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Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 16th round of Premier League football. Last weekend we got four out of ten predictions right and one correct score. Will we do better this week?

Saturday

Burnley vs Southampton (15:00)
Burnley may be in the relegation zone at the moment but in the last few weeks they’ve given their fans great encouragement through their gritty performances. The loss to QPR away may have dampened the mood around Turf Moor slightly but their results at home are what can keep them in the league this season. Southampton are on a three-match run of defeats but they have played strong sides and were a little unfortunate to lose on Monday against Man United. Burnley’s need to get points at home combined with Southampton’s desire to end a losing run may lead to this one ending as a draw.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea vs Hull (15:00)
Chelsea may have suffered their first loss of the season last week but they have been gifted the best possible fixture to bounce back. Hull have endured a miserable run of late and have not won since October. They have slipped into the relegation zone and need to stop the rot quickly but they won’t do it at Stamford Bridge.
Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Hull

Crystal Palace vs Stoke (15:00)
Both these teams are capable of good performances and results and yet they have disappointed their fans on many occasions this season. Palace have outplayed both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in their last two matches but have only come away with one point while Stoke blew Arsenal away in the first half but have disappointed in some of the fixtures that you would expect them to do better in. This game could go either way but Stoke will fancy their chances of returning from Selhurst Park with a point.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke

Leicester vs Man City (15:00)
Leicester’s miserable run of form went from bad to worse by losing to relegation rivals Aston Villa and they are now four points away from QPR who lie just above the drop zone. Kasper Schmeichel’s injury is another body blow to their survival hopes as he has been their most consistent performer this season. City, meanwhile, are starting to look like genuine title contenders and have narrowed the gap at the top of the table to just three points. It’s hard to make a case for anything other than a victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Prediction: Leicester 0-3 Man City

Sunderland vs West Ham (15:00)
Sunderland have won fewer games (two) than any other team in the division apart from the sides in the relegation zone and are proving to be the draw specialists in the league. West Ham are flying high in fourth but need to be careful not to get carried away and complacent. Sunderland know how to grind out a result and The Hammers may have to settle for a point.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

West Brom vs Aston Villa (15:00)
The Baggies are slowly sliding down the table and are five points behind their Midlands rivals before the derby. Villa have climbed up the table with back-to-back victories and could welcome both Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar back this weekend. Both of the fixtures between these teams were brilliant spectacles last season and a high-scoring and hotly contested derby should be on the cards again.
Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

Arsenal vs Newcastle (17:30)
The Gunners were very poor in the first half against Stoke last weekend and need to improve defensively. It is hard to predict against Newcastle at the moment given their excellent form and they deserve great credit for being the first team to beat Jose Mourinho’s men this season. Having said that, Arsenal earned qualification for the Champions League this week with another good win and Aaron Ramsey looks as if he could return to his best form over the crucial Christmas period. It will be tight but Arsenal should just edge it.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle

Sunday

Man United vs Liverpool (13:30)
United played very poorly but managed to win against Southampton on Monday night – a trait that has been missing around Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. Liverpool’s season took another turn for the worse after their Champions League exit and other teams in the division have worked Brendan Rodgers’ team out. United are in much better form than their bitter rivals and they will see this as a good chance to add further distance between themselves and their top-four rivals.
Prediction: Man United 2-1 Liverpool

Swansea vs Spurs (16:00)
Swansea had their first really poor game of the season last weekend but Garry Monk can generally be delighted with his team this season. Spurs are still yet to get going this season and Pochettino has not been as much of a success as they would have liked. Spurs also lost out on top spot in their Europa League group with defeat against Besiktas on Thursday night. A draw seems a likely result.
Prediction: Swansea 1-1 Spurs

Monday

Everton vs QPR
Everton are another team that have been sussed out this season and their defence has not been as resolute as in previous seasons. QPR have started to look solid at home but have been very poor on their travels this campaign. Everton are in need of a win to boost them up the table and they should get it here.
Prediction: Everton 3-1 QPR

 

 

Midweek Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 14th round of Premier League football. Last weekend we got six out of ten predictions right and one correct score. Will we do better this week?

Tuesday

Burnley vs Newcastle (19:45)
Burnley are on a three-match unbeaten streak and fought hard against Aston Villa to maintain that record. Newcastle’s wonderful run of form came to an end against West Ham at the weekend and they will look to get back to winning ways quickly. Burnley are proving a tough nut to crack at the moment and will hope to get another result here.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Newcastle

Leicester vs Liverpool (19:45)
Leicester have slipped to the bottom of the table after a thrilling defeat against relegation rivals QPR. Liverpool managed to end their poor run of form with a win against Stoke but they are still far from their fluent best. Leicester have put in their best performances against the bigger names in the league and they might just snatch a point here.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Leicester

Man United vs Stoke (19:45)
United are starting to look like a force against van Gaal and put in their best performance of the season to sweep Hull aside. Stoke, meanwhile, are sliding ominously back towards the bottom of the league and are not performing at the level that Mark Hughes will require. This should be a comfortable victory for the Red Devils
Prediction: Man United 4-0 Stoke

Swansea vs QPR (19:45)
Swansea were disappointed to drop points against Crystal Palace but they now face a QPR side who are looking more like a Premier League outfit. QPR battled to a 3-2 victory over relegation rivals Leicester and will hope to kick-on. This should be a closer encounter than many may expect but Swansea should still prevail.
Prediction: Swansea 2-1 QPR

