This is going to be a wild season in the Premier League. We need look no further than last week for evidence of that.
The mighty teams from Manchester fell to the likes of West Brom and Aston Villa. And the top of the EPL table sees the likes of Tottenham and Everton in the top four.
This all sets up for fantastic theater. Of course, it makes making a few predictions a little tricky. That said, below the schedule for Sunday's action, I offer up three predictions I feel fairly confident about.
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Time||Prediction|
|Norwich City vs. Chelsea||8:30 a.m. ET/1:30 p.m. BST||0-1|
|Southhampton vs. Swanswea City||8:30 a.m. ET/1:30 p.m. BST||2-1|
|Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United||11 a.m./4 p.m. BST||2-2|
|West Bromwhich Albion vs. Arsenal||11 a.m./4 p.m. BST||0-2|
Southampton vs. Swansea
Southampton and Swansea will meet at St. Mary's after both have surged out of the gate. That has put more emphasis on this match than could've been anticipated at the start of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino has brought out the best in Southampton since taking the reins. The passing is greatly improved and the team is far more efficient. The improvements have led to a Southampton sitting just four points behind Arsenal with 11 points. Last Season, the calendar had very nearly struck December when Southampton picked up its 11th point.
Meanwhile, Swansea City is has picked up seven points and been impressive. They will look to battle back after a tough 2-1 home loss to Arsenal, and stand a solid chance to do just that. However, with Southampton's momentum and the home pitch, I arrive at the below prediction.
Prediction: Southampton 2, Swansea 1
Norwich City vs. Chelsea
Chelsea earned a solid draw last week while playing on the road against Tottenham. That was a 1-1 affair, and the low-scoring contest is no surprise.
Chelsea have made it difficult for anyone to score on them.
Meanwhile, Norwich have scored just one goal in their last three EPL contests. Where are their goals going to come from in this contest? My answer is that they won't.
Norwich will get a boost from playing this match at home, but that will only be good enough to keep this one close.
Prediction: Chelsea 1, Norwich 0
West Brom vs. Arsenal
It's been three years since West Brom defeated Arsenal, and I don't see that streak ending this week. Albion picked up their second consecutive EPL win this past Saturday. That was also their first two wins of the season.
While the first came against Sunderland, the second came at Old Trafford, and that has to be a nice confidence booster. Still, that doesn't mean this team is ready for Arsenal.
These two just met on Sept. 25 and battled to a draw. However, that was in a Capitol Once Cup match. The Gunners team that West Brom will face this Sunday will be a different animal.
Last week, Arsenal earned victories over Marseille and Stoke, and their strong form to the start of this EPL season is showing no signs of slowing down.
Prediction: Arsenal 2, West Brom 0