It is week two of the Premier League calendar and a number of mouth-watering ties have been thrown up – so GMF is going to predict the outcomes.
Our ‘experts’ have put their heads together to come up with what they think will arise in each of the fixtures and given a little explanation into how they came to their decision.
Here we go…
Manchester United v Fulham
Everton gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s team a physical shock on Monday night and out-fought them to seal a surprising win in their opening Premier League fixture. There is unlikely to be a repeat of that at Old Trafford against Martin Jol’s side, who will likely be looking to avoid defeat – though they showed some impressive attacking intent in their 5-0 win over Norwich last time out. Robin van Persie could make his first start and another game with his new team-mates will only make him better.
Predicted score: 2-0
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Roberto di Matteo’s side top the table after the coming back to beat Reading on Wednesday, but should face a far tougher test against Alan Pardew’s side. New signing Eden Hazard has been particularly impressive in the Blues’ opening two games, but Newcastle successes of last season were built on defensive stability and Chelsea will not be expecting an easy ride. It should be a close game, but the revolution in west London should mean there will be no repeat of Newcastle’s brilliant 2-0 win at the end of last season.
Predicted score: 2-1
Tottenham Hotspur v West Brom
Spurs were a little unfortunate to lose in the first game away at Newcastle, but a few teething problems can be expected when it comes to adopting a new system of play and a couple of new arrivals. Meanwhile, West Brom were fantastic in their thumping of Liverpool and will be a danger to most teams this season, but they may not be quite so effective away from home. Finally completing the permanent transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor was crucial for Andre Villas-Boas and could well make the difference on Saturday.
Predicted score: 3-1
Swansea City v West Ham
Swansea were terrific in their 5-0 thrashing of QPR last weekend and will be buoyant going into the tie against a West Ham side that looked solid but unspectacular in defeating Aston Villa 1-0. The Welsh side’s home record was fantastic last season and will be expecting to win, though Sam Allardyce is never one to look at records and will certainly have a plan to counter the flowing football of Michael Laudrup’s team.
Predicted score: 2-0
Aston Villa v Everton
The Toffees will be hoping their uncharacteristically good beginning to a season continues against a lacklustre Villa side. David Moyes’ side have always struggled away from home but the Villains had a terrible home record last season, winning just four. New manager Paul Lambert will be hoping to ptu that right but he has quite a task on his hands.
Predicted score: 0-1
Norwich City v QPR
A quirk of fate has put the two sides that were both battered 5-0 on the opening weekend against each other a week later. Both will be aiming to put their respective disasters behind them and may just be concentrating on keeping cleans sheets. Mark Hughes’ QPR have the far better side on paper, but the Canaries were very strong at home last season – can they continue that under Chris Hughton?
Predicted Score: 1-1
Southampton v Wigan Athletic
The Saints were good entertainment value in their 3-2 loss to the champions last Sunday and showed they will be a handful going forward for any team, which could be a problem for the Latics leaky defence. However, Nigel Adkins does not seem to have enough quality in his defence and Roberto Martinez’s side are always good on the break – this one should be a rip-snorter.
Predicted score: 2-2
Sunderland v Reading
The Premier League new boys have made an impressive, though ultimately unsuccessful, start to their campaign and Brian McDermott will have them ready to right the wrongs that saw them throw away a half-time lead at Stamford Bridge in midweek. The Black Cats looked very solid in a defensive display at Arsenal, so goals may not come easily at the Stadium of Light.
Predicted Score: 1-0
Stoke City v Arsenal
The Britannia Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Arsene Wenger’s men in recent years, having only won once in the Premier league there. There is a fair bit of enmity between the clubs and fans, so there is not danger of it being a tranquil affair. The Gunners were frustrated at home against Sunderland on Saturday and will be doing their all to open their account here – but can they withstand the typical Stike bombardment? A few of their new signings could be in for a shock.
Predicted score: 1-1
Liverpool v Manchester City
Brendan Rodgers men were surprised by a vibrant West Brom at the Hawthorns last weekend, but there are no surprises for them in the form of the Premier League champions – stopping them is another mater altogether. Sergio Aguero’s injury means the Citizens’ attacking threat is lessened somewhat, but Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli are able deputies. Daniel Agger is suspended following his sending off against the Baggies, which could make a significant difference to the outcome.
Predicted score: 1-2
There we have it, the full predictions for the next round of Premier League fixtures.
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