John Newsome brings you his predictions for another busy weekend. Man City appear to have locked-up this year’s title, but the 3 remaining Champions League spots now seem within reach for several clubs. At the foot of the table the pressure is building, but both West Ham and Everton look to have turned the corner.
LEICESTER v CRYSTAL PALACE
All the home teams in this round of Premier League games have been away the previous 2 games and will want to impress their home fans in the run-up to the busy Christmas period. Leicester are showing the form that won them the Premier League a couple of seasons ago and are on a 5 game unbeaten run, winning the previous 4, Crystal Palace were losing against Watford on Tuesday night right up to the 89th minute, then scored twice to gain all 3 points. Both teams will score, but with home advantage, Leicester can continue their winning streak.
Home Win 2-1
ARSENAL v NEWCASTLE
Home win, it’s as simple as that. Arsenal don’t lose at The Emirates and after only collecting 2 points on their travels the previous 2 games, will get back to winning ways. They will be way too strong for a poor Newcastle team who lost narrowly again on Wednesday night to the odd goal against Everton. Newcastle are in the middle of a takeover and until this happens they will do well to just keep their heads above water. Arsenal will be glad to get back home to start winning again.
Home Win 3-0
BRIGHTON v BURNLEY
Brighton have struggled recently and have slipped down the table. They do perform better at home but this is a tough ask against a good solid Burnley side who managed to briefly get into the Top 4 after Tuesdays home win. Overall, after the midweek games, they managed to sustain a Top 6 position and won’t lose this game. It’s just whether they can score enough goals to gain all 3 points. Brighton are not strong enough to beat Burnley, even with home advantage so a score draw looks likely.
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
Again another home win. Chelsea had a blip last Saturday, against a revived West Ham side, but got back to winning ways midweek away at Huddersfield. Southampton got hammered at home on Wednesday and may be glad to be away. They are hot and cold at the minute, gaining a credible draw last Sunday to Arsenal, then losing to Leicester on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, this will be another loss for the Saints.
Home Win 3-0
STOKE v WEST HAM
Stoke caught the train home last Saturday after their heavy loss to Tottenham and were wishing they hadn’t when they were sat next to their own fans, who didn’t take kindly to the defeat and made their feelings known to the players and management! Unfortunately, unless they vastly improve, the Potters will face more vitriol from their own fans who will be watching this game against a much more organised West Ham side. The Hammers have had 3 tough games. They lost away at Man City, but gained an unexpected win against Chelsea plus a draw against Arsenal and will see this as a chance to gain a further 3 points.
Away Win 0-1
WATFORD v HUDDERSFIELD
Watford lost both of their away games and will be glad to get back to Vicarage Road. They are better at home and will have penciled this game in as a must win. Tom Cleverley was sent off on Tuesday night and will be unavailable for this contest. It was a second yellow card so he will only serve a one-game ban. Deeney is back fit and Richarlison is playing well so should be too strong for Huddersfield. The Terriers won one and lost one at their home ground and will find this away trip difficult.
Home Win 2-0
MAN CITY v TOTTENHAM
What a Christmas cracker of a game to round off Saturdays Premier League games, live on BT Sport! City have won a record 15 games in a row, after Wednesday’s demolition of Swansea. They are simply too good and are Premier League Champions in waiting. Tottenham will be a tougher test then Swansea but Pep’s rampant City will outscore Tottenham. Expect both teams to notch, however.
Home Win 4-1
WEST BROM v MAN UNITED
West Brom are defensively sound and gained a respectable draw on Wednesday, at Anfield. They were always organised before the sacking of Tony Pulis and now Alan Pardew has taken over he just needs to get them attacking more. Although it looks like the title’s over for everyone other than Man City, Manchester United won’t stop trying and will win by the odd goal.
Away Win 0-1
BOURNEMOUTH v LIVERPOOL
Both teams failed to score midweek, which is unusual for Liverpool with their attacking prowess. Bournemouth are back at The Vitality after Wednesday’s loss to Manchester United, but are desperately close to the relegation places with only 2 points separating them from the bottom 3. Liverpool have surprisingly drawn their previous 2 home games, when they would have expected to take all 3 points in both of them. The Reds will want to get back to winning ways and can do in front of the Sky cameras.
Away Win 1-3
EVERTON v SWANSEA
The final game of this weekends Premier League Fixtures sees the Toffees take on a poor Swansea side, who come off the back of a hammering against Man City on Wednesday. They are not the only team to suffer a heavy loss to Guardiola’s men, but the writing looks on the wall for Paul Clement. Everton, with Wayne Rooney back scoring, should be too strong for Swansea.
Home Win 3-0
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