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa (20:00)
Palace fought well to draw 1-1 with Swansea at the weekend and are starting to offer better performances under Neil Warnock. Villa, conversely, let another lead slip after dominating Burnley for the majority of the match and in the end were fortunate not to lose. Villa fans are growing increasingly impatient and a win is needed sooner rather than later. It seems unlikely to come here, though.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa

West Brom vs West Ham (20:00)
The Baggies are another team in free-fall and now hang perilously above the relegation zone. West Ham secured an excellent victory against the in-form Newcastle but I think a draw would be a decent away result for them here.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 West Ham

Wednesday

Arsenal vs Southampton (19:45)
The Gunners have enjoyed a good week so far and a win over Southampton would cap it off. The Saints suffered a loss to Manchester City and will hope to avoid defeat here in order to keep their six-point lead over Arsenal intact. The Gunners are catching Southampton at a good time and should get the win.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton

Chelsea vs Spurs (19:45)
Chelsea were unable to break down a resilient Sunderland side and almost lost their unbeaten record. Spurs finally gave a strong performance at home and pulled themselves to within two points of Man United. Jose Mourinho’s teams always perform in the big games and it’s hard to see Pochettino’s men getting close to them.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Spurs

Everton vs Hull (19:45)
Everton didn’t match Spurs’ intensity for large periods of the game on Sunday but they have been handed a kind fixture against one of the poorest teams in the division at the moment. Steve Bruce’s Hull didn’t turn up against Man United and it’s hard to see them challenging The Toffees here.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Hull

Sunderland vs Man City (19:45)
Sunderland took a good point off Chelsea but still remain three points above the relegation zone. Man City’s season seems to have been turned around in this last week and Sergio Aguero is at his menacing best. The Black Cats will be tough to break down but City have the players to find a way through.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Man City

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 13th weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got six out of ten predictions right and three correct scores. Will we do better this week?

Saturday

West Brom vs Arsenal (12:45)
The Baggies are slowly sliding down the Premier League table and could find themselves hanging perilously over the relegation zone should they be defeated here. Arsenal have been very poor in the league but their midweek dismantling of Borussia Dortmund should boost the confidence of the players. This won’t be an easy visit for Arsenal but it’s hard to see them dropping more points here.
Prediction: West Brom 1-3 Arsenal

Burnley vs Aston Villa (15:00)
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that both these teams would be coming into this match unbeaten in the past two matches? Burnley have remarkably won two on the trot including beating Stoke away, while Aston Villa have managed two draws against two of the better sides in the league so far this season in the form of Southampton and West Ham. Villa, however, are without a win in nine games and Roy Keane’s departure on Friday morning has further dampened the mood in the camp. The Villans defended resolutely against Southampton and should be good value for at least a point in this one.
Prediction: Burnley 0-0 Aston Villa

Liverpool vs Stoke (15:00)
Simon Mignolet is under fire following another mistake in their Champions League match against Liverpool slipped up once more and their form has been appalling and they find themselves on the brink of a Champions League exit and in the bottom half of the table. Stoke, meanwhile, wasted an opportunity to climb towards the top end of the table by losing at home to Burnley and will be keen to make amends this time out. Liverpool are due a win and should edge The Potters out.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-0 Stoke

Man United vs Hull (15:00)
Louis van Gaal’s men are currently in fourth place and achieving their target for the season. They earned an important away victory against fellow top-four challengers Arsenal and their young defence played very well. Hull have gone under the radar as a team performing poorly and they are only a point above the relegation zone. United should have too much for them.
Prediction: Man United 3-1 Hull

QPR vs Leicester (15:00)
This is an early relegation battle between two teams in the bottom three. Leicester have been in free-fall after making an encouraging start to the season while QPR have been steadily improving as the season has gone on. QPR’s recent improvement makes them the slight favourites and they will fancy their chances.
Prediction: QPR 2-0 Leicester

Swansea vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
The Swans were narrowly beaten by Man City last weekend but have generally had a very impressive campaign. Palace clawed their way up the league table with an excellent home win against Liverpool but still remain two points above the relegation zone. Swansea are normally quite strong at home and should have too much for Palace this weekend.
Prediction: Swansea 2-0 Crystal Palace

West Ham vs Newcastle (15:00)
Sam Allardyce this week claimed that his side needs to rediscover their cutting edge but they welcome the team with the best recent form. Newcastle have flown up the table and are only outside the top four on goal difference. Upton Park is a tough place to get a result, however, and a draw seems the most probable outcome.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Newcastle

Sunderland vs Chelsea (17:30)
Gus Poyet’s team have failed to impress this season but they are capable of a big result on their day and Chelsea will know not to take them lightly. Jose Mourinho’s team look unstoppable at the moment and tore Schalke apart in the Champions League. Sunderland will put up a good fight but, ultimately, Chelsea will emerge victorious.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Sunday

Southampton vs Man City (13:30)
This is a clash between the second and third placed teams in the league and should be a hugely entertaining tie. The Saints were largely stifled by Aston Villa on Monday night and it was a well-earned point for Ronald Koeman’s team. City also had to work hard for their three points against in-form Swansea and came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Sergio Aguero was terrific against Bayern and he should fire them past Southampton here.
Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Man City

Spurs vs Everton (16:00)
Both teams had Europa League matches on Thursday night so there can be no excuses for either team about having a hangover from that. Spurs have been terrible in the league and their only recent victories against Hull and Villa have stemmed from the other team being down to ten men. Had Villa and Hull kept 11 men on the field, Spurs could easily be right down at the bottom. Everton have also been inconsistent this season but performed very well against Werder Bremen and they will fancy their chances here.
Prediction: Spurs 1-2 Everton

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 12th weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got four out of ten predictions correct and two correct scores. Will we do better this week?

