Welcome back to another round of Premier League Predictions. The season is well past half way now and Liverpool is 4 points clear.
Wolves vs Leicester City
Rob – 1-1
I see this being a tight game. Wolves aren’t in the best of form with 1 win in 5 league games but Leicester were poor last week against Saints so don’t seem in the place to take advantage.
Jack – 2-1
Wolves seem to bounce between ‘brilliant’ and ‘terrible’ on a weekly basis and it makes their matches hard to predict. Leicester are having a similar sort of season, but there seems to be growing discontent with the manager and see a home win.
Bournemouth vs West Ham
Rob – 1-2
Bournemouth’s poor form continues while West Ham have been improving massively as of late. The Hammers will be full of confidence after beating Arsenal last time out.
Jack – 2-0
This is exactly the sort of game that Bournemouth thrive upon, despite not being in great form. Need to pick up a win somewhere, but with the ongoing transfer story with star-man Arnautovic may cause to be a distraction.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Rob – 2-0
Liverpool have had troubles against Palace in the past but, if they are going to win the title this year, they must win these games. Salah to continue his goalscoring streak.
Jack – 3-1
How Man City would love to see Crystal Palace repeat their trick against Liverpool, but I can’t see it happening. Straightforward win for Liverpool, with a late Palace consolation.
Manchester United vs Brighton
Rob – 3-1
Solskjaer’s side are unstoppable at the moment. With Marcus Rashford transformed into the Reds main striker, United have looked exciting and dangerous going forward, something United fans were crying out for under Mourinho.
Jack – 2-0
What an absolute turnaround that has been performed thus far by Ole, and it should continue this weekend. The shackles are off and players such as Rashford and Pogba are starting to play with a swagger that we know they are capable of. Easy win.
Newcastle vs Cardiff
Rob – 1-0
This is a huge game at the bottom of the table. You sense that Cardiff will be happy with a point being the away side, whereas Newcastle are desperate for the win. Geordies to edge it.
Jack – 1-2
Another massive game in quick succession for Cardiff, who will be so disappointed to not beat Huddersfield last week. This should add extra motivation against Newcastle, who may start to panic now they’ve slipped into the relegation zone.
Southampton vs Everton
Rob – 1-2
It is difficult to predict Saints’ games right now. They got a great win at Leicester last week only to be knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Derby midweek. Everton not in great form either but I back them to edge it.
Jack – 2-2
Southampton have definitely improved since sacking Hughes (it couldn’t have got worse!) and may benefit from no longer being in the Cup. Everton can’t seem to get any sort of run going and can see this continuing here.
Watford vs Burnley
Rob – 2-0
Burnley will be confident having won their last 3 games, but Watford look very good lately. With home advantage, I can see them ending Burnley’s winning run.
Jack – 2-1
Watford are perhaps playing better then what recent results have suggested whereas Burnley have ailed fears of relegation with three very important wins. Burnley should have lost last week against Fulham a feel they won’t be so lucky here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Rob – 2-2
Both sides prefer attack to defence, which leads me to believe there will be goals in this. Aubameyang will be hoping for more freedom than he was given by West Ham and I back him to open the scoring.
Jack – 2-3
Agree that there should be goals aplenty in this weekends marquee game, but as Arsenal are in freefall after going back to their old habits I’ll predict an away win. Too early for Higuain however which is a blow for Chelsea.
Huddersfield vs Manchester City
Rob – 0-3
Huddersfield fans will be hoping that their players respond to David Wagner’s sacking with performance but I don’t see it happening. It wasn’t like Wagner was unpopular so I can’t see them turning around their poor results. Especially against Man City.
Jack – 0-5
The real question is how many. Huddersfield for 18 months have been punching above their weight but the team is simply not up to Premier League standard and will surely finish bottom. Man City have been ruthless in recent weeks and this will be no different.
Fulham vs Tottenham
Rob – 1-3
Fulham may sense an opportunity here with Harry Kane’s injury and Son Heung Min being at the Asia Cup. However, Spurs still have players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to cause Fulham problems and should still win.
Jack – 1-1
Potential upset on the cards? Losing Kane and Son at the same time will take the sting out of any team and Fulham needs to start picking up points from somewhere if they have any hope of survival. Will go for the Cottagers to steal an unlikely point.