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Not in good Kompany
Manchester City 2-2 Swansea
It has been an international period of reflection for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini as they are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League and seemingly losing ground on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League every week.
A home game against Swansea might sound like a decent fixture to get back on track but Swansea come into this match firing. A home win against Arsenal showed the Swans’ resilience as they battled from a goal down to win 2-1.
The fixture doesn’t help City either considering that they host Bayern Munich on Tuesday and are still missing Vincent Kompany, their leader.
Sergio Aguero’s brilliance can only take them so far and that was proved at QPR two weeks ago.
They did fight back but it wasn’t down to any team play but purely down to the Argentinian hit man. I can see the same kind of game happening on Saturday at the Etihad with more disappointment for City and more positivity for Garry Monk and Swansea.
Odds (Best price from Oddschecker 19/11)
Result: Draw 17/4
Correct Score: 19/1
Kait: Manchester City 3 – 1 Swansea
There’s pride to be restored for City and The Etihad is the place to do it. After the 2-2 draw against QPR a win is essential for Pellegrini’s men – injury to Edin Dzeko means that Stevan Jovetic must use this opportunity to prove his credentials.
The ‘Who can field a defence’ Derby
Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United
Louis Van Gaal travels to the Emirates for the first time for Saturday evening’s clash against Arsenal. His side face a team that didn’t beat or score against David Moyes’ Red Devils last season – losing at Old Trafford and drawing at the Emirates.
Robin Van Persie was the difference last season between the two sides at the Theatre of Dreams but he may not have much of a defence to come up against this time around.
Nacho Monreal has been partnering Per Mertesacker at centre back with both under performing and although an exciting prospect, in an unsettled team Callum Chambers has been struggling at right back and without a presence in midfield there is no support.
The Gunners, from three goals up against Anderlecht at home, drew 3-3 and from 1-0 up against Swansea, conceded twice late on to lose but that doesn’t mean United are any more stable.
United have doubts over Rafael’s, Radamel Falcao’s, Jonny Evans’ and David De Gea’s fitness and are without Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and could potentially be missing Angel Di Maria as they travel to the Emirates after a nightmare of a month with injuries which must have Louis Van Gaal scratching his head.
Despite this, Man United head into this improving. Points are adding up and were unlucky to have lost 1-0 in the Manchester Derby. This is where United should start to kick on despite the injury worries and coming up against Danny Welbeck. A much welcomed solid victory for United and some more headaches for Arsene Wenger will be Saturday’s take away order.
Result: Manchester United 12/5
Correct Score: 12/1
Kait: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United
I can’t see Arsenal’s defence surviving the wrath of United’s attack, which includes confident captain Wayne Rooney, high on international exploits. For two teams in development, mistakes will be made, so expect some open play, and possibly the odd clanger.
The Capitulation Revisited
Crystal Palace 2-1 Liverpool
The extraordinary climax to last season was unforgettable and apart from Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea, Liverpool’s Monday night car crash at Selhurst Park still asks more questions than answers as from 3-0 up and in complete control, Liverpool’s title challenge was left in tatters after Palace gained a point in the dying moments.
Last season’s hangover is still yet to be recovered from by Liverpool and can expect a tough, hostile atmosphere once again at the ever noisy Selhurst.
Neil Warnock is now in charge of Palace but has struggled to gain any momentum this season. Last time out the Eagles performed admirably away to Man United.
Liverpool will potentially have one eye on a trip to Bulgaria to play Ludogorets to save their Champions League lives next Wednesday but can’t take this game lightly.
Daniel Sturridge pulled up again in training last week and will more likely than not be missing for at least this match and with defensive worries aplenty, Palace should be licking their lips at the prospect of this match up and with the pace of Zaha, Campbell and Bolasie leading the charge, Palace could just about have enough for a down on their luck Reds team.
Result: Crystal Palace 7/2
Correct Score: 15/1
Kait: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Liverpool
As a Liverpool fan all I hope is that there’s no repeat of ‘Crystanbul’ last season. I’m sure Brendan Rodgers feels the same. Having had plenty of time to construct his tactical master plan Rodgers must get this right. And Balotelli must be given a partner up front.
The Consistently Inconsistent
Hull 1-1 Tottenham
There have only been three league victories between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur since the beginning of October as both teams are struggling to get any kind of consistency going.
Tottenham fought back against Aston Villa to win 2-1 three weeks ago but in a typical kind of Tottenham turn around, they then lost 2-1 at home to Stoke City a week later.
Hull are very much liked upon Lancashire at the minute as they are the first team to succumb to defeat by Burnley before the international break leaving Steve Bruce questioning his team’s mentality as they last won at home to Crystal Palace on the 4th October.
It seems both teams will still be looking for a win when the full time whistle blows on Sunday evening, as both teams will cancel each other out.
Result: Draw 12/5
Correct Score: 13/2
Kait: Hull 1 – 1 Tottenham
Becoming the first team to lose against the basement’s Burnley left Steve Bruce spitting, so expect changes to a Hull City side that are really struggling for form. Including Scotland’s Andy Robertson would be a great start. Spurs have lost their way too, and a point away from home would be a more than welcome place to start building up some league form.
Newcastle 3-2 QPR
Newcastle United’s form has seen the once club supposed to in crisis move up the table after four wins from four. Add to that a Capital One Cup victory over Manchester City and you have a team in form.
Alan Pardew is back from the dead as one sign said over the Halloween period but they come up against another seemingly doomed side on Saturday.
QPR were outstanding against Manchester City despite only drawing and only narrowly lost at Stamford Bridge but there are a few reasons to be positive, three to be precise in the attacking options of Vargas, Zamora and the outstanding Charlie Austin.
There should be goals in this fixture in a match that a month ago would be last on Match of the Day. Five goals, with the home side edging it could be written in the script as Alan Pardew could be set for his fifth win in five, quite an outstanding achievement in context.
Result: Newcastle 5/6
Correct Score: 28/1
Kait: Newcastle 2 – 3 QPR
Although Newcastle are in rich form, if QPR take an aggressive game to St James’ Park they could well spring a surprise. Their front line is strong and could easily out-muscle the Newcastle defence. That’s not to say Alan Pardew’s men won’t have a good go at asserting themselves though. Expect a few twists along the way.
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