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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 3rd to Mon 5th November 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|Expect an action-packed blockbuster to kick off the weekend's football. Given the number of goals scored in United's and Arsenal's respective Capital One Cup games with Chelsea and Reading, you'd be right to expect a goal feast. Let's just hope the game lives up to its billing. United narrowed the gap with Chelsea to just a single point after winning at Stamford Bridge last weekend, a result that throws the title race wide open. United's only blip on home soil was that defeat by Spurs but they'll be keen to replicate this fixture's scoreline last season, an 8-2 win for the home side. No doubt much of the focus will be on on Robin Van Persie after his summer switch from Arsenal. The striker is already United's top scorer this season and will be looking to add to his tally against his old club. The Gunners are currently 7 points off the pace but have only lost a couple of Premier League matches this season. Unbelievably they came back from 4-0 down at Reading in this week's Capital One Cup to win the game in extra-time, a performance inspired by Theo Walcott. With Gervinho's injury, the English winger will be pushing for a starting place and could be preferred in that central striking role. After last season's demolition job, Wenger and Bould will be wary of making sure the back door stays closed. However, keeping out Van Persie could prove a bridge too far.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sat 3:00||Fulham v Everton|
|Both these sides have had steady starts to the season and are well placed in 7th and 5th respectively after 9 games. Just a couple of points separates them but recent form is probably the key to deciding on any outcome. Fulham have only been beaten once in their last 6 matches (by Man City at Craven Cottage) but other than that have a 100% record at home. Surprisingly their last 3 games on the road have all yielded points but at both Southampton and Reading recently Fulham were in the driving seat with seconds to go only to concede late equalisers. Their opponents, Everton, haven't lost in their last six but only managed a draw on the last 3 occasions and were lucky not to concede a late winner at home to Liverpool last weekend. Two of those draws were away at QPR and Wigan so not the sternest of tests. Moyes's side have conceded first in all of their last 4 games but always managed to get back at least on level terms. Craven Cottage could prove a tougher nut to crack in that respect. Both are likely to name full-strength line-ups with Pienaar set to return for the Toffees after a 3-match ban. A close one to call but home advantage is likely to give Fulham the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Norwich v Stoke|
|There are definite signs that Norwich are improving after ending their run of 3 successive defeats. They deservedly beat Arsenal the weekend before last and should've taken all 3 points at Villa Park last weekend after Villa were reduced to 10 men. Michael Turner grabbed the all-important equaliser and his centre-half partnership with Bassong appears to be developing well. Also Chris Hughton seems to have settled on a strike partnership of Grant Holt with Hoolahan in behind and the Canaries now look more settled. They host a Stoke side soon becoming the top flight draw specialists along with Sunderland. The Potters have drawn 6 of their 9 fixtures although only 2 of their last 5 have ended level. Stoke are yet to win on the road this season but rarely come away without having given a good account of themselves. Marc Wilson is out after breaking his leg in last weekend's draw with Sunderland but Tony Pulis has no other recognised left-back although he has defensive options with Wilkinson, Shotton and Upson available. It's difficult to see a clear winner on this occasion.|
|Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|Paul Lambert remains confident that hard work will see his side avoid the drop but results look ominous and Villa have just a single top flight victory to their name this season. Currently 1 place and 2 points above the drop zone, they were fortunate to take a point from the game with Norwich after Joe Bennett was dismissed with the majority of the second half still to play. On the road Villa have been poor with a single point their only reward from a possible 15 whilst they've only managed 2 Premier League away goals this season. Benteke and Guzan look the pick of Villa's players and they'll have to be at their best when Villa travel to Sunderland. The Mackems too are having problems scoring goals. They've dried up for Steven Fletcher who hasn't scored in the last 3 matches but then neither has any other Sunderland player; their equaliser at home to Newcastle was credited to Demba Ba. Without a glut of goals, draws have been Sunderland's specialty but they're still to lose at the Stadium of Light this season. If the Mackems can score, this game should be theirs for the taking.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v Chelsea|
|Last weekend Chelsea were reined back in by United as they fell to their first Premier League defeat of the season. They did well to get back into the game after going 2 goals behind but the dismissals of Ivanovic and Torres handed United the game although it took an offside winner to net them the away side the 3 points. Both players are back in the squad after serving their respective suspensions in Chelsea's revenge Capital Cup win over United this week. However, Lampard and Terry are unavailable as the Blues bid to take advantage of any potential upset at Old Trafford for the visit of Arsenal. They travel to Swansea whose form's been mixed but recently they've shown glimpses of themselves at their best under Brendan Rodgers. The Swans ran Man City very close at Eastlands last weekend and this week they put one over on their old manager by knocking them out of the Capital One Cup at Anfield. Laudrup will be without Michel Vorm going into this game after he was stretchered off in the defeat at City. Had Swansea been playing a side other than Chelsea, I'd have fancied them for a result but Chelsea will probably prove too strong.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tottenham v Wigan|
