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Hindsight's Premier League Predictions

ALL EYES will be on the the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as local rivals Arsenal and Tottenham meet in the north London derby. Second placed Arsenal will be in confident mood having suffered just one loss all season - opening day defeat to a rampant Liverpool team.

The Cockerels are not crowing at the moment and have forgotten how to win. However, while their form in the league and in Europe has taken a nosedive the sight of their opponent's famous red and white might just be the motivation that Mauricio Pochettino's men need.

It's all set up for an Arsenal win…but anything can happen in a derby! What is not in doubt is that it should be cracker!

All matches at 15.00 unless otherwise stated

Saturday, November 5

Bournemouth - Sunderland
The home side could not have wished for amenable opposition as they look to get back on track. Eddie Howe’s men were blown away by Middlesbrough on Saturday but now have a genuine chance to register a confidence-boosting three points against the worst team in the division. Only Jermain Defoe is showing any signs of life for the visitors but that will not be enough for them to retain their top flight status come next spring. Home win.

Burnley - Crystal Palace
If there were extra points given out for guts and organisation Burnley would be the beneficiaries. They proved that at Old Trafford last week and those traits earned them a well deserved point. They have Andre Gray back in the fold they should be more potent up front than they have been over the last month. As for Palace they need to show more consistency in order to be taken more seriously. They have a goal in them but their defending belongs on Hackney Marshes. Honours even.

Man City - Middlesbrough
Having collected three points at the Hawthorns last time out you just have to fancy the hosts to take all the points at the Etihad. Sergio Aguero is back to his very best and that spells danger for most defences. The diminutive Argentinian is the best striker in the Premier League on his day and I expect him to add to his seven strikes against Boro. The away side have been in good form so this won’t be the ‘easy’ fixture that most expect. Gaston Ramirez scored an absolute beauty for his team last Saturday, City’s defence will need to watched him. Pep’s men win again.

West Ham - Stoke
After something of a revival, West Ham were beaten by Everton last Sunday. There were lost of positives for Slaven Bilic’s men but as long as they continue to play without a centre forward of note they will be up against it. That said, they could have taken all the points at Goodison Park but their approach was not matched by efficiency in the final third. Stoke, like their opponents, are near the bottom of the table after a dismal start to the season. City will make this a difficult afternoon for the Hammers. Draw.

Chelsea - Everton 17.30
This evening kick off is a true blue affair. Romelu Lukaku returns to his former employers and will be keen to do well at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have a striker of note in Diego Costa and he – like Lukaku - has seven goals to his credit. The Chelsea man looks to have also got his disciplinary act together too. This match will be Gareth Barry’s 606th PL appearance; the midfielder is like a fine wine and getting better with age. He will need to be at his very best against the Blues’ N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic. West Londoners happy come final whistle.

Sunday, November 6

Arsenal - Tottenham 12.00
The football world will be tuned into this north London derby that has title implications. This high noon shoot-out is important for both sides. Putting local rivalry and pride to one side, an Arsenal win would cement their championship credentials while a loss for Spurs would see them six points off the pace. As ever, Alexis Sanchez will be key for Arsene Wenger’s men. Moussa Dembele has the ability to influence the game for the Cockerels. Reds take the points.

Hull - Southampton 14.15
The Tigers’ confidence will be low having conceded a late own goal at Vicarage Road. Manager Mike Phelan has his work cut out keeping his team up and playing a talented Southampton will be fraught with danger. Just where the goals will come from for Hull is anyone’s guess. The Tigers’ confidence will be low having conceded a late own goal at Vicarage Road. Manager Mike Phelan has his work cut out keeping his team up and playing a In giant ‘keeper Fraser Forster the Saints have one of the very best. Away side take the spoils.

Liverpool - Watford 14.15
The Anfield club are winning admirers every week such is the verve they play with. They score goals at will but still give their opponents hope because of their leaky defence. They must be good if Daniel Sturridge is collecting splinters on the bench. One thing you know about Watford is that they will battle and scrape and they will need too. Not sure the Hornets have enough in defence to fend off Jurgen Klopp’s raiders.

Swansea - Man United 15.00
Manchester United’s form is such that Swansea have a chance, however slim. When Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho grabs more headlines than his team you know that all is not well at Old Trafford. His histrionics are nothing more than deflectors as his team struggle on the field. If the Swans get their act together they can add to Mourinho’s chagrin. United’s class put a smile on the manager’s face at last!

Leicester - West Brom 16.30
The point at White Hart Lane will have buoyed the Foxes. Jamie Vardy looked a little bit like his old self against Spurs and that can only be a positive for the ailing champions. Claudio Ranieri’s men no longer surprise their opposition so will have to be more cerebral in their approach. West Brom boss Tony Pulis will have not been happy with the surrender against Man City. Leicester will have too much firepower for their visitors. Ranieri smiling at final whistle.

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