Saturday 31st August 2013
Man City vs Hull (12:45)
Everyone associated with Man City will want to put an abysmal last performance behind them, (3-2 loss to Cardiff) and they couldn’t have had a much easier fixture at home in this early kick off. Hull were lucky to take all 3 points in their last match, and despite playing the majority of the game with 10 men, they managed to keep it very tight at the back, and made it tough for their opposition to get in at goal. Hull will need to keep it tight at the back in order to get something from this game, but as Man City pile forward the players and pile on the pressure – as they must being the home team – Hull could get a few chances to counter attack. If Hull are clinical with their chances and can defend with their lives, there is a small chance that they will get a result like Cardiff did, however Man City really should be winning this comfortably.
Cardiff vs Everton (15:00)
Everton have started the season without losing a game, but they will have thought 6 points instead of 2 from their first 2 games would have been more accurate, so I imagine they will really push to get back on track here. Cardiff managed a miraculous win in their last game against Man City, in a match nobody expected them to win. I imagine the players’ confidence will be sky high and they will really fancy themselves to get at least a draw here, but realistically you can’t look past Everton’s players.
Newcastle vs Fulham (15:00)
Newcastle have looked poor so far this season, and need to try get their first win soon, otherwise they may get into a rather large run of poor results as I feel their players need to be well motivated and full of confidence in order to get the results their large fan base desire. Being the home side will give them a lot to push on for however, as the well known ‘Toon Army’ will make a lot of noise. Fulham’s squad has got considerably stronger this season, and I believe this will show by the end and they will go into this game knowing points of some kind will be achievable and I fully expect them to get at least one.
Norwich vs Southampton (15:00)
Southampton have started the season well, and Norwich by contrast have not. 4 points from Southampton’s first 2 games looks very good, and their performances have seemed good enough to keep them up this season. Norwich will be looking for their first win of the season, but based on the away side’s current form, a draw seems fair.
West Ham vs Stoke (15:00)
West Ham are one of 7 clubs who after their first two games of the season are unbeaten, and at home against Stoke they should be maintaining the record for another game at least. Stoke have been unlucky in the fact that they lost their first match (against Liverpool) after their influential penalty-misser Walters failed to score from the spot once again. Whilst this game does look like it has a draw written all over it, I believe West Ham should have enough fight to get all 3 points here.
Crystal Palace vs Sunderland (17:30)
1 point is the miserably low total amount of points earned by these teams this season so far, but I do expect both to finish with quite a few more points than that. Crystal Palace’s losing streak will continue here in Saturday’s late kick off, as Sunderland try to get their season onto the track they would have originally wanted! Giaccherini looks a great signing for Sunderland and I believe his form and fitness will be influential to their success, so hopefully (for their sake) he will play well in this game.
Sunday 1st September 2013
Liverpool vs Man Utd (13:30)
Liverpool are flying high so far this season with 2 wins from 2, in games where they are creating loads of chances and are conceding no goals. The only issue is they can only win 1-0, which is obviously going to be a stumbling block when the likes of Man Utd, or any other team that can put away their chance come up against them. This game is definitely winnable for the home side, but they will need to score more than 1 to achieve that, as I can see Man Utd scoring at least one goal here. Utd can go level with Chelsea at the top of the table with a win here, and they should really play for that after their draw in the last match. Expect goals.
West Brom vs Swansea (13:30)
Swansea and West Brom again only have 1 point between them, however the away team here have played both Man Utd and Tottenham prior to this, and both those teams are looking for the top 4. Swansea’s team again looks strong, fronted by Michu, and the team featuring in Europe will look to dispatch West Brom by a few goals. I really believe West Brom will be in for a shock here, and hopefully this result will help towards their relegation – something everyone wants (maybe this is an exaggeration, but as a Villa fan I certainly know what league I would rather see them playing in).
Arsenal vs Tottenham (16:00)
The final game of the weekend is a massive north London derby that should be a cracker for the neutral and a real nail biter for the nervous fans wanting bragging rights. Arsenal’s 2 games so far in the league have produced 8 goals, so hopefully this game will follow the trend. With both teams having quality midfielders I think the game will be won there, and I believe Arsenal’s team will be the ones to win that battle, but it certainly won’t be easy. If either team fails to put away their chances the scoreline might be embarrassing.