|Spurs bounced back from their defeat to Chelsea at White Hart Lane with a Bale-inspired win at Southampton. The victory was enough to lift Spurs up to fourth although the gap to Man City in third is 4 points. Spurs record at home is mixed but their recent form both home and away has seen them take 15 points from the last 18 available. Dembele remains a fitness doubt as does Adebayor who was sent home sick without training the day before the Capital One Cup tie at Carrow Road. Spurs entertain a Wigan side once again flirting with relegation but their first win in 7 games last weekend (at home to West Ham) gave them a welcome boost. The problem with the Latics is that there's no middle ground; either they turn up and play their socks off or they're pretty poor. Their form on the road hasn't been great either with successive defeats at United, Sunderland and Swansea. Given Spurs' attacking threat, it'll be interesting to see if Martinez sticks to his three at the back or whether three will become five. Tottenham have kept just a single Premier League clean sheet this season and whilst Wigan will probably score, the home side should have enough to win the game.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Man City|
|West Ham's defeat last weekend at the DW Stadium saw them slip to 9th in the table after a sloppy performance. That is likely to improve at Upton Park where the Hammers have taken 10 points from a possible 15. However, the victories have come against Villa, Fulham and Southampton whilst they could only draw against Sunderland, and Arsenal ran out convincing winners. Andy Carroll still hasn't scored since his loan move from Liverpool though Allardyce claims that the Geordie striker deosn't get enough protection from referees. West Ham's job is unlikely to get any easier at home to City this weekend despite City's performances struggling to reach the heights of last season. They were fortunate to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns and Swansea at home, and their Champions League form is probably the most accurate indicator. That said, West Ham aren't Champions League quality and it's difficult to criticise a side that are still winning games albeit only domestically. Micah Richards is the latest casualty to join City's growing injury list (including Silva, Rodwell and Garcia) which may force Zabaleta into an early return. The clean sheet against Swansea (although only just) could see Nastasic keep his place instead of the out-of-favour Lescott. The key factor is that City are still winning games despite playing poorly, by their standards, and the 3 points are likely to go their way.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 1:30||QPR v Reading|
|It's a relegation 6-pointer at Loftus Road between 2 sides still to secure their first Premier League victory of the season. QPR are rock bottom with 3 draws from 9 games and their ill-discipline has to take some of the blame for their poor season so far. Mbia was the latest to see red, this time at Arsenal last weekend, but they might well have held on to a point had the centre-half not stupidly kicked out at Vermaelen. Rangers are also without Fabio and Park although Ferdinand is likely to start in place of Mbia. Their opponents, Reading, showed plenty of spirit in the fightback against Fulham to claim a point. Though the Royals are still yet to win in the top flight, their run of form has improved with just 1 defeat in their last 4. Interestingly these 2 sides met only a month ago at Loftus Road in the Capital One Cup; it was Reading's day on that occasion winning by 3 goals to 2. McDermott is unlikely to make changes from the side that drew with Fulham although Robson-Kanu is pushing for a start after netting the injury-time equaliser. A game where any result is possible although Reading's team spirit could carry them to their first win of the campaign.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Newcastle|
|Papiss Cisse netted his first Premier League goal this season against West Brom courtesy of a Sammy Ameobi shot and his own backside. Sometimes it takes goals to go in off anything to get a striker's confidence back and with Demba Ba already scoring regularly, the two make a formidable pairing. Pardew is finally able to draw on a full-strength squad although Cheik Tiote serves the 2nd of his 3-match suspension. The Magpies have drawn 3 of their 4 away matches (against Everton, Reading and Sunderland) despite not yet winning. They travel to Anfield where Liverpool recently won their first 2 home games of the season; both 1-0 wins over Reading and Anzhi Makhachkala. No doubt Rodgers will be hoping that's a stepping stone for bigger things and to be fair they were unlucky to have a winning goal ruled out for offside at Goodison last weekend. Glen Johnson missed the Merseyside derby after suffering a muscle spasm and with Kelly and Flanagan already out, Wisdom could be set to start his second successive game. An end-to-end game expected but both sides might have to settle for a point.|
|Mon 8:00||West Brom v Southampton|
|West Brom have slipped down the table after 2 successive defeats but Man City and Newcastle are tough opponents irrespective of the venue. The Baggies can count themselves unlucky after losing both games in the dying minutes with the winner at St James Park coming of Cisse's backside. Even Alan Pardew admitted that West Brom had looked the more likely winners. Prior to the home defeat to City, the Baggies had won all 4 home fixtures and that doesn't bode well for a Southampton side struggling to escape the bottom three. A dismal first-half performance against Spurs saw them go into the break 2 goals down but they could only get one goal back despite raising their game in the second half. The Saints' record on the road is unlikely to come to their rescue; thay've lost all 4 games conceding a massive 16 goals despite scoring 5. This looks like one-way traffic and a comfortable win for the Baggies that should see them get back on track.|
|Home Win 2-0|