With new managers revitalising clubs that had looked relegation-bound, John Newsome analyses the latest installment of midweek fixtures.
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BURNLEY v STOKE
After the weekend games its another quick turnaround for the Premier League and and an additional home game for Burnley, who seldom lose at Turf Moor. They beat Watford on Saturday 1-0 and rarely concede a goal. They should triumph over a steady Stoke side who are playing away from home again after their heavy loss to Tottenham, at the weekend. There won’t be many goals and Burnley should inflict another defeat on Stoke.
Home Win 1-0
CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
Crystal Palace are again at Selhurst Park after Saturdays draw against Bournemouth. They should have won that game (with Benteke missing a last minute penalty) and are slowly gaining momentum under Roy Hodgson. Palace should again score at home but still don’t look capable of keeping a clean sheet. Watford are a better side then Bournemouth and despite the loss to Burnley can get a point here.
HUDDERSFIELD v CHELSEA
Huddersfield perform better at The John Smiths stadium. They picked up a credible win against Manchester United and had an excellent game against leaders Man City. This match is in front of the BT Sport cameras. Huddersfield are again at home, after Saturdays great win against Brighton. However, Chelsea should be too strong for Huddersfield on this occasion and after their loss away against West Ham in the early kick-off on Saturday, will want to bounce back quickly and collect all 3 points.
Away Win 1-3
NEWCASTLE v EVERTON
Newcastle are again at home in front of their loyal fans, where they do perform better, but until the January transfer window opens they simply haven’t got the players to compete in this league and are coming off yet another loss to Leicester on Saturday. Everton are away from Goodison again after getting an encouraging draw in the Merseyside Derby at Liverpool, on Saturday. With Allardyce now in charge, they can get back to winning ways against ‘The Toon Army’ and collect all 3 points.
Away Win 1-2
SOUTHAMPTON v LEICESTER
Leicester have hit a bit of form lately and coming off the back of a good win away at Newcastle on Saturday, can get all 3 points here. Vardy is on fire since his wife’s been away in the jungle and should score again. With Mahrez getting back to his best, they should be too strong for Southampton. The Saints are at home again after an excellent draw against Arsenal, on Sunday. Nathan Redmond seems to have taken Peps”Pep Talk” on board and was outstanding against the Gunners. Expect goals.
Away Win 1-2
SWANSEA v MAN CITY
Swansea got the win they desperately needed on Saturday and kept Paul Clement’s job safe, for the time being. Unfortunately, Man City are a different proposition and will be too strong for them. City come off the back of Sundays great win against Manchester United and should get plenty of goals against a poor Swansea side. The Blues have won their last 4 games with the score 2-1 in their favour, but a more emphatic victory looks on the cards here.
Away Win 0-5
LIVERPOOL v WEST BROM
Liverpool are again at Anfield and have a tremendous record this season, only conceding 3 goals and again will be too strong for West Brom. The only saving grace for the Baggies is that they have an extra day to recover from the weekend’s loss and with Liverpool also playing in Europe they may be a bit fatigued. That said, the attacking flair of Mane, Salah and Firminho should see them collect all 3 points.
Home Win 3-0
MANCHESTER UNITED v BOURNEMOUTH
After Sundays loss against title rivals and noisy neighbours Man City, United should get back to winning ways against Bournemouth. This is Pogba’s second leg of a 3-match ban, following his sending off against Arsenal and he is a big miss. That said, Bournemouth are not as strong away from home and after Saturday’s draw away to Crystal Palace this should be another comfortable win for United.
Home Win 3-0
TOTTENHAM v BRIGHTON
Brighton come to Wembley after Saturdays loss at Huddersfield. They have performed well after gaining promotion but will find this second away trip in succession extremely difficult. Tottenham got back to winning ways emphatically against Stoke on Saturday, scoring 5 and should be again too strong for the Seagulls.
Home Win 3-0
WEST HAM v ARSENAL
This game is in front of the BT Sports cameras and West Ham have the longest time to prepare of all 20 Premier League teams, after playing on Saturday lunchtime last time out. David Moyes won his first match in charge, surprisingly beating Chelsea and looking the better team. They have had some difficult games lately and this is another tough one at home against a strong Arsenal side. The North-Londoners drew with Southampton on Sunday and with West Ham improving, the home team can hold out for a draw.
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