Now the international break is over it's back to the nitty gritty of the Premier League.
Norwich v West Ham 12:45
Norwich have yet to get a win this season and have failed to keep a clean sheet in the league. They are struggling for goals and are up against a West Ham team who have only conceded in 1 game this season. West Ham will be full of confidence after a convincing 3-0 win over Fulham. Chris Hughton is finding life tough at the minute at Norwich and I can't see them getting a win either this weekend.
Arsenal v Southampton 15:00
Unbeaten Arsenal come into this game on the back of a good win at Liverpool. After they failed to score in the opening 2 games they have finally broken their duck. They have yet to concede a goal this season. Southampton have yet to pick a point up this season. They have been unlucky against both Manchester teams but still remain on 0 points. This will be a tough match for them as they ave also conceded in all 3 games so far.
Aston Villa v Swansea 15:00
Paul Lambert is under huge pressure at Villa, and the favourite to be sacked first this season. Villa have yet to pick up a win, only gaining their first point at Newcastle in the last game. No clean sheets and only 2 goals scored is not a good record. They are up against a Swansea team who are flying at the moment. Unbeaten and second in the league, things are going great for them. In 3 games they have scored 10 and kept 2 clean sheets. It's a brave call for anything but an away win on this game.
Fulham v West Brom 15:00
Since their opening day 5-0 win Fulham have yet to pick up a point since then, although they did put on a good show against Man United. A heavy defeat a West Ham and the first time they failed to score this season I think they'll be wanting to come back with a good win. West Brom on the other hand remain unbeaten and coming into the game after a 2-0 against Everton will be full of confidence. They have only let in 1 goal this season so it will be difficult for Fulham to break them down.
Man Utd v Wigan 15:00
United have finally found their scoring boots after being shut out on the opening day of the season. They have scored 3 in each of the last 2 games and I can see them putting a few pas Wigan on Saturday. Wigan have made an OK start to the season but think this is a tough ask to get anything from Old Trafford
QPR v Chelsea 15:00
This is the game that all the eyes will be on, but sadly for the wrong reasons. QPR have made a poor start to the season and are letting goals in for fun (3 per game). Mark Hughes will be hoping that his new signings will gel quickly. Chelsea look almost unbeatable so far this year (charity shield not included ;). 3 wins out of 3 and the confidence is back. Form can sometimes go out of the window for a derby game but another win for the team at the top of the league looks more than likely
Stoke v Man City 15:00
Stoke are not an easy team to beat, and are proving that so far this season with 3 draws out of 3. With each match averaging 2 goals a game (1 scored 1 conceded) they are looking a truly mid-table team. They welcome another unbeaten team in Man City who have the firepower to blow any team out of the water. They have yet to keep a clean sheet this season so will be making double sure they are solid at the back for this game.
Sunderland v Liverpool 17:30
Neither team have managed to pick up a win yet this season, although Sunderland have played 1 game less. Brendan Rogers is under a huge amount of pressure now and his passing style has come under a bit of criticism, some say he needs to be more direct at times. Sunderland have drawn all their games this year and Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet. This game could go either way but I think Liverpool just have that extra edge up front.
Reading v Tottenham 16:00
Just the one game on Sunday and another match were neither team have picked up a win and draws seem to be the norm for both teams so far. Both teams have started the season slowly and will be disappointed so far. I think another draw looms.
Everton v Newcastle 20:00
Monday night football see a tasty encounter at Goodison. Both teams will be relatively happy with the starts they have made to the season and this looks like it could be a good game. Newcastle have yet to pick a point up on the road and Everton have not dropped any yet at home. I predict goals in this one.
Full fixtures and League table below:
|Saturday 15th September 2012|
|Norwich v West Ham||12:45|
|Arsenal v Southampton||15:00|
|Aston Villa v Swansea||15:00|
|Fulham v West Brom||15:00|
|Man Utd v Wigan||15:00|
|QPR v Chelsea||15:00|
|Stoke v Man City||15:00|
|Sunderland v Liverpool||17:30|
|Sunday 16th September 2012|
|Reading v Tottenham||16:00|
|Monday 17th September 2012|
|Everton v Newcastle||20:00|
Let me know your thoughts below.