Seb’s Premier League Predictions

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Updated: February 8, 2014

With 14 games to go in the Premier League season, the title race is closer to being decided but still very close between the top 3 teams. It’s not only at the top of the table where 3 points are becoming more valuable, at the bottom with 6 points separating twelfth from bottom.

Here are my prediction’s for this weekend’s games

Saturday

Liverpool v Arsenal (K.O 12:45)

Arsenal are hoping to keep their two point advantage or even better and getting further ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea. Liverpool have steadily dropped since the new year and winning two of their last 4 games has put them down into fourth place battle. Arsenal have shown that a lot of their players can score and most of their attacking players can step up and take a game by the scruff of its neck. Saurez has been a bit quiet in the past few weeks except against Everton which is looking only a bit worrying for Liverpool. I think Arsenal are capable of beating Liverpool at Anfield in a very tight match.

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

Aston Villa v West Ham

Both teams are very hard to predict as Aston Villa can’t perform at home and West Ham getting shock results like the 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. West Ham have been struggling to score goals and now with Andy Carroll suspended it will be harder for West Ham to score or even to break down Aston Villa. Villa haven’t been consistent this season, certainly not at home. The Villains have struggled to score at home where as the Hammers have struggled to score in general, I can easily see this game ending in a goalless draw.

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham 

Chelsea v Newcastle 

Chelsea will be high in spirits after an excellent win against what seemed to be an unbeatable side at home where as Newcastle couldn’t feel lower after losing in horrible fashion against their local rivals. Along with losing to Sunderland, they will also have to deal with the lose of Yohan Cabaye. I can’t see Newcastle breaking down Chelsea in anyway with not enough creativity. I think Chelsea will win but not emphatically.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle 

Crystal Palace v West Brom 

It’s hard to judge new manager Pepe Mel, but West Brom don’t seem to be in as much danger as the other relegation contenders. Crystal Palace are going strong under Pulis. I think Crystal Palace will be even stronger  with all their new signings and with West Brom selling Long and not strengthening which could be consequential against Palace and for the rest of the season. I think Palace will just about edge this match.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom 

Norwich v Manchester City

I don’t think anyone can forget when City hammered Norwich 7-0 earlier this season. Norwich would struggle in anyway to get past City, they are just too good of a team for Norwich. I don’t think the Canneries will get anything out of this game even though Manchester City aren’t the best team away from home, Norwich won’t be able to hold out City.

Norwich 0-4 Manchester City 

Southampton v Stoke 

Both coming into this game after two very different and inspiring games, Southampton making the most of their 45 minute dominance over Fulham whereas Stoke battled it out valiantly against Manchester United. Southampton will be relying on their three main men upfront (Rodriguez, Lambert and Lallana) who will surely be too much for Stoke’s very fragile defence. I think Southampton will continue their good form.

Southampton 3-1 Stoke

Sunderland v Hull

Gus Poyat’s “project” at Sunderland so far has worked very well, managing to get out of the relegation zone and win over Sunderland fans thanks to a triumphant victory over local rivals Newcastle and of course getting them to the League Cup final. Hull have been consistent enough to not even be mentioned in a relegation battle but they could lose this game to Sunderland. Sunderland will be more than up for this game continuing their good form and wanting to profit from Hull’s tiny slump. Steve Bruce will want to get revenge on his return to the Stadium of Light. I think Sunderland are better off at the moment to be able to win this match so I think this match will end in a Sunderland victory.

Sunderland 2-1 Hull

Swansea v Cardiff

A very highly anticipated Wales derby which ended in a 1-0 victory for Cardiff in the reverse fixture, the difference now for both teams is that they’ve both changed managers. Solskjaer got his first win in the Premier League as a manager last weekend against Norwich which has without doubt lifted the team morale, on the other hand Swansea have been on terrible form only winning one in his last ten games explains how they’ve ended up where they are at the moment. Swansea’s problem is their lack of diversity, they will always try to win a match by passing and when it doesn’t work, they’ll just continue to pass. Solskjaer showed great intelligence last week by bringing on Zaha which turned the game and gave Cardiff a big boost. I think Cardiff will get the double on Swansea.

Swansea 0-2 Cardiff

Sunday 

Everton v Tottenham 

Everton picked themselves back up last weekend having lost humiliatingly in the Merseyside derby, whereas Tottenham have failed to win in their last two matches (lost 1-5 vs Man City and 1-1 against Hull). Tim Sherwood has taken Tottenham back to the basics and playing a simple 4-4-2 and it seems to have worked better than AVB’s 4-2-3-1 with an extremely high line and a “libero” in Lloris. Everton  play like Swansea in the way they rely on possession but they can get stuck in a grind out a game if necessary and they are obviously better equipped than Swansea. It’s hard to call this game with two decent sides, I think it’ll end in an exciting draw.

Everton 2-2 Tottenham

Manchester United v Fulham

Manchester United haven’t been the most admirable team at home this season with a few embarrassing results and performances at Old Trafford, although they will be playing against a Fulham side who in my opinion are the worst team in the Premier League. Fulham have conceded the most amount of goals this season (53) compared to second worst record is twelve more (Cardiff, 41). Juan Mata will tear into a terrible Fulham defence and whoever plays upfront for United will surely be getting some goals.

Manchester United 3-0 Fulham

 

Predictions :  

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom

Norwich 0-4 Manchester City

Southampton 3-1 Stoke

Sunderland 2-1 Hull

Swansea 0-2 Cardiff

Everton 2-2 Tottenham

Manchester United 3-0 Fulham

 

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