After two weeks without any games due to the international break, I bet you’re itching for some Premier League action.
Don’t fret, 10 games are coming your way this weekend and I’ve been gazing into a glass ball all day trying to see which way things will go. There are plenty of tired players out there after international duty, so expect some shocks in Week 8.
Here’s how I see things taking shape:
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West Brom vs. Manchester United – (Monday, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET)
With LVG’s side stacked in attack, I can see them tearing the Baggies apart. Di Maria, Falcao, Mata and RVP looked to be clicking before the break. Expect them to pick things back up.
West Brom 1-3 Manchester United
Southampton vs. Sunderland – (Saturday , Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
Saints wavered against Spurs before the break but they have shown they are a top 10 team. Sunderland beat Stoke for their first win of the season last time out, but they’ll have to wait a bit longer for the second. Graziano Pelle, PL player of the month, may have a field day.
Southampton 2-0 Sunderland
QPR vs. Liverpool – (Sunday, NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. ET
So many questions flying around about the Reds but Adam Lallana’s superb display and goal vs. West Brom oozed class. If Raheem Sterling is fit, he will rip his old team apart. With QPR reeling after five defeats in seven, you have to plump for Rodgers’ men. Away win.
QPR 0-3 Liverpool
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
I see that fight, spirit and belief in the eyes of Alan Pardew’s players. They want to turn this around. A home game against newly-promoted Leicester is the perfect match to get a first win of the season. Magpies to maul the Foxes.
Newcastle 3-1 Leicester City
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Stoke City vs. Swansea City – (Sunday, NBCSN, 11 a.m. ET)
The Potters are having and up and down season and Swansea are without a win in four. Probably a draw, but you just never know what you’re going to get from these two.
Stoke City 1-1 Swansea City
Burnley vs. West Ham United – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
Too close to call this one. Burnley are so stubborn and so are West Ham. Plenty of long balls here but have a feeling the Clarets may sneak it. That said, stay clear.
Burnley 2-1 West Ham
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea – (Saturday, NBCSN, 10 a.m. ET)
This match could go either way, as Chelsea may be without Diego Costa. The Blues lost 1-0 in South London last season and this will be a feisty affair at Selhurst. If they edge out a win, that’s Championship form from Chelsea.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
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Manchester City vs. Tottenham – (Saturday, NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Okay, bit of a long shot here… But I’m going for it. Pochettino’s boys high-pressed the heck out of Southampton last week and looks solid at the back. If they can replicate that, I fancy them to sneak a win at the Etihad.
Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham
Arsenal vs. Hull City – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
This is another one that is out there too, but with Arsenal’s severe defensive issues and Hull’s offensive explosion over the past few games, I fancy the Tigers to nick a point. At least. Then again, Theo Walcott could be the hero on his return…
Arsenal 2-2 Hull City
Everton vs. Aston Villa – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
It’s been hard for both of these teams of late, with Everton struggling defensively and Villa losing to Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Christian Benteke is back for Villa, plus the battle of the USMNT ‘keepers will take place in goal with Howard vs. Guzan. Villa may keep the Toffees’ misery going.
Everton 1-2 Aston Villa