Short week, short piece.
You know the drill: I say a club is going to win, you ream me in the comments and claim they’re going to lose, and then we both end up sour-faced when they draw.
Picking matches in the Premier League is darn near impossible but somebody has to do it.
Manchester United v. Newcastle United (Sat 7:45am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)
On Tuesday we shot our weekly PST Extra video (embed above) and I gave Newcastle a ton of love.
But after witnessing the 3-0 battering they received from a reduced Swansea City side, I have to admit I’m a bit worried about the accuracy of my prediction.
Manchester United 2 Newcastle 2
Crystal Palace v. Cardiff City (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; Selhurst Park)
Just another opportunity for Tony Pulis to raise his profile around Selhurst Park.
A draw will do the trick.
Crystal Palace 1 Cardiff City 1
Sunderland v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sat 12:30pm ET on NBC; Stadium of Light)
Anyone ready for Sunderland to make their third big-splash win of the season?
I am. The Black Cats have played increasingly better soccer since Gus Poyet arrived. They gave Chelsea a run for their money on Wednesday. On Saturday, I think they pickpocket Spurs.
Sunderland 2 Tottenham 1
Arsenal v. Everton (11:00am ET on NBCSN; Emirates Stadium)
Sexy match, this one.
Tiki-taka? Not quite. But there will be goals.
And – perhaps no longer ‘surprisingly’ given Wednesdays win – the majority will come from the Toffees.
Arsenal 2 Everton 3
SQUEAKY BUM TIME
Fulham v. Aston Villa (8:30am ET on NBCSN; Craven Cottage)
Fulham 0 Aston Villa 0
Liverpool v. West Ham United (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; Anfield)
If you have yet to watch Luis Suarez’ highlights from Wednesday drop everything and do so immediately. Dude is an absolute maniac. He literally can’t stop scoring (sick) goals.
Cake walk for the ‘Pool.
Liverpool 4 West Ham 2
Southampton v. Manchester City (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; St. Mary’s Stadium)
Saints have lost two on the trot. Can they stop the slide with road-sloppy Man City?
‘Over the line! Mark it a 0, dude.’
Southampton 0 Manchester City 2
Stoke City v. Chelsea (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; Britannia Stadium)
Chelsea do it ugly.
Stoke 1 Chelsea 3
West Bromwich Albion v. Norwich City (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; The Hawthorns)
The Baggies showed some quality late in Wednesday’s match against City. I don’t think they’ll need those final second heroics against Norwich.
West Brom 3 Norwich City 1
Swansea City v. Hull City (Mon 3:00pm ET on NBCSN; Liberty Stadium)
The Swans may be turning the corner while Hull looks to be falling into it.
Swansea City 2 Hull City 0