Wednesday 26th December 2012
Everton vs Wigan (15:00)
Everton have drawn the 2nd most amount of games this season, yet still see themselves in 5th which is great for them. The home side have lost only 2 games all season, and not one at home, so things don’t look good for too much of an upset here. Wigan only just lost their last game, against Arsenal, and it was quite harsh also, so they might be looking to get the points they feel they deserved here.
Fulham vs Southampton (15:00)
Southampton have a shocking away record, losing 6 and winning only 1. This favours Fulham, as it should allow them to get a home win to give them the confidence to know that their ground can be a fortress, like it usually is.
Man Utd vs Newcastle (15:00)
Man Utd are now only 4 points clear at the top of the league after a draw against Swansea, in a game they should have won. This will infuriate the already reddened Sir Alex Ferguson, and I fully expect him to have beaten his players back into shape for this fixture. Newcastle haven’t won away all season, and have lost 6 of their last 8 games. This I feel is too tough a match for them to get anything from!
Norwich vs Chelsea (15:00)
Norwich’s 3 game winning streak was ended in their most recent fixture, and I doubt they will be expecting much here, after Chelsea’s last game – an 8-0 thumping of atrocious Aston Villa. If Chelsea can be as clinical in their finishing, and use their last games experience here then I think Norwich will be in for a shock.
QPR vs West Brom (15:00)
West Brom will be hoping they have got their run of 3 losses out of their system, thanks to a draw and a win recently. They need to continue picking up the points now if they really are serious about putting pressure on the top end of the table, and this is a game they should come into expecting to win. QPR were close to getting a draw last match, but sadly for them it didn’t happen. West Brom’s away record isn’t too great and they don’t score for fun in these kind of fixtures, so if QPR are lucky they might get points.
Reading vs Swansea (15:00)
Reading have lost 7 in a row, and are bottom of the league, 6 points from safety. They have only won one game all season, but this was a home game, so perhaps they can get back on track. 7 of their 9 points have been from home games, so all hope isn’t lost, but Swansea managed a draw in their last game against leaders Man Utd, and Michu is looking fantastic for them.
Sunderland vs Man City (15:00)
Sunderland have managed 2 very important wins in their last 3 games, against sides that will be in and around them at the end of the season, but this will probably be too much for them. A draw at home here would be great, but City will want to win in order to try catch up with rivals Man Utd who also have a relatively easy fixture.
Aston Villa vs Tottenham (17:30)
Aston Villa come into this game off the back of an 8-0 mashing, and they will quickly want to get that game out of their system! Prior to the loss, they had gone 5 games unbeaten, so they will want to get back to that. Tottenham’s away record is unstable, having won 4 and lost 4, but they must be fancying their chances here.
Stoke vs Liverpool (19:45)
This match features 9th against 8th respectively. Stoke have gone 8 games unbeaten, and have a fantastic home record, not losing any of their 8 games there, and conceding only 3 which is the least in the league. Liverpool have won 3 of their last 4 games and have rose in the league, however this looks like a game where a draw will be the most likely result.