Another Saturday and another instalment of Premier League action. With battles already beginning to form between the clubs that are looking for glory and those looking to avoid the drop, points are becoming increasingly crucial to every club. Here are my predictions for Saturday’s matches.
Sunderland v Manchester United
Currently in 18th, the Black Cats don’t have much to shout about this season, even with the introduction of Sam Allardyce as manager. Big Sam’s side haven’t won in four games and this fixture won’t do them any favours. As for United, the football they’ve been playing recently has improved slightly when compared to the uninspiring play we’d become accustomed to. Only six points separate Van Gaal’s army from a Champions League spot, and that surely must be something they will hope to reach closer to on Saturday.
Prediction: SUNDERLAND 0-2 MAN UTD
Bournemouth v Stoke
Howe’s Bournemouth side are in a fine spot of form. Seven points attained over the last four games, may not sound like a fantastic stat, however the Cherries were relegation favourites at the start of the season and now find themselves in a respectful 15th. As for Stoke, they are struggling. Their last three PL games have all been 3-0 defeats, and they bowed out of the League and FA Cup in January. Hughes will be hoping his defence steps up to the plate and prevents another embarrassing defeat.
Prediction: BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 STOKE
Crystal Palace v Watford
Watford go into this game posing a real attacking threat. Their two strikers Deeney and Ighalo have 20 goals between them. The Eagles on the other hand, are struggling to find a goalscoring striker; their two top scorers being midfielder Cabaye and defender Dann. Palace haven’t recorded a home league victory since December 12th. However, Watford haven’t recorded an away league victory since the same date. For me, this game has draw written all over it.
Prediction: CRYSTAL PALACE 2-2 WATFORD
Everton v West Brom
Everton are in good spirits going into this fixture, with three back-to-back league victories under their belts. Lukaku continues to be a talisman for the Toffees bagging 16 league goals so far. West Brom, however, are in a lowly period of form. The Baggies haven’t won a PL game in 5, and haven’t recorded an away win since October. Things look bleak going into this game for West Brom, especially in attack with their top league scorer, Rondon, only having 4 goals to his name.
Prediction: EVERTON 3-0 WEST BROM
Norwich v West Ham
This match-up is between two sides who have had extremely contrasting seasons. The Canaries have slipped down into the relegation zone and haven’t won in 5 PL games. With 48, they have conceded the second highest amount of goals in the league. Unwelcoming stats when heading into a game against an inspired West Ham side. Although the Hammers haven’t had the best away record recently, only winning once in their last six, they’ve still had a remarkable season under Bilic and have wowed fans by reaching 6th, with Payet being a standout player this season.
Prediction: NORWICH 0-2 WEST HAM
Swansea v Southampton
Another game with two different tales. Swansea are four points from the bottom three. Southampton are four points from a European place. However, both of these teams have been near identical in recent form. Swansea are undefeated in their last four PL games and Southampton haven’t lost in their last five. This game may appear to be equal and therefore a draw, however, the Saints also haven’t conceded in those five consecutive victories and I believe this will give them the upper hand.
Prediction: SWANSEA 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Chelsea v Newcastle
This season has been one to forget for both these sides with both on the half of the table they wouldn’t expect to be. Under Hiddink, Chelsea have become somewhat rejuvenated, recording no losses since “The Special One” departed. Under McClaren, no rejuvenation has been seen at all. Having scored the least amount of goals away from home (six), it seems unlikely that Newcastle will come away with anything more than a draw at Stamford Bridge.
Prediction: CHELSEA 1-1 NEWCASTLE