Saturday

Chelsea vs West Brom (15:00)
While the rest of the league has been unpredictable, Chelsea have consistently been the team to perform well week in week out. West Brom were disappointed with their home loss to Newcastle and it’s a stretch of the imagination to see them returning to winning ways here. This should be a comfortable win for Chelsea.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 West Brom

Everton vs West Ham (15:00)
Both sides slipped up to draw against weaker opposition last weekend and Everton, in particular, will be keen to return to winning ways and put a run together to climb up the table. West Ham have made a brilliant start to the season and will be competitive against every team they play against but I fancy Everton to narrowly claim victory.
Prediction: Everton 1-0 West Ham

Leicester vs Sunderland (15:00)
Leicester have had a very poor run of form and find themselves in the relegation zone. Sunderland have recovered from their string of high-profile defensive errors to earn four points in their last two matches. Nevertheless, I expect these teams to be near to the bottom of the table at the end of the season and both sides will be keen to avoid defeat to relegation rivals.
Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Sunderland

Man City vs Swansea (15:00)
City have been very poor this season and look short of confidence but they still have an abundance of quality in their squad and one good result could kick-start their season. Swansea recorded an excellent win over Arsenal last weekend and have been one of the success stories of the season. For Garry Monk’s side to only be three points behind City before this match is testament to their wonderful form this campaign. This should be a good game but City need to win and they should find away past Monk’s team.
Prediction: Man City 2-1 Swansea

Newcastle vs QPR (15:00)
For Alan Pardew’s side to be level on points with Manchester United and one point behind Arsenal after their terrible start to the season is nothing short of incredible and Pardew deserves great credit. QPR are also starting to perform to Premier League level and look far more competitive. QPR’s recent improvement means that this should be a more interesting game but Newcastle are playing well enough to secure another victory.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 QPR

Stoke vs Burnley (15:00)
Stoke took advantage of Spurs’ problems last weekend to win and climb into the top half of the table. Burnley also recorded their first win of the season and that will be a huge weight off Sean Dyche’s shoulders. They are working hard for each other and, whilst they may lack the quality to survive, they will make it difficult for other teams to beat them. Stoke, however, are only three points away from the top four and their fans will expect them to climb higher up the table after this one.
Prediction: Stoke 1-0 Burnley

Arsenal vs Man United (17:30)
Arsenal put in another disappointing display last weekend and their fans must be desperately frustrated that their side have not taken advantage of their rivals’ poor starts to the season. Arsenal are one of the most settled sides in the league and after their success last season it was expected that they could kick on but they seem to have gone backwards. United are also not performing to the best of their ability and are crippled by several injuries to their squad. Having said that, they did not add enough bulk to their squad in key areas in the summer and they are suffering because of it. Neither side is defending particularly well but both teams can score and it should be an entertaining, high-scoring draw.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Man United

Sunday

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (13:30)
Palace have been slowly sliding under Neil Warnock and there are serious concerns over their ability to survive this season. Fortunately for them, Liverpool arrive in terrible form and they are struggling to score goals. Palace put in a resolute display against United last weekend and if they put in a similar performance this weekend then Liverpool won’t have enough firepower to find a win.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Hull City vs Spurs (16:00)
Hull performed very poorly last weekend and they are another side who are struggling to score goals. Spurs are also in very poor form and their only win for a month was against Aston Villa who were down to ten men. Pressure will start to mount on Pochettino if results aren’t turned around soon but they are due a win and being away from home should help them.
Prediction: Hull 1-2 Spurs

Monday

Aston Villa vs Southampton (20:00)
Villa stopped the rot last weekend with a good draw away at in-form West Ham but without Christian Benteke they lack a serious goal threat. Southampton have been the best side in the league, Chelsea aside, and there are not enough superlatives to throw towards Ronald Koeman and his team. Villa need the big Belgian back up front before they can improve their performances and a comfortable win for The Saints is on the cards.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Southampton

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 11th weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got six out of ten predictions correct and one correct score. Will we do better this week?

Saturday

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool are in a miserable vein of form and pressure is starting to ramp up on Brendan Rodgers. Chelsea suffered a shock mid-week draw but are still unbeaten in all competitions and a trip to Anfield won’t strike fear into the hearts of Mourinho’s men. Chelsea look solid in the league at the moment and they should get a win here.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea

Burnley vs Hull
Burnley are yet to find a win this season but I’m certain it will come eventually and this could be a good opportunity to register all three points. Hull aren’t playing badly by any means but players can often face sides like Burnley being overconfident and slip up and I think that might happen here.
Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Hull

Man Utd vs Crystal Palace
United earned a hard-fought point over Chelsea and performed admirably with 10 men against rivals city. Palace, on the other hand, are sliding down the table and suffered a poor loss to a Sunderland team in poor form prior to the match. United will be confident of a comfortable victory in this one.
Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton vs Leicester
Southampton are in fine form and don’t look like being beaten by Leicester who lie in the bottom three. The Foxes excellent early season form has deserted them and they need to find the fast tempo that made them so attractive to watch earlier in the campaign. Ronald Koeman’s side should continue their rich vein of form in this one.
Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Leicester

