The attack and defence rankings are below. You can always find the numeric goal scored values for each match-up in the Predicted Goals section of our Fixture Analyser. The data tells it's own story, that's the point, so we won't over elaborate too much this week. Man City (vs Tottenham), Everton (vs Aston Villa) and Arsenal (vs Hull) are all expected to come away with solid wins this weekend, with 2 or 3 goals scored each and a clean sheet thrown in for good measure. Liverpool, and certainly Chelsea, should be accorded the same expectation, although being the away sides this weekend there'll always be increased uncertainty.
How WBA's rearguard cope with Di Maria and the visit of Manchester United is most intriguing. Purely on "historic pedigree" we would expect a solid win for United, but our latest analysis of both attacking and defensive form suggests West Brom could well give the mega-millions of United a run for their money, especially with home advantage.
Outside of the league's elite teams, Southampton and Newcastle are the two teams to target for decent goal returns, with a clean sheet for Southampton also likely. it's going to be interesting to see what kind of offence Swansea can mount on the road against a very solid home side like Stoke. Likewise, to see if West Ham's new style of play has the attacking potency to get anything out of an ultra-organised Burnley defence.
|Team||Opposition||ATTACK RANKING||DEFENCE RANKING|
|1.8Aston Villa||EVE (A)||1.8
|1.9Crystal Palace||CHE (H)||1.9
|0.1Man City||TOT (H)||0.1
|0.4Man Utd||WBA (A)||0.4
|1.2West Brom||MUN (H)||1.2
|1.5West Ham||BUR (A)||1.5