EPL Week 2 Predictions: Quick Forecasts for 2nd-Round Fixtures
Manchester City's comfortable 4-0 home victory over Newcastle on Monday night completed the first round of Premier League fixtures, with mixed performances and results for teams up and down the land.
Many top-flight managers will be doubly busy this week as they continue their transfer-window business while preparing for their second match of the new campaign.
But, with no international friendlies getting in the way of preparations, fans will expect to see their clubs play to their potential this weekend.
Including Chelsea's rearranged home game with Aston Villa, there are 11 intriguing contests over the next seven days as every club plays either at home or away for the first time.
Here's a look at how those matches will end up.
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa: Wednesday, August 21
Both sides started the new season with impressive wins and will be in a confident mood heading into this rearranged fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor will cause a threat to the Chelsea defence, but Jose Mourinho's men will be too strong on home soil.
Chelsea 3-1 Aston Villa
Fulham vs. Arsenal: Saturday, August 24
After contrasting results last weekend, under pressure Arsenal take on a Fulham side buoyed by their opening-day away win at Sunderland.
Martin Jol has bought well in the transfer window, and new signing Scott Parker can help the Cottagers dominate Arsene Wenger's injury-hit side in midfield.
Fulham 2-1 Arsenal
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion: Saturday, August 24
Roberto Martinez's first competitive home game in charge of Everton sees West Brom, who are without a point after losing to Southampton, visit Goodison Park.
The Toffees played some excellent football in their opening-day draw with Norwich and will be too much to handle for Steve Clarke's men.
Everton 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Hull City vs. Norwich City: Saturday, August 24
Newly promoted Hull welcome Norwich to the KC Stadium for their first home fixture back as a top-flight club.
The Tigers will need to pick up points at home if they're to survive, but the Canaries will prove difficult to beat with key players returning from injury and suspension.
Hull City 1-1 Norwich City
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United: Saturday, August 24
On the back of their humiliating defeat to Manchester City, Newcastle host a West Ham side who comfortably swept aside Cardiff at Upton Park last weekend.
The Magpies' home advantage should help them edge out a win against a side who struggled for form on the road last season.
Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United
Southampton vs. Sunderland: Saturday, August 24
There were contrasting results for these two sides on the opening day, with Saints winning 1-0 away and Sunderland losing 1-0 at home.
Mauricio Pochettino's men can continue their good start against a Black Cats side who are still gelling as a team.
Southampton 2-1 Sunderland
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace: Saturday, August 24
Both Stoke and Palace suffered 1-0 defeats on the opening weekend, and both will be desperate for three points to start their bid to avoid relegation.
Ian Holloway's side will battle hard, but Stoke's experience will shine through at the Britannia Stadium in a narrow win.
Stoke City 2-1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool: Saturday, August 24
Villa will be playing their third game in eight days against a Liverpool side who looked impressive at times during their 1-0 win over Stoke.
The Reds, still without the suspended Luis Suarez, will add another point to their tally at Villa Park.
Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
Cardiff City vs. Manchester City: Sunday, August 25
Cardiff host title-chasing Manchester City in their first-ever Premier League home game after a less-than-impressive away defeat to West Ham last weekend.
The Bluebirds will be fired up for this one, but City's superior players will make the difference in south Wales.
Cardiff City 1-3 Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City: Sunday, August 25
Michael Laudrup's Swansea endured a difficult first game, going down 4-1 at home to champions Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium.
Things won't get any easier here as Spurs add another three points to those they picked up at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Swansea City
Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Monday, August 26
Undoubtedly the biggest game of the second week, David Moyes faces the first big challenge of his United career as Mourinho brings his Chelsea team to Old Trafford.
Neither side will want to lose so early in the season, so expect a tight affair and the points to be shared.
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
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