Premier League Predictions Week 19

David Silva

David Silva in action for Manchester City

Sunderland v Manchester City

Both teams come off wins in Week 18.  City left it late but have developed a habit of doing this.  City need to keep winning to keep the pressure on United at the top.

Last Year’s Result: Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0

Prediction: Away win

Reading v Swansea

Reading have lost their last 6 games but were unlucky not to hold out for a point at Manchester City.  Swansea come off a draw against United.  Reading have to start earning some points to stay in the race to stay in the league.

Last Year’s Result: n/a

Prediction: Draw

Norwich v Chelsea

Norwich have won their last 5 games at home, including wins over Manchester United and Arsenal.  Their unbeaten run came to an end last week at West Brom.  Chelsea hit Aston Villa with 8 goals in their rout of the Villains and are hitting their stride again.  This should be an entertaining game.

Last Year’s Result: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0

Prediction: Draw

Everton v Wigan

Steven Pienaar

Pienaar has had a big first half of the season for Everton

Wigan have 1 point from their last 5 games and need to halt the slide.  It took a contentious penalty for Arsenal to beat them and Roberto Martinez’s side will always try and play football.  Everton are chasing a Champions League spot and are one of the most difficult sides to beat in the league.  Maraoune Fellaini is suspened for the game, but Everton have enough attacking talent to get the job done.

Last Year’s Result: Everton 3 Wigan 1

Prediction: Home win

Fulham v Southampton

This could be a very important game in the relegation battle.  A Southampton win could pull Fulham into the relegation scrap, A Fulham win should see them not having to worry too much about a relegation battle, even at this stage.  Southampton lost a crucial game at home to Sunderland last weekend and seemed to panic when the pressure came on.  They have also been poor on the road, losing 5 of their last 6.  Fulham got well beaten at Liverpool and will be seeking an improvement on that effort.

Last Year’s Result: n/a

Prediction: Home win

Nemanja Vidic

Vidic’s return should shore up United’s leaky defence.

Manchester United v Newcastle

Manchester United have won their last 5 games at home and have 16 points from 18 in their last 6 league games.  Newcastle have lost their last 3 away games and have not won an away game in their last 6.  Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their draw at Swansea where they outplayed their hosts but could not get the win.  Newcastle come off a win at home to QPR and are looking to move up the table to where they were this time last year.

Last Year’s Result: Manchester United 1 Newcastle 1

Prediction: Home win

QPR v West Brom

Harry Redknapp will be hoping his public assessment of his players will yield a performance and result at home on Boxing Day.  QPR have improved under Redknapp but have little room for error as they try to survive in the Premier League.  West Brom ended a run of 4 games without a win when beating Norwich last weekend while QPR lost in Newcastle.  If QPR want to survive they have follow up their last result at home and make Loftus Road a fortress.

Last Year’s result: QPR 1 West Brom 1

Prediction: Home win

Arsenal v West Ham (postponed)

Last Year’s Result: n/a

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

After a great win at Anfield, Villa were brought crashing back to earth when getting beaten 8-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  Villa have a young team which explains their inconsistency and also how they collapsed against the Chelsea attack.  Spurs failed to break down the meanest defence, Stoke, last weekend.  Spurs lie 6th in the table, level on points with 3 other teams on 30 and will be looking to create some separation over the Christmas period.

Last Year’s result: Aston Villa 1 Tottenham Hotspur1

Prediction: Away win

Ryan Shawcross

Shawcorss will be an important player in Stoke attmpting to keep a 10th clean sheet

Stoke City v Liverpool

Eight takes on ninth in the clash at the Brittania Stadium.  Stoke have the meanest defence in the league conceding just 13 goals and keeping 9 clean sheets but are the joint lowest scorers with only 15 scored.  Out of 18 games they have 10 draws showing how hard they are to beat.  Liverpool have been inconsistent this season, mixing the good with the bad.  A 4-0 home win last week followed a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa the weekend before.  As with all Stoke games this promises to be a tight affair.

Last Year’s result: Stoke City 1 Liverpool 0

Prediction: Draw

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