Porter’s Predictions – Premier League – 24th-26th August 2013

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Updated: August 23, 2013

Here’s another load of Premier League predictions in what will hopefully be another exciting weekend of football.

Last weekend, we were provided with some thrilling action including a 3-1 win for Aston Villa against Arsenal, a 4-1 beating of Swansea by the reigning champions Manchester United, and a 4-0 thrashing by Manchester City against Newcastle.

This weekend, Arsenal will hope to bounce back from this embarrassing loss when they take on Fulham, Hull City have their first home game back in the top flight against Norwich, and Manchester United will host Chelsea at Old Trafford in the first big clash of the season. Here are my predictions for this weekend’s action (Kick-offs at 3pm unless stated)

Saturday

Fulham v Arsenal (KO 12:45pm) – An embarrassing 3-1 loss to Aston Villa is one which Arsenal will quickly want to forget when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Fulham on the other hand will want to carry on their good form from their 1-0

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win away against Sunderland last weekend. New arrival Scott Parker will add more life to the Fulham midfield. With Koscielny absent due to his sending off last week and Arsenal still with hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, don’t be surprised if this game ends in a draw or even if Fulham manage to pull out a win. Ultimately, if Arsenal doesn’t win, more questions will be asked as to why they haven’t spent any money this transfer window.

Fulham 1-1 Arsenal

Everton v West Brom – Most Everton fans will be disappointed that their team gave up a lead against Norwich last weekend, just like most West Brom fans will be annoyed that their side gave up a late penalty against Southampton. Martinez’s first home game of the season should provide home fans with joy as I pick them to win this match and for West Brom’s woes to continue.

Everton 2-1 West Brom

Hull v Norwich – I don’t think Hull’s first home game back in the Premier League is going to end well for them. McGregor showed fight against Chelsea and Hull managed to keep a good amount of possession too, but they were eventually beaten. McGregor might be able to keep Hull in this match, but Norwich’s battle against Everton shows me that they want to be a secure top half team this season and they’ll continue this battle into this game.

Hull 1-2 Norwich

Newcastle v West Ham – Newcastle will be looking to give something for their fans to cheer about after an abysmal display against Manchester City on Monday night. West Ham however, will want to carry on their winning form from last week with another against the magpies. This would be the first time West Ham wins back-to-back Premier League games since returning to the top flight. Games have been tight between these two teams recently, so I think a draw is a most likely outcome with Cisse getting on the score sheet for Newcastle.

Newcastle 1-1 West Ham

Southampton v Sunderland – Lambert’s penalty was enough to give Southampton all three points against West Brom last time out, whereas Sunderland lost 1-0 at home against Fulham. The absence of Steven Fletcher is really affecting Sunderland as they only achieved three shots on target from the 20 they took against Fulham. Someone needs to get on the score sheet quickly if they want to avoid a tumbling downfall and a possible relegation fight all season. Southampton will want to capitalise on Sunderland’s misfortunes and earn a better result than last week. I think they will do so too with Lambert scoring once again.

Southampton 2-0 Sunderland

Stoke v Crystal Palace – Crystal Palace put up a good fight against Tottenham last week only losing from the penalty spot, but Stoke were outplayed by a Liverpool squad that could of scored three or more past them. Stoke’s Britannia Stadium is always a difficult place for teams to go to and pick up a win. This gives Stoke the advantage in this match up as I believe they’ll be able to obtain all three points this weekend. New loan signing for Palace, Jason Puncheon, will lessen the inevitable defeat to only one goal.

Stoke 1-0 Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Liverpool (KO 5:30pm) – Aston Villa have already played two Premier League games this season, one against Arsenal which they won and the other against Chelsea which they lost. Both were hard fought and contested games which means when they host Liverpool Saturday evening, it’s bound to be another great game. With Suarez still banned and Villa in good form, expect this game to be a close one, with the visitors just edging it. Sturridge and Benteke should score again as well.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

Sunday

Cardiff v Man City (KO 4pm) – It was an easy first game for Manchester City but a difficult one for Cardiff. With Kompany possibly out of this game, City’s defence is slightly weaker than usual. Cardiff will be looking to take advantage of this and hopefully find their first goal in the Premier League. Unfortunately though, I think City’s midfield will be too dominant for Cardiff to handle. Jesus Navas is fitting in well with the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure and this trio will be too much for Cardiff.

Cardiff 0-4 Man City

Tottenham v Swansea (KO 4pm) – With Gareth Bale’s possible transfer to Real Madrid still dominating the headlines, Tottenham need to show they will be able to survive without him. What better way for the new signings, which will be helping to fill the void of Bale, to prove themselves up against a tough opponent like Swansea. Swansea will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss at home to Manchester United by picking up some points at White Hart Lane. I think they’ll be able to get a goal, but that’s about it as Tottenham’s new signings will show there are good times to come even if Bale leaves the club.

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea

Monday

Man Utd v Chelsea (KO 8pm) – It’s going to be a tough first home game for David Moyes as Manchester United manager, as he will have to take on a strong looking Chelsea squad. This game is going to be a tight one, as it usually has been over the past few years. I got a feeling though a lot of focus is going to be on Rooney and how much of the game he plays. The media is bound to draw some link from this and his possible move to Chelsea. This game is going to be midfield controlled as Chelsea’s Oscar, Lampard and Hazard have been playing well in Chelsea’s first two games of the season. Home field advantage plays a massive factor in this fixture, so I fully expect Manchester United to take all the points in this fixture with van Persie getting a goal or two.

Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea


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

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