GAMEWEEK 17 PREDICTIONS

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

While other top flight leagues in Europe take a hiatus, the Premier League wheels turn a notch higher and ride to top gear before the January transfer season befalls us. Midweek fixtures are with us and probably we are bound to witness rotation of squads. Depth comes to mind, and the smart money is on the likes of City and other top dogs to shuffle their packs.

ANYTHING GOES IN A MINNOWS’ COMBAT

Norwich come knocking on Wolves’ door at the Molineux a fixture in which McCarthy will surely feel a fresh start is in order. Wolves have been plagued with an indifferent season , from own goals to kamikaze defending and feeble second half attempts to redeem three points that have eluded them from the onset. The Norwich camp will feel fortunate since the pressure is on good old Mick to turn his team to ‘cash cow’. No doubt Wolves will give this clash all they got in the tank and thus this minnows clash will witness goal mouth action. Kevin Doyle will look to make amends for his theatrics last time out, whereas Hoolahan’s Co. will look to bounce back. Back the home side to salvage at least a point at the worst but I fancy a 2-1 scoreline

Newcastle’s dream start to the season has finally been pushed back like front seats and the Magpies are witnessing results that would not bode well with their ambitions.They dared to dream, only that their dreams came to no fruitition. Flash in the pan? I daresay, which Taylor talked of a top four finish earlier on? Even Tottenham, in all their exploits thus far don’t engage in such casual talk. The days come and they go and it’s about bouncing back now. Alan Pardew will hope to emerge the victor in a duel that unfolds their foe in the form of Westbrom. The Baggies are slowly hitting stride with the festive cheer and they will not be looking to take a breather hoping everything will pan out. Odemwingie seems to have been invited to the goal party and you would expect him to spin his rifle chamber if given a nod. That being said, a sensible football conversation would call for an equal score line, even though Newcastle would be fancied for the three points in another 2-1 score line.

Blackburn vs. Bolton doesn’t strike one as an energy packed showdown. With both sides struggling, anything goes for this encounter. Blackburn will look to their talisman Samba and his goodwill for a massive win. Owen Coyle at the moment can’t put his finger on where it all went wrong for him. Never the less he can’t afford to pay attention for what he has no influence over. Everything is up for the taking in this clash and I for one would wish him all three points however he likes. One bright spot for his side has been Klasnic’s knack of goalscoring. He should be persuaded to keep knocking them in with every chance, for Coyle to have reason to smile when Santa comes round. Embracing an even, 2 all draw isn’t far off

The Super Hoops(QPR) will look to slug it out with O’Neill’s charges-Sunderland. Key men and key battles will originate from the midfield. Sebastian Larsson vs. Joey Barton will be one to look out for with the Swede seeming to be the safer bet for pulling one over the home side captain. While it’s no doubt that O’Neill is certainly the man for the Sunderland job, positive results would do him and his employers well to win over the Black Cats’ fans.Sunderland should take the bride home in 2-1 win.

 

 

MERSEYSIDE EXPLOITS AS RVP TAKES ON SHEARER

A romping Liverpool takes their title challenge to Wigan. The red half of Mersey side seem to be getting some goals in even when Suarez has made rattling the upright his practise. The Latics will look to the heavens for the point Petr Cech single handedly granted them with a last minute howler.That being that, I don’t think The Reds will set foot with such a sharing spirit, and Dalglish is no Mr Claus. I’m fully convinced of a Liverpool win unless logic, luck and the Fat Lady and ‘her song’ conspire in an unfathomable alliance, to outwit me. Victor Moses has been looking lively although I fancy an Agger-Skrtel combination to quell any mischief the big man will conjure. (Like a principal and his deputy with a notorious pupil.)Savvy a 3-1 end result in favour of Suarez and Co.

The blue half of Mersey side takes their turn in playing host to Swansea. I for one give due credit to Moyes. The man hardly spent a dime on summer transfers but has steered his side well clear of the bottom pit, not even after losing key men. If that’s not evidence of a good manager, I don’t know what is. As much as the Swans have a good season by their standards; Goodison Park really isn’t the front for goodwill hunting. Royston Drenthe is slowly but surely getting to his old self whereas Phil Jagielka in the heart of defence hasn’t been taking prisoners. Swansea’s reliance on their pacy wide men, especially Sinclair will bear no fruit if the hosts turn up with a brute defensive line.How about a 2-1 home win, even without an out and out front man?

RVP will look to get back his drive for getting to goal scoring history books when the 125-year-old Arsenal is entertained by the Villans. Beware Alan Shearer! Liverpool did a good job of dampening Villa’s spirit after a comfy 2-0 win. The guests themselves suffered an away loss to league leaders City in what was a tightly contested affair.Arsenal were unlucky not to go back to London with a point but as Arsene himself sadly said, they at least left with an encouraging teamspirit. Whether or not Bent and Agbonlahor play will be critical for the homeside, especially with Arsenal missing the services of Alex Song and all full backs.That is not to say an Arsenal win isn’t on the cards in a probable 3-1 end result.

MANCHESTER AND THE LONDON DERBY

After getting their season back on track, league leaders City will look to take a swipe at Stoke in what I believe will be a one sided show.Mancini will thank Joe Hart and captain Kompany for an immense defensive display to keep RVP and Thomas Vermalean in their Etihad encounter. Stoke don’t pose such a threat as the two but Englishman Etherington, has resumed where he left off with good performances lately. David Silva on the other hand is continuously winning hearts in the league over, and common sense tells he isn’t easily letting go that priceless ambition. However, Stoke set pieces are usually the type that will leave you scarred. A 3-0 win should do for City.

United, hot on the heels of their noisy neighbours, will look to put out the recent fire Fulham have gathered ever since bowing out of the Europa and Champions Leagues when they visit Craven Cottage. Previously Fulham have been a bad chalice for the 19 time champions and SAF will look not to stumble. Perhaps even more motivation for United will be the hope of being repatriated back to the Champions League after Swedish side Basel face a UEFA charge that could see them banned. Michael Carrick impressed last time out and should therefore secure a starting berth in the team sheet.United should see this one out in a 2-1 win with Wayne Rooney coming to the fore once again.

A London showdown befalls us this midweek when Chelsea are welcomed to the Lane. Tottenham have been superb thus far, forgetting the Europa League exit, whereas Chelsea are getting back to better days. This derby will surely be pulsating since all will go for the jugular. Injury concerns for Bale, Lennon and Defoe will come as a blow to Redknapp especially for the Welshman who has been influential in all Tottenham games thus far. Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation at Chelsea and the young English forward should be a handful for Assou Ekoto. AVB will be tempted to stick with the impressive Oriol Romeu, Ramires and Meireless in midfield although Lampard could be slotted in as well. Petr Cech by now should have exorcised the Almunia-Fabianski demons that possessed him last time out. A draw is most likely herein but Tottenham have been strong at home.Never the less, ceteris paribus a draw will precipitate in 1-1 score.

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