West Ham vs Aston Villa
The Hammers showed great character by coming back from two goals down to earn a draw against Stoke. Stewart Downing has been in excellent form and thoroughly deserves his England call up. Villa produced a good performance last weekend and were desperately unlucky not to win but they have now lost Christian Benteke who looked as if he was returning to his best form against Spurs. Villa look a different team with him in the side and it’s hard to see them beating an in-form West Ham.
Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

QPR vs Man City
QPR performed admirably against Chelsea last weekend and are starting to compete at this level. City suffered an embarrassing loss to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night and confidence appears to be at an all time low. Manuel Pellegrini will have to turn it around quickly if he is to keep his job and a win in this one could help get them back on track.
Prediction: QPR 1-2 Man City

Sunday

Sunderland vs Everton
Sunderland stopped the rot with an emphatic away win over Crystal Palace and Gus Poyet will be delighted to have a bit of momentum heading into this game. Everton were excellent against Lille on Thursday night and they are starting to look like top-four contenders again.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Everton

Spurs vs Stoke
Spurs may have won last weekend but their performance was uninspiring to say the least and Benteke’s red card really swung the match in their favour. Mark Hughes was delighted with his side’s performance last weekend but will secretly be disappointed with their capitulation. Spurs need a performance at home and they should get a win here.
Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Stoke

West Brom vs Newcastle
This is a tough game to call as both sides are in good form at the moment. The Baggies beat Leicester away last time out while Newcastle beat Liverpool to continue their rich vein of form. Both teams will fancy their chances but a draw seems the most likely outcome.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Newcastle

Swansea vs Arsenal
Swansea came away with a well-earned point against Everton last time around while Arsenal put Burnley to the sword. Alexis Sanchez has come into excellent form at the moment and Arsenal look threatening going forward but Swansea can exploit them at the back. It should be a high-scoring game but one that Arsenal will win.
Prediction: Swansea 2-3 Arsenal

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@Originalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the sixth weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got five out of ten predictions correct and one correct score. Will we do better this week? 

Saturday

Liverpool vs Everton (12:45)
Both of these sides have suffered very poor starts to the season by their standards. Liverpool are enduring a terrible run of form. They were fortunate to beat Ludogrets Razgrad in the Champions League after a moment of lunacy from the opposition’s goalkeeper, they’ve suffered back-to-back losses in the league and required penalties to knock out Championship opposition in the League Cup. Other teams have worked out how to play against them and Steven Gerrard is a passenger at the moment who is being too easily marked out of the game. Everton, on the other hand, have been appalling at the back – similarly to Liverpool – and have lost to sides that they should really be beating. With both sides struggling at the back so much, this should be a high scoring and entertaining match.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Everton

Chelsea vs Aston Villa (15:00)
Chelsea may have dropped points at The Etihad last weekend but they remain the favourites to lift the trophy this season. Their title rivals have all struggled to hit top gear but they are ruthlessly dispatching weaker sides in the division. Villa have made a good start and, despite losing to Arsenal last weekend, have already earned more points out of their horror run, that sees them facing last season’s top five, than many would have expected so can play without pressure. Chelsea should emerge victorious.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace vs Leicester (15:00)
Neil Warnock masterminded an excellent win for his side against Everton, despite being under the cosh for long periods of the match. Whilst they were largely gifted goals from Everton’s back five, they capitalised on those mistakes and were good value for their win. Meanwhile, Leicester smashed five past Man United and tore them apart in the second half. The speed at which The Foxes attack and can hit teams on the break is frightening and no side in the league will want to face them at the minute. The Foxes should have enough to see off The Eagles.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Leicester

Hull vs Man City (15:00)
Steve Bruce’s side have put in a mixed range of performances and are yet to fully click at the back. Letting a two goal lead slip against a struggling Newcastle side was particularly disappointing. City, on the other hand, showed great resolve to get a point against Chelsea and they have kept themselves within touching distance of the table-toppers. Pellegrini’s men know that they can’t afford to slip up again and must keep the pressure up on Mourinho’s men.
Prediction: Hull 0-3 Man City

Man Utd vs West Ham (15:00)
Louis van Gaal watched on in utter disbelief last weekend as Leicester picked off his side. This must be the worst defence in United’s history and they have to tighten up at the back if they are to be successful this season. The saving grace for van Gaal and his side is that other top-four contenders are currently struggling too and they have not taken full advantage of their failings. West Ham look very organised and produced a wonderful performance to beat Liverpool last weekend. They are playing with attacking flair and confidence and Sam Allardyce deserves great credit for his summer dealings. They will be confident of scoring goals against this poor United defence, however, keeping the likes of Di Maria, Falcao, Rooney and van Persie at bay remains a terrifying prospect for any defence. United should bounce back.
Prediction: Man Utd 3-2 West Ham

Southampton vs QPR (15:00)
Ronald Koeman’s side have been a revelation this season and have demonstrated how important it is to be united as a team regardless of the calibre of players who leave. Whilst their former stars struggle at their supposed greener pastures, Koeman’s team find themselves sitting pretty in second place. QPR, on the other hand, have struggled to find a team identity this season and they need to find a level of consistency to their performances. Southampton should run out comfortable winners.
Prediction: Southampton 4-1 QPR

