It takes time for new players to settle - of course - but that is no excuse for Liverpool's lack of hunger and energy. And as for the set pieces... A rotten night, all in all...
'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...
West Ham v Tottenham
It all points to Spurs here. The Hammers have lost seven of their last nine while Spurs have won four of their last six. And Tim Sherwood's men are unbeaten in 12.45pm kick-offs this season. Don't rely too heavily on stats however, given that 47.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Just trust me on this one when I tell you Spurs are a mortgage job and the current West Ham team are a waste of time.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 10/11 (Ladbrokes)
Aston Villa v Hull
Villa need a victory but having taken just a solitary point from the last 18 available I won't be banging down the bookies' door to back them at 6/4. I've got beef with Hull, after my mini bus was trashed and I came to grief outside the Silver Cod pub when I was there in 1999. But they can redeem themselves in my eyes by scoring in both halves on Saturday.
Betting: Hull to score in both halves at 15/4 (Hills)
Manchester United v Sunderland
The Black Cats have already torn up the script at both the Ethiad and Stamford Bridge in recent weeks and I simply refuse to rule them out here. The Red Devils are laughably short given how ordinary they have been for the most part and despite a new man in the dugout (Mmmm Giggsy? Giggsy-Wiggsy? Isn't it? Marvellous) and that recent steam-rollering of Norwich I am going to get my balls right out of my underpants here and back Sunderland at fancy prices.
Betting: Sunderland to win at 17/2 (Bet Victor)
Newcastle v Cardiff City
The Horse Punchers are in quite shocking form and their problems at home are well-documented (lost their last three, scored just three goals in their last nine home games). The Mags' display against Arsenal last time out was unforgivable and I have not seen a poorer TV performance since that mug who used to wear the tartan hats won Big Brother. Cardiff need a win, and can get it against a Toon side who have been playing in flip flops for weeks now.
Betting: Cardiff to win to nil at 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Stoke v Fulham
Firstly, Stoke can f*ck off. All I needed was a goal from them against Spurs last weekend to light up a £50 BTTS five fold. So it's with a heavy heart that I take the plunge on them here at 11/8 to beat a Fulham side who have lost 12 from 18 away this season.
Betting: Stoke to win at 11/8 (Bet Victor)
Swansea v Southampton
Pressure off for both teams and so we could see goals here. Wilfried Bony, who obliged this column in fine style last week and who has 14 goals in 2014, is again my pick to grab some headlines.
Betting: Bony to score first at 5/1 (Bet Victor)
Everton v Manchester City
The Champions League looks beyond Everton now after losing two of their last three while Citeh went odds on for the title on Sunday after Liverpool's capitulation at home to Chelsea. The Reds will be hoping their bitter rivals can do them a favour by winning here but I am struggling to make a case for the Toffees, especially if Yaya Toure is in the mood. He is pound-for-pound the best midfielder in the Premier League and I'll be helping myself to a large slice of current 6/1 quotes that he is voted Man of the Match at Goodison as this is the type of stage he relishes.
Betting: Toure to be Man of the Match at 6/1 (Bet Victor)
Arsenal v West Brom
The Baggies are leaking goals on their travels (it's one clean sheet in their last 13 away) and with Arsenal all but assured of fourth I can't see them blowing in now. Mesut Ozil has been a bit 'meh' this term but he should see plenty of the ball at the Emirates and looks decent at 9/4 to find the net.
Betting: Ozil to score anytime at 9/4 (Paddy Power)
Chelsea v Norwich
What a f*cking difference a week makes. In the aftermath of their 'park the bus masterclass' at Anfield the pundits were hailing Don Jose as the best manager in the game bar none. Then they get their arses spanked off by Atletico and he's now a shoo-in to go a second consecutive season without winning anything. Better than Brian Clough? Do me a favour! He's not fit to pour Ol Big 'Eads whiskey. The Blues will win here though and it should be straightforward having kept 17 clean sheets this season (nobody in the PL has kept more).
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at evens (Sky Bet)
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
I'm breaking with convention here by previewing this one even though it doesn't take place over the weekend. The feeling in the game is that Liverpool have blown it after last weekend and that's reflected in them going from 1/6 to 5/4 for the league in the wake of that 2-0 reverse to Chelsea. This is an intriguing battle that pits attacking flair against defensive steel. It's going to be uber-tight I reckon and may need some late drama but ultimately I see Liverpool winning and taking one of the most thrilling title battles in years to the wire. Never mind all that bollocks though. Does anyone know if the DFS sale is on this Bank Holiday?
Betting: HT Result 0-0 at 3/1 (Hills)