This weekend’s English Premier League tilts represent another exciting slate of action in the young 2013 season.
With every match being as crucial as the next, teams can’t afford to get behind in the table standings. That makes Manchester City and Manchester United’s draw as critical as any match they’ll play this year.
Will there be more surprises this weekend? Or, will the favorites defend their home grass and earn an ever-important three points?
Here’s a look at some predictions for every weekend matchup and three locks to do just that.
|Norwich vs. Aston Villa||Sat., Sept. 21||7:45 a.m.||Draw|
|Liverpool vs. Southampton||Sat., Sept. 21||10 a.m.||Liverpool|
|Newcastle United vs. Hull City||Sat., Sept. 21||10 a.m.||Newcastle|
|West Brom vs. Sunderland||Sat., Sept. 21||10 a.m.||West Brom|
|West Ham vs. Everton||Sat., Sept. 21||10 a.m.||Everton|
|Chelsea vs. Fulham||Sat., Sept. 21||12:30 p.m.||Chelsea|
|Arsenal vs. Stoke City||Sun., Sept. 22||8:30 p.m.||Arsenal|
|Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City||Sun., Sept. 22||8:30 p.m.||Swansea|
|Cardiff City vs. Tottenham||Sun., Sept. 22||11 a.m.||Tottenham|
|Manchester City vs. Manchester United||Sun., Sept. 22||11 a.m.||Man. United|
Check out the latest EPL standings at PremierLeague.com.
Anfield has been rocking as Liverpool has started out better than they could have ever hoped, securing 10 points and the top spot on the EPL table after four matches into the 2013 season.
There’s still a lot of football left to play, but Brendan Rodgers’ side is in a great position to add three more points to their tally with a home tilt against Southampton in Week 5.
The Saints would have a difficult time contending with Liverpool at any venue, but coming into a hostile Anfield looking for an upset is a task too heavy for the inexperienced side.
Expect an easy win, one highlighted by another score by Daniel Strurridge, who already has four after four fixtures.
Prediction: Liverpool 3, Southampton 0
New manager Jose Mourinho let some talented players go before the transfer deadline window, but he could afford to—he has some of the top talent in England on his side.
Chelsea haven’t done the best job finding the back of the net to this point—goalless in their last two fixtures—but they’ll get a reprieve against a much less talented Fulham squad in Week 5.
Expect Mourinho’s club to keep the Stamford Bridge masses happy by producing a couple of goals. It might not end up as convincing as I’m predicting, but they’ll add another three points to their total to keep pace with the top sides of the league.
Prediction: Fulham 0, Chelsea 2
Does Everton win three points at Boleyn Ground?
Coming off of a big upset win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, Everton sets their sights on another three points against West Ham.
The Irons’ inability to score has been an early storyline for the club. That problem won’t get fixed this weekend against a club that has allowed just two goals all season.
After finishing in the top six last year, and coming off of an upset over Chelsea, Everton is beginning to gain confidence in its abilities. That confidence, and success against top teams, will carry them to three points while visiting Boleyn Ground in Week 5.
Prediction: West Ham 1, Everton 2