As the table makes clear, I got 2 results right and 0 perfect scores! This is my worst round ever, and is atrocious. Here is my write up for the midweek games – perhaps I will give some reasonable predictions this time.
Tuesday 27th November 2012
Sunderland vs QPR (19:45)
This will be Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge of QPR having watched them lose 3-1 at the weekend against Man Utd. It will be tough for him to get QPR performing as they should with their great players after such a long bad spell, but I think this is a winnable game. Sunderland come into this off a 4-2 home thumping at the hands of West Brom, so will want to get back on track.
Aston Villa vs Reading (20:00)
Villa played well against Arsenal a couple of days ago to earn a point, and they will want to build on their performance. Reading, like the home side, are also in the relegation zone, however they have such a poor away record they may well find this tough.
Wednesday 28th November 2012
Chelsea vs Fulham (19:45)
Chelsea’s first game under new manager Benitez was reasonably successful, drawing 0-0 at home against current champions Man City, however they will be looking to pick up a victory here, otherwise they risk falling more points behind third-place team West Brom. Fulham haven’t won in 5 games, and have lost their last 2 matches, perhaps they will be able to get the edge over a team who will be adjusting to their new manager.
Everton vs Arsenal (19:45)
These two are 5th and 6th in the league respectively, and meet in a battle to take 5th place. Everton will be the more comfortable going into this game, knowing they are yet to lose at home, however Arsenal can cause any team a problem on their day, due to the number of goals they are able to score. I personally think Wenger won’t play this game too attacking and would accept a draw, and this I feel is the most likely outcome.
Southampton vs Norwich (19:45)
Southampton would be third in the league if you were to take just the last 3 games to make the table, so it seems they have hit a good run of form. Norwich are also playing very well, and haven’t lost in 6 games, however they concede too many away from home (13 in 7 games) to get a win here.
Stoke vs Newcastle (19:45)
Newcastle are having a poor time this season after last seasons heroics, and are yet to win away from home. They will be eyeing up this fixture to help them climb up the league due to the fact that Stoke aren’t the best of sides, and despite picking up points at home, they aren’t scoring many. Ben Arfa might not be back in time for this fixture, but the away side will be hoping that doesn’t matter.
Swansea vs West Brom (19:45)
4 wins in a row for West Brom, make the 3rd place team favourites here, and I can’t see how Swansea can stop their incredible form. West Brom’s away form hasn’t been as good as their home form, but I think their confidence will help them fly through this game. Swansea will need to have the majority of possession in order to win this game, as they will have to disrupt the away side’s pressure.
Tottenham vs Liverpool (19:45)
Liverpool are 8 games unbeaten in the League, however of these 8 games, only 3 have been wins. In order for Liverpool to challenge near the top they really need to start converting their draws into wins! Tottenham have lost 3 of their last 4 games, but will think they can overcome Liverpool here at home. Liverpool will be relying on Suarez if they are to get anything from this game, as he has scored or assisted 13 of Liverpool’s 17 goals in the League so far.
Man Utd vs West Ham (20:00)
Man Utd have won 8 of their last 10 games and are now top of the League. This should be an easy 3 points for an in form Utd side, so I expect they will easily beat West Ham. Man Utd score on average 3 goals per home game and this is far more than West Ham could ever imagine to score here.
Wigan vs Man City (20:00)
Man City will be disappointed with their draw against Chelsea, as it allowed bitter rivals Man Utd to leap frog them into first place. City will want to win here to apply pressure to Utd, however Wigan will be no pushovers, as they showed in their last game in which their hard work and effort allowed them to overcome Reading in a 3-2 victory. Wigan have conceded 13 goals at home, which is a stat that Man City are only going to add to here with their world-class forwards.