The last round of Premier League fixtures before the first international break of the season has a potential relegation clash as Sunderland travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa.
Elsewhere Manchester United travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea who will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season and Everton travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham.
As ever we are here with our predictions for all the weekends action.
Saturday 29th August
Newcastle vs Arsenal (12:45pm)
Newcastle did well against Manchester United last week, while Arsenal were disappointing at home to Liverpool.
Arsenal could be without Mertesacker and Koscielny again at the back, which could leave them vulnerable. I think Newcastle will get opportunities and I think they will score, however I can see Arsenal outscoring them.
Games between these two sides are normally pretty exciting so let’s hope thats the case here and despite not having the best start to the season I think the winner picks themselves for this one, Arsenal.
Newcastle managed to get a fantastic result last weekend when they got a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford after a brilliant defensive display with Tim Krul in particular putting in a great performance.
However with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that Arsenal have in their squad Newcastle will need to put in a repeat display of last weekend to keep them out.
I think this game has goals along with an away win.
Aston Villa vs Sunderland (3pm)
This is a chance for both teams to get a win and a good performance and push on this season.
I think Aston Villa will win this though, I think they are at home and they are the better team right now.
Is it too early for this to be considered a relegation six pointer? These are two of the worst teams in the Premier League and every point is going to be vital for them.
i’m going to go with an Aston Villa win because they are at home and I think they are less terrible than Sunderland.
Bournemouth vs Leicester (3pm)
I think this could be an open game and could see a few goals. I am going to go for a draw, I think the win away at West Ham would have really built confidence in Bournemouth, but Leicester are a really good side and have started the season well.
Bournemouth got a fantastic result last weekend when they beat West Ham 4-3 but they showed some naiviety that almost cost them the three points when instead of running the ball to the corner flag they went for a fifth and almost ended up conceding in the last second. Against a better side that would be costly.
Leicester under the tinkerman Claudio Ranieri are looking to be a capable side, building on the work of Nigel Pearson last season. They are one of four Premier League sides unbeaten and Ranieri will want to keep that record going into the international break.
I think the experience of Leicester and the tinkerman will win the day here.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (3pm)
This is a big game for Chelsea, they need to build on their win away at West Brom last weekend and push on. I expect them to do so, but I think Palace will not make it easy.
The good news for Chelsea is that Crystal Palace had to play extra time in their Capital One Cup game against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night. The bad news is that they have been playing well so far this season.
Chelsea still don’t look anywhere near convincing. They just about scraped past West Brom in the end, winning 3-2, but barely holding on at the end. The signing of Pedro looks to have given the players and fans a much needed lift but the defence still looks vulnerable, especially to pace which Palace have a lot of in their frontline.
I think this game will be very close and very tough. Palace will believe that they can get at the Chelsea defence and create chances for themselves. The likes of Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic, and Cesc Fabregas need to up their game and put in a performance here. Chelsea can’t go into the international break more than five points behind Manchester City.
Liverpool vs West Ham (3pm)
West Ham won their opening game of the season away at Arsenal and have since then lost both to Leicester and Bournemouth.
Liverpool will win this, they have started the season well, they are at home and West Ham are just on a bad run and will have their goalkeeper, Adrian and defender, Carl Jenkinson suspended for the match.
After a great win over Arsenal at the Emirates no less on the opening day West Ham have been disappointing, losing to both Leicester and Bournemouth picking up more red cards in the process.
Despite remaining undefeated Liverpool haven’t been great, instead they’ve relied on terrible officiating to deny both Bournemouth and Arsenal potential winning goals (and scoring an offside one themselves).
I’m torn here either West Ham are going to put in a similar display to the one they put in against Arsenal, raising their performances for the big games. Or it’s another red card for the Hammers and a terrible decision from the referee to give Liverpool the win. Yeah a terrible referee performance sounds more likely.
Manchester City vs Watford (3pm)
Manchester City have started the season very well and are the only team with a 100% record. They will win this and without disrespecting Watford, I was just thinking how many.
Well you have to worry for Watford here, after three draws they look set for their first defeat of the season.
Manchester City are the team to beat and they’ll want to get to the international break with a 100% record to keep the pressure on their title rivals and to send out a warning.
With how Man City have been playing this is a no brainer, it’s a win for the home side. As for the score, it depends what mood City are in.
Stoke vs West Brom (3pm)
I am going for a Stoke win, I feel being at home they will prove too much for West Brom.
Tough one this.
West Brom showed what they can do against champions Chelsea last weekend when they narrowly lost 3-2. The fighting spirit they showed there should give them a lot of confidence and belief going forward.
Mark Hughes keeps doing a super job at Stoke as he continues his transformation at the club by bringing in the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter.
I’m going for a home win. Stoke have more potential match winners.
Tottenham vs Everton (5:30pm)
Spurs will be pleased that Everton had to play mid-week in the Capital One Cup, which went to extra time.
Tottenham have beaten Everton by a single goal in their last three meetings, so that is what I am going to go for.
Everton have the disadvantage of having played in the Capital One Cup Wednesday night where they beat Barnsley 5-3 but only after extra-time while Spurs have had the week off.
There is also the whole John Stones saga hanging over Everton as well and it’s entirely possible that by the time this game comes around Stones will be on his way to Chelsea. All of which makes any kind of match preparation difficult for Everton.
Because of what is going on at Everton I am going to go for a Spurs win.
Sunday 30th August
Southampton vs Norwich (1:30pm)
Southampton will look to bounce back after being knocked out the Europa League.
Southampton haven’t been great this season and there is a great opportunity for Norwich to capitalise on this, and I think they will.
So often we see the Europa League hinder a Premier League side league performances and sadly that is looking to be the case for Southampton. They lost to Everton at home a couple of weeks ago and were held to a 0-0 draw against Watford last weekend.
Norwich though have been playing well and were only held 1-1 against Stoke last weekend because of a brilliant performance from Jack Butland.
I think this game will be a close one so I’m going to go for a draw.
Swansea vs Manchester United (4pm)
I am going to go for a draw for this match. I think it will be interesting to see how Manchester United deal with Montero and Gomis and it will be interesting to see if Rooney’s hat-trick midweek gets him scoring again.
Swansea did the double over Manchester United last season and look to be playing some brilliant football this season including a 2-2 draw away at champions Chelsea which should give them plenty of belief here
Manchester United meanwhile have looked a little lackluster and light on firepower up front. They failed to break down Newcastle last weekend and while they hammered Club Brugge midweek, Swansea will be a tougher test.
I’m going to go for a Swansea win here, they look to be the more dangerous going forward.