My predictions for last weekend’s games saw me getting 4 correct results, 2 of which were perfect scores. This seems like an awful week, however I think it is merely a blip, with some strange results, and some very tight games. Tottenham losing to Wigan, and Man City drawing with West Ham most noticeably. I am however pleased to have predicted the Man Utd score bang on, and to also have correctly pointed out that Chelsea would draw with Swansea. Hopefully I will get more correct this week!
Saturday 10th November 2012
Arsenal vs Fulham (15:00)
This is a big game for the two clubs involved, not only due to the fact that it is a London derby, but also due to them being 7th and 8th in the league respectively and level on points (with 15). Fulham’s away record hasn’t been great this season, but they have been a free scoring side, so if they can keep it tight at the back, they could cause Arsenal problems. Arsenal have lost 3 of their last 5 premiership games. This could cause major problems for the team, who according to their manager (Arsene Wenger) have lost belief in themselves.
Everton vs Sunderland (15:00)
Sunderland have managed to pick up 4 draws out of 5 away games this season, which given their scoring record of 6 goals in 9 games (the worst in the league) is impressive, and shows some determination. Everton still maintain their top 4 place, but this is only on goal difference. With 2 teams knocking at the Champions League positions’ door, a win here against relatively weak opposition is a must.
Reading vs Norwich (15:00)
Norwich have gained 7 points from their last 3 league games, and will be looking to build on this against fellow relegation contenders Reading. Reading are yet to get a win in their 9 games this season and are looking likely to relegate unless they start winning their important games soon. Even if Reading were to win they would remain in the relegation zone, so they need to hope they can pick up some points soon so that the teams above them cannot further the gap.
Southampton vs Swansea (15:00)
Southampton have been having an awful time recently, and with their most recent performances I find it very unlikely that they will avoid relegation this season unless they drastically improve their defence. Swansea got a great draw against Chelsea last weekend, and are looking favourites to win here. Saying this their away record isn’t great so Southampton may be in with a chance.
Stoke vs QPR (15:00)
Stoke haven’t lost at home yet, and all the games played there (4) have only produced 4 goals in total. This coupled with the fact that QPR score an average of 1 per game away from home makes me believe that the game is going to be one to miss.
Wigan vs West Brom (15:00)
Both of these teams are doing much better than they are expected to, West Brom more so, as they sit in 5th ahead of the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Wigan will be looking for a third win in a row, which is possible due to West Brom having not recorded an away win yet this season. If Wigan are to win I think they will need at least 2 goals, as I can’t see them completely stopping West Brom.
Aston Villa vs Man Utd (17:30)
Aston Villa have hit form as of late – by which I mean they have won their last 2 games in all competitions. Aston Villa will once again need to rely on the attacking play of their new striker Benteke if they hope to get anything from this game, however I don’t believe their defence that has conceded 14 goals in 10 games will be able to hold off the threat of Rooney and Van Persie. Man Utd have looked dangerous recently, and I think they will comfortably beat Aston Villa here to remain top of the league.
Sunday 11th November 2012
Man City vs Tottenham (13:30)
Man City will be kicking themselves at drawing last weekend in a game that if they had won would have put them joint top. Tottenham will also be annoyed at their loss against a team they should have beaten, if they had won they would have been in a Champions League position. Tottenham have played better away from home this season, picking up more points in less games, sadly for them their opposition in this game are yet to lose at home.
Newcastle vs West Ham (15:00)
West Ham are doing fantastically for a newly promoted team (9th) and Newcastle aren’t challenging at the same sort of heights as last season, although a win here might propel them up the table. Newcastle have conceded one goal in each of their last 3 games, so perhaps this is what will happen in this match up.
Chelsea vs Liverpool (16:00)
Chelsea will want to regain the top spot in the league, so will be looking to overcome Liverpool with ease here. They certainly have the home record to do so, winning the majority of games there, and scoring plenty whilst not conceding too many. Liverpool are struggling to convert their draws into win, but haven’t lost in their last 5 league games, they still concede too many away from home (2 per game) in order to challenge Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but they should make the game interesting.