John Newsome believes Liverpool will come up short against a top-6 rival, yet again, while Manchester City march on relentlessly towards the title.
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL
Arsenal beat a poor Newcastle side last Saturday, however the score of 1-0 was surprising considering Arsenal were at home and Newcastle are so poor. Mezut Ozil scored the winning goal which was a beauty but chances are he will leave in January or at the end of the season as he sees his future elsewhere. Liverpool come off the back of an emphatic away win at Bournemouth and will definitely put up a fight. That said, Arsenal are too good at The Emirates and should get all 3 points.
Home Win 2-1
EVERTON v CHELSEA
Big Sam likes playing Chelsea and often gets a win. Whilst boss at Crystal Palace he inflicted further pain at Stamford Bridge and could again mastermind a resurgent Everton side to get the result. Everton played Swansea on Monday night and with Chelsea having 2 extra days to recover, they will be strong. All things considered, with Everton at home, both teams look likely to score in an entertaining draw.
SWANSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE
Swansea got a deserved win at The Liberty last time they played there, but then lost to Man City( no disgrace) and played a resurgent Everton on Monday Night Football. Their players are simply not good enough and they will surely be relegated. Frank De Boer must be cursing his luck not having the services of Wilfried Zaha. He is the catalyst to this fabulous upsurge under Roy Hodgson.
Away win 0-2
BRIGHTON v WATFORD
Brighton are defensively sound but are struggling to score goals. Glen Murray has been a good player over the years but he is not the answer to the goalscoring problem even missing a cruitual penalty on Saturday. The January transfer window can’t come soon enough to enable Chris Hughton to get a striker in. Watford are hard to fathom and they are now on a run of 4 games without a victory. The Hornets got hammered at home last Saturday by Huddersfield and so will want to bounce back. A cagey game looks on the cards.
MAN CITY v BOURNEMOUTH
Away win. Bournemouth will be too strong…. Hold on… Just because it’s Christmas and the Sherry is out doesn’t mean City are going to lose! They are one of the best sides in the history of the Premier League and will probably match Arsenal’s Invincible season of 2003/4. Of course they will beat Bournemouth, it is just a case of how many. The Cherries lost heavily at home on Sunday to Liverpool and this will be another long day for them.
Home Win 5-0
SOUTHAMPTON v HUDDERSFIELD
Southampton are a good side at St Mary’s, gaining most of their goals/points here. However, they do concede a few and Huddersfield scored 4 on their travels last week – ending a long drought. With the Christmas period coming up and games arriving thick and fast, it all depends on how strong the squads of each team are. This looks like a draw with goals.
STOKE v WEST BROM
If the mother in law asked me to come round and do her feet whilst this was on, I think I might be tempted! Stoke are just rubbish, they are heading for relegation and maybe it’s time for Mark Hughes to go. Sometimes in football managers become stubborn, won’t admit they are wrong and continue to do the same things expecting a different outcome. Unfortunately, that’s the definition of madness. West Brom lost narrowly to Manchester on Sunday and are in the relegation zone, but this is the game Alan Pardew can get his first win.
Away Win 0-1
WEST HAM v NEWCASTLE
Home win. There isn’t any other logical outcome. West Ham are now a totally different side under David Moyes and the question is why didn’t Moyes produce this at Manchester United, Real Sociedad or Sunderland? It looks like he has changed his ways and learnt lessons, which is all anyone can ask. Newcastle are not rubbish, they just simply don’t have Premier League standard players and when that happens a club will get relegated. Like a lot of teams, they are waiting for the January Transfer Window to open to get some good players in, but things are starting to look a little desperate for Benitez.
Home Win 2-0
BURNLEY v TOTTENHAM
Tottenham will be smarting from getting hammered by Manchester City and will want to get back to winning ways. Turf Moor has become a ground that no team really looks forward to visiting though and Harry Kane looks set to endure further frustration against a superb defensive unit. Burnley are a genuine threat to the top-6, as they can pick-up points without scoring many goals.
Home Win 1-0
LEICESTER v MANCHESTER UNITED
This game is a first for the Premier League. It kicks off at 7.45 pm on a Saturday evening and we’ll be getting more of this in the near future. Leicester have been on fire lately but came unstuck against Palace and the trickery of Zaha. United will be too strong for Leicester. Pogba is back after his 3 game ban and we know how much of a better side United are when their big-money signing is in the starting XI. He frees up Matic and protects the back 4. Leicester will defend deep, but will be breached.
Away Win 0-2
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