Another round of Premier League action is on the horizon with some promising games in store including Liverpool v Chelsea, West Brom v Newcastle, and Swansea v Arsenal.
Last time out brought some shocking results including Newcastle defeating Liverpool 1-0, Chelsea just scrapping a 2-1 win against QPR, and Manchester City winning against Manchester United 1-0 in a tightly contested Manchester derby.
Many will be watching Liverpool closely this weekend to see if manager Brendan Rodgers team selection from Tuesday night’s loss against Real Madrid is justified in their game against Chelsea. If the Reds manage to pick up a result against the undefeated Pensioners, the Northern Irishman will walk away from Anfield with a huge smile on his face.
It will also be interesting to see how Manchester United bounces back from their Manchester derby defeat when they play at home against Crystal Palace, who hasn’t won in their last four Premier League games.
Here are Football Fan Cast’s Premier League Predictions for this weekend:
Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool has only managed to win once in their last five games in all competitions, so they are desperate for a win to put their season back on track. This may be difficult to achieve as they welcome a Chelsea side to Anfield which is the only undefeated team in the league. Rodgers’ team selection will be watched closely, as it was scrutinised mid-week in their Champions League loss to Real Madrid. Liverpool needs a win, but Chelsea will win due to their significant advantage up front in the form of Diego Costa.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea
Burnley v Hull
Burnley welcomes Hull to Turf Moor this weekend and remain the only side in the Premier League yet to win a single game. They need to start winning soon if they want to avoid relegation and this weekend would be a good time to start. Hull has struggled to win games too, having only two under their belt so far, but they have only lost three as well. With Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson both sidelined through injury for the Tigers, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Clarets to win their first game back in the top flight.
Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Hull
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Manchester United will hope to bounce back from their defeat to local rivals Manchester City when they take on Crystal Palace this Saturday. Both teams have a player suspended, as United will be without Chris Smalling, who was sent off in the Manchester Derby. Palace will be without captain Mile Jedinak after he was sent off against Sunderland on Monday night. The Eagles also need a result here to avoid falling into the relegation zone but it is unlikely to happen. The Red Devils, who are three games without a win, should pick up an easy win in this game.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton v Leicester
Leicester visit high-flyers Southampton this weekend in a game which really only has one outcome. The Saints are now four points off the summit of the Premier League thanks to Ronald Koeman’s management. The Foxes on the other hand have taken a turn for the worse as they have failed to win since defeating Manchester United 5-3 at the back end of September. The Saints has kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven home matches, whist Leicester have been unable to score in their last three away fixtures. Southampton will win this game with ease.
Prediction: Southampton 3-1 Leicester
West Ham v Aston Villa
West Ham still sit in the top five, but will be disappointed with their result last time out as they drew 2-2 with Stoke. Aston Villa enters this game without a win in their last six games, having only scored one goal during that stretch as well. They will be without Christen Benteke as he was sent off during their 2-1 loss against Tottenham last weekend. Villa is still without Fabian Delph, who is sidelined through injury. Diafra Sakho is expected to return for the Hammers in this game, making the host stern favourites to pick up all three points.
Prediction: West Ham 3-0 Aston Villa
QPR v Manchester City
Saturday’s evening kick-off sees QPR host Manchester City. Expect the R’s to field the same team which narrowly lost 2-1 to Chelsea last weekend. Rio Ferdinand will miss out through suspension after his Twitter mishap, so former Citizen Richard Dunne will start alongside Steven Caulker. David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are still out through injury for City. They’ll be looking to turn things around after their mid-week defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Expect Stevan Jovetic to start in replacement of the misfiring Edin Dzeko. QPR will hold strong against City, but expect the away team to travel back to Manchester will all three points.
Prediction: QPR 1-3 Manchester City
Sunderland v Everton
Sunderland won last time out against Crystal Palace and will be looking to continue this form when they welcome Everton to the Stadium of Light this Sunday. The Toffees will be considered favourites for this fixture, as they are undefeated in nine of their last ten visits to Sunderland. However, Everton still aren’t at full strength due to the absence of John Stones and Kevin Mirallas. The Black Cats are likely to field the same team which picked up all three points against Palace last time out, so expect this game to end in a score draw.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Everton
Tottenham v Stoke
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to make his mark at Tottenham as they currently reside in 8th place in the Premier League, far away from their top four aspirations. Stoke will be gutted they couldn’t hang on to a 2-0 lead against West Ham last weekend, and will be looking to improve on their season so far in this fixture. The Potters have been playing better than their 13th place suggests and should prove that this weekend. The fact they struggle to hold onto winning positions and Tottenham’s lack of a consistent goalscorer in the league means this game will be a draw.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Stoke
West Brom v Newcastle
Newcastle’s season has completely turned around, as they have gone from a side that was on a brink of a relegation, to one of the league’s in-form sides. They went undefeated throughout the whole of October, which included wins against Tottenham and Liverpool. After recently being selected for the England squad, West Brom will be hoping Saido Berahino can find a return to form, as he had scored five in five league games before failing to score against Leicester last time out. The Baggies do have a problem of conceding too many goals at home, so Newcastle are likely to continue their good form, but a share of the points is on the cards.
Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Newcastle
Swansea v Arsenal
The Premier League action this weekend will conclude with Swansea v Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea may have picked up an impressive draw against Everton last weekend, but they only won once in their last seven league games which will be concerning for manager Gary Monk. Despite this run of bad form, they are only two points behind the Gunners in the league, which is rather surprising. Arsenal’s confidence would have taken a hit after giving up a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht mid-week, and they’ll be looking to turn things around in this fixture. Swansea has always been a tough place to visit and pick up all three points, but Arsenal can do it thanks to an in form Alexis Sanchez, who has scored four goals in their last two league games.
Prediction: Swansea 1-2 Arsenal
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