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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 23rd to Mon 25th August 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Newcastle|
|Villa's season got off to a great start away at the Britannia last weekend with a single goal victory courtesy of Andreas Weimann's strike. The goal doesn't say it all though with much spirited defending required, Ron Vlaar continuing from where he left off in the World Cup and putting his body on the line. This was only the second time Villa have won on the road in 2014 and their home form wasn't much better last season with them losing 10 of 19 games. Weimann will be hoping to cement his place in the side after his first goal of the campaign given Benteke's achilles injury which could keep the Belgian out until the turn on the year. At Villa Park the home side have found counter-attacking more effective but difficult to say whether opponents Newcastle will make the running. The Magpies had a tough home fixture against Man City on the opening weekend and not surprisngly they lost but were in the game until injury time when City doubled their lead before taking all three points. That said, Newcastle rarely troubled the Manchester side with new signing Remy Cabella looking the liveliest. Pardew is still missing Tiote and Cisse but hopefully Siem de Jong can recover from a calf injury to make his debut. Very tricky to see which way this'll go so plumping for the draw.|
|Sat 15:00||Chelsea v Leicester|
|Despite Burnley taking an early lead at home to Chelsea on Monday night, debutant striker Diego Costa levelled before the Blues went in 3-1 up at half-time. They failed to add to the scoreline in the second half but there was plenty to suggest that Mourinho's side should be in contention for the title come May. They now have more potency in front of goal with Costa as well as the returning Drogba whilst Fabregas added midfield creativity setting up the second and third goals. Courtois appears to have come in as first-choice goalkeeper but Cech provides great cover in that position. All in all Chelsea look stronger this season and Stamford Bridge is unlikely to yield Leicester any favours. However, the Foxes shouldn't be entirely discounted after coming from behind twice at home to Everton to snatch a point. Leicester had only 4 players start with previous Premier League experience but they showed spirit and will need that in spades against Chelsea and upcoming opponents Arsenal. Argentine striker Ulloa got off to a scoring start but needs to maintain a decent scoring ratio if the Foxes are to finish 17th or higher. Difficult to see anything other than a Chelsea victory despite Leicester's positive start.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Crystal Palace v West Ham|
|West Ham should've opened their season with maximum points at home to Spurs but failed to take advantage of Kyle Naughton's first half dismissal. Mark Noble's subsequent penalty was not converted and he unfortunately shoulders the blame for an injury-time defeat in which the Hammers carved out 18 chances. The result was harsh on the home side but wasn't helped by James Collins's second-half sending-off, circumstances that Spurs defender Eric Dier took advantage of to net the late winner. Collins obviously misses this match along with Andy Carroll whose ankle injury could keep him out for some time. They travel to Selhurst Park where, at the time of writing, Malky Mackay is waiting to be instilled as the new boss after Tony Pulis decided to part ways with Steve Parish. Last week's surprise departure left the Eagles managerless for their visit to the Emirates but Keith Millen took charge and Palace actually took the lead before succumbing to a late Ramsey winner after Jason Puncheon saw red. The midfielder is suspended for this weekend whilst centre-half Scott Dann could also miss out after being forced off in the Gunners defeat with a thigh problem. Despite Pulis's departure, expect Palace to kick on from where they finished off last season and they may well have too much for West Ham.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Southampton v West Brom|
|A new look Southampton side travelled to Anfield last weekend and narrowly failed to take something from the game despite impressing for sustained periods. Up against some of their departed colleagues, the Saints created chances of their own with midfielders Schneiderlin and Dusan Tadic setting the tone. The latter set up Clyne's equaliser with an exquisite back heel whilst the former nearly hit a second leveller only for the bar to prevent him. Koeman should draw plenty of confidence from this performance rather than the result and hopefully they can up the level at home to West Brom. The Baggies could only draw at home to last season's battling survivors, Sunderland, failing to give new manager Alan Irvine that all important debut competitive win. After going behind early on they were lucky to get an extremely soft penalty which Berahino duly converted. A volley from the afore-mentioned striker put them ahead in the second half but Larsson had the final say for the Mackems. Lescott, McAuley and Morrison all missed out last weekend through injury and West Brom will surely be better off once they return to full fitness. Early to make predictions with any certainty but Southampton have certainly started the season in more assured fashion though yet to register a point.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Swansea v Burnley|
|After knocking United out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford last season, the Swans went one step further on the opening day by taking three points off them on their own patch. Few people gave Monk's side a chance but Sigurdsson took advantage of some woeful defending to put the game beyond the home side. Swansea have since strengthened their defence with the signing of Argentine Federico Fernandez (replacement for Chico Flores) but must not get too carried away with their opening victory. They'll be expected to create more at home against Burnley although the visiting side will have their own ideas. The Clarets opened their account with possibly one of their most difficult home matches and not surprisingly they ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat. However they opened the scoring, giving Chelsea a slight scare, although the lead was to last only three minutes. Despite going in at half-time 3-1 down Burnley failed to cave in during the second half and emerged from a tough opening fixture with some credit. Again they should prove a handful at the Liberty but expect Swansea to continue their good start.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 17:30||Everton v Arsenal|
