Porter’s Predictions – Premier League – 14th-16th September 2013

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Updated: September 13, 2013

Club football is back after the international break and there are some great fixtures to get us back into the swing of things. I’m back from my little break as well, so no more of Jamie doing Premier League predictions. He’s such an amateur at this gig!!

This Saturday, Manchester United will hope to improve on their mediocre start to the season when they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Mesut Ozil will make his Premier League debut when his new side Arsenal take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Life without Marouane Fellaini begins for Everton when they host Chelsea at Goodison Park in the Saturday evening game.

Sunday will see a close encounter when Southampton go against West Ham at St Mary’s as both of these sides have only scored five goals between them this season, and the perfect starters Liverpool, will be looking to keep hold of their 100% start when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea (All kick-offs at 3pm unless stated).

Saturday

Manchester United v Crystal Palace (K.O. 12:45pm) – David Moyes will be looking for his first win at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager when his side take on Crystal Palace. Fans will see Fellaini in a Manchester United shirt for the first time and they hope he will have a good debut. Crystal Palace has had a reasonable start to the season for a recently promoted side. Last time these two sides met in the Premier League, Alan Smith was

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in a Manchester United shirt. That game ended 0-0 but I think United should easily pick up the win in this tie.

Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Newcastle – Since defeating Arsenal on the first day of the season, Aston Villa has yet to achieve another point in the Premier League. Newcastle on the other hand has played better game by game, picking up four points since their opening day loss to Manchester City. With Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy back in the side, Newcastle is playing better as a result. If they played against each other in the first two games of the season, I would easily say an Aston Villa win, but because of the presence of these two Newcastle players I think a draw is the most likely option.

Aston Villa 2-2 Newcastle

Fulham v West Brom – West Brom will be looking to earn their first win this season when they go against Fulham at Craven Cottage. West Brom is clearly still missing Romelu Lukaku as they have yet to score a Premier League goal and have only achieved one point from their first three games. Fans will be hoping new arrival Victor Anichebe can find the goals to get them out of the relegation zone. Maarten Stekelenburg should be back in goal for Fulham after missing the last two games, but their defence still isn’t full strength as Aaron Hughes may miss the game with a thigh injury. Still, I think Fulham have got enough fire power with Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov to win this game.

Fulham 2-1 West Brom

Hull v Cardiff – Both of these newly promoted sides have had reasonable starts to life back in the Premier League. Since their opening day losses, Hull has managed to pick up a win against Norwich, but they lost to Manchester City. Cardiff however, managed to defeat Manchester City thanks to Frazier Campbell and they picked up a draw against Everton too. Going into this fixture, Cardiff look the stronger out of the two sides. With Steven Caulker possibly out of this game though, I think a draw is on the cards.

Hull 1-1 Cardiff

Stoke v Manchester City – Stoke manager Mark Hughes is yet to pick up a win against Manchester City since being fired by them back in December 2009. A weakened Manchester City side could provide some opportunities for Hughes to find that win, as Vincent Kompany and new signing Martín Demichelis are injured with David Silva possibly joining them. New Stoke loanee Stephen Ireland will be looking to get something against his former side as well. I think Manchester City have enough talent though with the likes of Jesus Navas, Negredo and Sergio Aguero to win this match, continuing Hughes winless streak against the club he used to manage.

Stoke 1-3 Manchester City

Sunderland v Arsenal – Arsenal fans will be happy this weekend as they get to see new arrival, Mesut Ozil, in an Arsenal shirt for the first time. The £42.5m signing will be looking to help out an Arsenal midfield which has been stuck by injury, as Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin and Tomas Rosicky are all out. Sunderland will want to improve on their poor start to the season and the hope is recent signings Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena will help them do so. Still, I got a feeling Ozil’s presence will keep Arsenal’s good form going, meaning Sunderland’s woes continue.

Sunderland 0-3 Arsenal

Tottenham v Norwich – Life without Gareth Bale officially begins this weekend for Tottenham when they take on Norwich at White Hart Lane. The hope is Erik Lamela will start to fill the void Bale left this weekend as he is expected to be given his full-debut alongside fellow new arrival Christian Eriksen. Norwich will want to continue where they left off after picking up a win against Southampton in their last Premier League game. Tottenham should win this one though and keep a clean sheet whilst doing so.

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich

Everton v Chelsea (K.O. 5:30pm) – An undefeated Chelsea will travel to Goodison Park to take on an undefeated, but winless Everton in the Saturday evening game. Everton’s new loan signing Romelu Lukaku won’t feature because of his loan agreement with Chelsea, but we could see appearances from Gareth Barry and James McCarthy in Everton’s midfield. Chelsea’s new signings, Samuel Eto’o and Willian could also make appearances too. Games between Everton and Chelsea in recent times have been closely knitted affairs and I think this weekend will be no different.

Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Sunday

Southampton v West Ham (K.O. 4pm) – Injury stricken West Ham will be looking to find their winning form when they go against Southampton this Sunday. Both of these sides have failed to score and failed to win since their opening day fixtures. With no Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll, West Ham may struggle to find the goals. West Ham relied on a Carroll equaliser to earn a point the last time they visited St Mary’s. Due to West Ham’s lack of striking force and the recent international form of Southampton’s Rickie Lambert, I think Southampton will earn all three points in this match.

Southampton 2-0 West Ham

Monday

Swansea v Liverpool (K.O. 8pm) – Liverpool will aim to keep hold of their 100% start when they battle against Swansea in this Monday night match. They will have to find a new goal threat though if Daniel Sturridge misses this game through his thigh injury. With Luis Suarez still suspended too, Iago Aspas will be expected to step up to the plate. Swansea will want to find another win after defeating West Brom 2-0 when we last saw them in Premier League action. They’re desperate for a striker to score as their striking force hasn’t found the net since the first game of the season. Liverpool’s injury stricken defence could allow the Swansea strikers to find the score sheet. However, the current form of Simon Mignolet will continue Swansea’s troubles up front as I see Liverpool winning four consecutive games and keeping their 100% start.

Swansea 0-2 Liverpool

What do you think of Porter’s Predictions? Leave your own predictions in the comments section below.

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