The Premier League Preview 5

By any stretch of the imagination it is still early days in the Premiership, with that being said, even at this early stage you don’t want to be caught at the wrong end of the table sitting in or around the relegation zone. Or if you are a side that fancies a shot at getting into the Champions League, you don’t want get too far behind the leading pack.

Robin van Persie celebrating his goal

Robin van Persie celebrating his goal

Arsenal vs Chelsea: The biggest game this weekend features 2 perennial top 4 powers Arsenal & Chelsea. Chelsea coming off their worse league season have come out of the gate with all guns blazing. On current form they are the team to beat. Over at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has again worked his magic and put together another good young Arsenal team. The problem with Arsenal teams of late, is they lack experience and grit and generally fizzle out deep into the season. This week however, Arsenal take advantage of home-field and win 2-1.

Aston Villa v West Brom, serves up a feisty Midlands derby. Both teams come in with new managers with differing fortunes so far. New West Brom manager, the well travelled and well experienced Steve Clarke steps into the firing line as manager, after sending most his career as assistant, is reaping the benefits of a solid foundation laid by Roy Hodgson. Clarke has the West Brom boys well organized and playing well. While Paul Lambert’s Villa are not playing well and the manager has his hands full with a difficult rebuilding job. West Brom Get the win 2-0.

Everton v Southampton: Everton are off to their finest start in many years and are actually playing good football and scoring goals. Southampton, for a promoted side have been the victim of a cruel schedule having played 3 of the 4 champions league teams in there first 4 games. They will have another long day on the road at Everton, even after their impressive win last week. Everton win this one at a canter.

Fulham v Man City: the Champions make the trip to London, and will prove too strong for Fulham. City have not gotten off to the best of starts and Roberto Mancini will do everything in his power to get them going. They simply have too much in there locker not get the win.

QPR v West Ham United: An also rans London Derby. QPR need a result and are at home. They have played well of late. The pride and push of their home fans should be enough to push them onto a win.

Sunderland v Wigan: two teams that look as though will be mired in the relegation zone, sooner rather than later. An early in the season 6 pointer. Teams will split the points in a dull affair due to both having problems scoring goals.

Manchester Utd v Spurs: Spurs, for all their huffing and puffing, there results against top 4 sides in recent years has been less than impressive. With their attempts to solidify themselves as a legitimate Champion league contender they remain a team still on the outside looking in. Their record against United is no better, always seeming to come out on the wrong side of results and referring decisions. Man Utd have looked good in spurts, but have not hit a level of consistency that Sir Alex would like. That being said, the odds of Spurs getting a win at at Old Trafford are slim and none. Man Utd win in a sleeper.

Norwich City v Liverpool: The pressure is on new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to get a result. Liverpool have been playing very well, but you get nothing for style points. This is a must win for Rodgers and Liverpool and I think they will come through with flying colors. Norwich, who are also playing decent football but can’t score goals look like an early candidate for relegation. Comfortable 2-0 Liverpool win.

Reading v Newcastle Utd: I sense a shock result on the horizon. Rock bottom Reading take all 3 points as they catch Newcastle sleeping.

Stoke City v Swansea: Stokes no nonsense big bodied style of getting the ball the ball into the box as fast as they can attacking play will be difficult for the attempted sophistication of Swansea. The bruising defence style of will not cone easy as they harass and and pressure their opponent Their defensive play and it’s rampant crowd, make Stoke a hard place to gather points. Comfortable 2-0 Win for Stoke.