Predict360: All eyes on Etihad as Man City host Arsenal
The Premier League is back for its latest round of fixtures and undoubtedly the match of the weekend - arguably of the season so far - sees Arsenal head to Fortress Etihad to take on Manchester City.
Cit have been simply unstoppable at home this season - seven games, seven wins, 29 goals - while Arsenal have the best away record in the league, consisting of five wins and a draw with their only loss coming at Manchester United. Something's gotta give!
The game of the week also sees a Predict360 match-up as league leader and Arsenal fan Ted takes on our resident City fan Darren.
Our second match-up of the week takes place on Sunday as Liverpool supporter Obaydah travels to White Hart Lane to tackle Simon and Tottenham.
Special mention this week must go to Everton fan Mark, who correctly backed his boys to claim a 1-1 draw at Arsenal to secure himself maximum points.
Best of luck, gents...
PREDICT360 TABLE (after 15 rounds)
Arsenal (Ted) - 16pts
Tottenham (Simon) - 11
Man City (Darren) - 9
Everton (Mark) - 9
Man Utd (Moe) - 8
Liverpool (Obaydah) - 8
Chelsea (Shivam) - 7
Newcastle (Neil) - 5
TED TOTSIDIS - @TedTots (Arsenal)
What happened last time? Last week we witnessed one of the most entertaining matches in the Premier League this season. A spirited Everton came to the Emirates and outplayed Arsenal for large portions of the match. Something no other team has really done this season.
It also meant my prediction got me no points as I once again decided to go with my heart and picked the win instead of the draw which I'd even mentioned was what my head was saying.
This week: Off the back of a lack-lustre mid week defeat in Naples, I don't really have much confidence going to the Etihad to face an in-form Manchester City in this weekends opening match.
It's going to be tough and will no doubt shed light on areas that we seem to be a little depleted in at the moment. That being our attack. I can't see Giroud getting too much space to do anything on his own, whereas you could imagine Aguero popping up at any moment in a match and burying one past Szczeny.
So my analysis leaves me with a difficult decision to make and an even harder one to write about as I think Arsenal might actually lose today. Manchester City 2 - 1 Arsenal
SHIVAM MANGHNANI - @ShivamLM (Chelsea)
What happened last time? An awful defeat against Stoke City last week. Chelsea's defence looked all at sea and the substitution of Andre Schurrle was bemusing as well. The game against Steaua and Stoke proved one thing and that is the need to sign a striker is great. Ba's horrendous miss vs Steaua and Eto'o's awful performance vs Stoke means Chelsea have to dip into the market in January.
This week: Crystal Palace at home should be 3 points and anything less than a convincing win should be regarded as a failure. I would like to see Andre Schurrle played as a striker until at least January since I think he is better than the garbage we have at the moment. Regardless of who plays this will be a Chelsea win and I hope a big one. Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
MARK SCHUMANN - @MarkSchuey (Everton)
What happened last time? A 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Put simply, Everton were as good as I have ever seen them in my 30 years of supporting them.
Roberto Martinez has instilled confidence and a no-fear approach which is heartwarming to any Everotn fan. Personally, the 1-1 draw gave me my first perfect score of the campaign so I can now make a charge.
This week: Home to Fulham. On Everton’s current form it’s very hard to see anything other than an Everton win. Football is a funny game but I think this will just be misery for Fulham as Everton win comfortably. I’ll go for 3-0 and another week of dreaming not only of the champions league, but maybe, just maybe….. the Premier League. Everton 3-0 Fulham
OBAYDAH AL-NAMER - @LFCArabia (Liverpool)
Unfortunately Obaydah was not able to provide his usual preview and predictions, but got in touch over Twitter to provide a score for Liverpool's trip to Spurs. Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
DARREN BALL - @AbuDhabiDaz (Man City)
What happened last time out? Last time out City came out of the blocks at good speed to take an early lead. However Southampton held their own and produced a terrific goal to match the effort they put into the game.
Our away form seems to be on the mend especially with our fight back midweek against the European champions.
This week: We are hosting the current league leaders in what is probably the biggest game of the season so far in the EPL. City have pretty much the full squad to choose from with Richards & Nastasic being the only really injuries at he moment.
Silva put in a great shift midweek in Munich and will be a welcome return to the starting line up. All the talk of rest time from the midweek games should not be an issue.
City are in fine home form and it won't be long before someone is on the end of a double digit beating at the Etihad. However I doubt this will be that game. Man City 4-0 Arsenal
NEIL MITCHELL - @geordiedentist (Newcastle United)
What happened last time? Let's put this win into perspective. The last time we won at Old Trafford the UAE as it is today was one day old. I was 5 months old. This how massive a result this was to get and in my opinion thoroughly deserved.
So to paraphrase a famous football quote; Gary Rhodes, Brian O'Driscoll, Harry Styles, Bill Oddie, Mick Hucknall can you hear me? Bernard Hill, Bez, Eamon Holmes, James Nesbitt, most of Radiohead, Graham McDowell are you listening? Mani, Mark Cueto, Ulrika Jonsson, Usain Bolt, Moe Anabtawi can you hear me? Chris McHardy, with your Emirates NBD pre paid champions card, Chris McHardy can you hear me? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!!!!
This week: It would be criminal not to take last week's result and not build on it. We are of course talking about the most bipolar team in the Premier League so knowing us we'll probably make a mess of it. Such is the Nufc big dipper. More ups and downs than the lifts in the Burj Khalifa.
Southampton will be no roll over. They have had a great start to their campaign and look solid at the back, mix combative work and skill in the middle and have strikers who can finish.
The key for us may well be how we replace the suspended Cabaye and how we then set up the side. Personally Ben Arfa did enough in his cameo at Old Trafford to justify an inclusion but there are more options that Alan Pardew may feel are a safer bet.
This could be the game of the weekend. But probably not. It's Newcastle United, who knows what will happen. I certainly don't! Newcastle 2-1 Southampton, he said being unusually optimistic after last week's performance...
SIMON THURSTON - @SimonPThurston (Tottenham)
What happened last time? In the end a fairly comfortable win and with the number of chances we created, I was disappointed my 3-1 prediction didn't materialise.
This week: With Liverpool missing both Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, I think this becomes a far more manageable fixture given our own injury worries.
The team is showing more confidence, energy and creativity than it was six weeks ago, and I believe we will keep Liverpool's back four busy.
They have scored goals for fun throughout most of the season, but many pundits believe with the fixtures they have in December, this will be a defining month for them. I think both teams will score but give the slight advantage to the home team. Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool