The season is just starting to settle down but there have been plenty of shocks. Any more this weekend? Here what our ‘expert’ thinks. Can you do better?
AFC BOURNEMOUTH V BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The Cherries are pointless after four. They’re obviously a better team than that – witness the last-gasp loss to Manchester City. They need to start winning soon and we fancy them to take this but it’ll be close in the South coast derby against a Brighton team coming off a good win.
We say: 3-2
CRYSTAL PALACE V SOUTHAMPTON
Roy Hodgson takes the helm and has a winnable start against a Southampton team who themselves have been disappointing. Will Palace now revert to their old style? Saints can make it hard for the Eagles and we’ll go for a share of points.
We say: 1-1
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN V LEICESTER CITY
Town will be looking to get back on track after a painful defeat at West Ham on Monday night. Leicester have had some difficult fixtures to kick off their season and can start climbing the table by inflicting a second defeat in a row on David Wagner’s men
We say: 1-2
LIVERPOOL V BURNLEY
The Reds are without star man Sadio Mane, but will expect others to step up and they should still have too many guns here for a Burnley team who will need to produce yet another excellent road performance to get something.
We say: 3-1
NEWCASTLE UNITED V STOKE CITY
Toon picked up a fine three points at Swansea last weekend but Stoke showed good form of their own to grab a well-earned point against Manchester United. This is a tough one to call so we’ll sit on the fence and go for a draw.
We say: 1-1
WATFORD V MANCHESTER CITY
Watford continue to exceed expectations but this is the biggest test so far for Marco Silva’s men. City have goal potential all over the team and are proving extremely difficult to stop. Silva will have a plan but he’ll need a fair slice of luck too to stop Pep Guardiola’s men.
We say: 1-3
WEST BROMWICH ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED
The Hammers finally got off the mark on Monday night and will be looking to build on that against an Albion team who were brought down to earth with a bump at Brighton last time. Tony Pulis will be looking for a reaction but he might have to settle for a point.
We say: 2-2
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY
With a fine win against Borussia Dortmund proving that Spurs can in fact win at Wembley it’s now time to show it in league action. Against a Swansea team finding their way as late window additions settle in we’ll go for a resounding home success
We say: 4-1
CHELSEA V ARSENAL
Chelsea beat up on poor opposition in the Champions League on Tuesday but the league win at Leicester last weekend shows they are moving in the right direction. Arsene Wenger will need to have his team in tip-top condition to get something here but these clashes are rarely straight-forward so we’ll stick our neck out and suggest a draw
We say: 2-2
MANCHESTER UNITED V EVERTON
Rooney’s return. And Big Rom faces his old team. Everton have been abject in their last couple of games and it might be that a game like this is needed to get things moving again. But it might also be the last thing they need. We’ll go for option two.
We say: 3-0
BIRMINGHAM CITY V PRESTON NORTH END
Harry Redknapp’s men have disappointed to date. Time to get things moving although Preston were excellent in midweek. We say: 2-1
BRENTFORD V READING
Both of these teams have performed poorly so far. Reading have more talent, Brentford have home advantage. All square. We say: 1-1
BRISTOL CITY V DERBY COUNTY
Lee Johnson continues to get the maximum from his City team, though they could struggle against a decent County team here and might settle for a share. We say: 2-2
BURTON ALBION V FULHAM
Talking of managers getting the most, Nigel Clough has worked wonders at Burton. Fulham have talent but need to start producing. We say: 1-2
CARDIFF CITY V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
The Bluebirds’ fast start came to a crashing halt at Preston this week. Wednesday meanwhile are running into promotion form. We go with the visitors: We say: 0-2
HULL CITY V SUNDERLAND
Relegated together and now both struggling in the Championship. Hull have been poor, Sunderland have been even worse than their hosts. We say: 2-1
IPSWICH TOWN V BOLTON WANDERERS
Mick McCarthy’s men have come back down to earth after a fast start. They should get moving again with their opponents here looking relegation fodder. We say: 3-1
MIDDLESBROUGH V QUEEN’S PARK RANGERS
Rangers have exceeded expectations thus far whilst the opposite might be said of their hosts. Balance redressed a little here. We say: 3-0
MILLWALL V LEEDS UNITED
A fiery encounter is almost guaranteed between these two and Millwall’s disciplinary record indicates more of the same. Table-toppers to outclass hosts. We say: 0-2
NOTTINGHAM FOREST V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Wolves spent big in the summer and it’s starting to show. Forest have been inconsistent and we’ll take the visitors to keep their push towards the top moving. We say: 1-2
SHEFFIELD UNITED V NORWICH CITY
Promoted United have certainly been the surprise package so far. The Canaries have given little reason to suggest they’ll stop the Blades. We say: 2-0
BARNSLEY V ASTON VILLA
Steve Bruce will surely be feeling the heat if Villa can’t string together a run of good results. Two goalless home draws show where the problem lies. A point here and more woe. We say: 1-1