EPL PREDICTIONS GAMEWEEK 23

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Straight to the football, the AFCON is up and running and so far disappointments and surprises have been the norm. National sides like Senegal, Mali ,Morroco would have loved an extra round of football. Too bad they suffered K.O ‘s in their bouts. Back here (Kenya) our premier league ball is steamrolling our way and alas! Local football leeego! Chenga-funga will to its best cover the local action in the coming season.Call it broadening our horizons.

    STARTING THE COUNT…

At present, you will allow us to horizon the broads…lol. Number one on our read unfolds in the form of ever running Swansea welcome Chelsea to Total Football-courtesy of a one Brandon Rodgers. Not Arsene Wenger. The Swans are formidable at home, a factor playing handsomely to their top flight survival. Whereas Chelsea might be over their stop start campaign, and with new blood at Cobham training grounds(Gary Cahill and Essien) per se, their funk might be in the right mix. Nevertheless there is no underestimating the proposition Swansea bring to the table. One thing is for sure Chelsea fullbacks should have some supercharged turbos to combat the over speeding Sinclair and Dyer. Godspeed Bosingwa! Trivia for all Chelsea fans; If both Swansea wingers were rides, how many speeding tickets would they have amassed? In a game full of running Ramires would have a perfect fit in the Chelsea midfield, but being that he is injured, expect Essien or Oriol to feature. Torres and Sturridge will have to be razor sharp to trouble Michel Vorm.Im shooting for a drawhere.Most likely two-all

Secondly, Tottenham continue propelling their campaign when Wigan drop by. Now Bale just proved why whoever will want his signature in their summer will whoop out a mega size cheque book. That lad is just something! Other danger men for the homeside could be Lennon, LukaModric,Van Der Vaat and Adebayor. Wigan have confirmed Rodallega could be leaving the DW stadium (not a good idea) but not Victor Moses. Going by form Wigan will have it rough and Spurs should wrap it up in a 2-1 win. If I were Martinez, I’d try rocking Harry’s nerves by sending him pun-tax forms; see how he takes it (just for the heck of it). Nevertheless I have a feeling Harry will escape the taxman unscathed.

Thirdly, Liverpool have earned a reputation for giant slaying. They have United’s, City’s, Gunner’s and Chelsea’s scalps in their hunting bag. Their recent win over bitter rivals United will give them huge belief when they visit the Molineux. Steven Gerrard I must say has been instrumental to Liverpool’s success. Arsenal loanee ,Frimpong should start this one for the home side and with the hard tackling Henry , they should rough up Adam and crew sufficiently so.  Taylor-Fletcher has been good for Wolves thus far and ruling him out of the score sheet isn’t ‘Solomonic wisdom’. The Anfield side to knick it 3-1 with Gerrard and Bellamy in the thick of things.

  THE DOUBLE FOR MANCHESTER

Fourthly, City and United now have two swipes at success this season.  The Premier and Europa leagues. Momentarily Everton stand in the way of Mancity for the domestic prize.City have been pushed to the edge in recent games. They have been exposed by the missing stalwarts in the name of YayaGneneriToure and captain Kompany. Everton are mischievous for giving City anything but three points. This should hold given that the Mersey-side outfit play host. Nasri should make the cut once again considering his recent displays. Barry should too and my favourite, Super Mario should make the bench. Kompany should feature as well underlining the fact that Everton will have to be top game to poke Hart’s goal. Moyes will be hoping his strikers will start hitting the bulls eye sooner rather than later. Never the less the likes of Drenthe, Saha,  Jagielka and Rodwell could do the job. City 2- Everton 1.

