Last week's Manchester derby might not have changed a whole lot in terms of the title race, but there's still plenty of key things to be watching for in the Premier League.
Who will emerge as a winner from the race for the top four? Can Arsenal finally make the jump back into the Champions League spots, or will they succumb to another shock loss? And who's going to see their relegation survival plans helped or hindered this week by their performances?
Want predictions from every game in the English Premier League this week?
Our expert Bleacher Report writers have got them, so click on to find out who they see winning and losing from the week's domestic action.
For those not familiar with the way this works, each writer has to pick a team and a score for every match in the Premier League that week.
A correct pick (e.g. Chelsea win) will earn him one point, and a correct score (e.g. Chelsea win 3-0) sees him earn three points.
Also, until the remainder of the season, our writers will try to predict one player from the week's action who will score a goal. Can be any team and any player, but the only rule is they cannot pick the same player to score more than two weeks in a row. And if he doesn't play, then too bad.
A correct selection will earn them five points.
Let's take a look at our Bleacher Report experts and how their predictions have held up through the opening weeks of the competition.
|Dan Talintyre||Breaking news and world football writer||286 points|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||World football featured columnist||279 points|
|Karl Matchett||World football staff writer||248 points|
|Joe Tansey||World football featured columnist||245 points|
|Michael Cummings||World football lead blogger and writer||239 points|
|Will Tidey||World football editor and lead writer||237 points|
|Sam Tighe||World football tactical analyst||223 points|
As mentioned before, from now until the end of the season, our Bleacher Report writers will try to pick a player every week to score at least one goal—which they'll earn extra points for if they can.
They cannot pick the same player two weeks in a row.
Let's take a look who our Bleacher Report writers like to find the back of the net this weekend.
|Dan Talintyre||Luis Suarez, Liverpool|
|Joe Tansey||Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers|
|Karl Matchett||Olivier Giroud, Arsenal|
|Michael Cummings||Luis Suarez, Liverpool|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Luis Suarez, Liverpool|
|Sam Tighe||Christian Benteke, Aston Villa|
|Will Tidey||Wayne Rooney, Manchester United|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal will look to jump into the top four this week when they take on Norwich City at the Emirates—a game they would be very disappointed with if they did not walk away with a victory.
The Gunners have won three in a row whereas their opponents have won just once away home all season, which could make for a very easy win for Arsenal here.
However, Norwich have already beaten the Gunners this year (1-0 at Carrow Road), when many were expecting the North London club to dominate. Could we be in for a repeat of that performance in this one, or will the Londoners—with their eyes on the top four—be too strong here?
|Dan Talintyre||Arsenal win 3-0|
|Joe Tansey||Arsenal win 2-1|
|Karl Matchett||Arsenal win 3-0|
|Michael Cummings||Arsenal win 2-1|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Arsenal win 2-0|
|Sam Tighe||Arsenal win 3-0|
|Will Tidey||Arsenal win 3-0|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Villa Park
Having played their way out of the bottom three, Aston Villa will be looking to continue their impressive performances of late when they welcome Fulham to Villa Park this week.
The Cottagers aren't the strongest team away from home, but have shown some good road form in recent weeks, and will be tough to break down in this one—even with the Villans knowing that three points here could mean the difference between relegation and survival.
Look for plenty of emotion and feeling in this one from the home side, but will that be enough to get them over the line with victory against Fulham?
|Dan Talintyre||Aston Villa win 2-0|
|Joe Tansey||Aston Villa win 1-0|
|Karl Matchett||Aston Villa win 2-1|
|Michael Cummings||Aston Villa win 2-1|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Aston Villa win 2-1|
|Sam Tighe||Aston Villa win 2-1|
|Will Tidey||Aston Villa win 2-0|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Goodison Park
Everton have been particularly strong all season at home, and will look to continue that dominance when they welcome a struggling Queens Park Rangers side to Merseyside.
QPR did show some resistance in their quest to avoid relegation, but with only one point gained from their last three weeks, have seemingly all but given up that chance of remaining in the top flight—something that could well be confirmed with defeat in this one.
