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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

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PLAYERS AND managers come and go, but what stays are our beloved weekends of top quality league football.

Ever-present Voice of Sport editor Rodney Hinds is again willing to share his golden nuggets of what will come to pass in a world where change seems to be everyone's middle name.

Will Chelsea go top, can Man City keep on ripping defences to shreds, are West Ham finally go to pick up and read 'A Dummy's Guide to Kicking a Ball'?

All times are 3pm unless stated otherwise

Saturday, January 11

Hull – Chelsea 12.45pm

City manager Steve Bruce will be pleased with the first half of his team’s Premier League campaign. They defend well and have the creative talents of Tom Huddlestone to call upon. However, it won’t be enough to stave off the challenge of the title chasing Londoners.

Cardiff – West Ham

Both teams are in trouble. Cardiff have nosedived since a positive start to the season. West Ham, on the other hand, are just West Ham – inconsistent.

The East Enders will be hopeful that the dynamic Mo Diame puts in a sterling display in south Wales Draw.

Everton – Norwich

Everton’s half term report would read ‘excellent.’ Romelu Lukaku and his blues brothers could run riot. Home win.

Fulham – Sunderland

This basement clash could be a cracker. Both have to go for it in their respective perilous positions. Entertaining draw.


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Southampton – West Brom

The Saints will expect to keep marching on against a West Brom side that have under-achieved so far this term. Home captain Adam Lallana will be key. Saints take all three points

Tottenham – Crystal Palace

This London derby could be more difficult for the hosts than it might have been a few weeks back. Spurs’ quality should just see them scrape a win.

Man United – Swansea 5.30pm

David Moyes is just getting himself cosy at Old Trafford. The Red Devils, with Danny Welbeck to the fore, will make Swansea’s visit to Manchester a torrid one.

Sunday, January 12

Newcastle – Man City 2.05pm

This will be another test of City’s title credentials. Newcastle have already seen off Chelsea on their own patch and if they are fit and firing, can do so to City’s. Draw.

Stoke - Liverpool 4.10pm

Liverpool's top four ambitions will be thoroughly examined by a belligerent Stoke side. As ever, Luis Suarez's contribution will be pivotal to the away side's chances. Reds glory.

Monday, January 13

Aston Villa – Arsenal 8pm

Villa could do without playing the Gunners, who have their eye on silverware. Paul Lambert’s youngsters will be up against a slick outfit whose away record makes them favourites to bag another three points in the Midlands. Away win.

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