Premier League Preview 15th Dec

It’s a busy period for Premier League footballers this month – here’s a look ahead of the mouth watering games we have on this week. For kicks I’ve added a prediction – lets see how it goes!

Wolves v Chelsea

Wolves seem to be struggling to find a formula since the loss of their crown jewel Raul Jimenez. Chelsea will be fuming at their loss to Everton last week so a win for the pensioners is on the cards here. Tight game which could be won by the odd goal.

Prediction: Chelsea win.

Man City v West Brom

Cannot see anything here other than a City win. West Brom will be travelling to the Etihad hoping not to find the same fate as Burnley and Fulham as Peps men will look to recover from the derby last week. This could get ugly for West Brom if they do not have the stomach for a battle.

Prediction: City to make easy work of it.

Arsenal v Southampton

What a game this is for Arsenal. The contrast of these 2 teams couldn’t be wider with Southampton on the form of their lives and an Arsenal side whose goal of the month comes from the penalty spot! Arteta is under serious fire and needs a huge game from his panel, but most notably he needs his captain to stand up and be counted.  Of course, we would all enjoy the comic relief of watching the Arsenal TV fans reaction to them dropping into relegation, but this game has huge significance for the Gunners. Southampton will be out for blood and I’m going for another Danny Ings inspired win here.

Prediction: Look away Gunners the Saints are on the march.

Leeds Utd v Newcastle Utd

Newcastle stole a win last weekend and will apologise to nobody about it – nor should they! Leeds are now 2 games without a win and more worryingly they are beginning to lose key players in an already small squad. This however could go either way with Newcastle a better fit for the way Leeds play. I can see goals on both sides but think a draw here would be best suited.

Prediction: Scoring stalemate.

Leicester City v Everton

The foxes are in hot form lately and it is only when we expect them to do well, they fall of a cliff. Playing at home I’d fancy Leicester to sneak a win here but Carlo Ancelotti it like kryptonite to scoring goals so this could very well be a scoreless draw. Although Vardy could be good for a solo effort.

Verdict: Leicester to defy science and grab a goal.

Fulham v Brighton

Off the back of a superb performance you would think that if Fulham could repeat their efforts, this game would be a slam dunk. Brighton though are not exactly firing on the road and this is the perfect time for Fulham to steal  win here.

Prediction: Home win.

Liverpool v Spurs

A game for Spurs to relish and a game for Liverpool to dread. The bus is coming to Anfield on Wednesday night and Jose fully intends to park it on the goal line defended by military police. Spurs will try to do a “City” and defend their half for 90 minutes while breaking in spectacular fashion through Son and Kane. Although Crystal Palace recently showed that this stubborn Spurs defence can be breached after a siege it all relies on the form of the Champions. Liverpool looked leggy against Fulham and only recovered their composure after a very dodgy opening 40 mins this is a different animal. Spurs will not squander the chances that Fulham did.

Verdict: Liverpool score first they win. Spurs score first … get out the battering ram!

West Ham v Crystal Palace

Both these teams will fancy a win here. West Ham have solved the issue of missing Antonio with players stepping up to score from all angles. Palace looked a real threat on the weekend with new signing Eze showing there is more to the team than just Wilfred Zaha.

Verdict: Score draw with a possible home win.

Aston Villa v Burnley

Straight out of the traps I’m going with a Villa win here. They are a decent footballing side, excellent when compared to Burnley (Sorry Burnley). Home form has been good to them and I expect to see Villa score more than 1 in this game and not to be matched. Burnley will be game but if villa can match their setpieces they will survive this one.

Verdict: Home win.

Sheffield Utd v Man Utd

Sheffield United are on an awful run of form. 1 Point from 12 games is pitiful and this is the perfect game to get a win and turn their season around. But they will not. United will win this game if they have the right attitude on the pitch. Goals win games and United have goal scorers all over the pitch whereas Sheffield are devoid of any attacking grace to their game. Best case scenario is that Sheffield defend like lions for 90 mins and scrape a draw.

Verdict: United to win comfortably.

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