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We're off and running - Can the goal fest continue?

The opening weekend of the 2012/13 Premier League season lived up to the expectations of the closing weekend of the previous season, with 27 goals scored - including a couple of 5-0 thumpings.

Round two starts at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea face newly promoted Reading at 7.45pm on Wednesday - although Chelsea play again soon after.

Roberto Di Matteo will be looking to secure this season’s first home win and will be expecting Belgian star Eden Hazard to show the Blues fans why they paid so much for him.

After he terrorised Roberto Martinez’s Wigan last weekend, Reading will need to be solid at the back to ensure Hazard doesn’t run the show.

After the midweek fixture at Stamford Bridge is another packed weekend, with all 20 Premier League teams in action.

Sam Alardyce takes his Hammers to Wales to face high-flying Swansea and after a solid defensive display against Villa, he’ll be expecting his attacking line to convert more of their chances. The Swans - who look set to lose winger Scott Sinclair to Manchester City - ran riot at Loftus Road and will be looking to build on their opening day win.

Will RVP start against Fulham?

Fergie will be looking for his Red Devils to bounce back from their opening day disappointment against Everton, which saw them defeated 1-0 in an uninspired display. Manchester United face Martin Jol’s Fulham, and the Londoners are in high spirits after their 5-0 thrashing of Norwich.

Will RVP be given a start? Will Shinji Kagawa contribute more than a couple of neat passes? Can someone in the Fulham side replicate Marouane Fellaini and pile further problems on United?

With talismanic midfielder Clint Dempsey’s future at Fulham still in jeopardy, Cottagers' fans will be pleased with Mladen Petric’s start to the new campaign, as he bagged two goals and an assist on his debut.

The pick of Saturday’s action takes us to Stamford Bridge for a tantalising late clash between Chelsea and Newcastle United. Alan Pardew’s men will be looking to cause another upset at the Bridge and Demba Ba (pictured) looks like he is back to his old self - so expect to see more goals from him this season.

Di Matteo will need to rotate his squad with Chelsea competing in three league matches in the first week of the season.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa take on Everton, while Norwich and QPR face-off and both will be desperate to secure victory after heavy opening day defeats.

Wigan travel to Southampton and Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland host Reading.

Sunday's action 

Sunday brings two more tasty clashes, Tony Pulis will be looking to overturn a much weakened Arsenal after yet more high profile departures as the two meet at Britannia Stadium.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping new boys Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla can fill the void left by the departures of Song and RVP.

The final game of the weekend is certainly an intriguing one. Liverpool take on champions Manchester City at Anfield. The Reds suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to West Brom and will be looking to justify their spending spree with a home victory over Mancini’s men. But Mancini will be expecting a strong display from the Citizens and will hope to capitalise on a shaky start to the season for Liverpool.

Next weekend’s Premier League fixtures:


Swansea v West Ham - 12:45

Aston Villa v Everton - 15:00

Man Utd v Fulham – 15:00

Norwich v QPR – 15:00

Southampton v Wigan – 15:00

Sunderland v Reading – 15:00

Tottenham v West Brom – 15:00

Chelsea v Newcastle – 17:30


Stoke v Arsenal – 13:30

Liverpool v Man City – 16:00

By Lewis Edwards – Follow me on Twitter @LCEdw

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