Liverpool 1 Stoke 1
Liverpool can’t win a ball game. The Kop have forgotten how to arrest culprits! Brendan Rodgers can’t choose a winning team. Raheem Sterling has misplaced his magic. Dejan Lovren can’t tackle a fly! Steven Gerrard is tired. Anyway, the Champions League trip to Bulgaria means Liverpool will be too tired to subdue to Mark Hughes’ determined Potters.
Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3
While I don’t buy into the notion that Chelsea will go the entire season unbeaten, I fully expect them to make light work of Sunderland. Newcomers Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas continue to draw the best out of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian. Chelsea are the only side, who start three ball-winning playmakers.
Swansea 2 C. Palace 0
Gary Monk is doing a stellar job with the Swans. They were unfortunate not to get anything at the Ettihad and will use this home fixture to make amends. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Wilfred Bony have what it takes to overcome Palace for whom Congolese Yannick Bolassie is the chief threat.
Man Utd 3 Hull City 1
Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal last weekend confirmed the record champions have the spirit to qualify for Champions League football this season. Hull City have lost three on the bounce, so it is hard to envisage them getting a result at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal has finally seen the light and dropped Adnan Januzaj, who hadn’t been playing a team game.
Southampton 2 Man City 2
Ronald Koeman’s managerial credentials come under scrutiny in the first installment of a difficult run of fixtures that pit the Saints against Man City, Arsenal and Man United. Southampton have not lost any of their last three home fixtures at home to Manuel Pellegrini’s champions, who also expended lots of energy in their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
West Ham 2 Newcastle 1
What a run for Newcastle United! When the Mapgies were struggling with two wins in 16 matches, who would have envisaged them putting together a five match winning run? Honestly, I can’t see a sixth successive league win. With Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing all returning from injury, I think Sam Allardyce will have something up his sleeve.
Burnley 1 Aston Villa 0
Sean Dyche’s newly promoted hustlers have conjured up two wins on the trot to lift the spirits at Turf Moor. A third victory should be on the cards against an Aston Villa side that is blowing cold, and is without talismanic defensive pair Ron Vlaar and Phillip Senderos, as well as Fabian Delph. The home side should edge this dogfight.
QPR 1 Leicester 0
Queens Park Rangers have not been getting the results that their efforts deserve. The visit of fellow newcomers offers the Londoners a perfect opportunity to put some points on board. Leicester City have struggled to score goals on the road all season and I think they will draw blanks once again. This game is Harry Redknapp’s to lose.
Tottenham 1 Everton 1
Spurs simply do not know how to juggle Europe with the league. All their defeats have come in the aftermath of Europa excursions. Only that this time Spurs were home to Partizan Belgrade whereas Roberto Martinez’s Everton are returning from a daunting trip to Wolfsburg. I am calling for a scoring draw because of the hosts’ poor form.
West Brom 1 Arsenal 2
Arsenal have bottomed out after a torrid run of form that has left them with their worst start to a league campaign in 32 years. It surely can’t get any worse. I expect Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain to guide the Gunners to only their fifth victory of the season. Saido Berahino will be a constant thorn in the flesh.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor