THIS WEEKS PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
10th, 11th & 12th January 2018
This week’s Premier League fixtures kick off at Wembley as North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal go head to head in their derby match. It’s also Pochettino versus Wenger and who is right in the diving issues battle that they have been having in their press conferences.
There are then four 3pm kick offs all involving teams battling relegation, with the stand out fixture and possibly the toughest game to call, Swansea vs Burnley. The 5.30pm Saturday evening kick off then is between title chasing Manchester City against the champions of two season ago Leicester City. Football might have been all the talk of this fixture a few weeks back, but now it’s all about the Riyad Mahrez transfer that wasn’t.
Below are all the Premier League games that are being played this weekend along with the kick off times and of course all our predictions, opinions and tips.
SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
Tottenham Hotspur 12:30 Arsenal
What a cracking fixture to start the weekend, the North London derby! It’s also 5th vs 6th with both teams now chasing Champions League football with title gone once more. Spurs thought are four point ahead of Arsenal, but will certainly not want Arsenal to catching. Arsenal on the other hand will not want the gab to open up to seven points. Therefore we think it’ll be a tighter game than usual but still have goals. Spurs 2 v Arsenal 2.
Everton 15:00 Crystal Palace
Big Sam prides himself on clean sheets so you can understand why he’s frustrated at the moment after none in their last seven games. He’ll be looking to get one today though against a Palace side that does not score many and who are missing an injured Zaha. Everton should have Rooney back in the team as well. Everton 2 v Palace 0.
Stoke City 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Paul Lambert has definitely made a difference so far at Stoke and is all the games he’s managed so far they have given a good account of themselves. They even did at Bournemouth last week, until the home side came good at the end. As for Brighton, they had a good home win against a poor West Ham but on the road Brighton have really struggled and we think today will be the same. Stoke 2 v Brighton 1.
Swansea City 15:00 Burnley
This game is now a very tough one to call, a few months ago it would have been an obvious away win, but Carlos Carvalhal has certainly got his new team playing much better and importantly winning games. Burnley got an excellent point at home to Man City last weekend, but wins and clean sheets are few and far between currently for them. This will be a good battle. Swansea 1 v Burnley 1.
West Ham United 15:00 Watford
West Ham’s last four games consist of two draws and two defeats including one away to Wigan in the FA Cup the other weekend. They’re scoring the odd goal, but are currently back to conceding way to many goals both home and away. Watford haven’t been in great form themselves but my word they turned it on last Monday when they thumped Chelsea by four goals to one. West Ham 2 v Watford 2.
Manchester City 17:30 Leicester City
All the build up talk again this week has been about Mahrez and how he apparently tried to force a deadline day move to City, but Leicester refused to sell him at the price offered. If the deal had gone through it would have been Mahrez playing against his old side, instead it now could be Mahrez playing, or at least being involved in the away squad, for the first time since the transfer window shut. City 3 v Leicester 1.
SUNDAY 11TH FEBRUARY
Huddersfield Town 12:00 AFC Bournemouth
The wheels have well and truly fallen off Huddersfield’s season and they’re now looking at relegation unless they turn it around urgently. With no wins in eight league games though they have it all to do and this weekend they face an in-form Bournemouth side who’ve not lost any of their last nine games now in any competition since before Christmas. Huddersfield 1 v Bournemouth 2.
Newcastle United 14:15 Manchester United
Newcastle have not won a league game since New Year’s Day now, in fact they’ve only had two wins in their last ten games in all comps and are now only just above the relegation zone. Man Utd will be confident of an easy win with Sanchez now in their team as they look to consolidate 2nd place as their own. Newcastle 0 v Man Utd 2.
Southampton 16:30 Liverpool
Some have joked that this game is Southampton vs Southampton old boys as Liverpool head to the south coast looking to get another win to keep their “top four” hopes alive. With their strike power and the outstanding Salah in superb form they should get the win. The home side have found a knack of scoring in most games recently but usually not to many, even though they got three last weekend but only against rock bottom West Brom. Southampton 1 v Liverpool 2.
MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
Chelsea 20:00 West Bromwich Albion
Will Antonio Conte be sacked or won’t he? Clearly there is something not right at the club and apparently he’s even come out and said, it would be stupid for Chelsea to sack him when they’re still in with a chance of winning trophies. They’ve had some awful results and performances recently though. As have West Brom for that matter and with the other relegation threatened teams around them now picking up points, the baggies are becoming further adrift. Chelsea 2 v WBA 0.