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Having looked through the fixtures for this weekend’s round of Premier League matches, it looks to me like there will be plenty of home wins.
On paper I would say that there will only be three home sides this weekend that will struggle to take all three points from their matches. Two of these teams are Aston Villa, who face Manchester City, and Tottenham, who will take on the in-form Southampton.
The other club is Hull City, who take on a Crystal Palace side who have beaten Tottenham and Leicester in recent weeks. Hull have not won since the opening day of the season and I can see this one ending in a tight 1-1 draw.
Apart from these three games, I would be more than happy to put my money on a clean sweep of home victories:
Leicester Vs Burnley
These two promoted sides have had completely different starts to life in the Premier League. Leicester have been quite impressive so far, especially at the King Power stadium, where they have beaten Manchester United in spectacular fashion and have also shared the points with Everton and Arsenal.
As for Burnley, they sit bottom of the table having scored only one goal all season, which was scored in their very first match against Chelsea. Since then they have had three 0-0 draws, a 1-0 defeat to Swansea and a 4-0 hammering off West Brom.It is safe to say that confidence is at an all time low right now, and having not spent much in the transfer window, the future looks bleak for Sean Dyche’s men.
Prediction – 2-0
Liverpool Vs West Brom
Had this fixture been reversed and it was Liverpool that were the away side, I would have predicted that the outcome would have been a draw. Liverpool have had a bad start to the new season, having already lost to Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham respectfully. After losing to Basel midweek the squad will be desperate to bounce back with a win in front of The Kop and although West Brom have a good record against the reds in recent years, I think Liverpool will be too strong. A certain Mario Balotelli will be desperate to show that he is worth the £16m that Liverpool payed for him and that he can step up and emulate Luis Suarez.
Prediction – 1-0
Sunderland Vs Stoke
Despite having more points on the board compared to this time last season, it has been a frustrating few weeks for Sunderland. The Black Cats have drawn five of their six league games this season and have also been knocked-out of the Capital One Cup by the very same team that they face this weekend, Stoke City. I was at the Swansea game last weekend and it was one of the most frustrating performances that I have seen in a long time. Sunderland were too slow with possession and the ball seemed to go side-to-side and backwards all too often. The odd time that they did create chances, they were wasted, must to the frustration of the fans.
It comes to a point where you just have to think that Sunderland will finally win a match. The disappointment off last weekend and the fact that Stoke knocked them out of the cup should be enough motivation for them to take all three points. The performance doesn’t have to be great and the goal doesn’t have to be spectacular, a scrappy 1-0 win will do here.
Look out for the rest of my predictions later on today!