Sunderland vs Swansea (15:00)
Swansea have suffered back-to-back losses against the top two sides in the league but Garry Monk will be delighted nonetheless with the start they’ve made. Wilfried Bony got himself stupidly sent off last weekend, which ruined their chances against a strong Southampton side. Despite his red card, he has served his ban by missing their midweek League Cup match; another reason that clubs should aim to stay in the competition. Sunderland are hanging perilously close to the drop zone and are in real need of a confidence boosting win. Swansea will have enough to deny The Black Cats all three points.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Arsenal vs Spurs (17:30)
This is the second local derby of the weekend and it promises to be an intriguing encounter. Whilst Arsenal have not played particularly well, they are still unbeaten in the league and their performance improved dramatically against Aston Villa at the weekend – although the Villans were suffering from a bug. It was the same old story at White Hart Lane, however, as they dropped points against weaker opposition in the form of West Brom. Spurs are looking to avoid their third straight loss in the league but The Gunners should have too much for them.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Spurs

Sunday

West Brom vs Burnley (16:00)
This is an early relegation battle and one that both sides will be desperate to win. The Baggies performance improved greatly against Spurs as they came away from White Hart Lane with a surprise victory and the addition of Joleon Lescott at the back really added solidity to their defence. Burnley have also looked fairly sturdy at the back and are keeping clean sheets, which is important at this level. The biggest problem both these sides face is sticking the ball in the back of the net and both seem to struggle for firepower. Both sides will know how important a victory is here and may be more adventurous, however, it is vital that neither side loses this game so a draw is the more likely outcome.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Burnley

Monday

Stoke vs Newcastle (20:00)
Had Stoke not shocked Manchester City, this would be a clash between the bottom two sides in the league. Stoke have been very disappointing thus far in the campaign and need to rediscover their strong home form. Newcastle have also been extremely poor this season and are yet to register a victory. Alan Pardew’s job was saved by a Papisse Cisse-inspired comeback last weekend, however, pressure remains on him to deliver results. A bad performance and result here could lead to the end of Pardew’s reign and Stoke should nick it.
Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Newcastle

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@Originalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the fifth weekend of Premier League football. Last weekend we got five out of ten predictions correct and one correct score. Will we do better this week? 

Saturday

QPR vs Stoke (12:45)
Both these sides have made very poor starts to the campaign. QPR have the worst goal difference in the league and have lost three of their opening four matches. Stoke, on the other hand, have had what on paper looked like a relatively easy start and only a shock win over Manchester City has saved them from being glued to the bottom of the table. They will be desperate to get a win against one of the sides around them but a draw seems more likely here.
Prediction: QPR 1-1 Stoke

Aston Villa vs Arsenal (15:00)
Villa have been one of the best sides in the league to date and put in a magnificently gritty performance to earn a victory at Anfield last weekend. Arsenal, meanwhile, have made an indifferent start to the campaign and were battered by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday. However, they still remain undefeated in the league. There are serious concerns over Arsenal’s defence but they are always a threat going forward and should bounce back against Paul Lambert’s side.
Prediction: Villa 1-2 Arsenal

Burnley vs Sunderland (15:00)
Burnley were agonisingly close to sealing their first league victory of the season against Crystal Palace and saw a late penalty wonderfully saved by Julian Speroni. They are proving to be no pushovers though and can take heart from their start. Sunderland have started decently enough and have earned draws against Spurs and Manchester United but they look a little toothless in attack. A low scoring draw seems the most likely outcome in this one.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Sunderland

Newcastle vs Hull (15:00)
Newcastle have won the award for worst performance of the season so far with their dismal showing against Southampton and Alan Pardew is under huge pressure to get a result here. Hull have made an okay start to the season and will fancy their chances of picking up at least a point here. Pardew will probably need a win to keep his job but it’s hard to see them getting it.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Hull

Swansea vs Southampton (15:00)
This could be one of the games of the weekend as two sides who have played some excellent football go head to head. Swansea’s winning streak was brought to an end by Chelsea last weekend whilst Southampton mauled Alan Pardew’s hapless Newcastle side. Both these sides were tipped to struggle this season due to their manager’s lack of experience in the league and, in Southampton’s case, a mass exodus of their playing staff. However, both sides and managers deserve immense praise for their start and this is a tough game to call. It should be a game full of goals and a great one for the neutral.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Southampton

West Ham vs Liverpool (17:30)
West Ham have had a decent start to the season and fought back well to draw against Hull on Monday night. Liverpool, on the other hand, dropped points against Villa at the weekend when trying to rotate their squad. They were very easy to defend against in the absence of Sterling and Sturridge. Fortunately for Liverpool, West Ham aren’t as solid as Villa are at the moment and an away win is on the cards.
Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Sunday

Leicester vs Manchester United (13:30)
What a start to the season Leicester have made. They have been a brilliant addition to the league and have secured some fantastic results. Leonardo Ulloa is proving to be a superb buy and will cause this weak Manchester United defence a lot of problems. United, however, managed a good result and performance themselves last weekend, albeit against a very poor QPR side, but there are still questions to be answered at the back. Leicester won’t be afraid here and can continue their brilliant campaign.
Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Manchester United

Spurs vs West Brom (13:30)
Spurs threw away three points against Sunderland last weekend and were guilty of not taking several great chances in the second half. They did play well though and Pochettino can be encouraged, on the whole, by his sides performances. At the other end of the scale, The Baggies look like a very average side and they will struggle to score against this Spurs team. Don’t be surprised to see Alan Irvine’s team rooted to the bottom of the league after this weekend.
Prediction: Spurs 3-0 West Brom

