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Premier League predictions: Can Neil Warnock turn Crystal Palace's fortunes around at Newcastle?


IT IS week three of the Premier League and yet again, there are some superb matches with new Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock taking his side to Newcastle, Everton facing Chelsea and early leaders Tottenham facing a Liverpool side that could include new signing Mario Balotelli.

But the weekend kicks off with the lunchtime kick off on Saturday, which pits Burnley together with struggling Manchester United at Turf Moor.

Here, our resident tipster Bobby Dubz makes his predictions for the weekend's matches.

Burnley v Manchester United

The Clarets have had a tough start to life in the Premier League, losing 3-1 at home to Chelsea and narrowly away at Swansea last week.

And it doesn't get any easier this week, with Manchester United visiting Turf Moor still smarting from an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the Capital One Cup at MK Dons.

United will be buoyed by the arrival of record signing Angel Di Maria and it will of course be a different side on show from the one that lost heavily in midweek.

But Burnley, with their passionate fan base, will be hoping for a repeat of the last time the two sides met in the Premier League at Turf Moor, when the Clarets won 1-0.

It is however, hard to see that happening again.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester City v Stoke

The Premier League champions are already looking good for a defence of their crown, having defeated rivals Liverpool 3-1 at home on Monday night.

Six points from two games represents a solid start for Manuel Pellegrini's men and they will be confident of making it nine from a possible nine this weekend against a Stoke side that has struggled so far.

A lacklustre display in a 1-0 defeat on the opening day at home to Aston Villa was certainly not ideal for Mark Hughes' men, and scraping a point against ten-man Hull last week did little to suggest that Hughes' return to the Etihad will be anything but an unhappy one.

Prediction: 3-0

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Newcastle's new-look side are showing signs of promise, even if they have failed to find the net in their first two matches.

There is, however, enough to suggest that they will come good and Alan Pardew will certainly be hoping that they start to on Saturday.

But Crystal Palace will be no pushovers and with Neil Warnock returning for a second stint as manager, the players will be keen to impress.

As such, this match may not be the home win everyone would have expected following the Eagles' listless performance against West Ham last Saturday.

Prediction: 1-1

QPR v Sunderland

It has not been the best start to life back in the Premier League for Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers side.

A 1-0 home defeat was followed by a 4-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane last weekend, with Tottenham running riot against their London rivals.

But Sunderland at home is a fixture they have to be targeting for points, even if Gus Poyet's side will be buoyed by their performance against Manchester United last weekend.

Sunderland are unbeaten in the league with two draws so far and they will be hoping to extend that run at Loftus Road, although QPR will be desperate to get off the mark too.

Prediction: 1-1

Swansea v West Brom

Swansea have surprised most by winning their first two fixtures this season, but Garry Monk's men have impressed so far.

They backed up their 2-1 win at Old Trafford with a 1-0 success against Burnley last time out, giving them maximum points coming into this fixture.

And it is difficult to foresee anything but a home win against West Brom, despite the Baggies' also being unbeaten with two draws so far.

Alan Irvine's men have been solid if not spectacular, but travelling to the Liberty Stadium to face an in-form Swansea side is a real test for them.

Prediction: 2-1

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham looked impressive against Crystal Palace last Saturday and will take confidence from picking up their first win of the season.

However, they failed to back that up in midweek, losing out to Sheffield United on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Upton Park.

As such, the Hammers are yet to pick up a win at home this season in all competitions and Southampton will arrive in east London hopeful of continuing that trend.

Ronald Koeman's side failed to beat West Brom last weekend in a bore draw, but they will be buoyed by a 2-0 success at Millwall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and will hope to maintain their form on the road after a plucky display at Liverpool on the opening day.

Prediction: 1-1

Everton v Chelsea

Everton looked superb for two-thirds of the match against Arsenal last week and will be disappointed not to have won the game.

They are the early-season entertainers following two 2-2 draws, and Romelu Lukaku and new signing Samuel Eto'o will be out to prove a point against their former side.

They could come back to haunt the Blues, who are likely to be without Diego Costa through injury.

Chelsea have coasted through their opening two matches against newly-promoted Burnley and Leicester, but this is their first big test and they may have to settle for a point at Goodison Park.

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa v Hull (Sunday)

Aston Villa have surprised many with four points from six in their first two games.

They have kept two clean sheets and picked up a win on the road, although they have been better away from home in recent seasons.

This is the sort of game where they have faltered in recent seasons at home and Hull will be keen to put their Europa League exit behind them.

The Tigers also have four points so far, with a similar record, having beaten QPR away on the opening day and drawn with Stoke at the KC Stadium last week.

Prediction: 0-1

Tottenham v Liverpool

This is arguably the game of the weekend, with Mauricio Pochettino's early pacesetters taking on a Liverpool side that could feature Mario Balotelli.

Tottenham are finding some early season form with four wins from four in all competitions, and last week's emphatic victory against QPR shows they could well be dark horses for a top four spot.

If they are to get there, they will more than likely have to finish above Liverpool, who will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at another top four rival in Manchester City.

If he plays, Balotelli will be hoping to hit the ground running back in England, but it will be interesting to see how Brendan Rodgers will fit both him and Daniel Sturridge into his team.

It may well be that the Italian comes off the bench in this game, but it is very likely that he will somehow make the headlines.

Prediction: 1-2

Leicester v Arsenal

As a newly-promoted side, Leicester City have adapted well to life in the Premier League.

They fully deserved their point against Everton in their first outing and can consider themselves unlucky not to have taken anything from their trip to Stamford Bridge last week.

If only David Nugent had scored when he was through one-on-one with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, it could have been a different story.

But it doesn't get any easier with the Gunners visiting the King Power Stadium and Arsene Wenger's side have a knack of getting results in games like this.

It is against the big boys that they have come unstuck in recent years, and as such, it is hard to see anything but a victory for the visitors on Sunday.

Prediction: 1-3

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