The home side are heavily favored and should walk away with a win here, especially given that they still have a sneaky chance to make a run at the top four in 2013.
|Dan Talintyre||Everton win 3-1|
|Joe Tansey||Everton win 2-1|
|Karl Matchett||Everton win 2-0|
|Michael Cummings||Everton win 2-1|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Everton win 2-1|
|Sam Tighe||Everton win 2-1|
|Will Tidey||Draw, 1-1|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET, St. Mary's Stadium
It seemed only weeks ago that Southampton were cellar dwellers in the Premier League, but thanks to some inspired performances, the Saints are all the way up in 11th position.
They've overtaken West Ham as the Premier League's best newcomer this season, and will be looking to crack into the top half of the table this week with a win at home. Which, given their three-game winning streak, will be a very tough for the Hammers to stop.
West Ham have been poor on the road all season, but showed great determination to hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in their last away fixture. Can they back that up with another gritty performance here, or will the Saints be too strong in front of their home fans on the day?
|Dan Talintyre||Southampton win 2-1|
|Joe Tansey||Southampton win 2-1|
|Karl Matchett||Southampton win 2-1|
|Michael Cummings||Southampton win 1-0|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Southampton win 2-1|
|Sam Tighe||Draw, 1-1|
|Will Tidey||West Ham win 1-0|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Madejski Stadium
The best goal-scoring team in 2013 in Liverpool will take on the worst team in the Premier League in Reading this week, who also happen to have the worst defensive record in the competition.
The Royals are dead last and seemingly devoid of any chance of staying alive this year, which should mean that the Reds' attacking dominance continues in this away fixture.
Brendan Rodgers' side chalked up over 25 shots when they played Reading earlier in the year, and whilst that only produced the one goal, it was clear just how dominant their attack can be against Reading. And given that they've got a much stronger lineup now, look for the Reds to continue their winning ways with another big performance here as they rectify their mistakes from last week.
|Dan Talintyre||Liverpool win 4-1|
|Joe Tansey||Liverpool win 3-1|
|Karl Matchett||Liverpool win 3-0|
|Michael Cummings||Liverpool win 2-0|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Liverpool win 3-1|
|Sam Tighe||Liverpool win 3-1|
|Will Tidey||Draw, 1-1|
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. ET, St. James' Park
Another Tyne-Wear derby this weekend from Newcastle and Sunderland should make for a very fascinating affair, but perhaps even more so given the threat of relegation hanging over both sides.
The Magpies' winter transfer purchases have helped them move away from the drop zone, but they're still only five points away from 18th-place Wigan and will be desperate not to slip back down the table again—something that will resonate with Sunderland also, as they're just goal difference away from Roberto Martinez's side.
Which team will take a serious hit in their bid for survival this week?
|Dan Talintyre||Newcastle win 3-2|
|Joe Tansey||Draw, 1-1|
|Karl Matchett||Draw, 1-1|
|Michael Cummings||Draw, 1-1|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Newcastle win 2-1|
|Sam Tighe||Newcastle win 2-1|
|Will Tidey||Draw, 2-2|
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9:05 a.m. ET, Britannia Stadium
Having dropped three points to Manchester City last weekend, Manchester United will be desperate to get back to their winning ways with a dominant performance against Stoke City.
The Red Devils outplayed the Potters when they met earlier in the year, but with the Britannia Stadium the venue this time—one of the more difficult road trips to take—United most certainly won't have it all their own way again as they seek to wrap up the Premier League title.
Stoke haven't won in their last six games and have slipped down the league table to just one win outside the bottom three as a result of that.
Taking on the champions-elect isn't the ideal thing to help them in their bid for survival either, and they'll need a big showing if they're going to win here.
|Dan Talintyre||Manchester United win 2-1|
|Joe Tansey||Manchester United win 3-1|
|Karl Matchett||Manchester United win 2-1|
|Michael Cummings||Manchester United win 3-1|
|Mohamed Al-Hendy||Manchester United win 3-1|
|Sam Tighe||Manchester United win 1-0|
|Will Tidey||Manchester United win 3-1|
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