Counting on, United lick their FA cup wounds and have their spears and shields up when the rogue warrior from the Brittania bring their guerrilla football flair to OId Trafford. They will be having an eye out for Spurs and City since the two make Sir Alex chew more gum than a gum factory would yield in working hours. FYI, To mark United’s strength,if the league results were to be tallied on cup basis, they would have sent Arsenal packing in a 10-3 aggregate score-never mind am A Goonertil I D-I-E! So naturally the home side are favourites in this encounter. United will be hoping to have Rooney and Nani fit, though there are able deputies in the United team sheet, not De Gea as far as goalkeeping goes. The likes of Etherington, Walters and Crouch, Delap and Huth will look to have a go at the Spaniard should he get the nod ahead of Lindegaard. Similarly, United should knick it 2-1.

Aston Villa entertain QPR when the Super Hoops under Hughes come calling. Villa are a great side who unwittingly were determined to effortlessly knock themselves out of the FA cup. Blowing a 2-0 lead wouldn’t have been on McLeish’s new year resolutions for all OI know. QPR will come out a different side under Hughes so McLeish should be wary of his team’s habit of giving freebies for goals. Darren Bent and Agbonlahor could prove game changers in this one just as Wright-Phillips, Taraabt (if available) and Barton (if he doesn’t get sent off). Putting my ,money where my mouth is…I fancy a one-all draw.

CLOSING IN…

As January fades and as we close in on February, Newcastle wiil be hoping Senegalese duo, Demba Ba and PappisCisse will be available to try out their new partnership against Blackburn. Newcastle are assembling a decent side; read Krul, Cabaye, Ban Arfa, Obertan, Santon. Not that it is a title winning side, but a decent side altogether. Blackburn will be missing the services of Naija boy Yakubu so Formica should lead the line again. Keane will look to Gamst and Dunn to secure points against the Magpies as Samba will do the marshalling from the back. I trust Newcastle to get away with this a point at least in a goalless draw.

For the brave, nothing is too difficult.That is the mantra at Arsenal Football Club. January has been a miserly period for the North London side. Consecutive losses to Fulham, Swansea and ManUnited sees the Gunners slip further from the coveted CL spots. However they look to put things to perspective after a hard fought win over Villa. So playing Bolton will be a welcome relief for Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman welcomes his country man Sagna, Arteta and The King-Henry back to the squad. You feel that a full strength Arsenal side is a goodside. Having to do without first team regulars has taken a toll on the Gunners, and the latest setback came in the form of Wilshere’s injury setback. However RvP has moved to ease the troubles at the Emirates with exquisite performances and the Dutchman will be at it, rest assured. Bolton move on and are learning to adapt to life without Cahill and possibly Kevin Davies.That said Arsenal should win 3-1.

 

Fulham beat the oomph and dust out of Newcastle thanks to a hat trick from American Clint Dempsey. Fulham could only get better with Duff, Zamora, Ruiz and Dembele makingJol’s side tick. Craven Cottage will be riding high with confidence when former boss Roy Hodgson brings his side, The Baggies to London.WestBrom could struggle if Fulham settle to style, as Newcastle witnessed firsthand. The Baggies will be missing Chris Brunt dearly nut Odemwingie and Co will fill in the void. They have to. It’s not a matter of choice, they just have to for Roy to dampen his former employers’ spirits. Whether or not his stint at Fulham will play to his advantage remains to be seen, though Fulham should see it out in a 2-0 win.

Lastly, Sunderland and Martin Oneill slug it out with Norwich at the Stadium of Light. Sebastian Larsson has gone off the charts with lack lustre displays compared to early season form.However,m Stephen Sessegnon has come through in a big way of late. That should be key for Oneill to get things going at the ref’s whistle. Linking the strike force and midfield will be crucial for The Black Cats to fire on all Sunderland cylinders. Norwich will have the likes of Pilkington, Hoolahan and Morrison to look up to for stellar perfomances. HeidarHelgusson has been sorely missed by the Canaries encapsulating to a lack of goals for Norwich. Being at home, I fancy Sunderland to get the best of Norwich and snatch the three points out of the guest’s reach. 2-1 final score!

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