With just three days of rest between Matchday 13 and 14, there will likely be some weary legs as the clock ticks down during the Premier League’s midweek games.
With tired legs comes space to exploit, and that’s when the top players are at their devastating best.
Here’s a look at a full slate of predictions before we break down those players likely to shine during this week’s fixtures.
|Crystal Palace vs. West Ham||Dec. 3||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||BT Sport||0-1|
|Sunderland vs. Chelsea||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-2|
|Liverpool vs. Norwich City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||3-1|
|Arsenal vs. Hull City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||2-0|
|Southampton vs. Aston Villa||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-0|
|Stoke City vs. Cardiff City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-1|
|Swansea City vs. Newcastle||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||BT Sport||2-2|
|Man United vs. Everton||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||2-2|
|Fulham vs. Tottenham||Dec. 4||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||1-2|
|West Brom vs. Man City||Dec. 4||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||1-2|
Schedule via premierleague.com
Suarez produced possibly his most tame performance for Liverpool since his return from suspension in Sunday’s defeat to Hull City. But the Uruguayan is at his best with a point to prove, and he—more than most—will be looking to put in a good show this week.
Norwich are the visitors to Anfield, and the last time the Canaries faced off against a potent strike force they shipped seven goals. Suarez will drag the Norwich back line from side to side, and if he can get on the scoresheet early then the floodgates could open.
Liverpool will be without the services of Daniel Sturridge through injury, so the burden in front of goal will fall solely on Suarez’s shoulders. But that’s a burden the Uruguayan should be strong enough to handle.
For the umpteenth time this season, Ramsey produced a clinical display for Arsenal as they swept past Cardiff City on Matchday 13. He was at his devastating best, marauding forward and taking his two goals with ease.
6 - Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances. Dragon.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 2, 2013
Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates Wednesday night, and Ramsey will again look to prove the difference between the two sides.
Hull played with three central defenders for much of the game against Liverpool. If Steve Bruce deploys the same tactics in North London, then Olivier Giroud will find himself heavily marked.
This means that the Gunners midfield will have to play their part in the attacking third; expect Ramsey to be at the forefront once more.
Southampton’s eyes were opened to the harsh realities of the Premier League with defeats to both Arsenal and Chelsea away from home in their last two games.
But Southampton have proved in their opening 13 matches that their early-season form has been no fluke, and the Saints should return to winning ways when the misfiring Aston Villa visit the south of England on Wednesday.
Adam Lallana has been one of the Saints’ standout players this season, and despite two quiet games, the Englishman should once more prove his merit against Villa.
Paul Lambert’s side are relatively solid at the back, but Lallana has the skill and pace to open them up. The last time the 25-year-old played in front of his own fans he produced one of the performances of the season.
Expect the same on Matchday 14.
Negredo has looked unstoppable at times for Manchester City in recent weeks. He has bagged three goals and an assist in his last four games and should add to that tally against West Brom.
While much of the focus for opposition teams has been on stopping his strike partner Sergio Aguero, the Spanish forward has played his part by finding the net with frequent ease.
If City are to replicate their home form on the road then they will be dependent on the likes of Negredo to step up and be counted. So far he has proven to be a reliable player for his team.
8 - Alvaro Negredo has now scored eight goals in his last seven appearances for Manchester City (all comps). Rampant.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 1, 2013
Romelu Lukaku was a thorn in Manchester United’s side last season. In Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge, the then-West Brom forward bagged a second-half hat-trick, and he will relish the opportunity to take on United once more.
Lukaku has scored eight goals in his last nine league games for Everton, and he possesses the attributes to trouble United.
117 - Romelu Lukaku has the best minutes per goal rate in Premier League history (minimum 20 goals). Prolific.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 30, 2013
The champions often struggle against physical centre-forwards who put themselves about, so Lukaku could play a crucial role at Old Trafford this week.