The relegation battle escalates

THIS WEEKS PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
3rd, 4th & 5th February 2018

This week’s Premier League fixtures kick off at Turf Moor when champions elect Manchester City visit the town of Burnley in the 12.30pm kick off. There is then five 3pm kick offs all involving teams worried about relegation and the stand out one is bottom placed West Brom taking on third from bottom Southampton in what is probably a must win for the home side. Then the evening kick off is Everton and their new ex-Arsenal signing Theo Walcott heading to the Emirates to face his old side in the 5.30pm kick off. Will Theo celebrate if he scores against Arsene Wenger?

Sunday see two fixtures with the outstanding one being third placed Liverpool taking one fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur at 4.30pm. With Firmino, Salah, Mane, Kane, Ali and Eriksen on show there hopefully will be plenty of goals in what should be a great game. Monday then sees an up and down Chelsea team head locally to Watford. Below then are all the games that are being played along with the kick off times, plus our predictions and opinions on each match as well.

SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

Burnley 12:30 Manchester City

Burnley’s great start to the season was based on keeping the opposition out and then pinching a goal to get a 1-0 win, however the clean sheets have dried up with just one in their last eight games now in all competitions. Burnley 0 v City 2.

AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Stoke City

Stoke might have had a couple of good results recently under Paul Lambert and he’s got his players working and playing better, but Bournemouth are going really well at the moment so it’ll be a tough one today. Bournemouth are undefeated in six and have recently beaten Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea. Bournemouth 2 v Stoke 0.

Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 West Ham United

Brighton’s last Premier League win came seven games ago, which was actually before Christmas and they’re steadily moving down the table. They don’t lose many at home but they don’t win many there either. West Ham have done so much better since David Moyes took over, but wins for him have dried up recently with a few draws.
Brighton 1 v West Ham 1.

Leicester City 15:00 Swansea City

Swansea City have won three of their last four games in all competitions including beating both Arsenal and Liverpool, but those wins have all come at home. On the road they have a very poor record with just two league wins, but with all the turmoil this week with Mahrez and Leicester City means they might have lost their focus. Leicester 1 v Swansea 1.

Manchester United 15:00 Huddersfield Town

On the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster there will be a minutes silence as usual to remember those that lost their lives. As for the football, United have only dropped seven points at home this year and currently Huddersfield are in a really bad run of form and have only picked up eight points on the road all season.
United 3 v Huddersfield 0.

West Bromwich Albion 15:00 Southampton

West Brom have finally started to pick up some wins under Alan Pardew and you can definitely now see an improvement in their play. They’re also undefeated at home in their last three matches and Jay Rodriguez getting back amongst the goals now too. As for Southampton, they have not won in the league since November and although they haven’t lost many, they’ve picked up to many draws. WBA 3 v Southampton 1.

Arsenal 17:30 Everton

I have a feeling that Theo Walcott will return to Arsenal and score against his old team, unfortunately Everton have been unable to keep clean sheets recently and we think that’ll be their downfall once again. Arsenal have lost both Giroud and Sanchez in the recent transfer window, but have brought in new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He however could be missing due to illness and will face a late fitness test along with Jack Wilshere. Arsenal 1 v Everton 0.

SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

Crystal Palace 14:15 Newcastle United

Newcastle will overtake Palace if they can win this game as they’re just one point and one place behind them in the league table. Unfortunately Newcastle are not in a great run of form and Palace have only lost one at home in the league since Hodgson took charge and they’re going well at the moment too. Palace 2 v Newcastle 0.

Liverpool 16:30 Tottenham Hotspur

A couple of poor results for Liverpool recently but they bounced back with a win in midweek and they are usually well up for these big games, so should be prepared for Tottenham. You imagine with Liverpool’s wobbly defence and Spurs’ attacking ability that Kane, Ali, Son and Eriksen will take full advantage, but Liverpool of course have Firmino, Salah and Mane so there should be a few goals. Liverpool 2 v Spurs 2.

MONDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

Watford 20:00 Chelsea

Watford’s last league victory came on Boxing Day at home to Leicester which means that’s now no win in their last six league games. Would it just be like Watford to get back to winnings ways and take advantage of all the turmoil surrounding Antonio Conte and Chelsea at the moment. We’re not sure. Watford 1 v Chelsea 2.