Huzzah! The international break is over. Saturday, Sunday and Monday will provide viewers with an interesting set of fixtures in the Barclays Premier League. A list of the fixtures, times, television broadcast, a quick set of key points and the latest on injuries are as follows:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 7:45EST on NBCSN
Newcastle looks to continue a good run of form with a steady Liverpool visiting St. James’ Park. Loïc Remy has been on a goal scoring tear with 3 in their last 2 games. Luis Suárez, also with 3 in his last 2 games, seeks to continue his easy integration into the squad following an early season suspension. The big question will be whether Liverpool can overcome their list of injuries to take much-needed away points.
Newcastle United – Coloccini, Haidara, R Taylor and S Taylor (Out)
Liverpool – Aspas, Coates and Coutinho (Out); Allen, Johnson and Cissokho (Probable)
Prediction: Newcastle 2 – 2 Liverpool
Arsenal vs. Norwich City – 10:00EST on NBC Live Extra
Norwich is in search of goals – with only five all season. Arsenal has too many goal scorers. This game looks a danger for Norwich on paper. However, their previous two performances – even the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea – showed promise in their play. Arsenal will look to shake off a number of minor injuries and finally unveil the Özil-Cazorla midfield duo. Playing at the Emirates will likely see Arsenal through.
Arsenal – Diaby, Sanogo, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott (Out); Cazorla, Özil, Rosicky and Sagna (Probable)
Norwich City – E Bennett (Out); Pilkington (Late Fitness Test)
Prediction: Arsenal 3 – 0 Norwich City
Chelsea vs. Cardiff City – 10:00EST on NBC Live Extra
Chelsea look to continue their latest 3 game unbeaten run – their second of the short season – as Cardiff City make the journey to Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres rejoins the ranks following his 1-game ban, but still has not found the back of the net in Premier League competition – which comes as no surprise to many. Cardiff hopes to put the chaos of the past two weeks behind them and steal precious points on the road. To do so will require goals against a back line that has given up only 5 in 7 matches. Look for Chelsea to win, but not without having to put in a solid effort against Cardiff.
Chelsea – Cole, Schürrle and Van Ginkel (Out); Torres (Probable)
Cardiff – Cornelius (Late Fitness Test)
Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 1 Cardiff
Everton vs. Hull City – 10:00EST on NBC Live Extra
Two of the more pleasant surprises thus far in the Premier League – Everton and Hull City – square off at Goodison Park where Everton are unbeaten so far this season. Hull City is seeking every point they can muster early in the season. Perhaps the biggest concern for Hull will be the absence of James Chester and his solid play on the back line this season. Everton look too good at home not to expect at least a point. Given Hull’s early season performances, expect a tough test for Everton.