Man City V Hull
Manchester City will be eager to bounce back to winning ways after their unwelcome shock defeat at Cardiff City last time out. The defeat against the Permier League new boys will serve as a good lesson to not take another of the promoted teams,Hull City, too lightly.
With pivotal leader and centre-back Vincent Kompany out injured the Manchester City back line has looked less than convincing and if Nastasic doesn’t recover in time midfielder, Javi Garcia, may be deployed at the back. Goalkeeper Joe Hart has also looked below par in his opening season performances which may give Hull encouragement.
Hull will be looking to make the most of the set-pieces that served Cardiff so well. They will try to nick a goal then sit back and defend resolutely. Despite a weakened City defence Hull are lacking in attacking quality.They are without Sagbo so Danny Graham is likely to start.
Man. City should have too much attacking flair with the likes of Negredo who is now off the mark in the League and its hard to see anything but a home win.
West Ham v Stoke
West Ham have started the season on a positive note picking up four points from six without conceding a goal. Under Sam Allerdyce you would expect them to be a tough proposition at Upton Park and they will be plotting to take all three available points against Stoke City. Andy Carroll is still out of contention as is the injured Alou Diarra.
Mark Hughes head to head record with Allerdyce may bode well for the Potters having only lost to Big Sam once in seven meetings he has largely had his measure over the years. However, the jury is still out on whether he has been able to implement changes in style to the Stoke team if indeed he wanted to change it at all. Stoke have only won once in their last four visits to east London.
It doesn’t look set to be a match that is full of goals and you would expect a close contest although home advantage may sway this in the Hammers favour.
Cardiff V Everton
Cardiff will be bouyed by their victory over Manchester City and spirits will be high amongst players and supporters alike down in South Wales. Confidence often breeds good performances especially when it comes to strikers and Fraizer Campbell who netted a brace against Manchester City should be full of it.
Cardiff’s home form could well prove be pivotal as to their survival this season and they will definitely be looking to take something at home to the Toffees.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be delighted when the transfer window slams shut as he has already expressed his frustrations at not having a settled squad with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines constantly being touted for moves. Despite his transfer worries his side have already showed signs of taking to the slick football Martinez has always instilled in his teams.
You’d expect this to be a close game and a draw wouldn’t be surprising but If Cardiff are to pick up points in what will be a tough season for them they are likely to get them early in the season.
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Perenial strugglers Crystal Palace take on a Sunderland side buoyed by their last minute win in midweek albeit against poor lower league opposition in MK Dons. Both sides will be desperate to take all three points in a game both will feel they can win.
Palace have yet to register a point this season and that could be a trend that continues unless they can improve. Jason Puncheon could prove to be a good acquisition as he has shown himself to be a threat against premier league opposition albeit on an inconsistent basis.
Sunderland may have last season’s top scorer Steven Fletcher available after injury which would be a boost to as they have struggled to find the net this season. Given that Sunderland are the outsiders in the match betting markets they may be a value bet.
West Brom v Swansea
The Swans look set to welcome the return of three of there most influential players in striker Wilfried Bony, midlfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Centre back Ashley Williams back into the starting line up as they were rested in the midweek Europa League match against Petrolul. They are searching for their first Premier League points after losses to Man Utd and Spurs.
West Brom have yet to score a goal in the Premier League and with Matej Vydra unavailable with a hamstring injury they will be hoping that Nicolas Anelka is now in the right frame of mind to return to playing duties after he threatened to retire from football after the death of his agent.
Statistically the Swans do not have a good record at the Hawthorns having only picked up 3 wins in 15 matches there. However that may be something of a red herring, as they look to have too much attacking quality in their ranks to be struggling at the basement for very long. This is a game that will split the punters but Laudrup will definitely not want to go into the 2 week international break without registering a League point.
Liverpool v Manchester United
Liverpool take on Manchester United in a game which may prove a good measurement of how close, or far away they are from challenging the top 4. Both sides have made good starts and will feel equally confident of picking up all three points in this fixture. How well Liverpool perform could be dependant on how well their back four play. With several defensive players missing this is obviously an area they will be weak in and one that Van Persie is capable of capitalising on.
Man Utd have started well and this is the second big side they face in a week having picked up a point against a resolute Chelsea side. This could be a tight game with both sides registering on the scoresheet.