EPL GAMEWEEK 15 PREDICTIONS

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

TWISTS AND TURNS

Our chenga-funga blog would not lynch one for mistaking this for the customary rainy season that befalls us midyear, and with it no flair from the beautiful game. No sir, we would not. Never the less the festive season and cheer draws neigh and with it the league’s twists and turns. However the beautiful game should spark the otherwise dull, cold days with thrilling European nights and domestic league competitions.

To Premier league matters now; how about the show down at the Bridge? The league’s big spenders do battle. Chelsea takes on Manchester City. Abramovich, the impatient Russian oligarch welcomes the money laden Sheikhs of City. Both sides will go for the jugular but just who will come out on top, hero or villain? Chelsea has responded well after the double drubbing from Liverpool, with a seemingly resurgent ‘Top-Drog’. City on their part will curse the Fat Lady and her song, after a disastrous maiden bow in the CL, despite beating an under strength Bayern Munchen and with ten points in the bag. Key battles are set to feature in the middle of the pack. Silva, Toure, Barry takes on Mata, Frankie Lamps and Ramires whereas the ever present JT will go tete-a-tete with Dzeko-Aguero strike force. The other side paints a certain Daniel Sturridge setting up Drogba for a fair fight with Joe Hart. The hosts have stuttered then sparked, while the guests have marshaled their campaign with devastating efficiency. Logic calls for going for a City win but strong emotions (however misplaced) endear me to back Chelsea for a draw at the least. Strange…but a two-all score line should settle it. ‘Strange’.

Owen Coyle should surely be shifting uneasily in the Bolton hot seat. In fact, Coyle is being fronted by punters as being the next likely boss to face the chop in the league, never mind the healthy competition he faces from Roberto Martinez and Keegan of Wigan and Blackburn respectively. The Villans’ bandwagon will be looking to stem the rot taking shape in their season, and they will be raring to go for a result at the JJB. McLeish will look to rally his troops to muster a much needed win and going by the home side’s woeful form, it should be an easy one.2-0 to the Villans and Bent on the score sheet.

Liverpool and the weather seem to be in tandem with regard to character. In one word…unpredictable. One minute they are soaking Chelsea in misery within a fortnight, and the next, stumbling over themselves against Fulham. It is as if they call a hiatus on their form depending on circumstance and whims. However, taking on QPR will be a start for righting their wrongs, whims regardless. The loss of inspirational skipper and most recently, Lucas, could be costly for Dalglish’s side when the big boys come calling. So snatching the life and three points out of the minnows should be a concern for the Anfield outfit. You wouldn’t fancy QPR pulling a rabbit out of a hat on this one so a 2-1 score line for the home side should suffice. Notice how Liverpool struggle when former Ajax hero, Suarez, is off color?

OUT WITH WEDNESDAYS, IN WITH THURSDAYS

Surprises don’t come any bigger than MUFC, the league’s most successful, side choking in the Champions League group stage. Another team…Yes, not United. But there we have it; the Red Devils will be riding dirty in the Europa League. Personally, I’m done with lavishing the Old Trafford side with comments on their mental strength and bouncing back abilities, if they were not good enough to qualify, they were just that. Not good. They have been woeful, even an ardent fan will submit, ever since the Citizens scarred them on home turf. Then again, this woeful side entertains another-Wolves. Ceteris paribus, no upset is due but if Wolves strike when the time is right they might just go back to their den the happier lot. With Vidic, Anderson, Clevery and Chicharito as absentees, Mick McCarthy will be wise to take advantage of the situation. Bold and far-fetched it may be, but if United’s recent exploits are anything to go by, a goal apiece could do.

Other Thursday night compatriots for United come in the shape of Tottenham and Stoke at the Brittania. This one is a no-brainer. No offence to Stoke, but Tottenham is riding high at the moment, credit to Parker, Bale and Adebayor.  Enough said. Walters might show some steel for the home side but a 2-1 score line for the white half of North London should do the trick.

The other Euro-ally is Fulham, who lately have been getting their act together. Never the less a trip to the Swans hasn’t turned out to be a picnic for visiting sides. Therefore this one has fight in it. The likes of Zamora, Dempsey, Riise and Dynamic duo, Sinclair and Dyer should snatch the headlines. Expect Fulham to nick it, 2-1, when the full ninety is done.

ARTETA, EVERTON & THE CL

After being outdone by Arsenal in all means, Wigan takes the struggle to WestBrom. Wigan is playing Russian roulette with relegation and come April, their bleak fortunes could be a reality, if the Baggies are blessed on a good day to cause them more harm. The guests have an appalling away form and Westbrom should see this one out 2-1. Soon after, expect vultures to circumvent Martinez’ head baying for his job.

Yakubu particularly impressed last time out for Blackburn. He seems to be pulling a Dimiter Berbatov stunt of the season passed. Not that anyone at Blackburn minds it. A new look Sunderland will thus be keen to halt his roll in form, and what with their new boss –Martin O’Neill. An able gaffer that one. Whether he rings new changes to his side is another matter but if his record is anything to go by, the Black Cats should dock safely at the harbor when April comes.2-2 score line I daresay.

Newcastle should be getting accustomed to tasting defeat by now. Admittedly, Pardew has overseen a good run for the Magpies up to date, but maintaining that in the coming months will be key. So when Hatem Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Ba take on Norwich, nothing will be further from their thoughts than a win. In contrast, if they go all out attack, chances might pip Norwich as frontrunners for the win. Guaranteed, we will have a winner here and putting money on Newcastle for the win, 2-1, is acceptable. Indeed it is

Game week 15 sees admittedly, an Arsenal side that has bore the brunt of early season criticisms with a positive comeback take on Everton. It is a surprise that ‘Arsenal and Europa’ were synonymous back then on everyone’s’ lips, (not me), but look at them now. Manchester will be envious of them, but then should see it as a lesson learned, as Na$ri himself submitted. The hope of forfeiting Arsenal for City in search of success has turned on its head, and now he has to live with that. Goodison faithful return to the Emirates and former crowd favorite, Arteta, plays host to Merseyside. However, the Spaniard will be keen not to let old relations get in the way of executing duty. The lack of a potent, lethal front man will cost Everton, if it already hasn’t. With no one to equal Van Persie upfront, Arsene’s backline shouldn’t have a hard time. Thus why not opt for a 3-0 win for the North Londoners? RVP, Walcott, Gervinho and Vermalean. Watch these spaces.

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  1. Skip says:

    Good work guys

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