Porter’s Premier League Predictions – 11/02/14

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Updated: February 11, 2014

After an exquisite weekend of Premier League football that included Liverpool beating Arsenal 5-1 and Manchester United only being able to draw 2-2 with bottom place club Fulham, the hope is the midweek match ups can replicate the euphoria.

Split over two days, some of the ties we have in store look like they can live up to the expectation. These include West Brom vs Chelsea, which ended 2-2 in the reverse fixture, West Ham vs Norwich and Hull vs Southampton on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we have Newcastle vs Tottenham, Stoke vs Swansea and the old rivalry between Arsenal vs Manchester United. Without further ado, here are my predictions for tonight’s games.

(All kick-offs at 7:45pm unless stated)

Cardiff City vs Aston Villa – Both sides are looking to bounce back after disappointing losses at the weekend. Cardiff City has lost five of their last six games in the Premier League. Cardiff City has also conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine league fixtures. However, Aston Villa has also conceded at least two goals in their last five league fixtures. I think the likelihood outcome to this fixture though is a share of two goals in a draw.

Prediction: Cardiff City 1-1 Aston Villa

Hull City vs Southampton – Southampton has gone undefeated in their last five league fixtures but will be disappointed with the draw against Stoke at the weekend. Hull City have been struggling to find the goals after only scoring three in their last six league games but new arrivals Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are looking to change all that. They both scored last weekend against Sunderland and will be looking to do the same this evening. With Hull City having conceded the second fewest goals at home this season, just behind Arsenal, I can see them winning this tie.

Prediction: Hull City 2-1 Southampton

West Ham vs Norwich – West Ham are slowly climbing back up the table after picking up seven points from their last three games and will be looking for another three this evening against Norwich. With Norwich struggling having only scored two goals in their last six games, West Ham should be able to keep another clean sheet. However, the added pressure of demise of Premier League life might force Norwich players to step up a gear, so I expect a highly contested game. Norwich will have confidence in their stride as well after picking up a point against Manchester City at the weekend. I’m predicting a draw with Gary Hooper on the score sheet.

Prediction:  West Ham 2-2 Norwich

West Brom vs Chelsea (K.O. 8pm) – On paper, this looks like an easy win for Chelsea, yet when these teams met in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, West Brom came back late on with a penalty to make the game finish 2-2. Jose Mourinho may be tempted to rest some players with a key fixture in mind against Manchester City in the FA Cup. Chelsea has kept clean sheets in their last four away fixtures in the league but West Brom has managed to score in eight of their last ten league fixtures. They are still yet to pick up their first win under new manager Pepe Mel and I think their struggles will continue.

Prediction: West Brom 0-3 Chelsea

RECAP:

Cardiff City 1-1 Aston Villa
Hull City 2-1 Southampton
West Ham 2-2 Norwich
West Brom 0-3 Chelsea

What do you think of Porter’s Predictions? Leave your own predictions in the comments section below.

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Article by Conor Porter

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