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After their European exploits, England’s elite sides return to domestic action this weekend with Arsenal looking to return to winning ways in Saturday’s early kickoff, after a disappointing defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Arsene Wenger’s side takes on Crystal Palace, with the Eagles having parted company with manager Ian Holloway, by mutual consent earlier in the week. Will Marouane Chamakh come back to haunt the Gunners? Nah, probably not.
Now David Moyes put last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Southampton behind him with a convincing, impressive win against Real Sociedad and now welcomes Stoke City to Old Trafford, with this week’s expert, former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel, backing his old side to return to winning ways.
But the best games of the weekend both fall on Sunday. Sunderland takes on Newcastle with new boss - and Goal Predicts chum - Gus Poyet looking to secure his first win since replacing Paolo Di Canio.
It’s a tough one for Gus, who will be hoping to move on from the Italian’s ill-fated reign as much as possible, yet replicate his impressive 3-0 victory over the club's bitter rival last season. Alan Pardew could also do with some derby-day cheer but we expect the sides to share the spoils this time.
Finally, two former Real Madrid coaches lock horns at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea takes on Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City. Again, we see this one too close to call and have nested ourselves comfortably on the fence.
For all of this weekend’s fixtures and predictions, not to mention where Peter sees the matches being won and lost, check out the video at the top of the page!
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