We put our necks on the line with our match predictions for this weekend's Premier League fixturesThe knives may not yet be out at Old Trafford, but the statistics following their midweek defeat to Everton – their first at home since 1992 - were just as piercing to David Moyes.
The Scot insisted that Everton, under his tutelage, ‘could play without a manager because they are very well organised’ during his pre-match press conference. But the stats don’t lie. Everton under Roberto Martinez have five more points than this stage last season, while Moyes’ Manchester United are 11 points worse off.
Up next for Moyes, the visit of Newcastle United. Swansea disposed of the Magpies 3-0 on Wednesday, but with the hosts sweating over the fitness of Robin van Persie, and with Wayne Rooney suspended, the home faithful could be in for another stressful afternoon.
What was once a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions could soon become a four game winless streak, in the Premier League.
As for Everton, their reward is an arguably tougher trip to London, where they face Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side not only sit top of the pile, but are experiencing the type of form that even gets Nicklas Bendtner on the scoresheet.
Goals from the Dane and Mesut Ozil completed a comfortable victory over Hull, and you have to wonder whether Everton’s midweek exertions will take their toll come Sunday afternoon, against Arsenal’s possession football.
The star of the midweek fixtures was Luis Suarez, punishing Norwich again (he has 11 goals in four matches against the Canaries!) with four goals and an assist in Liverpool’s 5-1 victory. Up next, West Ham.
With the Uruguayan in such a rich vein of form, the scoreline for this one could reach anything.
Sam Allardyce’s men were beaten 1-0 at Crystal Palace, and other than the three they hit past Fulham last weekend, have only mustered one other goal five Premier League matches. The Hammers are blowing chances more than bubbles at the moment.
For all of this weekend's fixtures and predictions, not to mention where we see the matches being won and lost, check out the video at the top of the page!