Mark reckons the biggest shock of the weekend will come at King Power Stadium but does former Manchester United man and one of Sir Alex’s earliest signings Alan Tonge agree?/strong>
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Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City suffered a blip against West Ham but always seem to do well against Spurs. Sergio Aguero has scored ten goals in eight matches against them, including the winner in their last meeting at White Hart Lane in May.
The Argentinian hitman may have only scored once in the league so far this season but Harry Kane is yet to get off the mark this term and is unlikely to get much joy out of City, who have only conceded in one game.
With new signing Kevin De Bruyne scoring two goals in two starts and feeding Aguero, I reckon the attack-minded Citizens will have too much for the hosts.
Alan Tonge’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester City
Leicester 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal will be buoyed by their midweek Capital One Cup win over Spurs but they face a vibrant and unbeaten Leicester City on Saturday.
The Foxes have been magnificent and do not know when they are beaten, coming from two-nil down to secure four points in their last two games.
Although Claudio Ranieri’s side are yet to keep a clean sheet, they probably won’t be expecting to against the Gunners. The visitors are looking to recover from defeat by Chelsea last week, with their poor attacking performance overshadowed by bad boy Diego Costa.
They will need to play better on Saturday but may not get the chance if the hosts play on the front foot, with star men Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in sparkling form.
Alan Tonge’s Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Arsenal
Southampton 1-1 Swansea
Southampton are struggling for momentum and face a battling seventh-placed Swansea, who are wounded by league and cup defeats at Watford and Hull.
Saints have endured a week of mixed emotions – from being completely on top of Manchester United but still losing, to thrashing MK Dons 6-0 in the cup.
It is hard to put my finger on where Ronald Koeman’s side are right now. Their main strength last season was the defence but that needs tightening up this term and I can see these sides cancelling each other out at St Mary’s this weekend.
Alan Tonge’s Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Swansea
Manchester United 4-1 Sunderland
With one defeat all season and a 19-year-old striker that has four goals in as many appearances for the club, United seem to be on a roll and should keep going against winless Sunderland on Saturday.
Anthony Martial is in lethal form and with Memphis Depay and stalwart Wayne Rooney both searching for their first league goals of the campaign, the visitors’ shaky defence should be concerned.
Fresh from a cup drubbing by United’s city rivals and league defeat at Bournemouth, I reckon the Theatre of Dreams will turn into a nightmare for bottom-placed Black Cats.
Alan Tonge’s Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland
Newcastle 0-1 Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has never won a Premier League match at St James’ Park – but I think that will all change on Saturday. Newcastle fans are restless because of their horrendous start to the season and after seeing them dumped out the cup by Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday.
Their best attacker has been Daryl Janmaat for the majority of season, which would be fine, if he wasn’t a right-back.
Champions Chelsea have also been struggling but seemed to get their swagger back against Arsenal and while they’ll be without banned Costa, Eden Hazard is back in goalscoring form. It’s shaping up to be another long night on Tyneside for underfire Steve McClaren.
Alan Tonge’s Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
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