Another interesting week in the Premier League. I fancied Chelsea to win at United last week and they would have done so if they hadn’t retreated so much in the final quarter of the game. Southampton won our bet for Cash for Kids last week so that’s a few more pounds leaving McLeans for a very worthy cause. Anyway here goes for another week. Last week was difficult but let’s hope I will do better overall this week.
Newcastle United Vs Liverpool – 12:45pm Saturday on BT Sport
Now this is probably the hardest game to predict this week. Newcastle are on a roll and suddenly Alan Pardew is a decent manager.
Two Premier league back to back wins followed by that Cup win away to Manchester City and lo and behold Newcastle are once more a force. Liverpool still have a long way to go for me. They were lucky mid week in the League Cup to beat Swansea. The referee was good to them and spare me all this talk about Balotelli. One goal and suddenly he is special. Newcastle will hit this game full of confidence and the stadium will be bouncing for the early kick off. I am being torn between two results here. A home win or a draw. I don’t fancy Liverpool winning this one. The form they showed at City was superb. Newcastle looked solid at the back and had great pace up front. Home win.
Arsenal Vs Burnley – 3:00pm Saturday
Burnley will work hard all the way but they are lacking the cutting edge to stay in the Premiership. Arsenal have some ordinary players and then they have Sanchez. Home win with something to spare.
Chelsea Vs Queens Park Rangers – 3:00pm Saturday
Chelsea should have won at United last week and I think this week they will be looking at points lost in that game. They tended to sit back in the closing stages and allowed United to gain momentum. The goal was coming and Chelsea got what they deserved. Here is a chance to get back on track. QPR did get a welcome win last week against Villa but I can’t see them causing too many worries for Chelsea. Chelsea just don’t do defeats at home. Another three points for Mourinho’s men. Home win
Everton Vs Swansea City – 3:00pm Saturday
A tight call this one. Everton are beginning to turn the corner and play some football again. Swansea started off like a train but slipped back but their win last week has put them back into the top six. I’m not convinced they are a top six side all the same. Darren Gibson is expected to return to the Everton line up and that will tighten things up in the middle of the park. Everton had wins in recent weeks over Villa and Burnley and they will feel home advantage will be key for them. I agree. Home win.
Hull City Vs Southampton – 3:00pm Saturday
Now this could be a cracking game. Hull are doing so well under Steve Bruce and they are facing a Southampton side who just can’t keep winning. They were my bet last week for Cash for Kids so good on them. Their form has been excellent and they again showed class mid week in the league cup. They will do well to win this one however. Hull have shown so many times they are hard to break down and I can see both sides a getting a point in this one. Draw.
Leicester City Vs West Bromich Albion – 3:00pm Saturday
A bounce of a ball between theses two. Leicester are certainly the best of the new boys and yet you wonder why they make so many changes each week. They are not great away from home but are decent on home turf. West Brom battled last week for a draw with Palace after being 2 down and they are a team who don’t seem to mind ending up with a share of the spoils. They lost mid week in the League Cup but the chances are they are not concerned about that. Leicester will hope to survive this season and if they are to do that it’s this type of game they are going to have to win. Home win.
Stoke City Vs West Ham United – 3:00pm Saturday
Not a game for the purist this one. West Ham are going really well and scoring goals. Stoke are in an awful state. They lost in the cup during the week and lost their last two Premier League games. Mark Hughes needs a result to steady the ship. Not too many goals and a draw for me.
Manchester City Vs Manchester United – 1:30pm Sunday on Sky Sports
City fans can only hope this is the game to reawaken their star studded team. It seems as if they go to sleep when they are playing inferior opposition. They were well beaten by West Ham last week and didn’t look up for the fight. They were taken apart by Newcastle in the League cup so you can understand the nerves as they welcome.their great rivals from across the City. United are a wonderful team going forward but they are so poor at the back. You make a case that City have similar problems but I do think they are a more steady side in defence. It is of course the game of the weekend and anything can happen in these derby matches but I expect City to bounce back after their recent troubles and take all three points and the bragging rights as well . Home win.
Aston Villa Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 4:00pm Sunday on Sky Sports
I think you would need to be something of a mind reader to predict this one. Spurs would let you down all the time and they are facing a Villa side who are lacking in confidence. Five defeats in a row says it all and they need to start picking up results. Spurs are just frustrating. One week very good the next awful. Not a game for the faint hearted this one and I think they will both have to be content with a point. Draw.
Crystal Palace Vs Sunderland – 8:00pm Monday on Sky Sports
I’m never sure whether it is an advantage to play on a Monday night. Yes you can sit back and see how the rest fare out but that can either give you confidence or dent your hopes. This I think could be a cracking game. Palace are very good at home and they can improve if Neil Warnock would stop ringing referees after the game. Sunderland are still struggling I feel after that thumping by Southampton and I think they might just struggle again in this fixture. I have always enjoyed watching Palace and to be fair to Warnock he has them playing all right after Tony Pulis. Home win.
draw for me.