Aston Villa v Wolves
Wolves take their 100% record to Villa Park for the first Midlands derby of the season. The visitors have fared well on recent visits and haven’t lost here since 2003. Last meeting: Villa 0-1 Wolves This season: Bent could be too much for Big Mick. Villa 2-1 Wolves
Wigan v QPR
Wigan play a promoted side for the third week in a row and desperately need a win here. QPR have new ownership and a more upbeat vibe could be completed by the acquisition of Joey Barton. Last meeting: Wigan 0-0 QPR This season: Another draw 1-1.
Blackburn v Everton
Everton are perennially slow starters but even they won’t be scared by the fledgling Blackburn team that are put in front of them. Everton have only lost here three of the last 10 meetings. Last meeting: Blackburn 1-0 Everton This season: Blackburn 0-2 Everton.
Chelsea v Norwich
Juan Mata will be in the Chelsea squad for the first time as Norwich arrive trying to take three points from here for the first time since 1993. The last three meetings have been 4-0 to the home side. Fernando Torres is still yet to register a goal this season. Last meeting: Chelsea 4-0 Norwich (FA Cup) This season: Chelsea to romp home 3-0.
Swansea v Sunderland
Last week saw the Swans register their first point ever in the Premier League and they should build on that here. The Black Cats last won here in 1963 and haven’t beaten the hosts since 1964. Last meeting: Swansea 3-0 Sunderland (1982) This season: Swansea get first win with 2-0 victory.
Liverpool v Bolton
Bolton haven’t won at Anfield in the league since 1954 so the omens don’t look good for Owen Coyle’s side. Even Joe Cole scored against them last season. Last meeting: Liverpool 2-1 Bolton. This season: Victory for the reds – likely to be a narrow one though. 3-1.
Newcastle v Fulham
The Toon Army is still unbeaten and with Fulham not the best travelers it will likely continues. The match may also be Joey Barton’s last one for the club. Last meeting: 0-0. This season: Newcastle 2-0 Fulham.
Tottenham v Man City
Always an entertaining encounter between these two as they fight it out to compete in the league’s top six. Luka Modric should return for Spurs and Samir Nasri may get a debut in the City midfield. Last meeting: 0-0 This season: Another close run thing. City to knick it 2-1.
West Brom v Stoke
Bodog Baggies are still looking for their first point of the season and Stoke are by no means an easy proposition. Tony Pulis’ side are stil unbeaten and are buoyed by advancing in the Europa League. Last meeting: West Brom 0-3 Stoke. This season: Bodog Baggies to get first points. 2-1.
Man Utd v Arsenal
This used to be the big one but a diminished Arsenal side won’t hold many worries for Sir Alex Ferguson. Has lost some of its luster but should still produce some fireworks. Last meeting: This season: Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal.