start to find the net again. Another 1-0 would suit Liverpool down to the ground, but with both teams playing passing football could be a tight affair: 1-1
Aston Villa vs Newcastle
Villa have looked decent this season with their young team playing some good football, while Newcastle will have been glad to finally score and pick up a win. The International break may have come at a bad time for them though: 2-0
Fulham vs West Brom
Fulham have yet to discover a settled side after a busy summer, but are a good solid team at home. West Brom have looked to strengthen following a poor opening and this game could be close: 1-2
Hull vs Cardiff
The first clash of newly promoted teams, and it will undoubtedly be a hard fought affair. Both have invested over the summer but Cardiff look to have a bit more quality about their starting XI: 1-2
Stoke vs Manchester City
Stoke is always a hard place to go and play passing football, and City may well have a tough time against a solid home side. However quality should see City by: 0-2
Southampton vs West Ham
The Saints will want to improve on performances that have been carried by Rickie Lambert, and new boy Osvaldo should start to see goals soon. West Ham disappointed last week, but they are a Premier League quality side now and will want to bounce back: 2-2