EPL GAMEWEEK 13 PREDICTIONS

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

WINNER’S TAKES ALL

Stoke takes on Blackburn on what should be an interesting fixture. The Potters are a side struggling to hit winning ways while Blackburn is caught up in the doldrums of the bottom three. You therefore need not Einstein’s IQ to tell three points are a lifeline for either side. Walters has picked up form where Etherington left and seems to be the only Potters’ man that can save blushes that is currently being experienced by Pulis’ men. Not that Blackburn is any better and not that the Britannia should prove to be Keegans golden chalice for a much needed win. Yakubu is showing glimpses of his former self, so draw him among the goals. All that said, stoke should take the bride and pride home with a 2-1 result.

David Moyes seems to be hitting stride with the league’s tide and the Goodison ship should be on full sail. When Coyle’s men play host to Everton at the Reebok Stadium, an upset is unlikely. Bolton has become a seasonal performer, blowing cold after red hot performances, with goals in plenty. I reckon their seasonal form to persist and thus Everton should take the spoils. A win with Cahill or Drenthe Orchestrating the show in a 2-1 win on the cards. Meanwhile, Eagles and Klasnic should otherwise prove me wrong.

RIGHT THE WRONGS

Stamford Bridge is at a lull, a sombre, depressing lull. Genuine football fans should have deep concerns over the happenings at the Russian oligarch backyard. AVB’s ship is rocking turbulently in what i would term as an uncharacteristic turn of fortune for JT’s blue army. But then again, genuine football fans will be unwise to write off Chelsea but rather acknowledge their ability to steer clear of this charade, remember Arsenal?, Yeah, the 8-2 Arsenal, well look at them now. Nevertheless, with a rookie gaffer, this is no Kindergarten job and maybe AVB sort of underestimated the Premier league. Looking at AVB’s former club Porto, they have currently maintained the unbeaten run under Pereira who was AVB’s assistant, it then begs the question of who really was behind Porto’s success last season. This is in light of the fact that Chelsea was double winners just two seasons ago with the same players that are playing now. I mean good players don’t turn into bad players overnight. During their champions league duty, a last minute loss to Bayer Leverkusen compounded the home loss to Liverpool. Sturridge seemed to be the only player worth wearing a Chelsea shirt during that game, and with the too many defensive errors lately, one would be left thinking that JT and Cech are conspiring to lose games. You would be left wondering why AVB does not give a run to the promising Romelu, Romeu and the in-form Anelka. Not forgetting McEachran who seems to be on the brink of realising his potential but instead the deadwoods (Malouda, Drogba, Mikel and Bosingwa) that should be done away with, keep on playing week in week out. I am just wondering what Bertrand was thinking when he heard that Cole was out with an injury, and instead of the manager playing him, he plays Bosingwa instead, i mean, if Bosingwa on a good day is not good enough to play on his preferred position RB, then how will he the LB position. Bosingwa has become a shadow of his former self. Nevertheless, Mick McCarthy’s side look to be the right team to right their wrongs and i bet the blues will nick the three points. But it won’t be that easy, i mean, any premier league manager will be smart enough to pick up the weakness of Chelsea. If only long ball are passed to the likes of Fletcher and Doyle, then bang! Terry is in deep trouble because he will be outpaced for one and you know how Chelsea is once the defence is outplayed. My prediction though is that Chelsea will carry the day with a 2-0 victory.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United game will be played at Old Trafford, a difficult place for any team to go and manage to come out with any points, well, except for Money City. Though Newcastle played well and created good chances in their game against Manchester City, Manchester United is a different game altogether, even with Manchester United’s questionable form. The return of Rooney will prove vital. Sir Alex Ferguson seemingly walked out of a press conference, attributing that to their indifferent form in the CL could be anyone’s guess, not that it was made any easier by being pegged back by a not so illustrious opponents. That aside i have had too much experience with United’s steel and resolve to assume that Newcastle will give them a run for the three points. Allan Pardew would like to build another string of unbeaten performance but i doubt Old Trafford is the place to do it. Final score in favour of united should be 2-0.

Norwich and QPR are sides that despite their low profile turn up with admirable performances. Both sides are good with the ball and goals should occasion this 90 minutes encounter. Helguson is proving a fox in the box and i fancy him among the goals. Joey Barton to inspire a great fight for QPR chances of winning. A 2-2 draw should suffice.

Sunderland even without Mignolet is putting up a good defensive performance and entertaining Wigan should be a piece of cake. Remember this is a Wigan side that has a negative goal difference and even Nicklas Bendtner will be looking to have a go at them. However this is the premier league and an Upset is not far fetched from the reality. The DW stars are faltering, with Rodallega a not worthy mention. Unless they get their act together, the Black Cats will have an easy time chasing the DW stars. Another home win for the Black Cats and the score to be 2-0.

The Swans lock horns with Aston Villa, who until recently looked to have struck a pot of gold earlier in the season. Agbonlahor and bent had been threatening defences earlier on and this dynamic duo should get back to their tormenting ways. Swansea has an equal dynamic duo of their own in Sinclair and Dyer, two speedy wingers. Swansea will definitely have plenty of the ball with their beautiful game but can they take their chances?. This should be an entertaining match and the game could go either way. Prediction is a 2-1 win for the hosts who almost held the champions last week apart from the one defensive error that they made.

BATMAN AND ROBIN

‘Who needs Batman when we have Robin’ so goes the song that all the Arsenal fans are singing and rightly so. The Dutchman has been phenomenal this calendar year, and i for one would not debate any further on the issue. So when the Craven Cottagers visit the emirates, all eyes will be on the Arsenal talisman. He should be in the thick of things and in a 3-0 win. Fulham have found it difficult to find the back of the net, so this won’t be an easy one, not after another confidence boosting win by arsenal over a revamped Borrusia Dortmund. Gervinho’s work and running has been great for the Arsenal course but he needs to start offering the end product in terms of goals.

BIG TIMERS

West Bromwich naturally wouldn’t deny Redknapp’s side a customary win, such has been the form of the North Londoners that even with an ailing manager, they don’t seem to be fazed. Roy’s men can hold their own as well, especially at their own turf, but containing the explosive Bale and Adebayor combination will be a daunting task, add to that the return and full fitness of sensational Rafael Van der Vaat. Even with the not so good record that Tottenham have at the Hawthorns, the youth and verve that they have on their side is unstoppable, just look at them dining at the high table with the big boys in the top four position at the moment. One might just wonder if Luca Modric was saved from going to a Chelsea side that is struggling. Tottenham are most likely to win this one with a score line of 3-1.

City seems to have the going by the scruff of its neck, and the Noisy Manchester side are currently rolling in the deep. However, Liverpool will look to throw a spanner in the works and especially after proving last week on their win against Chelsea that they can actually show up and be counted in the big games. Though city’s loss to Napoli will highlight their weakness and Kenny Dalgish being the crafty gaffer will be looking to exploit it, City on the other side will be looking to prove a point. The Kop should give Liverpool the support of the 12th man and thus, city will have to work their socks off if a result is to be positive. David Silva and Kompany will need stellar performance to assure the Italian a win. Nevertheless, English tradition backs the home side for even the most unthinkable of wins.

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