The English Premier League comes back around again this weekend with another plethora of tight clashes certain to make you question your betting selections!
We have enlisted the help of former Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Premier League legend Daniel Gabbidon to help us predict the results for each week’s games for the entire season.
This week Gabs is going up against @benleo89 – who will come out on top?
Manchester United v Bournemouth
Everybody will be saying this is a United win because they’re at home and on a great run of 16 unbeaten. Bournemouth are having a torrid time though. They don’t know where the next win will come from. Eddie Howe is quite stubborn, he doesn’t like changing the way they play no matter what happens and I think that could be their downfall. I can only see Manchester United continuing their good form.
Leicester v Hull
It’s a big game for both teams. Leicester are off the back of a good win against Liverpool and will be full of confidence and looking like the Leicester of old. Hull have picked up too. The personnel they’ve brought in now make them capable of picking up results away from home. It’s an important game for them off the back of not winning against Burnley last week. A lot of the teams at the bottom of the table play each other in the next few weeks so it’s important they perform well here and make up for it. I think Leicester after Monday’s game against Liverpool will carry on and win this one 3-1.
Stoke v Middlesbrough
Stoke have been going well at home. I know they got battered against Spurs last week but they’re six or even on the bounce undefeated at the Britannia. Middlesbrough as we’ve seen all season, have struggled to score goals. They went to Palace, a team that’s conceded a lot of goals this season and they weren’t able to find the net. They are great defensively though and have one of the best records away from home. Stoke will want to bounce back after last week’s drumming so I’ll go with a 2-0 home win.
Swansea v Burnley
Burnley’s away form this season is dire. They did get a draw last weekend against Hull but they just don’t seem to have the firepower to go away and do what they do so well at home. I think for Swansea it’ll be another game that Paul Clement marks as a must win. Last week was a bit of a free game for them away to Chelsea but they have to get back to business now and beat a Burnley team that doesn’t travel well. Swansea to win 2-1.
Watford v Southampton
This one’s a tricky one to predict because both of these teams have been a bit up and down this season. How will Southampton react to losing the league cup final? And Watford in the first half against West Ham played well but they didn’t know how to hold on. I think Southampton now can concentrate on the league properly because their domestic form has been quite poor recently. If Gabbiadini fancies it, he’s got great movement and can finish as we saw at Wembley, I think Southampton will go there and pick up an away win. 1-0
West Brom v Crystal Palace
This is a great one for off the field if not on it, with Tony Pulis and Palace chairman Steve Parish being reunited. Palace are still in the drop zone and they need to get back to back wins here after beating Liverpool last week. Any Tony Pulis side is difficult to play against – I think they’ve won eight ornine at home – and we know what they can do with set pieces. Tony will have them fired up to make sure they don’t lose it but it’s a must-get from Palace, at least a point if they can. They have the players and are capable so I’ll go with a draw. 1-1
Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool tend to play well against big teams, certainly this season at least. Arsenal will be disappointed in their last few weeks after getting thrashed by Bayern and losing to Watford and Chelsea before that. They’re getting their season back on track now but with Liverpool being at home, and off the back of a shocking performance against Leicester, Klopp will want them to bounce back too. This fixture has produced I think 16 goals over the last handful of matches at Anfield but I think it’ll be a tight affair. 1-1 draw.
Tottenham v Everton
Tottenham this season have been ridiculously good at home. Nobody goes to White Hart Lane and gets anything. They scored four against Stoke last week and it’s what they can do to teams when everyone’s firing. I think it’s a good one for Everton to see where they are at really, it could be their first proper test since beating Man City. They’ve been getting lots of plaudits so this could be a great game of football. I still think Spurs will be too strong for them though if they can keep Lukaku quiet. Spurs win 2-0.
Sunderland v Man City
If there’s one team you don’t want to be playing at the minute it’s Man City. They’re sticking goals on everybody, they’re all-out attack and I think Guardiola has realised that the best form of defence is attack – because we’ve all seen they can’t defend. As a defender when you see City’s starting 11, and see Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Silva, De Bruyne, it scares you half to death. I don’t know how Sunderland go about this. Their main man is Jermaine Defoe so they have to find a way of utilising him the best they can. If that means going a bit more attacking and going after City then so be it, because at the minute they’re not capable of keeping too many clean sheets. City to win 4-1.
West Ham v Chelsea
Chelsea are going great guns at the minute and look unbeatable. No matter what, they find a way of scoring goals. The rest of the league will be looking at this fixture and hoping Chelsea could drop points. West Ham have been up and down, poor at the start of the season but improved in recent weeks and they have players capable of going up against good teams and getting results. It’ll be a good atmosphere down there and fans will be hoping it will be as entertaining as last season’s. It’ll take a very good performance from West Ham to topple Chelsea because everything is going right for them on the pitch, with injuries and the squad. As much as I want West Ham to get a result, being one of my ex-teams, I find it difficult to see it. 2-0 Chelsea.