Everton vs Crystal Palace (16:00)
The Toffees finally got off the mark with an away win at West Brom and that should kick start Roberto Martinez and his side’s season. Palace are still finding their feet under Neil Warnock and were very grateful to Julian Speroni and his penalty save to avoid defeat last weekend. This should be a fairly routine win for Everton.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Man City vs Chelsea (16:00)
This is a clash between the two sides most people believe will win the league this season. City have made a fairly poor start by their lofty standards and are without a win in their last three matches after defeat in Munich. Chelsea, on the other hand, have been magnificent in the league but a midweek home draw with Schalke demonstrated their reliance on Diego Costa. Mourinho ended City’s fantastic run at home last season but he would be happy with a draw to maintain the early five-point gap.
Prediction: Man City 1-1 Chelsea

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the fourth weekend of Premier League football. Last week proved to be an absolute shocker on the prediction front with a measly one correct result out of ten. We’ll surely do better this week…

Saturday

Arsenal vs Manchester City (12:45)
Neither of these sides will have been too happy to head off for the international break on the back of poor results. Arsenal will be even more incensed with the injury to Aaron Ramsey that could rule him out of this one. The Gunners were very poor against Leicester and were fortunate to get a point against Everton after being wholly outplayed. City, on the other hand, suffered an unbelievable home defeat at the hands of Stoke. It goes to show how unpredictable this league can be. Arsenal were very poor against the big teams last season and City will be out to avenge that Community Shield defeat at the start of this campaign so expect a City win.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Man City

Chelsea vs Swansea (15:00)
1st plays 2nd in an early top of the table clash. It seems unlikely that The Swans will continue their push at the top of the league for much longer but they should enjoy their run whilst it lasts. Chelsea have made an equally impressive start to the season and are full of goals. They should have too much for Garry Monk’s side in this one despite Swansea’s confident outlook.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Swansea

Crystal Palace vs Burnley (15:00)
This is a clash between the bottom two sides in the division, on one point respectively, and they will both be desperate to hoist themselves out of the relegation zone with this one. Although it’s very early on in the season, psychologically you don’t want to be stuck down at the bottom of the pile. Whilst a trip to Selhurst Park is never easy, Burnley will give The Eagles a good match. Neil Warnock is still getting to know his side and may have to settle for a point here. Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Burnley

Southampton vs Newcastle
Southampton have started the season fairly convincingly under Ronald Koeman and don’t seem to be suffering too much from the mass exodus in the summer. Newcastle, in comparison, are still desperate for a win and there is talk of Alan Pardew having only two games to save his job. The Magpies probably need this win more but an entertaining draw is a more likely outcome.
Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle

Stoke vs Leicester Stoke secured the most unlikely of results by beating Mark Hughes’ former club Man City at the Etihad Stadium and that has really saved them from what had otherwise been a very poor start. Leicester have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far and have done remarkably well to get two points out of three of the best teams in the division. A note of caution, however, it is often easier to get fired up against the big teams where there is no pressure and it’s the results against the smaller sides that keeps you in the division. Leicester may find that out the hard way here.
Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Leicester

Sunderland vs Spurs
Both sides will be keen to bounce back after disappointing defeats prior to the international break. Sunderland succumbed to defeat away at Loftus road whereas Spurs were hammered by Liverpool at home. It will be interesting to see how both sides recover. Sunderland, on the whole, have looked pretty tough to beat but don’t seem to have that killer instinct in front of goal. Spurs, on the other hand, have performed admirably against weaker sides but there still seems to be a gap to bridge with the big boys. Expect Spurs to just edge a victory.
Prediction: Sunderland 0-1 Spurs

West Brom vs Everton (15:00)
These teams find themselves in and around the relegation zone at this early stage. The Baggies were thrashed last time out by a rampant Swansea and scoring goals seems to be their Achilles heel. Everton, conversely, have made a really disappointing start to the season. Although they’ve had relatively tough fixtures that included Chelsea and Arsenal, they have thrown away several leads in their opening two fixtures and conceded six against a rampant Chelsea. West Brom shouldn’t threaten the Toffees though and an away win should kick start their season.
Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Everton

Liverpool vs Aston Villa (17:30)
Liverpool negotiated a potentially tough trip to White Hart Lane with ease and they have made a decent start to the season. Villa have also made a terrific start, however, they are about to embark on a tough run that sees them play five sides out of last season’s top six. Villa have been remarkably good at Anfield in the last two seasons beating Liverpool 3-1 in the campaign before last and drawing 2-2 earlier this year. Despite their good start and the injury to Daniel Sturridge, it’s hard to see anything other than a Liverpool victory.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa  

Sunday

Man United vs QPR (16:00)
Rio Ferdinand returns to play against his old club and Radamel Falcao could be in line for his Manchester United debut; two subplots that make Sunday’s tie a mouth-watering clash. Louis van Gaal will need to get a win sooner rather than later after an uninspiring start that sees them languishing in the bottom half of the table. QPR changed their formation last weekend at home to Sunderland and looked instantly more solid as they came away with a good win. This should be an entertaining game and United should, finally, come away with three points.
Prediction: Man United 3-1 QPR

Monday

Hull City vs West Ham (20:00) Hull were absolutely terrible in the first half against Villa last weekend and their exit from the Europa League could prove a blessing in disguise so that they avoid abject performances like that in future. West Ham are trying to improve their style of play, with mixed results, but I think they’ll go back to basics here and try to grind out an away point.
Prediction: Hull City 1-1 West Ham

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the third weekend of Premier League football. Last week we got six out of ten correct with two correct scores, will we do better this time around?

