QPR can avoid defeat against Manchester City

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This Saturday's Premier League action promises to serve up yet more exciting action as Chelsea head to Liverpool for a mouth-watering clash while QPR's recent improvement and the emergence of a goalscorer may just give them the tools to shock a struggling Manchester City.

Let's take a closer look at Saturday's six matches - and attempt to predict the scores.

Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea

Despite being just three points off the top four, Liverpool have looked a shadow of their selves from last season, and have failed to impress in recent weeks.

In contrast, Chelsea are still flying high, top of the league and undefeated in all competitions. Wednesday's disappointing draw with NK Maribor aside, Chelsea have looked unshakeable this year, and some are already suggesting they could go the whole season unbeaten.

With Liverpool still looking soft in defence, and toothless in attack, relying on a misfiring Mario Balotelli alone up front, Chelsea should have no trouble cruising past the Reds.

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Burnley 1-0 Hull City

We all knew how hard Burnley we're going to find life in the Premier League, but the longer the wait for that elusive win goes on, the harder it will be to gain it.

Despite last week's defeat to a high flying Southampton side, Hull have been fairly solid as of late, picking up impressive draws at the Emirates and Anfield, but Sean Dyche's Clarets
have surely got to win soon and I believe this will be a tight game, but Turf Moor could be celebrating a first Premier League win.

Manchester United 3-2 Crystal Palace

This could be a difficult game for Manchester United, despite the return last week of captain Wayne Rooney to the side because the Red Devils are  experiencing yet another defensive injury crisis.

With four first-team defenders out, as well as Chris Smalling suspended after his idiotic
sending off against City last week, it could be left to Michael Carrick and youngster Paddy McNair to anchor the defence against Palace.

The Eagles are going into the game on the back of a disappointing run of games, without a win since September, and picking up only one point in that time.

With both Palace and United among the leagues top scorers, and biggest conceders, this looks set to be a high scoring affair, with United's superstar strikers just giving them the edge

Southampton 1-0 Leicester City

While I don't want to take anything away from Southampton's great start to the season I would like to remind everyone that their fixture list has  been rather kind to them.

Wins against West Ham (before their overhaul), Newcastle (when they were woeful), Swansea, QPR, Sunderland (when they beyond woeful), Stoke and Hull are hardly anything spectacular in and of themselves.

And when you consider that the only times they've come up against "bigger teams," in the forms of Liverpool and Spurs, they have lost and looked distinctly average in the process.

So talking about Europe or even insisting that Southampton should start "taking the
spotlight" in the media are quite frankly ridiculous notions in my opinion.

Nevertheless they should win this game against a side that also suffered from inflated opinions after one shock victory - a team that  has been somewhat found out in recent weeks.

West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa

West Ham have shocked many with their outstanding start to the season. The Hammers are currently sat fifth in the table, trailing fourth-placed Arsenal on goal difference, and have taken 10 points from a  possible 12 since their defeat to Man United, including a shock win over Man City.

All this after many West Ham fans called for Sam Allardyce to step down as manager at the start of the season for playing unappealing football.

Villa, on the other hand, went from looking like real contenders at the start of the season, to a six-game run of defeats, going the whole month of October without scoring; their goal in the defeat to Tottenham their first in almost two months.

West Ham should see this one out with little difficulty, especially with Villa's star man Christian Benteke, just returned from injury, banned after his sending off last  week.

QPR 2-2 Manchester City

QPR have really come along well in the last few weeks - and despite not  necessarily getting as many points as they have deserved their performances have been admirable - which bodes well for the rest of their campaign.

Charlie Austin has come forward as their obvious goalscorer - which is always vital for a newly-promoted side. Can their rise in form continue with a shock win over reigning champions Man City?

Well, to be honest I wouldn't put it past them. City will take to the pitch in the wake of yet another disappointing European result and there would be some that might argue that their 'not as terrible as they have been playing' performance against United could be explained by the fact that it was a derby and nothing else.

So accordingly I'm going to go for the gamble this week and predict a draw in west London.

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