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Friday, 16 January 2015

MY PREDICTION FOR EPL WEEK 22

Happy times are here again as the English premier league returns for its week 22 where a total of 7 matches will be played on Saturday with 6 to be played simultaneously at 4 pm and the last one being a late kick-off at 6:30 pm.
Below is my predictions for the weekend games.
1. ASTON VILLA VS LIVERPOOL
You would remember that Aston Villa recorded a surprise victory in this fixture earlier on in the season but with things not going well on the pitch for Villa I see them going down again for the second straight Saturday .
I think Liverpool have enough fire in their Arsenal to ease pass this one especially with the return of Raheem Sterling who have been on holiday in Jamaica.

Secondly with the departure of Steven Gerard imminent  Rodger's men will be well motivated to make his last season a memorable one.
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool

2. BURNLEY VS CRYSTAL PALACE

This one will have to go down as an exciting game for the neutrals with both teams enjoying a little bit of fresh air in the league recently, I see the rejuvenated Crystal Palace led by Alan Pardew running away with all 3 points in this one.
Burnley 0 - 2 Crystal Palace

3. LEICESTER CITY VS STOKE
Nothing in life is ever free and Leicester have been made to face such hard realities by the FA as they have been fined a sum of £20,000 for failing to control their players in their 1 - 0 win over Aston Villa last Saturday.
And this weekend they have been paired against a Borjan led Stoke side who will be without start striker Miram Diouf who will be representing Senegal at the AFCON 2015.
Miram Diouf absence would not  have much of an impact in this one as Stoke city will be too strong for the Foxes.
Leicester 1- 2 Stoke

4. QPR VS MAN UTD
Queen Park Rangers have developed a habit of winning their home games but sometimes in life situations beyond our control can change those habit and I see Man Utd being the team to bring a change to this habit of Harry Redknapp and his team.
LVG may have been a common enemy for United fans worldwide but as Angel Di Maria said during the week, the fans will need to stand by him and believe in his philosophy to help him master mind a victory against QPR in their own backyard. United fans being "United" fans they will sure rally round the Dutch philosopher and I expect them to come out victorious bearing in mind that Falcao is a man out to prove a point.
QPR 0 - 2 Man Utd

5. SWANSEA VS CHELSEA
Swansea in recent seasons have developed into a strong side in the league but Chelsea always have a way of getting pass them. I don't think that trend will come to an end this weekend because Jose Mourinho and his men will do everything to make sure they remain on top of the log and maintain the distance between them and Manchester City.
Swansea 0 - 2 Chelsea


6. TOTTENHAM VS SUNDERLAND
This fixture could not have come at a better time than now as Jermain Defoe makes a return home to the lane which he left some months ago to join Toronto Fc in the MLS. This time Defoe returns in the Black and white colours of the away team to hurt his former employers.
Defoe has a history of scoring on his professional debut for any club he signs for. Having done that for West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Gus Poyet will be expecting the same from his newly acquired striker.
Tottenham on the other hand will surely be licking their wounds from last week's shock defeat to Crystal palace and will ensure that  lightning do not strike twice by seeing off the challenge that the Black cats will pose in this fixture.
This looks like one of those high scoring matches, where the team with the most goals win.
Tottenham 3 - 2 Sunderland. 

7. NEWCASTLE UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON 
The late kick off of the weekend sees Newcastle take on an in form Southampton who recently defeated Man utd at Old trafford and also booked a place in the FA Cup 4th round.
This is a very dicey one to call but I see Southampton bagging another 3 points this weekend and continue life at the top four spot.
Newcastle 0 - 1 Southampton


8. WEST HAM VS HULL CITY (SUNDAY 2 PM)
Hull City have earned a reputation as one of the most unpredictable side in the English premier league. Picking points where you expect them to drop and dropping where you expect them to gain.
This weekend I see them walking away from Upton park with "nothing" as Andy Carol and company will be too strong for their unpredictability.
West Ham 2 - 0 Hull City.

9. MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL
The biggest game of the weekend, many will call it but I see it as a game where both side will cancel each other out.  I can't believe am the one saying this because I would have easily gone for a City win but the form of Oliver Giroud and Alexis Sanchez cannot be overlooked.
Manchester City may have Kun Augero and David Silva back but have lost the services of Samir Nasir due to injury and are still without their engine room Yaya Toure who is away on international assignment with the Ivory Coast national team and stats shows that Manchester City have always found it difficult to win games whenever he is not on the pitch.
Man City 2 - 2 Arsenal 

10. EVERTON VS WEST BROM (Monday Night Football)
This game sees Lescott play against his former employers and team mates as his West Brom team visit Goodison park for the last game of week 22 of the English premier league.
Everton did Chelsea a favour by rubbing off 2 point from champions city last week to help the Blues extend the lead at the top of the table.
With the kind of performance put in by Lukaku and company last week I see them overcoming West Brom in this one.
Everton 2 - 1 West Brom.


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