My predictions for the games on Tuesday and Wednesday (27th and 28th) were again not great. I got 4 correct results, 2 of which were perfect scores. Here are my predictions for the upcoming games.
Saturday 1st December 2012
West Ham vs Chelsea (12:45)
West Ham have lost their last 2 league games, even though they were games they were expected to lose, a loss of any kind isn’t good for morale. Chelsea are yet to win under their new manager and have taken part in two 0-0 draws. I can’t see Chelsea not scoring for a third consecutive game due to their attacking players, however, West Ham have been doing well at home, losing only 1 of 7 games, so I think an away win isn’t too likely.
Arsenal vs Swansea (15:00)
Arsenal have only managed to win one of their last 4 games, the rest being draws. If they want to challenge to finish in the top 4, they really need to start turning these matches into wins. Swansea’s run of 5 games unbeaten sees them placed in 8th, one place and one point off of Arsenal. This gives this match even more importance as if Arsenal are to lose, Swansea will go above them, and they could potentially slip to 10th.
Fulham vs Tottenham (15:00)
Fulham won 4 of their opening 8 fixtures this season, but since then haven’t won in 6 games, a fact that sees them drop to 11th in the table. Tottenham have got back to winning ways beating tricky opposition in West Ham and Liverpool, and they will be looking for three in a row here. Fulham are usually very good at home, however they have already lost here twice this season and concede over a goal per game.
Liverpool vs Southampton (15:00)
It looks like Southampton are really having a go at turning their season around, having not lost in their last 4 games. It will be tough for them to continue that here, but Liverpool aren’t scoring that many at home (just over 1 per game), so this might give them a chance. I think only 1 goal will decide this game.
Man City vs Everton (15:00)
This has the potential to be a really good game, however I don’t think it will end up with an Everton win, due to Man City not losing all season! The only way that Everton will win this is if they really take the game to the home side, and don’t give them any time to settle into a rhythm, which will be a tough task given the players City have. Man City will be looking for the win to temporarily put them in first place, applying pressure to bitter rivals Man United.
QPR vs Aston Villa (15:00)
QPR are yet to win this season, but they look to be able to change this now with their new manager. They got an encouraging point against Sunderland in their last game, and will want more than that in this game. Aston Villa have been awful away from home, and have scored 3 goals in 7 games, however their last two matches would suggest they are picking up form. I think this has the potential to be tough for both teams, and it will come down to whichever team is most on form, and making least mistakes.
West Brom vs Stoke (15:00)
West Brom only need to pick up a point here in order to stay in 4th place, however they could also climb above Chelsea. West Brom have won 6 of their 7 home games this season, but Stoke have won 3 in 4 of their last matches, so they may offer some kind of difficulty. Stoke haven’t won a match away from home, so this coupled with the home team’s record makes it look like a clear cut affair.
Reading vs Man Utd (17:30)
Reading are draw masters at home, having drawn 4 of their 6 games there. United on the other hand haven’t drawn a game all season, and are sat comfortably at the top of table. I think that if Utd finally click and play like we know they are capable of then Reading will be looking at a very heavy defeat, but as it, I think it won’t be too bad.
Sunday 2nd December 2012
Norwich vs Sunderland (16:00)
Norwich managed another draw in their last game, stretching their unbeaten run to 7 games, which apart from Man City (who haven’t lost all season) is the current longest in the league. Sunderland haven’t had a great last 5 games, losing 3 times in that spell, and their away from is bad enough to suspect another loss here. Norwich are quite good at home, but don’t score that many, so there is potential here for this to be a draw.
Monday 3rd December 2012
Newcastle vs Wigan (20:00)
Newcastle have lost 4 in a row, and last season’s optimism has drained away from the supporters, Wigan have had a mixed bag of results recently, winning 3 and losing 3 in their last 6 games. Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor are both out for Newcastle till February, so this news may dampen the home sides spirits, so I think a sneaky away win is a possibility.