Swansea v Everton, Saturday 12.45pm SS2
Another fantastic weekend of Premier League action. Of course, two of the bigger games are on Sunday and I’ll preview them later this weekend for Paddy Power, but let’s look at Saturday first. Everton were very unlucky last Monday night against Newcastle. Couple of referee decisions went against them and the last-gasp equaliser from Demba Ba.
I don’t have a worry about Everton’s form. They’ve a very good team and they put in an honest shift every week. There’ll be determined to get something. Nikica Jelavic is missing but Victor Anichebe has threatened to break through for a few years and maybe now he’ll deliver.
Kevin Mirallas can play upfront as well as out left.
I think Everton will get a score draw against a Swansea side that have started fantastically but we don’t really know how good they are yet.
Everton are stubborn, hard to beat and I like the sound of 1-1.
Chelsea v Stoke, Saturday, 3pm Setanta
Chelsea have been uncertain at the back this year, letting teams create plenty of chances. We saw that against Juventus mid-week.
Stoke have people who can punish you if they get chances. At the Britannia it would a tough test for the Blues but Stoke haven’t won away in the Premier League in 11 games so I’ll be very surprised if Chelsea don’t win.
Look at the talent they have on show and now Oscar is showing what he’s capable of. He’s set the bar high after two goals mid-week but let’s hope the Chelsea fans don’t expect him to do that every week.
Chelsea to win by two clear goals or more or Chelsea (-1) in the handicap is the call.
Frank Lampard at a tasty price to score first at 11/2 in Paddy Power’s online betting could reward punters also. He’s got a couple of penalties but he’s due one from open play. I’ve spoken to him and I know he’s determined to play well this season.
Southampton v Aston Villa, Saturday, 3pm
I’m going to put this down for a home win for the Saints.
West Brom v Reading, Saturday, 3pm
Tough one to call. Reading are desperate for the points but West Brom have started well particularly at home so I’m going for the home win.
West Ham v Sunderland, Saturday, 3pm
Draw for me. Sunderland showed at the Emirates against in their opening game of the season how resilient they can be and the Hammers have shown the same.
Wigan v Fulham, 3pm
Wigan still looking for their first home win of the season and I think they’ll get the three points here.