All eyes will be on London and Liverpool this weekend to see whether the two city’s teams can maintain their hold on the top of the Premier League, while Man Utd need to bounce back to winning ways – William
The top five – currently consisting of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea – will all be hoping to add another three points to their tallies as they hope to break away from the main pack.
Leaders Arsenal travel to West Brom in search of a club record 9th straight away victory, and just two off the record Chelsea set five years ago. Their recent run of 10 straight victories in all competitions is made even more impressive following the manner in which they lost to West Brom’s Midland rivals Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. However it may not be plain sailing. West Brom won impressively at Old Trafford last week, and with two straight wins notched up will be full of confidence and gunning for a Midlands double over the Gunners. This will be a fast paced game but Arsenals quality should see them victors.
Liverpool meanwhile have Luis Suarez back, and paired to the currently lethal Daniel Sturridge, will be looking to see off struggling Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Despite their recent setback against Southampton they are still in a rich vein of form and the trio of aforementioned Suarez and Sturridge, along with Victor Moses, will have too much for Palace. Expect a dominant home win.
Perhaps the most anticipated game of the weekend will be at White Hart Lane. The fierce rivalry between Tottenham and West Ham will be reignited on Sunday, but many predict only one outcome. The Hammers produced a great top half finish last season but have made a very slow start this time around following cause for optimism in the off season. Spurs meanwhile have conceded just two goals all season and possess the quality in all areas of the pitch to hurt West Ham. A home win will be expected on Sunday.
Last of the top four Chelsea are entertained by a Norwich side who scored for the first time in four hours of football last weekend. It is clear where they have struggled last season and Chelsea only boast one league defeat of the season. While the second coming of the Special One has been slow to take off, the team seem to be finding a bit of shape now and should beat their opponents, having won five of the last six against them. An away win would also be their first of the season in the league.
Predictions with William Hill
Man City vs Everton
This will be a close game, with City in erratic from and Everton unbeaten. Rather than seeing an outright winner, this may be an entertaining draw: 1-1
Cardiff vs Newcastle
Cardiff’s last ditch win over Fulham will have lifted the Bluebirds, while Newcastle have conceded the second most goals in the league. Draw: 2-2
Fulham vs Stoke
Stoke did not play well against Norwich, while Fulham lost their concentration to suffer at home once more. This will be a tense affair for both sides but Fulham may well pick up a rare home win: 2-1
Hull vs Aston Villa
Hull and Villa both won last weekend, and are both putting together encouraging runs. With Hull at home, this may well be a draw again: 1-1
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Palace have made a rotten start to life back in the big time, and will suffer at the hands of a possibly rampant Liverpool: 4-0
Sunderland vs Manchester United
Sunderland played fairly well in their loss to Liverpool while United’s defence was again exposed. It seems difficult to predict which United side will turn up this season and the Black Cats may well steal some points: 1-1
Norwich vs Chelsea
Norwich haven’t beaten Chelsea since 1994 and this seems unlikely to change yet, with their lack of goals and Chelsea’s solid back line: 0-2
Southampton vs Swansea
This will see an entertaining encounter. Swansea will have played on Thursday while the saints will be fresh and hoping to carry on their impressive defensive work: 2-0
Tottenham vs West Ham
The Hammers have struggled for much attacking threat so far this campaign, and this will not change before the return of golden boy Andy Carroll. Spurs have the quality to hurt their London rivals: 3-0
West Brom vs Arsenal
West Brom are putting some good football together but table toppers Arsenal show no signs of slowing down just yet: 1-3