Another Premier League weekend is upon us and if it brings just as many twist and turns as last weekend we are in for another cracker.
The weekend starts with a bang when Man City host Everton after dropping their first points of the season last weekend. Man City’s manager will be looking for a big response from his players if they are going to keep in contact with Man United. Everton have had a good start to the season with only one defeat in four but I think they will get torn apart at The Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal have had a shocking start to their Premiership campaign with only four points from five games and this weekend host Bolton. Arsenal’s manager will be under huge pressure from the home fans at the Emirates and it could feel like a huge stadium for his young squad. Bolton have started the league equally as poorly with only three points and I think thy will get beat this weekend.
Championship challengers Chelsea will be hoping to return back to winning ways when they host Swansea also on Saturday. Even though they were beaten my Man United last week Chelsea looked back to their former selves especially Fernando Torres. Swansea got their first win of the Premiership last week but will face much stronger opposition this weekend and anything out of this game will be a shock result.
Liverpool have had a solid start to the Premiership but took a real beating last weekend and will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Wolves. Wolves looked like they were back to their old ways last weekend and were really opened up by QPR. This weekend the same might happen although this Wolves side is capable of rising to the occasion but Liverpool will be favourites.
Newcastle find themselves in the top four after five games and could be even further up the table after their home game against Blackburn this weekend. Blackburn were the shock of last weekend with their first win of the season but still looked like a poor side. This weekend I think Newcastle will win comfortably even though Yakubu seems to have made a positive impact to Blackburn’s side.
West Brom face Fulham in a bottom of the table clash with both of these sides being very poor so far picking up only three points each. This could be a close clash and with only one win in six between the two sides this could be a very cagey encounter by two of the poorest sides in the league.
Wigan will be hoping for their second win of the season after looking very poor again last weekend against Everton. But this weekend they face an in form Tottenham side who seem to have hit their stride in recent weeks with two wins on the bounce. This weekend I think Tottenham will win again as Wigan look even worse than they did last season.
Stoke play maybe the most on-form side in the Premiership with Man United heading for the Brittania on Saturday night. Stoke have only been beaten once in their first five league games and have proven very hard opposition. Man United would have never dreamed of such a good start to the season picking up maximum points from their first five games even without Ferdinand and Vidic. Man United will be favourites for this one but Stoke will always prove a threat and will take advantage of any slip up by Man United.
With most of the Premiership playing on Saturday there is only one game on Sunday which is QPR against Aston Villa. Even though QPR are on a run with a brilliant display at Molineux last week they will have to be wary of a very good Aston Villa side who have proven very hard top beat. Home advantage could give QPR the edge but I think this one will end up a draw.
The final fixture of the Premiership weekend is a relegation fight with Norwich hosting Sunderland with both teams picking up five points in their first five. This game could be the difference between a good start or the start of a relegation dog fight. It is these sorts of matches the Norwich will have to win if they are going to stay in the Premier League but I can’t see them winning this match.