Premier League predictions: Liverpool v Chelsea, Manchester United v Crystal Palace and QPR v Man City
Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom will take on a reader trying to predict the scores for the weekend fixtures in the Premier League. It is three points for naming the correct scoreline and one point for getting the result right. The top scoring reader will win a prize in May. Today he does battle with Man City fan Davy McClean.
After an eventful Champions League week, it's back to domestic action for Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal and of course everyone else.
It feels like it is back to the drawing board for me after losing 6-4 to Jonathan Drennan last week.
Today I'm up against Davy McClean. Davy is a big Man City fan and is part of the Belfast Branch of the City Supporters club who have organised for the Premier League trophy to come to Northern Ireland next weekend. It will be at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast on November 15.
Check out our predictions below and my thoughts on the top flight games.
Liverpool v Chelsea (Today 12.45pm): This was always going to be a big match for Brendan Rodgers. It's monumental now after his team selection against Real Madrid and all the fall-out which followed.
That Rodgers is up against his old mentor Jose Mourinho and Liverpool's loss to Chelsea at Anfield last season wrecked their title bid adds extra spice. Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have the class to rip the Reds apart, but amid a crackling atmosphere, the Liverpool players, whoever plays, might just finally produce the brilliant football of last season.
They'll need to in order to compete with this unbeaten Chelsea side and to help out their manager. Will fate decree that a fired up Steven Gerrard, after last season's slip against the Blues, has a major say again?
Beacom Prediction: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 1
McClean Prediction: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0
Burnley v Hull (Today 3pm): Surely Burnley will break their duck and win.
Beacom Prediction: Burnley 2 Hull 1
McClean Prediction: Burnley 1 Hull 1
Man United v Crystal Palace (Today 3pm): Between injuries and suspensions Louis van Gaal is running out of defenders. Thank goodness he has our own Paddy McNair! Palace have their own problems at the back, so despite what is likely to be another patched up back four, the Dutchman should be confident that Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria will score enough to negate any issues at the other end.
Beacom Prediction: Man United 3 Palace 1
McClean Prediction: Man United 2 Palace 0
Southampton v Leicester (Today 3pm): Hard to see anything else but the impressive Saints to go marching on against the Foxes, who have been far from cunning since hammering Man United.
Beacom Prediction: Southampton 2 Leicester 1
McClean Prediction: Southampton 2 Leicester 0
West Ham v Aston Villa (Today 3pm): The Hammers have been brilliant this season. They have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City at home. Coming from two down to draw at Stoke last week was almost as impressive.
Beacom Prediction: West Ham 1 Villa 1
McClean Prediction: West Ham 1 Villa 1
QPR v Man City (Today 5.30pm): QPR have started to show fight in recent weeks. Ever since Harry Redknapp slagged off Adel Taarabt funny enough. Even so, that won't be enough against City, who have to bounce back after this dismal midweek display and defeat against CSKA Moscow.
Beacom Prediction: QPR 1 Man City 3
McClean Prediction: QPR 0 Man City 2
Sunderland v Everton (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Gus Poyet was a relieved man after his side's vital win at Palace on Monday. If they stop conceding own goals the Black Cats might collect a few more decent results.
Beacom Prediction: Sunderland 1 Everton 1
McClean Prediction: Sunderland 0 Everton 1
Spurs v Stoke (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Should young Spurs forward Harry Kane start? Answer, of course he should. With or without him, though,Stoke will still be a tough nut to crack.
Beacom Prediction: Spurs 2 Stoke 2
McClean Prediction: Spurs 2 Stoke 0
WBA v Newcastle (Tomorrow 1.30pm): WBA's Saido Berahino to score to celebrate his England call-up.
Beacom Prediction: WBA 1 Newcastle 1
McClean Prediction:WBA 0 Newcastle 1
Swansea v Arsenal (Tomorrow 4pm): What a crazy Champions League result on Tuesday night for Arsenal...3-0 up at home before drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht. Hard to know what will come next for the Gunners.
Beacom Prediction: Swansea 1 Arsenal 2
McClean Prediction: Swansea 0 Arsenal 1
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