A Look Ahead

Last weekend brought more drama to the Premier League with Liverpool’s poor form continuing and Sunderland scoring four first half goals at Selhurst Park. Chelsea all but sealed the title while the poor form of incumbent champions Leicester is matched by seasiders Bournemouth and Southampton.

Arsenal v Hull

Arsenal threw away their title hopes while Hull are experiencing a resurgence under Silva. The Emirates will be hostile with calls for Wenger’s head and contract negotiations looming over key players. I do however think they’ll be too strong for Hull here. 2-0.

Manchester United v Watford

United are unbeaten in their last fifteen league games, seven of those however are draws, which is keeping them outside the top four. They lost 3-1 at Vicarage Road in September but a lot has happened since then. January signing Niang looks promising but United should march on. 2-1.

Middlesborough v Everton

Boro’s one redeeming feature this season has been their ability to avoid leaking goals, something they may well need against Lukaku. Winless in seven and a 3-1 reverse at Goodison Park isn’t a great omen. 0-1.

Stoke v Crystal Palace

Stoke are unbeaten in their last six home games but Palace have picked up more points away than at home. Stoke are safe but likely to finish in the bottom half. Palace desperately need the points. 1-1.

Sunderland v Southampton

Southampton have only taken three points from their last six games, two less than their opponents. A win for the Black Cats could theoretically take them into 15th and five points behind Southampton. Puel needs to be careful because his team are showing relegation form. This could be who scores more: Defore or Gabbiadini. 2-2.

West Ham v West Brom

A real mid-table clash. Both have Europa League ambitions but neither has the resources or quality yet. Pulis has made the Hawthorns a fortress, something the Olympic Stadium certainly is not. Neither will want to lose and it will be tight. 1-1.

Liverpool v Tottenham

I suppose I’m going to have to stick my next out at some point. Liverpool are the league’s joint highest scorers but they have only won one game in 2017, against Plymouth, before being dumped out of both cups. Spurs on the other hand have the league’s best defensive record and consistent form. Confidence is why I’ll go with the London based team. 1-2.

Burnley v Chelsea

Burnley are a Jekyll and Hyde team, winning at home and losing away, with the former likely to keep them in the league. They’ve won their last five home games but lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Expect another win for the Blues here. 0-2.

Swansea v Leicester

Palace v Sunderland was a real treat (for 45 minutes at least) and this proverbial relegation six pointer promises much the same. Leicester hosted Derby midweek and I think the extra rest and preparation will play into Swansea’s hands.2-1.

Bournemouth v Manchester City

Monday night pits Howe’s struggling Cherries against Pep’s men who have bounced back well since their demolition at the hands of Everton. Man City won the reverse 4-0 and with Bournemouth’s current for it could be a similar result, especially if Pep finds a system to accommodate both Aguero and Jesus. 1-3.

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