|Both sides weren't exactly entirely convincing in their opening day fixtures; Everton taking the lead twice at newly promoted Leicester but having to settle for a 2-2 draw and Arsenal having to come from behind at home to Palace to win 2-1. Everton's draw with Leicester was a game in which the Toffees were hoping for more but in all truth it could've finished worse had Gareth Barry received a second yellow for a clumsy block. With Lukaku and Barry now signed permanently, Martinez is gradually building a strong side but the news that midfielder Ross Barkley could be out for up to five months with a knee injury mnust be disappointing. Arsenal on the other hand have Aaron Ramsey to thank for their winner over Palace and the Welshman appears to have continued where he left off last season. The Gunners also played Besiktas in the first leg of Champions League qualifying, coming away from Turkey with a goalless draw, meaning all to play for back at the Emirates. However, Arsenal haven't hit the ground running as yet despite strengthening during the summer. Chambers has deputised ably for Per Mertesacker at centre-half but Wenger may be tempted to bring back the German earlier than anticipated at Goodison. Expect this to be an entertaining match but struggling to split them and the draw looks a good bet.|
|Sun 13:30||Hull v Stoke|
|The Tigers opened their season with an important win at Loftus Road courtesy of James Chester's headed finish. The scorer was later involved in controversy when adjudged to have handled in the area but replays showed that the ball hit his body; justice was eventually served when QPR's Charlie Austin's weak penalty was easily saved by McGregor. It was a gritty, disciplined and well-drilled performance from Steve Bruce's side despite a knee injury to midfielder Robert Snodgrass that could keep him out for up to six months. Striker Sagbo is also unavailable as he serves the last of a suspension rolled over from last season. They host a Stoke side that were beaten at home by a single Villa goal. Despite Bojan Krkic impresssing on his debut, the Potters lacked enough guile in the final third and couldn't find a way past a dogged defence; something they'll come up against again at the KC Stadium. However, Stoke tend to struggle on the road and last season they won only 3 of 19 away fixtures. Hughes's remit to get his side playing a more entertaining brand of football looks to be on the right track but is still a work in progress. Can see the home side nicking this with Stoke not given enough time on the ball.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v QPR|
|Harry Redknapp returns to White Hart Lane in charge of his newly promoted side with some old faces to boot. Glenn Hoddle has joined the Rangers' coaching staff whilst centre-half Steven Caulker has made the move from Cardiff having previously played for Tottenham. Although QPR got off to a losing start at home to Hull they probably deserved a point on balance of play and going forward now have plenty of Premier League experience in their side. Midfielder Leroy Fer is the latest to sign for the club from Norwich but to maintain their firepower up top they'll need to keep hold of striker Remy. Ferdinand should prove a useful addition at the back but ironically his only mistake of the game led to Hull's winner although him and Caulker should provide a solid defensive foundation. Opponents Spurs got off to a winning start at Upton Park despite decisions initially going aginst them. Naughton was red-carded in the first half, so won't be available this weekend, but Mark Noble missed the subsequent penalty and they failed to score from the following 18 chances created. During the second half Collins was dismissed leaving both sides on 10 men and all to play for. New signing Eric Dier stole in just before the final whistle to give Spurs all three points. A number of Spurs players remain touch and go for this fixture which could mean Lamela gets another chance to impress but time is running out for the Argentine. Their defence remains questionable and can't see them keeping a second clean sheet although they should win their first home game.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Sunderland v Man Utd|
|The Black Cats stayed strong to pinch a share of the spoils in the game at the Hawthorns last weekend. Early on they led through a fine finish from Cattermole but West Brom were gifted a contentious penalty minutes before half-time to go into the interval all square. Berahino scored again before Larsson managed to rescue a point. Sunderland look stronger with Rodwell and Van Aanholt starting for the first time and will look to build on the way they finished last season. Results will also improve if they can keep centre-half Wes Brown fit and free of suspension. They host a United side now under the stewardship of Louis Van Gaal but not much appears to have changed since last season under David Moyes. They got off to a losing start at home to Swansea and there's been a lack of new talent coming in. Herrera and Lingard started in midfield whilst Blackett joined Smalling and Jones in a back three, something that still needs working on, whilst Lingard had to be substituted with an ankle injury. RVP remains a doubt after the World Cup but may be forced in to coming back early to partner Rooney to add some much-needed quality. Still missing are Carrick, Welbeck, Evans and Shaw and many have doubts as to whether United can even finish top four. Sunderland won at Old Trafford during the closing stages of last season and with United again off to a weak start, who's to say they can't take advantage.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||Man City v Liverpool|
|Man City, the current title holders, were a force to be reckoned with at the Etihad last season. Throughout that campaign they dropped just five points on home soil and only their away form let the likes of Liverpool in with a sniff at the title. Pellegrini's sidehas gone from strength to strength this time around and there's plenty of high-quality competition for places at Eastlands. They made a steady start to their title defence with a comfortable win at St James's Park last Monday evening, scoring in the first half but not wrapping up the points until injury time. However, they were rarely troubled and the quality available to Pellegrini on the bench was staggering. They host a Liverpool side that ran them a close second last season although this is far too early in the campaign to be considered a title decider. That said, it'll be an intriguing game between last season's top two with Liverpool also getting off to a winning start. The Reds were at home to Southampton but were unconvincing in finally beating the south coast side by two goals to one. Henderson and Lovren looked impressive at times throughout the game but Liverpool will need to improve if they're to make up for the loss of Suarez as well as hit the heady heights of last season. Interestingly rumour has it that they're keen on former City striker Balotelli and if signed quickly could play against his old club. At the Etihad, City should be too strong for Liverpool and little mistakes are likely to cost the away side the game.|
|Home Win 2-1|