This time of year brings a packed schedule to the Premier League. It can be hard to keep up with games. Here are my predictions for how the games on December 29th and 30th will go.
Sunderland v Tottenham
Sunderland are undergoing a mini-revival at the moment. However, their best player this season has arguably been Tottenham loanee Danny Rose, and he won’t be available for this game. Spurs are better against teams who come out to attack, which presumably Sunderland will do at home
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
United have been conceding a lot of goals, and getting away with it by scoring just about enough to take the points. West Brom’s form has dipped a little bit, but they’ll still fancy scoring at Old Trafford. United’s class should come through though
Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 WBA
Fulham v Swansea
Fulham have been on a bad run of form recently, though their home form is a little better. In Dimitar Berbatov they have a quality striker, and this game could really be the battle of the individual versus the team ethic of Michael Laudrup’s Swansea
Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Swansea
Aston Villa v Wigan
In their last 2 games, Villa have conceded 12 goals, thus undoing all the progress this young side were making. Wigan are also a Jekyll & Hyde team, capable of beating the top sides and losing against the bottom ones. Both sides need to win this, so neither will
Prediction Villa 0 – 0 Wigan
Stoke v Southampton
Stoke are one of the Premier League form teams – unbeaten in their last 6 games at home. Southampton were always going to struggle this season and having lost 4 of their last 6 away games, they will do very well to get anything against The Potters today
Prediction: Stoke 2-0 Southampton
Reading v West Ham
Neither side has enjoyed good form in the last few weeks. Reading were very unfortunate to not get a point from their visit to reigning champions Man City, while West Ham are coming out of a run of very tough games (including a 3-1 win over Chelsea). Reading do look like a team in trouble though, and West Ham will be tough to break down
Prediction: Reading 0-1 West Ham
Norwich v Man City
Everyones second favourite team verus everyones second least-favourite team. Norwich have won 5 of their last 6 home games, including taking the scalps of Arsenal and Man Utd. City have been struggling recently, but Norwich’s attacking style may suit them.
Prediction: Norwich 1-3 Man City
Arsenal v Newcastle
Both sides are struggling to regain some of last seasons form and both managers seem unable to put their finger on what’s not working out for them. Newcastle’s squad is looking a little threadbare at the moment and Arsenal should roll them over at home
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
Everton v Chelsea
Everton have only lost one of their last 12 games and what they lack in quality, they make up in cohesion. Chelsea appear to be improving under Rafa Benitez, but judgement is still made on a game-by-game basis. You suspect they still have a soft underbelly.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Chelsea
QPR v Liverpool
Two of the big underachievers in a face off. QPR looked like they were coming to life under Redknapp, but it might just be a Dead Cat Bounce. Liverpool remain frustratingly inconsistent. However, Luis Suarez is a quality player, unlike any of QPR’s defenders.
Prediction: QPR 1-2 Liverpool
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