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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

PARTY TIME: Champions Manchester City face Tottenham on Saturday
Photo credit: Ken Passley

THE PREMIER League returns after the international break. The Saturday lunchtime fixture between champions Manchester City and Tottenham should be a fitting aperitif to the main meal to come over the rest of the extended weekend.

Arsenal and Hull served up a mouth-watering FA Cup final in May, and the pair meet again at the Emirates in what is sure to be another rollercoaster top-flight weekend.

All matches at 15.00 unless otherwise stated

Saturday, October 18

Man City – Tottenham 12.45
This is normally an entertaining fixture between two attack minded teams. City are beginning to look menacing without truly displaying the mark of champions. As ever they will need Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero to be at their best in order to claim all three points. Spurs are proving to be frustratingly inconsistent. Ex City slicker Emmanuel Adebayor will doubtless be targeted by the boo boys. Hosts too good.

Arsenal – Hull
A repeat of May’s FA Cup final, the home side will want to replicate their spring success over the Tigers. This might not be the stroll in the park it suggests with Arsene Wenger's men decimated by injuries. The effervescent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could prove vital to the Gunners’ cause. Former Spurs men Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Jake Livermore will be fired up for this one! Home win.

Burnley – West Ham
This claret and blue occasion at Turf Moor has a draw written all over it. The Londoners have made a great start to the season and lie in seventh spot with 10 points to their name. Sam Allardyce’s summer purchases have hit the ground running, non moreso than striker Enner Valencia. Life is proving tough for the home side and they will need to be at their best in order to avoid defeat. Gritty draw.

Crystal Palace – Chelsea
The last time this fixture was played in south London, Jose Mourinho’s men left with their tails between their legs. I would imagine things will be slightly different this time round; Chelsea lead the table and and are in fine form. Palace will huff and puff but the class of Cahill, Fabregas and Costa will be just too much for Neil Warnock’s troops. Blue is the colour.

Everton – Aston Villa
Their exploits in the Europa League looks to be already taking its toll on Everton. They are placed in 17th and have a measly six points. Midfield dynamo Ross Barkley is likely to return from long term injury to give the Toffees a boost. Villa, after a fine start, are falling down the division with only Roy Kean'e new book to keep them galvanised. Draw.

Newcastle – Leicester
Here' s a chance for third from bottom United to take all three points. Much maligned Toon boss Alan Pardew is lucky to be in a job but defeat against newly promoted City could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Leicester have already displayed their capacity to surprise as Man United will testify. City add to Pardew’s pain.

Southampton – Sunderland
Life’s good at St.Mary’s despite the summer exodus. The South Coast club are just behind Chelsea and Manchester City in the fledging table but nobody should expect them to stay there. Sunderland are still to hit their straps, so the feelgood factor surrounding manager of the month, Saints boss Ronald Koeman, should continue come Saturday evening.

Sunday, October 19

QPR – Liverpool 13.3
This will be a tough examination for a Liverpool side that are presently a shadow of their former selves. It will be interesting to see what type of display ‘tired’ Raheem Sterling puts in for the Reds. I would expect him to want to prove a point against a Rangers defence that has been marshmallow all campaign. Reds take all the spoils.

Stoke – Swansea 16.00
Home boss Mark Hughes’ has his team playing some tidy stuff with Victor Moses proving pivotal. The winger’s pace – and ability to find the giant Peter Crouch – has given the team from the Potteries a cutting edge. Swansea, as ever, are proving to be entertaining. Another success for the serene Swans.

Monday, October 20

West Brom – Man United 20.00
You have to fancy United in this one, but how many goals will they ship in the process is the question? They had better tread carefully as West Brom hitman is Saido Berahino is scoring goals for club and country. And if I remember correctly, it was WBA’s shock win against United at Old Trafford last season that started the Red Devils’ problems. Van Gaal delight – just!

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