FA Cup Review
Four correct winners but again no perfect scores. The bigger teams pulled through and home advantage came to the fore. Had Shane Long not saved Southampton maybe I’d have had my first perfect week but 4/5 isn’t bad.
Liverpool v Swansea
Liverpool reserves scraped past Plymouth while Mane thrives at the AFCON and new Swansea boss Clement is bringing in plenty of new faces. It’ll take time for his acquisitions to gel and I can see a win for the Reds here. 2-0.
Bournemouth v Watford
Eddie Howe’s side need to bounce back after their disaster at Hull and need to replace former loanee star Ake. Watford simply need to score more goals. A point won’t suit either but it’s what I see. 1-1.
Crystal Palace v Everton
Allardyce looks set to improve Palace’s woeful defence with signings but it might not come in time to face an Everton side that put four past City. Benteke finally found the net against Bolton but even he can’t do it alone. 1-2.
Middlesborough v West Ham
Boro have only scored seven in their last ten league games with three of those coming against Swansea. West Ham are wildly inconsistent and will look to replace wantaway creator Payet. Is Carroll pushing for an England recall come March? 1-2.
Stoke v Manchester United
Bar their cup exit to Wolves Stoke are actually doing alright but struggle against the big boys. United are in form and unbeaten in their last eleven league games. The Britannia is a tough place to go but expect United to walk away with three points. 0-2.
West Brom v Sunderland
The Baggies will look to bounce back from their White Hart Lane misery while Sunderland haven’t won a game in their last six in all competitions. Pulis and co are very professional and do well at home. 2-0.
Manchester City v Tottenham
The game of the weekend. There was an eight goal swing between these teams last weekend so a win for City would only realistically take them up one place to fourth. A loss here would surely kill their title hopes. Spurs have won nine of their last ten in all comps only conceding five. Another away win. 1-2.
Southampton v Leicester
Southampton need a striker and never replaced Pelle. Leicester look unrecognisable from last season and defeat Sunday could leave them teetering on the relegation zone. 1-0.
Arsenal v Burnley
The perennial transfer window question: will Wenger open his wallet? Probably not, but I’m not sure he needs to. Burnley haven’t won away all season and Arsene will want to keep the pressure up on the teams above them. 2-0.
Chelsea v Hull
Easy. Surely? Chelsea have almost double the goal difference that Hull do points. Livermore’s left, Snodgrass is subject to speculation and new loan signing Niasse didn’t play a minute for Everton this season. They’ll likely park the bus but once the Blues find a way through it could be floodgates time. 3-0.