This weekend we see plenty of cracking fixtures again in the Premier League and goals, surprises and entertainment are all but guaranteed.
This stage of the season is always a good one to assess how a team is looking in terms of their ambitions, and what can be expected of them – whether they are challenging for the title or look as though they are going to be in a relegation battle.
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So lets now have a look at the games taking place over the weekend.
Arsenal v Chelsea – Saturday 12.45PM – Pick: Draw @ 23/10
Many will be tipping this one as the pick of the bunch in the Premier League. Arsenal and Chelsea are of course London rivals and are both going for the title this year.
They are unbeaten so far this campaign – but the Gunners are slightly behind their opponents after three draws from five matches.
However, Arsene Wenger will be delighted with his side’s performances so far, especially after tough trips to Liverpool and Manchester City. All three points in this one will show they really mean business this year.
As for Chelsea, after firing on all cylinders to start with, they have not been at their free-flowing best in recent weeks, but are still picking up the points.
Roberto Di Matteo will know they must be at the top of their game to come out on top in this one.
A superb 90 minutes of football is virtually guaranteed.
Everton v Southampton – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Everton @ 4/11
Everton are proving to be a real force this season and sit on ten points after their opening five matches.
At Swansea last time out they completely dominated the match from start to finish, and in truth they could have had a lot more than the three goals scored.
The likes of Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar look to be in superb form, and the Toffees will be expecting another win here.
Southampton breathed a huge sigh of relief on Saturday afternoon as they got their first points in the Premier League.
Things looked to be going poorly when they went 1-0 down to Aston Villa, but Nigel Adkins’ men really turned on the style and took the match 4-1, giving the team the confidence boost it so desperately needed.
Extra tip: Everton to win 3-1 @ 10/1
Fulham v Manchester City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @5/2
They welcome the current Champions to Craven Cottage and are looking to continue their 100% record on home soil.
Dimitar Berbatov could be the key man for the Cottagers with his eye for goal and fantastic technical ability.
It has been a frustrating start to the season for the Citizens though, with just two victories and three draws.
Roberto Mancini will be happy his men are not getting beaten, but will know that failure to win here could open a substantial gap between them and the top of the table.
With both sides sure to play good football, this has the makings of a classic.
Norwich City v Liverpool – Saturday, 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 13/5
Two teams searching for their first victory of the campaign meet at Carrow Road on Saturday as Norwich host Liverpool.
Although they both currently sit in 17th and 18th place respectively – they do have very different ambitions for the year.
For the Canaries, it is all about survival and Chris Hughton will be desperate for his first win in charge to boost the moral in the squad.
Liverpool would have been targeting the top four come May, but at this early stage that still looks to be a long way off.
Brendan Rodgers will feel the pressure building on him already and will know that he must start picking up points very soon. This is the kind of match the Reds need to be winning.
It could be a fairly nervy affair, but is sure to still be an enthralling 90 minutes.
Reading v Newcastle United – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Reading @ 2/1
Reading have found life tough in the Premier League and have collected just one point from their four matches so far.
If Brian McDermott’s men did not know how tough the top flight is – they certainly do now and the games do not get any easier.
The Royals go up against a Newcastle side that is full of quality and big name players. Not only that, the Magpies have one of the in-form strikers in the league at the moment in Demba Ba – who has netted four times already.
What makes this game an interesting one is that both teams know that if they are to achieve their ambitions this season, then this is the kind of encounter they should be winning.
Stoke City v Swansea City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Stoke City @ 10/11
Stoke are another team without a win yet in the top flight, but they have had a very tough run-in and have suffered just one defeat.
Tony Pulis will target this one as a must win and will be disappointed with anything else.
As for Swansea, they have been brought back down to earth after a flying start. Michael Laudrup’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats and now know that they will be in for a long, hard season.
They will be looking to return to the form that saw them set the league alight early on but know that their opponents will do all they can to stop them playing there natural game.
Extra Tip: Stoke to win 1-0 @ 6/1
Sunderland v Wigan Athletic – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Sunderland 10/11
Winless Sunderland play just their second match on home soil against a Wigan side that look as though they will be in a relegation battle again this year.
The Black Cats came so close to victory at West Ham United on Saturday, but conceded a late equaliser – something that would have infuriated manager Martin O’Neil.
Steven Fletcher has scored four goals in just three appearances and could be the key in this one.
Wigan never really seem to get going until the turn of the year in the Premier League and it looks as though that could the cast again this time out.
A victory here looks unlikely for the Latics, but they have a habit of causing an upset and proving people wrong in recent years.
This should be an interesting watch.
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 5.30PM – Pick: Manchester United @8/15
United were by their own standards very poor against Liverpool last time out but still managed to take a 2-1 – something which will delight Sir Alex Ferguson.
If they are to win the title this year, then playing badly and still winning is just as important as scoring five or six against a team.
They go up against a Tottenham side that have reinstalled confidence after a slow start. Andre Villas-Boas’ men have put together back-to-back victories and look to have hit form just in time to travel to Old Trafford.
All eyes will be on prolific strikers Robin Van Persie and Jermain Defoe in this one.
A superb 90 minutes awaits.
Extra Tip: Manchester United to win 3-2 @ 20/1
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion – Sunday 4PM – Pick: Draw @ 23/10
The Super Sunday fixture this weekend is a Midlands Derby and looks to be a superb encounter.
There is no doubt that the away side go into this game in better spirits due to the fact they currently occupy a place in the top four.
As for Villa, it has been a very inconsistent start to their campaign and Paul Lambert will know that his side could easily be involved in a relegation battle.
The aim will be to make Villa Park a fortress and it is sure to be rocking on Sunday afternoon.
The Baggies come into the game full of confidence though and will be backing themselves to take all three points.
Make sure you don’t miss this one – it could be a cracker.
Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United – Monday 8PM – Pick: QPR @ 11/10
Make no doubt about it, both these teams are aiming to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and the points in this one are equally important.
QPR will see this as a must win as they haven’t been victorious yet this season. However, they can take a lot from good performances against Chelsea and Tottenham, which saw them pick up a point.
As for West Ham, they have impressed in the early stages of the campaign and find themselves on eight points already – something which will please boss Sam Allardyce.
Allardyce could send his men out not to lose this one instead of going all out for the win, so it may be a very tight encounter, but an exciting one all the same.
With the added spice of this being a London derby, it looks as though this will round of another round of fixtures in the Premier League perfectly.