After a two week break for International duty the players take to their club pitches as the Premiership returns for it’s fourth week. As an England fan I’m quite excited about watching some decent football again and there are some fantastic signings that could be making their debuts this weekend. Liverpool are currently top of the league with a full win record so far and at the bottom of the league Sunderland and West Brom are on a point each. Here is all the latest news for your teams this weekend.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
After a summer of failed signings Man United completed a £27.5million deal for Marouane Fellaini on deadline day and he could be making his first appearance in Red this weekend. It seems Moyes has a point to prove after losing to Liverpool and Crystal Palace could give him his first win at Old Trafford. Crystal Palace had a triumphant first win of the season against Sunderland, they won 3-1 at home and Holloway’s men will hopefully be buoyed by the result and will continue their form against United. It’s a tough game for Palace but they are facing a slightly weaker Man U team so anything could happen but I think Man United will win-Home Win
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Despite starting the season well with a win against Arsenal, Villa have slipped the last two games and suffered losses to Chelsea and Liverpool-both really tough games with the opposition in great form. Villa have still improved the way they play though and definitely look a lot stronger than they did last season. Newcastle have had a mixed start but they sit above Villa by one point after their 1-0 win at Craven Cottage. With both teams so close in the league this could easily be a Draw
Fulham v West Brom
The Baggies take to Craven cottage in desperate need of a win as they have made a shocking start to the season, a far cry from last year when they were in the top 6 for the first months and the biggest issue on Clarke’s mind is the fact that they haven’t scored a goal yet. Fulham aren’t that much further above them in the league sitting just outside the relegation zone on 3 points but their home record is terrible having lost their last 5 in the Premier League. Both teams are on the rebound from losses and are struggling with form so I think it will be Draw
Hull City v Cardiff City
The two newly promoted clubs meet this weekend for their first game since playing in the Championship last season, and it’s been a different story for both clubs this season. Cardiff have had the better start as they have taken 4 points from their first 3 games including a sensational win against Man City. Hull have struggled through a hard start and only have 1 win behind them and they currently sit near the bottom of the bottom of the league in the relegation zone. It will be a comfortable game between these two and whilst it could be a draw I’m going to go for an Away Win
Stoke City v Man City
Stoke take on Manchester City where we will see Mark Hughes take on his old club for the first time since joining his new club. Both teams are on equal points in the league after winning 2 out of 3 of their games so far and the new managers are finding their feet and tweaking the teams to find the perfect fit. City have Silva doubtful and Kompany still out and Stoke have a full team apart from Adam and Whelan who are doubtful. Stoke are at home and they always play a defensive game there so I don’t think City will put many past them but I think it will be Away Win.
Sunderland v Arsenal
Arsenal travel to Sunderland this week with slightly less pressure on Arsene Wenger after the club broke their record transfer with the signing of Mesut Özil and there’s a fair chance they will show off their new signing at some point on Saturday. Di Canio has had a tough week in the media after an organised friendly behind closed doors this week between the first team and reserves was leaked to the press, Di Canio was especially angry at the result after the first team lost. It was a shaky start to both teams but Arsenal have bounced back and I have predicted Away Win.
Tottenham v Norwich
Spurs are taking on the Canaries at White Hart lane in their first game since selling Bale to Real Madrid for a record-breaking £85million but all eyes will be on the news signings that would be making their debuts this week. Villas-Boas admitted this week that his team are already out of the title race after selling Bale and bringing in new players but still remains positive that they can do well this season. Norwich have started with a win, draw and a defeat which isn’t all that bad as they have generally played well and shown improvement and they beat Southampton 1-0 before the International break. I think Tottenham will ease to a Home Win
Everton v Chelsea
Everton v Chelsea could be a game that could go any way, I struggle when they play each other because the outcome is always unpredictable between these two teams. Chelsea have reverted to their strong defensive form under Mourinho and played well over the last few weeks and a haven’t lost a game so far this season so they are looking pretty strong. Everton however will be looking to prove a point this weekend after losing key player Fellaini to Man United so there is every chance they could come out and win. Draw
Southampton v West Ham
Southampton take on the Hammers at St Mary’s this weekend and this looks set to be a good game with Saints striker Rickie Lambert on fine form. West Ham still have a few issues within the team in terms of linking play but it’s only a matter of time before the players gel and they improve. After both teams making improvements in the summer it’s a case of who is stronger on the day. However I think Southampton will win this game with ease-Home Win
Swansea v Liverpool
Swansea take on Liverpool at home and this is another one of those games where the result could go either way. Liverpool are off to a cracking start despite being without main striker Suarez and they look very strong after their summer of improvement. They are so far unbeaten and sit at the top of the league with 9 points but they only have 1 available striker to play as Sturridge is injured but there’s no denying they seem unstoppable at the moment. Swansea might have had a rough start to the season but they bounced back with a win before the International break so they will give it their all. Away Win for me though, Liverpool just look too strong.
Enjoy the football wherever you are this weekend and look out for those exciting debut players.