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 up against @Falcao996 – who will come out on top?
WEST BROM v ARSENAL
This will be a tricky one for Arsenal bearing in mind the discussion over Wenger in recent weeks. There’s more pressure on them to start picking up wins now as we get down to the nitty gritty of the season. West Brom have had a good season – they got comfortably beat by Everton last week but at home this term they have a good record. Pulis and his team will fancy themselves to get something from this but a lot depends on whether Matt Phillips is back or not. He’s been really good for West Brom this season and has the most assists in the side with eight. Their recent disappointing results have coincided with him not being in the team. I think Arsenal will be well up for this but it could be tight.
CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
Palace have back to back wins in the Premier League after a win last time against West Brom. They’ll be delighted with that and their reward was jetting off to Morocco for a few days. I don’t know how that will affect their performance though. They’ll either be refreshed and ready to go or a bit lethargic. Watford meanwhile have been hit and miss all season. They’re capable of getting good results but can also lose games you think they’ll get something from. Troy Deeney is in decent form of late but I think with Palace being at home, and I know their home form has been wretched most of the season, they’ll get it right here.
EVERTON v HULL CITY
Hull will have been given a massive confidence boost off the back of beating Swansea, which followed a couple of games against teams around them in the league where they didn’t manage to pick up points. Everton at home this season have made it a bit of a fortress under Ronald Koeman so as good as Hull have been under Marco Silva and the quality of players he’s brought in, I think going to Goodison is a difficult task for them. There’ll be goals because Hull have improved defensively but they’ve now realised they have to win games and aren’t scared to attack teams – which wasn’t the case under Mike Phelan.
STOKE v CHELSEA
Stoke is always a difficult place to go and they’re undefeated in eight at home. This is another test for this Chelsea team, who at the minute look unstoppable no matter what kind of hurdle is put in front them. Their away form is fantastic as well this season – the best in the league in fact. It doesn’t matter if they’re home or away, their style of play is defend well and then hit quickly on the counter-attack. It’s a style that probably suits them even more away from home in fact. Mark Hughes and his men will enjoy coming up against Chelsea and trying to prove how good they are as a side. But I just feel they’re not as defensively sound as they have been in previous seasons. They’re playing a bit more expansively now so it could play into Chelsea’s hands.
SUNDERLAND v BURNLEY
This is a must win for Sunderland playing at home. They’ve been struggling of late and I can’t see where the next win will come from. Burnley are away from home again, where they’ve struggled all season, but they have been threatening to get their first win on the road in recent weeks without getting over the line. They put in a decent performance against Liverpool and were unlucky not to come away with a point, so they might see this as an opportunity to take advantage against a team that isn’t firing at the minute. Sunderland need to get Defoe back scoring – he’s not netted in a few now.
WEST HAM v LEICESTER
This is another tight one to try and predict. West Ham have been in better form of late but I saw them last time out against Bournemouth and they were awful. It ended 3-2 but Bournemouth should have been out of sight by half time, which is strange really because West Ham came into the game off the back of a match against Chelsea where they played ok. They’re a little hot and cold – you’re not sure what you’re going to get. Leicester meanwhile are in great form at the minute. Craig Shakespeare has won two in the league and of course had the great Champions League result in midweek so they’re looking full of confidence like the Leicester of old. The players are working harder and looking more organised, so it’s not a good time to play them. I think it’ll finish a draw though.
BOURNEMOUTH v SWANSEA
This is another big game for both teams. Bournemouth looked like they were going to throw away their win last week while Swansea lost to Hull. Swansea might be a bit concerned that they’re not picking up the points against the teams around them at the bottom and are getting sucked back in the scrap a little bit. It’s an important period for Bournemouth too because they play Southampton after this followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Eddie Howe will be really up for this one to ensure they go into those run of fixtures with three points in the bag. Josh King is a man in form at the moment, with 11 goals for the season in Callum Wilson’s absence. He’s their key player and Swansea will find it hard to keep him quiet.
MIDDLESBROUGH v MANCHESTER UNITED
Boro will be hoping for some kind of uplift after letting Aitor Karanka go. For most of season they’ve disappointed from an attacking point of view but they have been defensively stubborn. There’s just not enough positivity though, not enough trying to go out and beat teams, which is why they find themselves where they are in the league. United on the road this season have been superb and they’re close to breaking records with their performances. They’re also of course fighting for the top four and can’t afford to slip up. With Boro not scoring goals but being defensively resolute, this will be tight but I think United will nick it.
TOTTENHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Spurs are undefeated at White Hart Lane all season. They put Millwall to the sword last weekend in the FA Cup but Harry Kane being injured is a massive blow for them. He’s scored so many goals this season and they don’t have a direct replacement for him. The manager is going to have to think about things a little bit up top. Maybe Son can play there, who’s a different type of player, or Jansen might come in but he’s not really done a job this season. Southampton for me are underachieving a little bit with the squad they’ve got. I know they have one or two injures but Gabbiadini coming in has been a good signing. They were unlucky in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United but now it’s time for them now to concentrate on the league. There’s nothing else to play for apart from finishing as high as they can and it could be difficult for Spurs as they figure out how to carry on winning without Kane.
MANCHESTER CITY v LIVERPOOL
This is a huge game – the pick of the weekend. City will be majorly disappointed with going out the Champions League because they’ve been in good form of late in the Premier League and scoring lots of goals. They do still look vulnerable defensively though but are one of the few teams who could possibly catch Chelsea at the top. We know all about Liverpool’s form against the top five teams. It’s the best out of anyone this season. Their troubles have been playing against the lesser sides, like you saw against Burnley last weekend. This should have the makings of a good game however because both teams don’t believe in defending. They’re both poor at it so there should be goals. I think it boils down to a few key players – Sadio Mane for Liverpool and Sergio Aguero for City. Whoever comes out on top from those two could make the difference. I also think Jordan Henderson is a key loss for Liverpool. He’s very underrated and for that reason I think City will win.