Saturday

Burnley vs Man Utd (12:45)
Neither side has recorded a Premier League win this season and The Clarets are yet to register a point. In fairness to Burnley, they produced a good second half display against Swansea and they will be encouraged that they won’t be pointless for too long. United, on the other hand, have made a terrible start to the season and, worryingly, are showing no attacking creativity or incisiveness to strike fear into any opposition. Their midweek hammering by the MK Dons has made things even worse and confidence will be at an all time low. On the plus side, United have brought in a world class player in Angel Di Maria, one of the stars of Real Madrid’s Champions League victory last season. Playing away from home should take some pressure off the players and they will hope that the signing of Di Maria will give them enough of a lift to record their first three points. Judging by their current form, however, don’t be surprised to see them slip up once more.
Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Man Utd

Man City vs Stoke (15:00)
Manchester City may not have hit their best form so far but they have still recorded two relatively comfortable victories over decent opposition. In contrast, Stoke have made a stuttering start to the season by losing at home to an unfancied Villa side and only managing a draw against ten-man Hull. On the plus side, they did record a comfortable victory against Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup, although they will face a much sterner test here. Stevan Jovetic appears to have put his previous injury concerns behind him and looks a real threat going forward, which will really please Manuel Pellegrini. Provided City aren’t overconfident, this should be a straightforward home victory.
Prediction: Man City 3-0 Stoke

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Newcastle, whilst only having one point on the board, have made a solid start and look set for a good season. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have had a nightmare start to the campaign, although they avoided an upset against Walsall in the cup with a confident three goal victory. They have appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager, so they will have some stability on that front, and are set to re-sign Wilfried Zaha on loan so there should be a slightly more positive buzz around Selhurst Park. Having said that, Warnock’s record at this level is fairly poor and fans may question the appointment. Newcastle will feel confident going into this one and should have enough to earn their first three points of the season.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-0 Crystal Palace

QPR vs Sunderland (15:00)
Harry Redknapp and his side have made a really disappointing start to the campaign and there is already talk of him facing the axe. Sunderland, in comparison, have drawn both their matches and performed very well against a struggling Man Utd last weekend. Redknapp’s players will be shot of confidence after their thumping at the hands of Spurs and the fans will be expecting a big performance this weekend. Sunderland look like a tough side to beat and they should come away with another point here.
Prediction: QPR 1-1 Sunderland

Swansea vs West Brom (15:00)
Swansea have made a truly magnificent start to the season and Garry Monk will be delighted with the performances of all his players thus far. West Brom may not have made such a glamorous start but they have a couple of points on the board and Alan Irvine will be pleased with the battling qualities his side have demonstrated to date. Irvine’s side seem well organised and won’t roll over easily so Swansea’s 100% record may come under threat here. A draw seems the most likely outcome in this one.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 West Brom

West Ham vs Southampton (15:00)
The Hammers bounced back from opening day disappointment to easily dispense of Crystal Palace with the free-flowing football that Allardyce has promised. Ronald Koeman won’t be too disheartened by his side’s performances so far, although they appear less dangerous in attack this season. This is yet another game that’s very difficult to call but West Ham seem to be on a high and should just about manage a victory, although with less ease than last weeks encounter.
Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Southampton

Everton vs Chelsea (17:30)
Everton have thrown away leads late on in their first matches of the season and will be bitterly disappointed to only have two points when they could easily have had six. Chelsea have waltzed to two comfortable victories against the promoted sides but this is their first real test. Jose Mourinho won’t underestimate his opposition and will be likely to keep it fairly tight, making sure they don’t lose the game, and try to nick the three points. Roberto Martinez won’t change his attacking philosophy and will go all out to try and win this one but Chelsea have the quality to pick them off. This should be an entertaining fixture and one Chelsea will just nick.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Sunday

Aston Villa vs Hull (13:30)
The Villans had made an excellent start to the season until their midweek home loss to League One side Leyton Orient. Goals seem to be the biggest issue for Paul Lambert’s side but they will be happy enough defensively (https://originalfooty.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/villa-solidity-gives-great-reason-for-optimism/). Lambert will also be aware of their terrible run of fixtures following this match that combines trips to Anfield, Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park with hosting Arsenal and Manchester City. They will want to leave this match with all three points so they don’t slip too far down the table in a period where they are unlikely to pick up many points. Hull, like Villa, have also made a good start to the season and will be feeling buoyant about their chances of finishing well in the league. They will be disappointed to have crashed out of the Europa League on away goals but it could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Hull were, realistically, unlikely to win the competition and it would have added a large number of fixtures to their season that may have effected their league form. Villa could do with the win but a low scoring draw seems the more likely scenario.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Hull

Spurs vs Liverpool (13:30)
This should be a very interesting encounter and will give us more of an indication of how far Spurs have come since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival. They have been very good so far this season and have won all their matches. Liverpool haven’t made the start they might have hoped for and, once again, defensive errors cost them against Manchester City. On current form there doesn’t seem to be too much between the two sides so we can expect an entertaining draw.
Prediction: Spurs 2-2 Liverpool

Leicester vs Arsenal (16:00)
Leicester have had a terrible run of fixtures to start the season but have performed admirably. Earning a point against Everton was a good result and there is no shame in defeat at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal have made a slower start than many people expected but showed good fight to score late goals in both their matches to earn four points as opposed to one. Arsene Wenger has been rocked by the news that Olivier Giroud has been ruled out until late December with an ankle injury and it remains to be seen if he drafts in a replacement for him. Leicester, on the other hand, have added experienced midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to their ranks and they will hope that he can provide some additional quality and bite to their midfield. Regardless of whether he plays or not, Arsenal should still have too much for them.
Prediction: Leicester 0-2 Arsenal

Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the second weekend of Premier League football. Last week we got six out of ten correct, will we do better this time around?

