Premier League Predictions – Week 4

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At present, the time is 15:22 on Friday 13th September 2013. This is usually the time when my mind starts to wander about the inevitable lager consumption to be had in the next hour or so, along with the weekend’s activities. Today is no different.

After completing my changes to my fantasy football team at lunch, my palette is suitably moist for another round of the Premier League over the next 3 days. My thoughts immediately turn to gambling. Gambling on the weekend’s football action is an age old tradition used within the Hubey lifestyle, a tradition that I intend on keeping for a long time. (Rain or shine).

My goal, is to share with you all my predictions for this week’s EPL’s 10 games along with some form of logic behind the games which take my eye. You don’t have to (and probably won’t!) agree with everything I say, however I’d like to think after coming off a red hot streak on the international break, I’d be worth a quid or two… :/ Onto the games!

Score Predictions

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: 4-0
Hull vs Cardiff: 1-1
Stoke vs Man City: 1-2
Sunderland vs Arsenal: 1-3
Spurs vs Norwich: 2-0
Fulham vs West Brom: 2-1
Villa vs Newcastle: 1-0
Everton vs Chelsea: 0-2
Southampton vs West Ham: 2-0
Swansea vs Liverpool: 0-1

 

Below are a few verdicts of this week’s games:

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Hubey’s Prediction: 4-0

After gaining their first points of the season in game week 3 against a sorry looking Sunderland side (sorry ElDogg), Palace are thrown into the deep end at Old Trafford in our lunch time kick off tomorrow. Ian Holloway is certainly one of the more interesting characters in the EPL this season; however, I can’t see him working his magic this week. Although United are on a 2 game winless streak, they won’t slip up tomorrow. The only real predicament about this one is whether to have RvP as captain this week in your fantasy football team, fearing UTD won’t play him. Rooney is also a major doubt and I don’t think UTD will risk him. Wilfred Zaha could be in the mix to start against his old club. Keep an eye out for Dwight Gayle for Palace, the lad has real pace and any goal threat is surely to come through him.

Hull City vs Cardiff City

Hubey’s Prediction: 1-1

The other two new boys to the EPL are in action on Saturday. Hull entertain Cardiff which could be an important game for both clubs come the end of the season. Cardiff had a great result in week 2 against Manchester City and got a hard fought draw against Everton in week 3. Hull will be encouraged by their display ay City before the international break, and if they can get Tom Huddlestone fit and playing regular football, they can play some neat stuff. Not too much in it for me on this one, 1-1.

Sunderland vs Arsenal

Hubey’s Prediction: 1-3

Arsene Wenger arrives at the North East this weekend and no doubt with a huge grin on his face. Arsenals acquisition of Mesut Ozil was one of the buys of the transfer window, a class player who shone for Real Madrid leaving most people astonished he was sold. With Olivier Giroud starting strong this year, I can see them having a great day at the Stadium of Light. Di Canio’s men need to kick start their season soon; unfortunately I can’t see them starting tomorrow.

Everton vs Chelsea

Hubey’s Prediction: 0-2

With Chelsea starting well this year and Everton managing 3 draws, I think a return to Goodison for Jose will be a happy one. Chelsea have been playing some great football so far, and with the shrewd deal for Samuel Eto’o, they will be looking to push on this season and challenge for the title. Everton have lost Marouane Fellaini to UTD and I think he will be missed tomorrow. Chelsea will be too strong in midfield and if they take their chances (Torres… you listening?) they should bring the points back to SW6

Swansea vs Liverpool

Hubey’s Prediction: 0-1

Liverpool are the form team this season with a 100% record. Daniel Sturridge has been on FIRE for Liverpool bagging 13 goals in 17 games. However, he is a doubt for this Monday night clash. Seeing Liverpool play, I still think they will be too much for Swansea. If Coutinho gets on the ball and dictates the play then they should see the swans off. Michu would like to continue from where he left off last season, however I think Agger and Skrtel will be comfortable.