Saturday 10th December 2016

Watford vs Everton (12:30pm)

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri finds himself under pressure as Watford slumped for their third defeat in 4 games.  They aren’t immediately at risk of relegation finding themselves in 11th place with a 7 point gap between themselves and the drop zone.  Last weekend, they were defeated away from home by West brom 3-1.  Everton on the other hand last weekend earn themselves a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend.  A well fought battle by them after going 1-0 down to United through big striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic  Leighton Baines equalised for Everton in the last few minutes of the game through a penalty to salvage a point for them.  This was Everton’s 4th straight match without a win and have only managed 1 win in their last 9 fixtures, drawing 4 of them and losing the other 4.  They currently lie in 8th place in the league with 20 points to their name.

Prediction:  I think that this match will most likely end up in a stale mate between the 2 teams.  Both teams are struggling in the league with their most recent form and will look to bounce back with a win in the match.  Through this I believe that this match should end in a stale mate between the two teams.

Arsenal vs Stoke City (15:00pm)

Arsenal are in good form as of late and find themselves in 2nd place after some good results of their own and poor results for Liverpool and Manchester City.  The only team standing above them are Chelsea who hold a 3 point lead over them.  Last weekend they went to the Olympic Stadium and destroyed West Ham united 5-1, extending their unbeaten run to 13 matches.  In those last 13 games they have picked up 9 wins and 4 draws.  Their only defeat of the season was at home against Liverpool on the first day of the season.  Their draws of the season came against the likes of Manchester United and arch rivals Tottenham hotspur.  Stoke however seem to have recovered from their bad form at the start of the season and in their previous seven games, they have picked up 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.  They earned back to back wins during their previous 2 matches, this included a 2-0 win over Burnley and a 1-0 win over Watford.

Prediction:  Arsenal should carry on with their great form in the league with another win at home in this fixture against Stoke in this game. 3-1 Arsenal.

 

Burnley vs Bournemouth (15:00pm)

Burnley have suffered 3 straight defeats as of late, this included a 2-0 loss last weekend against inform Stoke, previous to that they lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City.  They currently find themselves in 15th place in the league with 14 points after 14 games.  Bournemouth’s fighting spirit in their last game paid off after they came back from being behind to achieve a 4-3 win over in form Liverpool last week.  This was their second win in 3 games.  Despite this they have only won away from home just once this season which cam two weeks ago against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.  They currently lie at 10th place in the table with 18 points after 14 games, however with a win and other results going their way they could move up to equal on points with Manchester United.

 

Prediction:  Bournemouth should come away with a win after a hard fought match over Burnley today, we see the match being a 3-2 win for Bournemouth.

Hull City vs Crystal Palace (15:00pm)

Hull City find themselves currently in the relegation zone after losing 1-0 on Monday to Middlesborough.  Despite decent opening form to their return to the Premier League return with back to back wins, their campaign haven’t gained momentum since losing 9 of their last 12 fixtures.  They currently lie 19th in the league with 1 point less than West Ham who are outside of the relegation zone.  Crystal Palace won last week against Sunderland with a 3-0 win.  They lost their previous 6 games and had failed to pick up a win in 7 games.  They currently lie in 14th place in the league, just 3 points above the relegation zone.

Prediction:  This should be a bore draw between these 2 sides, 1-1.

Swansea City vs Sunderland (15:00pm)

Sunderland manager David Moyes has saved his job and things are looking up of the Black Cats.  The side who went without a win in their first 8 matches have now picked up 3 wins in their last 4 fixtures.  Their only defeated was against in form side Liverpool.  In their recent wins they have beaten the likes of Leicester City 2-1 last weekend and as a result managed to see themselves to being 1 point away from safety.  In Swansea’s last outing they were thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham Hotspur last weekend at White Hart Lane.  Swansea off the back of this loss moved back to the bottom of the table, despite their 5-4 thriller win over Crystal Palace in the week before.  A change in manager hasn’t helped them at all in the league really and their defence is just as leaky as it was under their previous manager.  Since Bob Bradley took charge Swansea have conceded 19 goals in 7 matches.

Prediction:  Sunderland will look to continue their winning ways and will most likely be able to overcome bottom of the table side Swansea City.  1-0 Sunderland.

Leicester City vs Manchester City (17:30pm)

You can see our detailed preview of this game in our top 5 games to watch this weekend blog post.  You can find that by clicking here.

Sunday 11th December 2016

Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion (12:00pm)

Chelsea find themselves in excellent form as of late they have gone on an 8 game winning streak and they will look to continue it in their match today and will therefore be full of confidence going into the match against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday at the Bridge.  They come to this game after a 3-1 win over Manchester City away from home at the Etihad Stadium.  This victory kept them at the top of the table with their previous chasers Liverpool failing to win against Bournemouth.  West Bromwich Albion come off to this match off of a 4 game unbeaten run and are in fairly decent form, having won 3 of their last 4 games.  If they were to beat Chelsea they should move up to 6th in the league if Manchester United fail to win at home against Spurs.

Prediction:  Chelsea should come away with an easy win in this fixture over West Bromwich Albion, despite some good work and possibly a consolation goal by the visitors.  3-1 Chelsea.

 

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur (14:15pm)

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Southampton vs Middlesborough (14:15pm)

Southampton are on poor form recently despite a 2-0 EFL Cup win over Arsenal.  In the league they have only picked up 1 win in their last 6 Premier League games.  They currently lie in 12th place with 17 points to their name.  They are also 6 points over the relegation zone and have some room space for any mess ups during any of their current matches.  Last weekend they were defeated 3-0 by Crystal Palace away from home making it their 3rd defeat in 5 games.  On the other side of the table, Middlesborough won on Monday over Hull City despite a boring game between the 2.  They now have picked up 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in their last 5 Premier League games.  Middlesborough are now directly below Southampton with 15 points to their name, being 2 points behind their hosts.

 

Prediction:  We see this match ending up as a draw between the two sides of 1-1.  However we could see Middlesborough coming and picking up a win.

Liverpool vs West Ham United (16:30pm)

Liverpool lost their 11 game unbeaten streak last weekend after they bowed out to a late loss last weekend to Bournemouth in a 4-3 loss.  They will aim to get back to winning ways as they face off with West Ham at their fortress, Anfield.  Off the back of their loss last weekend they dropped down to 3rd in the Premier League as Arsenal skipped over them.  Last week, West Ham were destroyed at home 5-1 by Arsenal and their poor form this season has been continuing.  A complete turn around from their form last season.  They are without a win in their last 5 games coming into this game with 3 defeats and 2 draws in those 5 games.  West Ham find themselves just above the drop zone in 17th place with 12 points, 1 point above the relegation zone.

 

Prediction:  Liverpool should easily see off the Hammers in this fixture at Anfield, this match should be a 3-0 victory for Liverpool.