After the third round of the Capital One Cup midweek which had one or two shocks in it, it is back to the action of the Premier League.
This weekend Tottenham play host to Manchester City in a game that is always full of goals and Jose Mourinho travels to St James Park, a ground where he has never won in the Premier League.
As ever we are here with our predictions for all the weekends action.
Saturday 26th September
Tottenham vs Manchester City (12:45pm)
I am going for a Manchester City win, they got back to winning ways against Sunderland in the league cup, while Tottenham lost to bitter rivals, Arsenal.
Manchester City also have a fantastic record against Tottenham in recent years.
Despite their shock defeat to West Ham at the Etihad last week I fully expect Manchester City to bounce back against here against Tottenham and come away with all three points.
Harry Kane just isn’t scoring at the moment which means Spurs are struggling for goals. The loss to a poor Arsenal side midweek in the Capital One Cup won’t have done much good for their confidence either.
Goals aren’t an issue for City with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Kevin De Bruyne in their side to name but a few.
And with the improvements they have made in defence, even if Vincent Kompany is out injured, they should have more than enough to deny Tottenham.
I’m going for a comfortable Manchester City win.
Leicester vs Arsenal (3pm)
Arsenal won against Spurs midweek in the league cup, after back to back losses against Zagreb and Chelsea. Leicester on the other hand, beat West Ham in the league cup, and are the only team in the Premier League unbeaten.
I am going to go for a draw in this game, Leicester are in terrific form and are at home.
Had Arsenal lost in midweek to Tottenham they would have been coming into this match on the back of three defeats and with how well Leicester have been performing under Claudio Ranieri I would have strongly thought they were capable of causing an upset.
Despite that I still think Leicester will get at least a draw out of this match and could potentially still nick it. They work hard, they are determined, they never give up and keep going to the end. All the kinds of things that cause Arsenal problems.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa (3pm)
Aston Villa will be glad that they played a day earlier in the league cup and Liverpool had to go all the way to penalties to beat Carlisle. Pressure is on Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool to get a result and a performance this weekend, which could be good news for Villa.
Despite this, I am going to go for a narrow Liverpool win, they will probably have a few chances and finally take one.
A game of picking who’s the worst side this one.
With Aston Villa’s record in recent seasons at Anfield along with all the talk surrounding Brendan Rodgers future and the pressure he and the Liverpool players must be under, I think Villa stand a very good chance of getting something out of this game.
The fact that Liverpool played a day later than Villa in the Capital One Cup and the fact that their match went all the way to penalties after extra-time won’t help either. What are the odds that that will be Rodgers excuse if Liverpool don’t win?
Manchester United vs Sunderland (3pm)
A Manchester United win. Manchester United got two back to back wins after disappointment in Europe and well, Sunderland aren’t very good and lost 4-1 to Manchester City midweek in the League cup.
Manchester United win all the way.
They are beginning to click, Anthony Martial looks great and is scoring fun, and Sunderland are just crap. How long before they sack their manager and start their usual revival?
Southampton vs Swansea (3pm)
This could be a great game, almost a shame it isn’t on TV. Southampton will come into this game with confidence, beating MK Dons 6-0 in the league cup, while Swansea will look to bounce back after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Hull City.
I am going to go for a Southampton win, they are at home and despite losing to Manchester United last weekend, they played well and it was a offside goal, a mistake and lazy defending which cost them, and they had chances, and forced a very good save from David De Gea.
Well this should be an interesting game between two very good sides.
Southampton look to be struggling this season, selling their best players looks like it has finally caught up with them. Last weekend against Manchester United (match review here) they started brightly but looked to lose confidence once Manchester United equalised.
As for Swansea they have gotten a couple of good results against the top sides in the Premier League but struggled against the sides around them and even below them.
I’m going to go for a draw with a couple of goals on this.
Stoke vs Bournemouth (3pm)
I don’t really know what way to go with this. I was thinking it could be a draw, but I just have a feeling it won’t be, then I was thinking that Bournemouth have played well and got results, while Stoke haven’t.
So, I am going to go for a Stoke win. Stoke at home are difficult and while Bournemouth have put him some good displays this season, I think this is the perfect game for Stoke to bounce back.
It’s hard to believe that Stoke haven’t won a game yet this season. Losing Ryan Shawcross to injury looks to have completely unsettled them at the back.
However at home to newly promoted Bournemouth, Stoke really should be winning. They certainly have the players.
West Ham vs Norwich (3pm)
I expect West Ham to bounce back from their league cup defeat with a win against Norwich.
West Ham have won away at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City so far this season, while struggling at home, but I think this is a game they can put their home form right.
Norwich got a good point against Liverpool last week, but then again Carlisle took them to penalties in the league cup midweek.
The question to be asked each week is, which West Ham will show up? The one that’s beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City away. Or the one that gives away silly red cards and concedes four as they lose at home to Bournemouth? Norwich seem to go through a similar pattern.
Surely after their amazing win at the Etihad last weekend West Ham will be coming into this one full of confidence, believing that they can beat Norwich?
Newcastle vs Chelsea (5:30pm)
Chelsea don’t have a great record at St James’ Park in recent years and Jose Mourinho has never won there, however Chelsea probably couldn’t face Newcastle away at a better time than right now.
Newcastle lost to Sheffield Wednesday reserves on Wednesday night and have only won one game this season, which was against Northampton Town. Chelsea meanwhile have won three in a row and seem to have gotten back on track after a very very bad start.
Considering the contrast in form and confidence right now, I am going for a Chelsea win.
Jose Mourinho has a poor record at St James Park but with how awful Newcastle are this season under Steve McClaren there is no excuse.
Newcastle have scored the fewest goals in the whole of English football, three, and they lost to Sheffield Wednesday’s reserves Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup. They are devoid of form and confidence.
Chelsea are finally beginning to look like they are clicking. They are playing better, the players are looking better, and they are looking more confident.
As a result I am going to go for a Chelsea win with a clean sheet. I think it is really important they keep a clean sheet in this one.
Sunday 27th September
Watford vs Crystal Palace
I am going to go for a Crystal Palace win, they are great away from home.
Crystal Palace will probably have confidence back after beating Charlton in the league cup midweek, and this isn’t good news for Watford, as Palace are lethal on the counter attack.
However, Palace will be wary of the same from Watford. Both teams can score goals, but both teams can concede as well, so i think we will see a few goals in this game.
However, for there away form, its Palace for me.
Tough one this but I think Crystal Palace will just edge it. They have a decent manager with plenty of experience in Alan Pardew, they have lots of quick talented players, and their style of playing on the break is more suited to playing away from home.
Monday 28th September
West Brom vs Everton
I am going to go for a narrow Everton win.
West Brom lost midweek, while Everton won, albeit the selection Tony Pulis picked showed he didn’t care for the league cup.
Pressure on this game will be on Pulis and West Brom because of this. The reason i think Everton will win as they have started the season very well, not just in terms of results but performances too.
Mind you, with the situation with Saido Berahino finally sorted, it means West Brom have their main goal scorer back in the team and happy, which isn’t good news for opposition.
And finally the Monday night game.
Tony Pulis put out a weakened side for the Capital One Cup side which means there’s added pressure on them coming into this one.
However Everton are a good side and they have been playing well this season. They were unlucky last time out against Swansea but have shown what they can do at times already this season.
I’m going to go for an Everton win here.