Premier League Predictions: Tottenham/Chelsea Highlights Weekend

27 September 2013

Kickoff times are EDT. PLET stands for Premier League Extra Time. All games available on NBC Live Extra. Check your provider for availability.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (Saturday 7:45 am, NBCSN): By 9:40 on Saturday morning, we will know if either one of these sides are serious title contenders. Spurs defense has been rock solid, their attack has had no problems getting chances on goal, but their conversion ratio is pretty low. Chelsea have been all flair with no substance early on in Jose Mourinho's return and have yet to have a real result to hang their hat on. Let us also not forget this is a match that AVB wants to win in the worst possible way. I can promise you this game will not play out like the 2-4 Chelsea win last season in one of the craziest games I've ever listened to on the radio. Expect Jose to set out exactly like he did against Manchester United and counter whenever they feel it necessary. It will be curious to see if Jose gives Mata a start in this game, and if he uses Torres or Eto'o up top. When it's all said and done, I expect a goal to be scored. However, until Spurs can prove they can get results with regularity against the sides that the pundits consider title contenders, I have to tip Chelsea to steal three points at the lane. Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 1

Aston Villa v Manchester City (Saturday 10:00 am, NBCSN): You could almost say that Manchester City is fortunate to be getting Aston Villa when they are. With no Christian Benteke, we will see what Libor Kozak is made of. Since Aguero and Silva having minor injuries for Manchester City, they are going to be saved for Bayern Munich in the Champions League. It's also a benefit for City that Eden Dzeko has a better goal scoring record on the road. Manchester City have flat out been awful away from home early on this season, however they picked the right opponent to get things back on track. I expect City to get an early goal here, and struggle to put this game away. Prediction: Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 10:00 am, PLET): At least David Moyes shut a few people up after beating Liverpool midweek. This won't finish 5-5 like last season's finale did. Could this be a repeat of United/Palace a few weeks ago? It is very possible, just without the red card. Either way, this is going to be an ugly affair at Old Trafford. Prediction: Manchester United 2 West Bromwich Albion 0

Southampton v Crystal Palace (Saturday 10:00 am, PLET): Southampton have to be one of the oddest teams I've seen this season. One week they can create with the best clubs, and in other weeks they couldn't a chance if their lives depended on it. Crystal Palace has to quit with this mentality of 'just hanging on'. So far it has failed. If Southampton is persistent enough on Saturday, they should have no problems getting all three points in a blowout. Prediction: Southampton 4 Crystal Palace 1

Hull City v West Ham United (Saturday 10:00 am, PLET): After late heroics last week against Newcastle United, this game has that classic 'post big win disappointment' written all over it. I expect West Ham to defend much better than they did last week, and Hull City struggle mightily to convert their chances. This will be 'fun' to watch but for all the wrong reasons. Prediction: Hull City 0 West Ham United 0

Fulham v Cardiff City (Saturday 10:00 am, PLET): After this game, we will if Fulham have any hopes of getting away from the relegation fight, or if Cardiff City were just one hit wonders. While I don't expect Martin Jol's job to be in jeopardy yet, if Fulham find a way to lose this game, his feet could very well be getting hot. The problem is, without Maarten Stekelenburg, I don't see how Fulham can win this game. If Cardiff can be a little more direct, they might get their first win since they upset Manchester City. Needless to say, don't expect this game to make many fans out of the beautiful game. Prediction: Fulham 0 Cardiff City 1

Swansea City v Arsenal (Saturday 12:30 pm, NBC): This fixture has been tricky for Arsenal to navigate since Swansea City was promoted into the Premier League. With Walcott out, and fitness tests needed for Ramsey and Flamini it could be an interesting midfield Wenger has to put out. Swansea City, League Cup aside, have looked progressively better since their second half performance against Liverpool. I have a sneaky suspicion this could be the most entertaining game of the weekend. However, that's not really saying much. Expect Ozil to continue his sublime distribution, and for the Michu/Bony partnership to again be lively. Call me crazy, but I see honors even after this one. Prediction: Swansea City 1 Arsenal 1

Stoke City v Norwich City (Sunday 8:30 am, NBCSN): I almost don't want to say anything about this game out of protest. This is going to be 90 dire minutes of football. However, if Norwich City can somehow get the first goal here, Stoke could be in a little trouble. I will be curious to see how Gary Hooper performs. He has to be better what Van Wolfswinkel has done. While I'll be up for it, I'd rather sleep in. Prediction: Stoke City 0 Norwich City 1

Sunderland v Liverpool (Sunday 11:00 am, NBCSN): The Stadium of Light has not stopped the party since news broke Sunday that Paolo di Canio was sacked (talk about dumb logical luck on my part guessing that). Unfortunately, Luis Suarez makes his Premier League debut in this game. While Coutinho's injury has taken a little sting out of Liverpool's attack, I expect Suarez to remind the Premier League why Liverpool want him in the squad. Sunderland will be scrappy, but they just aren't good enough to get a result in a game like this. Prediction: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3

Everton v Newcastle United (Monday 3:00 pm, NBCSN): Don't be surprised if the two who helped make a difference for Everton last week start this week. I do wonder how Newcastle United will react to their loss against Hull City. Unfortunately for the visitors, Lukaku is out to prove a point, and he'll make sure Everton get all three. Prediction: Everton 2 Newcastle United 1

1 comments:

todd mintz September 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM  

I actually disagree with 6 games this week. Tottenham had 1 loss to Arsenal. They have to be geared for the early kickoff, Chelsea is still hardly cured. We still do not know when we will see Juan Mata until he actually appears. AVB was heartbroken last time, his boys will be ready. Fulham Home form is not trustworthy any more. I thought leaning to a win at home but I will go with the draw. Cardiff has proven to be organized and proven tough to break down. Sunderland will get a big lift at home with the new manager, They will come out disciplined and will squeeze out a draw. I also see Hull winning at home over a West Ham team off to a poor start struggling to score. I cannot see Arsenal losing right now the role they are on. At least for now.

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