Logie’s Premier League Preview
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The Premier League is back again this weekend with once more so many difficult games to predict. Last week wasn’t so great for me.
My lowest total ever with only three out of then. But I’m back and world loves a trier. The first game all the same will cause plenty of problems.
Burnley v Southampton
This is a hard one to call. Burnley are fighting for everything and up until the defeat by QPR they had gone four games unbeaten.
Southampton have slipped a lot in recent weeks. One point from their last 12 makes for grim reading but to be fair to them they were unlucky both against Arsenal and Man United. They are a better side than those results indicate and they still have a superb defence. It’s the best in the Premier League and up until last weekend it was the best in all four divisions. Burnley have played at home eight times this season but only have one win against Hull.. Burnley have only scored six goals at home in those games so it’s not hard to see how they are in trouble.
Southampton are a very good outfit but they need some of their names to start performing otherwise they will slip further down the table.
It won’t be easy but I’m going for an away win.
Chelsea v Hull
Hull just don’t win enough games in the Premiership and despite going off the rails a little in recent weeks Chelsea are still the team to beat. The league leaders will just be too strong in this one.
Crystal Palace v Stoke
These sides have only met three times in the Premiership and each time Palace have had a new manager. Palace despite all their great efforts in games have only one win in their last nine matches and they are facing a Stoke side who are very hard to beat. They beat Arsenal last week with former Barcelona star Bojan playing great football. In fact he was the key.
Before that win Stoke had lost their previous three so the win was more than welcome. Stoke have only had one win in their last six away and I think they won’t win here either.
I’m going for a draw.
Leicester v Man City
Man City went to Rome mid week with Yaya Toure, Aguero and Kompany but still won. Toure and Kompany are available for this game. Ben Hamer will make only his second appearance as Leicester keeper in the Premiership after injury to first choice Schmichael. I think he could be very busy.
City to win and keep the pressure on Chelsea.
Sunderland v West Ham
Are West Ham good enough to be in last four? We shall see over the Christmas period. Andy Carroll is back scoring goals at long last. Confidence must be high after the win over Swansea and this is their best return in the Premier League. 27 points from 15 games.
Sunderland on the other hand have only two wins but then again only four defeats. They draw too many matches and that is their problem.
They did well against the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool but if they need wins I’m not sure they will get one here. The Hammers have failed to score in four of their last six games with Sunderland. It will be tight all the way.
West Brom v Aston Villa
Bragging rights here at stake but more importantly three Premier League points. West Brom have one point from 5 games and only one win in their last nine games.. They are one point above the relegation zone as a result. The last time they played it was 4-3 to Villa and normally none of these sides win by more than a single goal.
West Brom have only one win in their last 12 at home to Villa.
Villa go into the game unbeaten in their last five and they will hope to extend that.
Both sides may have to be content with a draw.
Arsenal v Newcastle
A match between two managers who are the “great survivors”. They are the longest serving managers in the Premiership and yet there have been calls already this season for the two to be sacked. Alan Pardew is the Manager of the Month after putting together a great series of results.. They have won six out of their last 8 games.
In terms of history Arsenal have won the last five v Newcastle. In fact Newcastle have only two wins in their last 28 meetings with Arsenal.
Arsenal have only had one defeat at home this season and they will be buzzing after their mid week European efforts. Some result for them in Istanbul.
Aaron Ramsey scored one of those great goals and I can see them building on that in this one.
Another hard one to call but home win.
Man United v Liverpool
In the past this was the game of the Premiership. For some fans it still is but the gloss is certainly off it. 8 months ago Liverpool came to Old Trafford and hammered the home side 3-0. Can anyone out there see that happening again?
United were lucky to beat Southampton but luck is vital if teams are do well and with luck on your side anything is possible. Brendan Rodgers is feeling the heat. Loads of former players and coaches have come out to criticise him in recent weeks.
Too many of them are saying that they are baffled by his team selections and his tactics. Not good.
Liverpool need to get results but all I can see here is further pressure on Rodgers.
This is one of the games in this weeks treble. There was none last week because of the great prize on offer for one lucky punter to go to Manchester to see this game. What a prize.
Swansea v Spurs
I don’t rate this Spurs team at all. They simply are not my cup of tea. Swansea for me are a stronger outfit. Away from hoke Spurs all the same have done well. Three wins and two draws out of seven is good going in this league but they tend to play as eleven individuals and not as a team.
The manager seems unsure of his best side and the best tactics. Swansea are hard to beat at home and I fancy them to grab all three points in this one. They are one of my tips in the Treble this week.
I think Swansea will respond to this fixture with a win.
Everton v QPR
Everton are a side who have struggled at home this season. I think they are in a false position from last year as I think they are better than the results show. They will be glad to see the end of the league basis in the Europa League. After Monday it’s knock out all the way and that will be a relief.
They are facing a QPR who are just depending on home success for survival and that is not enough. QPR did beat Burnley and Leicester recently but in seven away games this season it’s been seven defeats. Not good enough. Plain ands simple.
It’s about time Everton begin to show the football of which we know they are capable.
ps This is the final part of the weekend treble. Check out the odds with McLeans and the Irish News.