Last weekend was a big one as Chelsea cemented their status as Premier League title favourites with a win against Manchester City. There is still a load of football to be played of course, but we are already close to the halfway stage of the 16/17 season. Before the predicting gets underway in earnest a follow on twitter here: https://twitter.com/cameroneyles or @cameroneyles would be greatly appreciated. On with the predictions.
Watford vs. Everton
Everton just about salvaged a point against Manchester United last time out, but they needed a very late penalty to get something from that game. Watford themselves are in pretty indifferent form, so I think it’s likely that this one will end in a draw. I expect Everton to kick on in January once Ronald Koeman can make a few signings.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Stoke are not in bad form, but Arsenal and particularly Alexis Sanchez are playing well right now. The Chilean was on another level against West Ham as it seems the centre forward that Arsenal so desperately needed had just been playing on the wing for them for the past two years. Gunners will win this one.
Burnley vs. Bournemouth
The Cherries were remarkable last weekend as they came back to win their game against Liverpool 4-3. This once again showed that Eddie Howe is one of the most exciting young managers in football. He’ll have his work cut out for him here as Burnley are very good at home, but I reckon Bournemouth have enough about them to get the point.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace
Hull were pretty abysmal against Middlesbrough on Monday; they showed no real right, and it took them almost the whole game to even get a shot on target. They look pretty doomed, especially considering their small squad. Crystal Palace turned things around last week against Saints with Alan Pardew’s job in the balance, but I reckon he will annoy everyone and win again here.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
The Swans were embarrassing last week and along with Hull look pretty safe bets to be playing Championship football next season. Sunderland have continued to improve, and I see no reason why they can’t get all three points here.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
The Foxes are in an absolute state at the moment and if their form continues there is a real danger that they could go down, which is mental considering where they were just last May. The Champions League has damaged their league form. City will be desperate to bounce back from that defeat last time out to Chelsea, and despite missing key players, I reckon they will.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
The Blues have eight straight victories and look to be cruising towards the league title if they keep going at this rate, although there will be bumps in the road. West Brom are surprisingly high up the table, but not even a mean Tony Pulis defence can contain Chelsea at the minute, although this will be close.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham
United yet again let their lead slip last week against Everton, which is a very un-Mourinho thing to do. Spurs thrashed Swansea last time, but things will be tighter here. United seem to be drawing every game at the minute, so that’s probably what will happen here.
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Southampton’s form has dipped somewhat in recent weeks while Boro’s has improved. As shown last week against Palace, Southampton need to regain their defensive solidity. Middlesbrough have come a long way since that loss to Watford at home, but another draw is on the cards here.
Liverpool vs. West Ham
This is pretty much a free hit for the struggling Hammers as their Christmas games against their relegation rivals will be much more indicative of how their season will turn out. Liverpool will be gutted they let that lead slip against Bournemouth and will be desperate for a win here. West Ham’s defence is leaky, and Liverpool’s attack is lethal, so all signs point towards a Liverpool win.
Right, that’s all for this week. Thank you all for voting in last week’s polls and feel free to leave a comment as well.