Seb’s Predictions – Premier League – 19th-21st October 2013

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Updated: October 18, 2013

In Conor’s absence I have given my predictions for this weekend’s matches with potential upsets to shake up the table. 

Saturday 

Newcastle v Liverpool (K.O. 12:45pm) – Alan Pardew still under pressure probably won’t expect to win this match against the team joint top of the table. Newcastle’s captain, Fabricio Coloccini, is sidelined along with Jonas Gutierrez. Liverpool are expecting Aly Cissokho, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Phillipe Coutinho to comeback and could feature in Satuday’s game. Even though the game is at St James’ Park, I don’t think Newcastle will get a result against probably the best strike partnership this season.

Newcastle 0-3 Liverpool 

Arsenal v Norwich – Arsenal fans must have been scared hearing that Ozil limped off during Germany’s match against Sweden, but if Ozil fails to make it for Saturday then Cazorla will surely take his place in midfield which should be a good enough replacement. Norwich will struggle away from home and with Hughton being another manager under pressure, this match shouldn’t be one that Norwich fans expect to win. Norwich have always worried Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium but I expect Arsenal to win this game but with Norwich putting up a good fight.

Arsenal 2-0 Norwich 

Chelsea v Cardiff – Chelsea will be looking to get their season back on track after a pretty poor start, this is a must win game for Chelsea, especially it being at Stamford Bridge although their strikers have failed to make an impact so far this season with Eto’o not really getting off to the best start, Ba hardly getting any first team action and now Torres is suspended. Cardiff lost their last game against Newcastle but have won their last two away games and Chelsea got lucky against Norwich two weeks ago. This shouldn’t be too difficult for Chelsea unless Mourinho yet again refuses to play Mata.

Chelsea 2-0 Cardiff 

Everton v Hull – Roberto Martinez couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Everton career, only losing to Manchester City unluckily after taking the lead through Lukaku. Everton at home will certainly are certainly a force to be reckoned with and against weak opposition like Hull who are having difficulties with scoring frequently they should win comfortably. Lukaku might continue his great scoring streak and help Everton to a win although I do expect Hull to score with two of Everton’s key defenders having played for England twice last weekend.

Everton 2-1 Hull 

Manchester United v Southampton – Manchester United struggled in their last game against Sunderland, relying on two goals from a debutant and lost their last home game against West Brom 1-2. Southampton have started off well being one of the best defences in the Premier League this season and winning against Swansea without conceding too many chances. I think Manchester United’s little dip in form isn’t over yet and compared to Southampton, they have had a lot more players on international duty, by the odd chance that could help the players be fresher but I think the Southampton players will be on top form and beat Manchester United like they beat Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester United 0-1 Southampton

Stoke v West Brom – While West Brom’s has just about kicked off, Stoke’s has taken a step back coming into this game on a bad run of form. West Brom are starting to play like they’ve got no sense of fear which has played into their hands, Stoke have taken the foot of the pedal and no longer playing with the same intensity as they did at the start of the season but I think that this will be a tight match that will end in a draw.

Stoke 1-1 West Brom 

Swansea v Sunderland – Gus Poyat will take charge of Sunderland for his first Premier League match as a manager against Swansea with both sides looking to pick themselves up from defeats suffered to Southampton and Manchester United. Steven Fletcher is expected to return for this match which will be a huge boost and might help Sunderland at least get a goal. I don’t see Gus Poyat winning his first match as Sunderland manager, Swansea should win this match but it may not be that easy.

Swansea 3-2 Sunderland  

West Ham v Manchester City  (K.O. 17:30) – After their triumphant win against Tottenham, West Ham will be looking to do something similar against Manchester City. City’s captain, Vincent Kompany, is still injured which could prove to be a massive loss for City, maybe not in this game but for games that could help tilt the title towards another team. West Ham will also be without one of their defenders, James Collins, who injured himself playing for Wales midweek. I don’t think West Ham will have enough to beat Manchester City with dangers such as Dzeko, Aguero and especially Negredo.

West Ham 1-3 Manchester City 

Sunday 

Aston Villa v Tottenham – Having already undone teams such as Arsenal and Manchester City, Aston Villa will want to go for the hat-trick against Tottenham and have every chance of succeeding. If Tottenham show the same sense of fatigue as they did against West Ham then Aston Villa will surely beat them but I don’t think it’ll be that easy. Benteke is still an uncertainty to play this Sunday, the result could depend on his fitness. Tottenham will have Lamela, Lennon and Townsend to choose from to put on the right-wing and Eriksen still performing well with Sigurdsson. I think this match will end in a draw.

Aston Villa 2-2 Tottenham 

Monday 

Crystal Palace v Fulham – Both managers under pressure, if this wasn’t to end in a draw, we might probably see our second sacking of the season. Holloway is probably less likely of the two to get sacked with undoubtedly the weakest side in the Premier League this season. Fulham’s main man, Berbatov, has been on an extremely poor run of form and might not even start in place of Darren Bent. If Berbatov starts I think that could cost Fulham the match, but I actually think Bent will start in his place and Fulham will just about get the win.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Fulham  

 

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Predictions written by Seb True.

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