Saturday

Aston Villa vs Newcastle (12:45)
Villa made a fantastic start to the new season by beating a much-fancied Stoke team away from home. The Villans deployed a new look back four and one that looked infinitely more capable of dealing with the challenges faced in the Premier League. Newcastle may have fell to defeat in their first outing but they gave a decent account of themselves against a strong Man City team and can take heart from their performance. This one could go either way and I think both sides would be pleased with a point.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle

Chelsea vs Leicester (15:00)
Mourinho’s men demonstrated why they are heavily tipped to win the league this season by ably dispatching newly promoted Burnley on Monday night. They face another promoted side this weekend, in the form of Nigel Pearson’s Leicester, who began life in the Premier League with a commendable draw at Goodison Park. Leicester will be on a high from their performance last weekend but fixtures in this league don’t come much tougher than this. They should succumb to a comfortable defeat.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Leicester

Crystal Palace vs West Ham (15:00)
Palace were left devastated by a late Aaron Ramsey goal to deny them a brilliant first point after the departure of Tony Pulis. West Ham suffered a similar fate against Spurs, who were down to ten men for the majority of the match, so both sides could be low on confidence. This is likely to be a cagey match that neither side will want to risk losing. A bore draw seems the most probable outcome. 
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-0 West Ham

Southampton vs West Brom (15:00)
The Saints began their season with a decent showing against a Liverpool side, who plucked several of their stars in the transfer window, although they did succumb to defeat. The Baggies, on the other hand, earned an early point at home to Sunderland. Saido Berahino scored twice for the Midlands side in their first match and Alan Irvine will be praying that he can be the answer to their goal scoring problems. Both these sides are tipped to struggle this season and victory in these matches could prove vital in their bids to stay afloat. Southampton have the home advantage and should be buoyed by a positive performance at Anfield so they will win this one.
Prediction: Southampton 2-1 West Brom

Swansea vs Burnley (15:00)
The Swans made the unlikeliest of starts by beating Man Utd at Old Trafford and they were thoroughly deserving of their win. Burnley’s comfortable defeat to Chelsea was less surprising, although it is difficult to gauge how they will cope at this level having only played The Blues. Swansea will be on a high after last weekend’s triumph and the confidence they have should be enough to see off Sean Dyche’s side. If they are overconfident they could find themselves dropping valuable points but Garry Monk will hope to keep them in check.
Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Burnley

Everton vs Arsenal (17:30)
This is likely to be one of the best fixtures of the weekend where two sides who love to attack go against one another. The Toffees smashed The Gunners 3-0 in the same fixture last season so the London side will be aware of how big a threat Roberto Martinez’s side are. Everton will be disappointed to have dropped points against Leicester last weekend whilst Arsene Wenger’s team can count themselves very fortunate to have taken all three points off Crystal Palace in a very laboured display. Arsenal also had to play in Turkey on Tuesday night so they will hope that the trip won’t have taken too much out of them. This should be a lively encounter and one that could end in a high-scoring draw.
Prediction: Everton 2-2 Arsenal

Sunday

Hull vs Stoke (13:30)
The Tigers made a winning start to the season by narrowly defeating QPR thanks to a James Chester goal. Meanwhile, The Potters were surprisingly beaten by Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side at home. Both sides will have pinpointed this as a potentially winnable fixture and it’s one that could go either way, as they’re two evenly matched sides. One thing that could tip the balance in Stoke’s favour was Hull’s midweek trip to Belgium, where they were defeated, in the Europa League. It should be a tight game but Stoke may just edge it to bounce back from opening day disappointment.
Prediction: Hull 1-2 Stoke

Spurs vs QPR (13:30)
This is a battle between two London sides and it features Harry Redknapp doing battle against his former club. Spurs kicked off their season with a well fought victory against West Ham, despite being down to ten men for the majority of the match. QPR, on the other hand, were defeated by Hull. Tottenham faced a midweek venture to Cyprus, where they secured an away victory, and that could take its toll but, in truth, this is a match that they will be confident of winning. Both sides looked well organised defensively so it will be a low scoring affair but Spurs should come out on top.
Prediction: Spurs 1-0 QPR

Sunderland vs Man Utd (16:00)
The doom and gloom has seemingly returned around Old Trafford after a poor display and result against Swansea last weekend. Despite the disappointment, the result could prove a blessing in disguise. Louis van Gaal knows he needs to add quality to his squad urgently and their showing against The Swans will certainly have convinced Ed Woodward to let the manager buy whatever he needs. Sunderland made a decent start with a point against West Brom and will have fond memories of knocking United out of the League cup over two legs last season so they will have no fears. It will be interesting to see how much of a reaction van Gaal will prise out of his players and we think they will pinch a victory.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Man Utd

Monday

Man City vs Liverpool (20:00)
This is the other massive match this weekend and one that is very close to call. Manuel Pellegrini’s side made a very impressive start away at Newcastle and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Encouragingly, Sergio Aguero featured off the bench and scored their second goal and they will be hopeful that he is fit enough to spearhead their attack this weekend. Liverpool also began the new season with a victory although it was less convincing than many expected. It remains to be seen how they cope without Suarez on the really big occasions such as this one. We are expecting a fast-paced and exciting encounter where City will find a win.
Prediction: Man City 3-1 Liverpool