Everton v Liverpool
Saturday 12.45pm, Goodison Park
It’s the latest edition of the Merseyside Derby and rarely in recent seasons have both sides felt so good heading into it.
- Everton’s performances had dropped off slightly before the international break
- Liverpool are in the better form and will score
- The form is less important and Everton are capable of winning
Arsenal v Southampton
Saturday 3pm, Emirates Stadium
It’s normally something of a home banker, but Southampton’s excellent form makes for an interesting showdown.
- There’s nothing flukey or lucky about Southampton’s excellent defensive record
- The international break suits Arsenal who still lack depth in their squad
- It’s got the potential to be a cracking goalfest
Fulham v Swansea
Saturday 3pm, Craven Cottage
The Cottagers are in poor form and the challenge of Swansea is going to test them even further.
- The desperation to make up from a hammering at Anfield will get a decent performance out of Fulham
- Swansea have been a bit up and down, but they’re always capable of scoring
- It’ll be a tight game and some fence-setting may be required
Hull v Crystal Palace
Saturday 3pm,KC Stadium
The Tigers have had some high points but also some low points this season while for Palace it’s all been pretty poor.
- Hull don’t have a huge amount of class, but they work hard and can grind out results
- The prospect of a new manager coming in my improve the Palace performance, but don’t count on it
- It’ll be low scoring but Bruce’s side can edge it
Newcastle v Norwich
Saturday 3pm, St. James’ Park
After getting his fair of stick, a couple of big wins have changed the mood on Tyneside. Norwich need to get a spoonful of Pardew’s medicine.
- Chris Hughton has done well at Norwich, but he needs to start getting results to ease the pressure
- Newcastle are finally getting the rewards for playing some good football
- Can’t see past a home win
Stoke v Sunderland
Saturday 3pm, Britannia Stadium
Is it too soon to call this a relegation six-pointer? If it’s not, this is definitely one.
- Stoke have had a few slices of luck in certain games this season
- The Potters have been scoring plenty of goals and Sunderland’s defence is far from solid
- Stoke can end Poyet’s mini-revival
West Ham v Chelsea Saturday
5.30pm, Upton Park
It’s a cross-London derby and despite the vast differences in resources, this could be a tight one.
- Chelsea have played some nice football, but they’re let themselves down too often with poor performances
- West Ham will defend well, but they won’t get the goals they need to win a game like this
- Mourinho will get them up for this game and the Blues will win