Match Previews and Predictions from @OurLogie and @Bet_Mclean
A full programme of Premier League action to look forward to in the next few days and after the results of last weekend well anything is possible.
Anyway here goes this evening.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Westwood, Delph (c), Cleverley, Agbonlahor, N’Zogbia, Benteke.
Subs: Given, Bacuna, Sinclair, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish, Weimann
West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Morrison, Yacob, Fletcher, Gardner, Ideye, Berahino
Subs: Myhill, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Olsson, Baird, Mulumbu, Sessegnon
You simply cannot go over the top in saying that this is one of the most crucial games for Aston Villa this season . They have a new boss in Tim Sherwood but so far the expected ” bounce” from the new man just hasn’t happened. Two games two defeats. In the other corner you can’t say the same about Tony Pulis. His efforts at West Brom have been sensational. West Brom have kept clean sheets in 5 out of their last seven games and that has been vital.
Villa have taken just three points from their last 12 and the team needs to restore confidence and quickly. This is not a game for the faint hearted. It’s a fixture of few goals. In their last 17 meetings its either been a draw or a 1-0 win either way. Expect the same this evening.
Villa have had one win in their last 8 v West Brom and you would think this is more important than the weekend. They meet again in the FA Cup. How come that happens so often.
This is more important for both I would suggest. So say this will be tight would be an understatement.
I expect a draw.
Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Jelavić, N’Doye
Subs: Harper, Figueroa, Davies, Quinn, Ramírez, Hernández, Aluko
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Reveilere, Vergini, Brown, O’Shea (c), Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Larsson, Defoe, Graham
Subs: Fletcher, Wickham, Gomez, Alvarez, van Aanholt, Coates, Mannone
Hull lost at Stoke at the weekend and it was a poor performance from them to say the least. Only one shot on goal says it all.
Hull had a mini revival in recent weeks with wins over QPR and Villa and they will be hoping to win their third game in a row at home for the first time in the Premier League. Three points here would be some lift. Wes Brown is back for Sunderland after the fiasco of the “non” red card but Adam Johnson is out after creating headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Sunderland have won the last 4 played against Hull but Hull do need to win this when you consider their next four at home are Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and United.
Again it will be tight but Hull just might have enough.
Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Djuričić, Elia, Mané, Pellè
Subs: K. Davis (GK), Gardos, Long, S. Davis, Tadić, Ward-Prowse, Alderweireld.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward, McArthur, Ledley, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle.
Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Hangeland, Souare, Boateng, Gray, Ameobi.
Southampton have gone off the rails in recent weeks and Palace can do no wrong. Since Alan Pardew has taken over Palace have played five games away from home and won them all. That includes that impressive 3-1 win at West Ham. It’s been a match made in heaven for Palace and Pardew.
Palace look to be safe and Southampton have slipped to sixth in the Premiership.
They just can’t score goals. Only one win in their last five and only one goal. Not good enough.
In their last six encounters Southampton have won them all and I expect them to get to winning ways in this one despite all the good work of Alan Pardew.