Saturday 24th August 2013
Fulham vs Arsenal (12:45)
Fulham managed to get a tricky win away to Sunderland, which will please them and their fans, but they will definitely need to up their performance to beat Arsenal. A lot of fans have been complaining about Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger in particular after their loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. I think this is unfair and I believe regardless of if he makes any new signings they should make the top 4 or be very very close to doing so. Arsenal picked up their performance with a European match mid week in which they won 3-0, and I expect this to continue.
Everton vs West Brom (15:00)
Both Everton and West Brom will be disappointed with their opening games of the season, and will be looking to make amends here. Everton’s squad looks very strong, and this combined with Roberto Martinez being at the helm should see them once again achieve a good position in the league. West Brom will really need to make their chances pay in this game if they are to get anything from it, perhaps Anelka will decide to turn on the style.
Hull vs Norwich (15:00)
Hull are very lucky to have only lost their last game 2-0, had Chelsea continued to press, they could already be rock bottom with a massive goal difference to overcome. The home side will be pleased with some of the performances of their new signings, and they will be really pushing here to get some points in what is a season defining game against a side they should really “pick up points against” according to manager Steve Bruce. Norwich come into this game off the back of a good draw with Everton, where their team worked hard and battled well. Two attacking new signings in Wolfswinkel and Redmond both performed well for the away side, so should both start this game.
Newcastle vs West Ham (15:00)
Newcastle may well be ruing the decision to drop Cabaye in their last game due to a bid being received for the player, after a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Man City. Cabaye will probably not be playing in this game either, unless all bids get rejected and the player doesn’t mind not being allowed to go to a “better” club. Regardless of Cabaye playing or not I think Newcastle have enough strength to get a draw here however West Ham, who played well against Cardiff in their first game will be looking for 2 wins from 2.
Southampton vs Sunderland (15:00)
Sunderland dominated their last match, but failed to make the pressure show, losing 1-0. I’m sure this week their training will have had a lot of shooting practice involved, so Southampton are going to have to make sure they are very tight at the back, and not let them have anywhere near as many shots as Fulham did. Southampton managed to get a very late win away to West Brom, and will be full of confidence of their team and chances here against Sunderland. I’m hoping for a lot of goals in this game, I think it will be exciting!
Stoke vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Both sides come into this came having lost 1-0 in their opening fixtures, having been dominated by their opposition. This fixture will offer each side the chance to get a much needed 3 points to start off their campaign, and their battles to avoid finishing in the bottom 3. Stoke look to have the better squad on paper, however the relatively unknown and premiership experience lacking Crystal Palace have a lot to prove. I think that if Stoke don’t play well and don’t rise to the occasion, that Crystal Palace may well get something here.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool (17:30)
Aston Villa have started the season fantastically, beating Arsenal and narrowly losing to title favourites Chelsea midweek in a game where a few key decisions went the way of Chelsea. Aston Villa’s young side seems to have really gained a lot from last season’s trauma, and alongside some quality new signings look to really be pushing on this time round. Liverpool have continued to play like a lot of last season, where they dominated games but only won by a small margin, as in their last game – a 1-0 win, where their opposition missed a penalty in the last 5 minutes. This match up should be entertaining to watch, and with Liverpool not putting away enough chances I fancy a home win.
Sunday 25th August 2013
Cardiff vs Man City (16:00)
Cardiff lost their first game 2-0 against West Ham, who man for man are light years away from being even close to as good as Man City. The home side here are really going to have to up their game, and probably change their tactics to damage limitation as realistically they are not getting anything out of this game. Man City will have to come into this game not taking it as a guaranteed win, as even though this should be a walkover, complacency can lead to freak results. Saying that, if they play close to 100% for the first 30 minutes this game will already be out of reach for Cardiff.
Tottenham vs Swansea (16:00)
Tottenham’s 1-0 win in their first game does not tell the full story, in fact the game was one they dominated and should have won by more goals. Swansea lost 4-1, but against Man Utd that isn’t such a bad result. What will give them confidence going into this is that they had more shots and more possession than Utd, but just didn’t have the quality to make it show in the scoreline. Tottenham’s team does however look quality and they really look like making the top 4 this season, so at home they should really be winning this.
Monday 26th August 2013
Man Utd vs Chelsea (20:00)
The biggest game of the match week based on the teams involved, and I think it will definitely live up to the hype built up for it. Both teams are capable of playing good, exciting football with many chances created, and they have both demonstrated this so far in their opening games. I think Man Utd’s home edge should give them the upper hand here, but Chelsea being bossed by “The Special One” will also mean that anything can happen! I think this game will have a lot of goals, quite possibly coming from the likes of Welbeck and Van Persie, who both scored 2 in their opening game.