Every week I will take on both Arsenal fans and Non Arsenal fans in predicting that weeks Premier League scores. This week I joined by @Artekkers (Arsenal) @walsh_i (Man Utd) @PlayedOfThePark (Wolves), I would suggest you follow them all.
The points system is as followed:
Perfect Score= 3 points
Correct Win/ Draw/ Lose prediction = 1 point (e.g Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland Actual: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland
Keep track of the table on the ‘Predictions’ page of the blog and feel free to leave your predictions and your twitter name in the comments.
Arsenal vs Sunderland
Arsenal_RTs: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland
PlayedOfThePark: Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Arsenal have a relatively good record over the past few years for good opening day results, and I think this year will be no different. I think the new signings for The Gunners will want to make an immediate impact on their Emirates debut, Sunderland are a strong side and will be tough, but I think Arsenal will overpower them.
Walsh_i: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland
Despite losing Robin van Persie in recent days, Arsenal should get their season off to a positive start against the Black Cats. Martin O’Neill has yet to finalise his squad and his lacking men up front.
Artekkers: Arsenal 3 V 0 Sunderland
Arsenal win of course, think we’ll have a flying start to the season at the Home of Football.
Fulham vs Norwich
Arsenal_RTs: Fulham 1-0 Norwich
PlayedOfThePark: Fulham 2-2 Norwich
I honestly had no idea with this one. Fulham are a good side and play some good stuff under Jol. They haven’t lost the key players they were rumoured to be losing and have made some decent buys. Norwich are in the almost same position though. They haven’t lost key players and they’ve also made some good signings, and will want to impress new manager Chris Hughton. It’s a tough one to call and 2-2 is just a complete guess!
Walsh_i: Fulham 2-1 Norwich
The Cottagers have been a bit quiet this summer, but look to have retained Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey, despite interest from other clubs. Meanwhile, Norwich begin the season under Chris Hughton, but Fulham should have enough in the tank.
Artekkers: Fulham 2 – 1 Norwich
Going for a home win here.
QPR vs Swansea
Arsenal_RTs: QPR 2-2 Swansea
PlayedOfThePark: QPR 2-1 Swansea
This was another tough one to call. Swansea have hired a good manager in Laudrup, but they have lost Sigurdsson, whos loans finished, and Allen, to Liverpool, who were both key players. They’ve made good buys wit De Guzman on loan and Michu for £2M, but I think it could take a while for things to click into place. QPR have also signed quite a few new players, who will need to time to settle, but I think the home advantage will help them, and their quality on paper. So, with all that, I think QPR will just edge it.
Walsh_i: QPR 1-2 Swansea
Another club, another new manager – Michael Laudrup has replaced Brendan Rodgers and brought in some shrew signings – similarly, Mark Hughes has brought in a raft of players to avoid drop. An interesting tactical battle, with the Swans coming out on top.
Artekkers: QPR 0 – 1 Swansea
Fancy Swansea to beat QPR, should be too strong.
Reading vs Stoke
Arsenal_RTs: Reading 2-1 Stoke
PlayedOfThePark: Reading 2-0 Stoke
I think Reading will win this, they have a decent group of players and in their first Premier League game, I think they and their players will be really up for it and want to start on the right foot. Then Stoke, will probably play how they always do, and with a couple of decent additions (especially Kightly!) they will be, as usual, tough to beat. But I think the fact Reading will really be up for this and will come out and attack Stoke, leading to their win.
Walsh_i: Reading 1-1 Stoke
Stoke have been a mainstay in the top flight for five years now, while Reading make their return after four seasons. Brian McDermott has recruited well while things have been eerily quiet at Stoke. Both sides should cancel each other out.
Artekkers: Reading 1 – 0 Stoke
Hope Reading get off to a winning start against the Rugby team.
West Brom vs Liverpool
Arsenal_RTs: West Brom 1-3 Liverpool
PlayedOfThePark: West Brom 1-2 Liverpool
I don’t think Steve Clarkes debut will end well. I think it’ll be a tight game, West Brom have a good side and have made some good additions. Liverpool have made two good buys in Borini and Allen, but are currently still getting to grips with Rodgers’ philosophy, it’ll be an interesting game for sure, but I think Liverpools quality will shine through in the end.
Walsh_i: West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
The battle of the debutants – Steve Clarke, former assistant to Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool’s new man Brendan Rodgers – Rodgers continues to fine tune his squad, but the Reds will be comfortable in their victory.
