With some interesting results last week this weekend is set to be a brilliant weekend. Most eyes will be pointed towards the North London derby. However, after Rafa Benitiz's recent rant Chelsea's performance will be interesting. Here are my predictions.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City
City's disappointing run of results was halted after their convincing 2-0 win over Chelsea this past weekend. I cannot see them drawing level with a team that has earned four points out of their last six games and are in serious danger of relegation. Even after last week's result City should win comfortably.
Manchester City: Dzeko (2), Aguero
Aston Villa: Benteke
Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion
These two teams only differ in one point from points earned in their last six games. Chelsea looked a bottom half side with their defeat to city and after their "Interm" manager's rant Chelsea fans will not be particular fond of him. West Brom are coming off two 2 goal wins against Sunderland and Liverpool. Lukaku is in dazzling form scoring three in their past two games, unfortunately for the baggies Lukaku will not be eligible to play as he is on loan from Chelsea. However, Shane Long is a large threat and will consistantly test Chelsea's back line. With the addition of West Brom's resilient defence Chelsea are in for a surprise. I see Chelsea scraping by with a rare goal by Torres. Goalscorers:
Chelsea: Torres, Mata
West Brom: Long
Everton vs Reading
Both teams are coming off very poor form, both loosing their past two games, and by significant margins. With the addition of Fellaini Everton a looking a different team but still seem to be struggling with the easiest of teams. After last week's defeat to Norwich the team seemed deflated and hopeless, mind you they are near the top four. This should be a close game but I see Everton coming out on top.
Manchester United vs Norwich City
I will start off by saying that United have one six of their last six games at home, beating better teams than Norwich in the process. Norwich are coming off a few mixed results loosing three of their last four away. In my opinion Manchester have already run away with the trophy and I cannot see Norwich getting in their way.
Manchester United: Van Persie (If he starts), Evra
Southampton vs Queens Park Rangers
QPR are coming in to this game the only team in the Premier League not to secure a victory in their past six games. They are coming off two consecutive losses and have been looking pretty hopeless. However the Saints have not been on top form either winning only one of their last six, however this was at home to City, no easy feat. Southampton should take this but it will be a tight affair.
Southampton: Puncheon, Lambert
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Both teams are coming off a bad string of results, both only securing four points in their last six games. West Ham, however, have lost five of their last six away games, the hammers have one of the worst away records in the Premier League. It will be a tight game and could easily go either way but I see the potters bagging this one by a goal.
Sunderland vs Fulham
Sunderland have had a worrying string of results loosing their last three games. However, their home record isn't terrible with a draw and an loss in their last two games. What is terrible is that in both of these games they have been shut out goal wise. Sunderland have been much too reliant on striker Steven Fletcher and need an alternate source of goals if they want to finish in the top half. Fulham on the other hand are coming off a win and a draw, in both games instead of getting shut out they shut the opposition out. The two teams are vastly different and reflect this in their style of play. I see Fulham taking the three points.
Fulham: Berbatov, Sidwell
Swansea City vs Newcastle United
After a worrying start to the season Newcastle are back up on their feet taking ten points from their last six games. They were unlucky to loose to Tottenham and prior had beaten Chelsea and Villa. Swansea on the other hand will attribute their poor recent form to their focus on the league cup. After their victory last weekend their schedule will be less congested and their only focus will be the Premier League. However, at home they have won two straight. It is going to be too close to call.
Swansea: Michu (2)
Newcastle: Cisse, Sissoko
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
This is the big one, After a convincing set of results Spurs seem to be in prime position to take the derby at home. A shaken and embarrassed Arsenal are looking weaker not only by the numbers but mentally as well. With an injured Sagna, Gibbs and doubtful Diaby, Arsenal's will be playing with a relatively weak defence. Jenkinson wil be hard-pressed to deal with Bale. I see Arsenal rising to the occasion and giving Spurs a game. As an Arsenal fan I try to not be biased, honestly I would predict a 5-0 rout to the good but if I am looking purely at statistics I predict a 2-2 draw.
Tottenham: Bale (2)
Arsenal: Giroud, Walcott
Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool
In the mirror fixture earlier in 2012 it was a rout. However, this was not represented accurately on the scoreline and somehow Wigan managed to keep the damage down to 3-0. This time around I don't think that the Latics will be so fortunate and will fall victim to Liverpool. Considering that Wigan have picked up two points of the last six games at home, the worst record in the premier league.
Liverpool: Suarez (2), Sturridge