By Ronan Flanagan
Stoke City vs Leicester City. Saturday @ 12.30. Sky Sports.
This will be an interesting one. Both sides deserved to win last weekend and will fancy their chances.
A win will further boost the victor’s confidence. I just don’t think Stoke score enough goals. Leicester’s attack surely will be too much for them.
Prediction: 1-2 with Vardy scoring for Leicester
Huddersfield Town vs West Bromwich Albion. Saturday @ 3.00.
Both sides are on the back of losses. The Baggies have not won in their last nine games and are two points above the relegation zone. Huddersfield’s last home game was the 2-0 vs Manchester United and will hope their home form goes some way towards Premier League survival.
Prediction: 1-0 with Depoitre scoring.
Southampton vs Burnley. Saturday @ 3.00.
Speculation rumbles on about Sean Dyche and his future at Turf Moor. They have only lost one away fixture this season and that was at top of the table Manchester City. The Saints need to find the net more. I expect this to be a low scoring match with the visitors continuing their inspiring away form.
Prediction: 0-1 with Brady scoring.
Swansea City vs Brighton and Hove Albion. Saturday @ 3.00.
Swansea’s home form is worrying. They have only won one game at the Liberty Stadium this season. They had their chances last time out vs Arsenal but were ultimately overpowered. Brighton are getting points. They will be confident travelling to Wales. I do expect them to win.
Prediction: 1-2 with Glenn Murray scoring.
Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth. Saturday @ 3.00.
Both sides will hope to bounce back after nil to one losses last weekend. Their home form has them in the top ten while The Cherries remain second from bottom. Jermain Defoe will relish this one with two goals in three games for the Magpies Tyne- Wear rivals Sunderland. Newcastle will have too much, I feel.
Prediction: 2-0 with Lascelles scoring.
West Ham United vs Liverpool. Saturday @ 5.30. BT Sport.
West Ham threw away the game last weekend at Crystal Palace. Their first half performance was definitely The Hammers best in the league this season. Liverpool will be happy to have got two successive three- nil victories in the two most recent games. West Ham will be out to avenge last week and Liverpool will want to win three in the bounce. Both sides are suspect at the back, so I feel there will be goals.
Prediction: 2-2 with Ayew scoring.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace. Sunday @ 12.00. BT Sport.
What a week for Tottenham. Champions League football after Christmas is now guaranteed. This match will be a daunting prospect for Palace. Spurs will make changes but ultimately will have more than enough to come out on top. Roy Hodgson’s side haven’t won away all season and I feel that will not change.
Prediction: 3-0 with Eriksen scoring.
Manchester City vs Arsenal. Sunday @ 2.15. Sky Sports.
Who can stop Manchester City? Napoli put it up to them but City powered to victory in the end in midweek. It seems a daunting prospect for the Gunners. It’ll be interesting to see how Alexis Sanchez will do. It is no word of a lie that he harbours ambitions to play at the Etihad. This could be his chance to show Pep Guardiola what he can do. Arsenal are improving steadily and I feel they will do well. However, City will once again have enough.
Prediction: 3-1 with Gabriel Jesus scoring.
Chelsea vs Manchester United. Sunday @ 4.30. Sky Sports.
Antonio Conte is under pressure at Stamford Bridge. I feel he will have to get a result in order to keep his job. Defeating a very good Spurs side, albeit without Harry Kane and a comfortable Champions League victory in the last two games has Mourinho’s confidence high. Romelu Lukaku’s goals seem to have dried up recently, but he will relish this match. It’s a tough one to call. I’m going for a draw.
Prediction: 2-2 with Hazard Scoring.
Everton vs Watford. Sunday @ 4.30.
Everton’s woes have furthered once again. A win is desperately needed and it would a great help if it were to be at Goodison Park. Watford were poor last weekend and now have Troy Deeney suspended due to an avoidable action vs Stoke. It’s too hard to call.
Prediction: 1-1 with Sigurdsson scoring.