Artekkers: West Brom 0 V 1 Liverpool
I reckon Liverpool start well with all the positivity around Rodgers.
West Ham vs Aston Villa
Arsenal_RTs: West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
PlayedOfThePark: West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
This is another tough game to predict, a new team versus a new manager. Alardyce has made some decent buys (but he won’t take Jarvis!) and Lambert has as well. Their footballing styles are completely different, with Allardyce being known for the long ball and Lambert playing good football, but all in all, it’ll be an extremely close game. Upton Park have an amazing atmosphere for their Premier League return, but I think it will be a draw. I really can’t separate them.
Walsh_i: West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
Sam Allardyce has faced stiff criticism for the type of football he has had West Ham playing, but the fact remains, he ensures Premier League safety. Villa have bid good riddance to Alex McLeish, but it will be a tough start for them against the Hammers.
Artekkers: West Ham 0 – 0 Aston Villa
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Arsenal_RTs: Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
PlayedOfThePark: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham
Again, tough to call!. Newcastle had a great season last year and have bought some good players this summer, but have been linked with others without anything being finalized and I can’t see their starting eleven being a lot stronger than theirs last year. Spurs have changed a bit over the summer, with two new boys in Sigurdsson and Vertonghen, but you get the feeling both of these clubs haven’t finished in the transfer market yet. Which will lead to a tough, and relatively open game, in my opinion, which will finish in a draw.
Walsh_i: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham
The battle between last season’s fourth and fifth place teams could well be the most exciting game of the weekend; both Alan Pardew and Andre Villas-Boas’ side will look to attack from the outset, so we could see goals.
Artekkers: Newcastle 2 – 0 Tottenham
Newcastle are a decent side and Spurs are shit.
Wigan vs Chelsea
Arsenal_RTs: Wigan 1-2 Chelsea
PlayedOfThePark: Wigan 2-1 Chelsea
That’s right, I’m going for an upset! I think Wigan have an absolutely brilliant system in 3-4-3 and have added some real good players in Ryo, Ramis and Kone. Chelsea have signed some great players, I’m sure you know, but I think it will take them a while to gel, and I don’t think Di Matteo is the right man to lead them. I think Wigan will defend valiantly, with the five defenders, Torres will be isolated and the creative talents will be neutralized, then Wigan will take their chances, leading to a big opening day upset!
Walsh_i: Wigan 1-1 Chelsea
We all remember how strongly Wigan finished last season, Chelsea; the current European Champions have strengthened this summer, with Roman Abramovich splashing the cash. It would well be a difficult afternoon for Roberto Di Matteo’s side.
Artekkers: Wigan 0 – 3 Chelsea
Chelsea will surely win convincingly. Think Hazard will do something (score/assist or make a fool of himself).
Man City vs Southampton
Arsenal_RTs: Man City 4-0 Southampton
PlayedOfThePark: Manchester City 4-1 Southampton
As much as I like Nigel Adkins and Southampton, especially Lallana, I think this will be an exhibition game for the champions. I think it will be like the the City vs Swansea game last year, Southampton will hold out, then something will click with City and they’ll run riot. Like in the Community Shield. Plus, the crowd will be great, in the first home game after ‘that’ game, sorry Southampton, I can’t see anything but a City win.
Walsh_i: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
The current league champions should get their campaign started with a win over newly promoted Southampton. It is hard to see past Roberto Mancini’s side winning by a decent margin.
Artekkers: Man City 3 – 0 Southampton
Routine win for City.
Everton vs Manchester United
Arsenal_RTs: Everton 1-3 Manchester United
PlayedOfThePark: Everton 2-3 Manchester United
This is an interesting one. I think Everton have had a decent window, as have Manchester United signing Kagawa and Vidic returning, and I think it’ll be a great way to kick off Monday Night Football! I think, Everton will go at them and try to start well, as will Manchester United, leading to a high-scoring game, but United just edging it.
Walsh_i: Everton 1-3 Manchester United
Ah, the first MNF (Monday Night Football) of the season. Everton have recruited on a budget, as usual, but have done very well in the transfer market. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side can get their season off to a very good start with a win.
Artekkers: Everton 0 – 2 Man United
Robin c*nt Persie will pull a hamstring and miss the next 3 games.