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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

IN FORM: Southampton midfielder Wanyama

THIS WEEKEND is shaping up to be another lively affair in the world's most-watched football league as leaders Chelsea travel north to take on Liverpool, who have been struggling for form. Elsewhere, second-placed Southampton host struggling Leicester and champions Manchester City travel to west London's Queens Park Rangers. Naturally, Voice of Sport captain Rodney Hinds will navigate you through the fixtures and give his predictions.

All matches at 3pm unless otherwise stated

Saturday, November 8

Liverpool – Chelsea 12.45pm

The match of weekend has the making of a draw. The hosts have already lost four top flight games, and defeat against the Blues on Saturday afternoon would be a another dagger into their lofty Premier League ambitions. The much maligned Mario Balotelli is unlikely to get any change out of Gary Cahill and John Terry. It may need young Red Raheem Sterling to step up to the plate. Let’s hope there are no slip ups from home captain Steven Gerrard this time. Stalemate.

Burnley – Hull

Hull must be licking their lips at the prospect of playing the Turf Moor outfit. The Tigers have eked out some decent results this term, which sees them lying in 14th place, while Sean Dyche’s men are yet to win this term. More woe for Burnley.

Man Utd – Crystal Palace

You would have thought that his would be a guaranteed three points for United, but would you stake your house on it bearing in mind the hot and cold nature of their form? David Moyes, sacked as Red Devils boss for underachieving, must be sitting somewhere with a smug smile on his face. Old Trafford captain Wayne Rooney’s industry and goals will prove crucial in this match and throughout the season. Joy for van Gaal’s troops.

Southampton – Leicester

This is a weekend banker. The Saints continue to churn out positive results, and free-falling City won’t have enough ammunition to halt Ronald Koeman’s men. Southampton midfielder, Kenyan-born Victor Wanyama, has overcome injury and notched the goal of the day during matchday 10. There should be goals aplenty at St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

DUEL: Chelsea's Cahill, left, vies for the ball with Swansea's Gomis

West Ham – Aston Villa

Rejuvenated West Ham, once complacency does not kick in, should make easy work of Villa. The Hammers are fifth in the early table with 17 points to their name. Winston Reid, Alex Song and Enner Valencia are proving to be the reliable spine of big Sam Allardyce’s men. As for Villa, goals are hard to come by and the task of goal-scoring will be even tougher without the suspended Christian Benteke who literally saw red against Tottenham last Sunday. Hammer time.

QPR – Man City 5.30pm

This could be a tricky encounter for the champions. City will be keen to push on after their hard fought win in last weekend’s derby but QPR have proved to be a force to reckon with on their own patch. They have given a good account of themselves against Liverpool and Villa at home and showed some guts in going down to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out. Key to Rangers’ chances will be in-form Charlie Austin and inspirational captain Bobby Zamora. City march on.

Sunday, November 9

Sunderland – Everton 1.30pm

Gus Poyet’s men will go into this fixture buoyed by their surprise success in south east London earlier in the week. Much was expected of them this campaign bearing in mind the excellent form with which they ended 2013-14; the threat of relegation clearly focused the Black Cats. Their away win against Crystal Palace on Monday, however, must have been a massive boost for their confidence. Everton are on an upward spiral themselves and in veteran Samuel Eto’o have a potential enough match-winner. Away win.

Tottenham – Stoke 1.30pm

Perennial sub Harry Kane should start this match after scoring the winner against Aston Villa last time out. This will be no walkover for the Cockerels as Stoke are a different proposition these. They have pace in abundance up front as well as former Spurs man Peter Crouch. Home win.

West Brom – Newcastle 1.30pm

What a difference a week makes especially for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. He has managed to turn around his team’s fortunes and the win against Liverpool last time out was another shot in the arm for the Toon Army. West Brom have been aided by the form of Joleon Lescott providing some calm in the heart of the WBA backline. Spoils shared.

Swansea – Arsenal 4pm

This fixture should be easy on the eye. The Swans will be minus Jonjo Shelvey who was sent off against Everton. Despite his absence, the home side still have enough about them to give the Gunners a run for their money. Arsene Wenger’s men face a tough battle in South Wales. Draw.
Wenger’s men are finding some form at last and with the pacy Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in their side provide a goal threat of their own. Draw. Wenger’s men are finding some form at last and with the pacy Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in their side provide a goal threat of their own. Draw.

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