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Man Utd vs Arsenal
What away to kick-off the weekend. Neither manager has quite worked out their best starting elevens yet but with United it doesn't seem to matter who they pick or what formation they play - the goals are always going to come. Arsenal, on the other hand are yet to find a forward who can consistently perform week in week out. With both sides conceding five in the mid-week Capital Cup fixtures I expect plenty more goals today. Santi Cazorla is more than capable of unlocking a weak United defence but it won't be enough to match Van Persie's tally.
Man Utd Win
Fulham vs Everton
This is a tricky one because although Fulham are very strong at home, Everton have been equally impressive on the road. Steven Pienaar returns form suspension to add that extra dimension to the Toffees' midfield. Dimitar Berbatov has been declared fit and after impressing from the bench against Reading, Bryan Ruiz is expected to return to the starting line-up. The statistics suggest this should be a high scoring game, but I think both sides will cancel each other out.
Norwich vs Stoke
I'm certain this will be the last game shown on MOTD, Saturday evening. Norwich are on a good run at the moment but Stoke are so content to play the majority of the 90 minutes in their own half making them very difficult to breach and very unlikely to score. Tony Pulis has indicated that he is intent on being more aggressive away from home but this still looks like a low scoring draw to me.
Sunderland vs Aston Villa
This game offers Martin O'Neill a great opportunity to get the ball rolling again. Paul Lambert's side are looking increasingly like the mind-numbingly dull outfit of last season. This could be another morbid affair, but if you are hoping for fireworks you can be sure Lee Cattermole will bring the sparklers and if Sessegnon scores, we will see his Catherine Wheel.
Swansea vs Chelsea
Swansea will really fancy this one off the back of a plucky defeat to City and a glorious victory over Liverpool. Chelsea could be without the influential Juan Mata but with the likes of Moses and Marin waiting in the wings DiMatteo need not bother risking the Spaniard. Swansea have conceded in all but one of their home games this season and they seem all too reliant on Michu for goals.
Tottenham vs Wigan
West Ham vs Man City
Man City have the best form in the league with 4 wins in their last 4 games. In the back of his mind Mancini will know that they are all but out of the Champions League and will not be resting anyone this weekend. West Ham will be hard to break down at home but City have too much fire power. The tussle between Carroll and Kompany will be epic.
Man City Win
|When Giants Collide|
QPR have been woeful at home this season and this has to change if Mark Hughes wants to keep his job. Reading have shown in their last two games that they are capable of scoring goals........ and conceding just as many. Expect a big win for Rangers on Sunday!
Liverpool vs Newcastle
This fixture has a reputation for producing high-scoring thrillers in the past, however I do not expect Sunday's fixture to be a classic as in five home games this season, Liverpool have only scored 4 goals and conceded 6. I have a lot of respect for Brendan Rodgers and although it will take time I expect his side to finish the season very strongly. His counter-part, Alan Pardew, has been very lippy of late and his relationship with his players is questionable. The Helium in the Newcastle balloon is running out and their manager's prediction of a top 4 finish is way off.
West Brom vs Southampton
Surprisingly the Baggie's seem to have fantastic squad depth this season. If Shane Long fails a late fitness test then the imperious Romelu Lukaku represents a more than adequate replacement. Southampton have conceded at least 3 goals in all their away games so far and this will be no different.
Fulham/Everton Draw and Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham all to Win @ 13/1
Norwich/Stoke Draw and QPR, Man Utd all to Win @ 10/1
Chelsea, Sunderland and WBA all to Win @ 6/1