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Predicting the outcome of Premier League matches this season has been a tricky task in an opening month, as the unexpected has been the norm.
Champions Chelsea, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United and under-achieving Arsenal have all slipped up in unexpected fashion over the last few weeks, handing Manchester City a chance to build up a commanding lead at the top of the table.
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CHELSEA v ARSENAL
Chelsea to win at 11/8
All eyes will fall on Stamford Bridge this weekend as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will do battle for a 15th time.
After Wenger finally secured his first win against the Chelsea boss in the Community Shield at Wembley last month, the odd couple that refuse to get along and have no interest in healing their rift will again be thrust back into each other’s path.
What they say:
“People come to football to watch football and all the rest is secondary. What is important is what people will see at 12.45 and let’s focus on that. I focus on what I love which is football and respect everybody and all the rest doesn’t affect me. What is important is football for me.” Wenger on Mourinho.
“I think it is best we don’t talk about this situation any more. People are interested in what happens on the pitch. Let’s talk about that.” Mourinho on Wenger.
* Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has never lost three league games in a row in his management career. He will be look to perverse that record against Arsenal on Saturday.
* The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Arsenal.
* Theo Walcott is on fire in the Premier League, as he has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts.
MAN CITY v WEST HAM
City to win at 2/7
After picking up wins against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and Liverpool at Anfield this season, West Ham appear to have uncovered the winning formula to beat top four contenders on the road.
However, they will face a potent Manchester City side who will be eager to bounce back from their latest Champions League disappointment following Tuesday night’s home defeat against Juventus.
What they say:
“West Ham are doing very well, especially away. It’s not luck to beat Arsenal and Liverpool – we must be careful.” Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
“We're going to have be as solid or even more as concentrated together as we were against Liverpool and Arsenal. It's not only up to us. They are Man City. It's going to be more up to them how the game is going to be played because they have that quality.” West Ham boss Slaven Bilic
* Manchester City are looking to win their opening six matches of a top-flight season for the first time.
* The Hammers are looking to win three successive Premier League away games for the first time since September 2007.
* City have won their last seven home meetings with West Ham, including six in the league.
TOTENHAM v CRYSTAL PALACE
Palace win at 3/1
Tottenham’s record after Europa League matches is pretty dreadful, with home defeats against Liverpool, West Browmich Albion, Newcastle and Stoke all etched onto their records after their Thursday European dates last season.
While boss Mauricio Pochettino shook his side up as for their opening Europa League tie against Qarabag this week, there are still plenty of questions for Spurs to answer as they take on a team that have pieced together a formidable record on the road this season.
What they say:
“We cannot use the Europa League as an excuse. We have to perform in the Premier League after the European matches.” Spurs boss Pochettino.
“Spurs have some outstanding players. I'm a big fan of Kane, Chadli and Eriksen. They will definitely finish in the top ten.” Palace boss Alan Pardew having a bit of fun at Tottenham’s expense ahead of this game.
* Palace have enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League season, collecting nine points from their first three matches.
* Spurs have lost four of their last six Premier League home matches that were played directly after Europa League games.
* Palace boss Alan Pardew has won three of his last four matches against Spurs, with two of those wins coming during his time as Newcastle boss.
LIVERPOOL v NORWICH
Christian Benteke to score any time at 10/11
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rested a host of his star names from Thursday night’s Europa League tie in Bordeaux, so there can be no excuses as they look to avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League against the Canaries.
The pressure is already mounting on Rodgers just five games into the new campaign and he cannot afford another defeat on home soil.
What they say:
“I am always under pressure and you know that when you are at a club as big as Liverpool.” Reds boss Rodgers.
“We can’t be gung-ho or silly about how we approach the match, but we’ll approach it in the fashion that we’ll go to win the match, and we’ll see what we can do.” Norwich boss Alex Neil.
* Only Newcastle (2) have scored fewer goals than Liverpool (3) in the Premier League this season.
* Liverpool have put fewer crosses in the box than any Premier League team (15), despite the arrival of striker Christian Benteke this summer.
* Liverpool have scored at least three goals in their last five matches against Norwich in all competitions, with Luis Suarez especially prolific against the Canaries during his time at Anfield.
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Chelsea to beat Arsenal
Man City to beat West Ham
Crystal Palace to beat Tottenham
Christian Benteke to score for Liverpool vs Norwich
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