Last year's champions. This year's leaders atop the table. Nothing will dominate Premier League coverage this week quite like Manchester United hosting Arsenal on Sunday, easily the match of the weekend.
In fact, with most of the top clubs hosting inferior teams outside of Tottenham—they get a Newcastle side that just beat Chelsea, 2-0—a matchup between the Gunners and Red Devils will easily be the highlight on this week's slate of games.
But there are still 10 matches in total, which means 10 separate sets of predictions need to be made. For that, you've come to the right place.
|Aston Villa||Cardiff City||Aston Villa wins, 2-1|
|Chelsea||West Brom||Chelsea wins, 2-0|
|Crystal Palace||Everton||Everton wins, 2-0|
|Liverpool||Fulham||Liverpool wins, 3-0|
|Southampton||Hull City||Southampton wins, 1-0|
|Norwich City||West Ham||Draw, 1-1|
|Tottenham||Newcastle||Tottenham wins, 2-1|
|Sunderland||Manchester City||Manchester City wins, 3-0|
|Manchester United||Arsenal||Draw, 2-2|
|Swansea City||Stoke City||Draw, 1-1|
I'm putting Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in the "virtually guaranteed to win" pile for this week. Even though they've had their struggles on the road, the Citizens and their whopping—and league-leading—28 league goals this season should easily dispatch of Sunderland (22 goals allowed, worst in the league).
Likewise, Everton should easily handle a Crystal Palace team that has an abysmal goal differential of minus-15. Even on the road, this should be a comfortable win for the Toffees.
Chelsea have lost just one road game this season in the Champions League against Basel, so it's hard to imagine West Brom taking any points off the Blues. Likewise, Liverpool have just one loss at home thus far—1-0 against Southampton—and Fulham aren't strong enough defensively to slow down Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
The Tottenham versus Newcastle match is intriguing. The Magpies have scored 14 goals in their last eight Premier League matches after being held scoreless in two games to start the season, earning 14 points in those games.
But Tottenham have given up just five goals on the season and look like they have a solid enough defense to bottle up on-form striker Loic Remy. Newcastle has enough momentum that shutting them out will be quite difficult, but Spurs should earn a win at White Hart Lane.
Let's move to the big match of the week, Arsenal versus Manchester United. There's no doubt that Arsenal is likely to control the midfield in this contest, as United struggle to account for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla buzzing around the midfield and interchanging as they one-two their way into the box.
Which team wins?
But the Arsenal defense—despite back-to-back clean sheets—has been vulnerable at times this season, and it's hard to see them completely blanking Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
This has the feel of a game that will see Arsenal control possession and score a pretty goal or two but one in which United will be deadly on the counter-attack and at least earn a point in front of their home crowd.