Seb’s Predictions – Premier League – 26th-27th Of October

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Updated: October 26, 2013

Week nine of the Premier League season and a lot to look forward to with a potential title decider between Chelsea and Manchester City and a north east derby, with a chance for Gus Poyat to win over the fans in his second Sunderland game.

Saturday

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (K.O. 12:45 pm) – 19th against 1st place, this game looks easy on paper for Arsenal who go against a Crystal Palace side who were pretty much humiliated at home in their last game and London derby against Fulham. Arsenal suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this week to a very strong Borussia Dortmund side, but that shouldn’t make much of a difference to the outcome of this match. Now Cystal Palace, manager-less will most likely struggle against a strong Arsenal side, I think Arsenal will win easily.

Crystal Palace 0-4 Arsenal 

Aston Villa v Everton – This should be a good game between two teams who have started the season in fine form, Martinez has hit the ground running having taken charge of Everton in the summer and Lambert is settling in at Aston Villa. Everton just about won their last game against Hull with a Pienaar goal as soon as he came on the pitch, he could be a key factor to Everton getting a result. Aston Villa will also have one of their main players back with Benteke expected to start having only appeared as a substitute against Tottenham. I think this will be a tight match which could go any way but I think it’ll end in a draw.

Aston Villa 2-2 Everton 

Liverpool v West Brom – Both teams come into this match in good form, only both of them drew last week against Newcastle and Stoke respectively. West Brom are unbeaten in their last five matches and have won 4 of the last 5 matches against Liverpool, giving them a lot of hope going into this match. Liverpool will most likely partner Sturridge and Saurez upfront again which could decide the match, but Liverpool’s failure to keep clean sheets could also prove costly. I think Liverpool will win this match.

Liverpool 3-1 West Brom 

Manchester United v Stoke – Stoke come into this match on a bad run of form having started well this season. Manchester United haven’t either been on a good run of form now having failed to win their last two home matches. Manchester United will have Robin Van Persie back after he missed their Champions League tie midweek. Even though Manchester United aren’t “on form”, they should win this match, otherwise there will be a lot of questions for Moyes to answer.

Manchester United 2-0 Stoke

Norwich v Cardiff –  Both manager starting to feel pressure and both for different reason, Mackay seems to be undermined by the owner but immensely supported by the fans and Hughton not achieving what Norwich fans wanted although only one point separates these two teams. Norwich have lost 4 of their last 5 matches and only scoring 6 goals in 8 matches even thought they signed Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel in the summer. Cardiff have a bad record at Carrow Road but I don’t think that’ll stop them from winning their first top-flight match against Norwich.

Norwich 0-1 Cardiff 

Southampton v Fulham – Fulham boss, Martin Jol, will now obviously be under less pressure having won the last two matches while on the other hand there can only be praise for Pochettino who has completely transformed Southampton. Southampton will most likely have a strong team out, only Steven Davis missing with Fulham maybe missing Ruiz and Hangeland. Southampton are becoming a team hard to beat in the Premier League and a Fulham have struggled when playing against a side who are not around their level. Southampton should expect to win this game.

Southampton 3-1 Fulham

Sunday 

Sunderland v Newcastle (K.O 13:30 pm) – This will be Gus Poyat’s second game in charge and being in a similar situation to that of Paulo Di Canio. Newcastle played well in their last match having defended brilliantly and managing to get a draw having played with 10 men. Sunderland on the other hand played terribly letting the whole match go as soon as they conceded and being embarrassed by Swansea. Newcastle will only be without Yanga-Mbiwa who is serving his one match ban after his red card against Liverpool and Coloccini being doubtful to start could mean a start for Dummett who scored his first goal for Newcastle in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool, but having watched that match there are still a lot of things for him to improve on (certainly defensively). I think Sunderland won’t pick themselves up for this match and will probably be embarrassed yet again.

Sunderland 0-3 Newcastle

Chelsea v Manchester City –  Both return after midweek Champions League matches and to go head-to-head in what could be a title decider. Manchester City go to Stamford Bridge with a poor away record only having won at West Ham last week and if that wasn’t bad enough then Kompany is still injured which means that it’ll most likely be Nastasic along side the liable Javi Garcia. Where as Chelsea haven’t lost at home yet under The Special One’s second reign but they will want to avoid any scares like Cardiff’s opener last week. Manchester City will probably struggle if Mourinho decides to play very defensively but I’m sure this will be a tight game.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City 

Swansea v West Ham – Both managers not under that much pressure but a win is desperately needed for both. Swansea haven’t managed to win back-to-back games in 2013 and West Ham have lost 4 of their last 6 games. Bony and Michu will most likely start up front although both have struggled to get their season up and running. West Ham will still be without Andy Carroll which means they will try to play with a false number 9 again, that being either Diame or Morrison. I can’t see this match ending any other way than a draw.

Swansea 1-1 West Ham

Tottenham v Hull – After Tottenham’s midweek match they probably couldn’t ask for a fixture like this, even though Hull have played well their line-up will most certainly be weakened with McGergor, Graham, Aluko and Brady all injured and Livermore ineligible to play against his parent club. Tottenham will have to win this match if they want to consider finishing in the top four but I think they will.

Tottenham 2-0 Hull 

What do you think of these predictions? Agree or disagree? Post your predictions in the comments below.

Predictions written by Seb True.

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