At the weekend my predictions were for the FA Cup and while I am not one to blow my own trumpet I think I did pretty well. It started and finished on high notes anyway as I guessed the Millwall v Villa game bang on and topped it off by predicting Liverpool’s demise at Oldham. OK so I didn’t quite see MK Dons and Luton dumping out Premier League opposition at home but still I did alright.
Now the attention turns once again to the Premier League so let’s see how I get on this week.
Aston Villa v Newcastle: 0-2
Villa play their third game in the space of seven days and after losing to lower league opposition in the other two fixtures you can’t see much hope against a Newcastle team burgeoning with fresh and talented new faces.
QPR v Manchester City: 0-3
Manchester City are starting to click at the moment and are on a decent winning streak. While Redknapp will ring the changes from the side who were demolished by MK Dons in the FA Cup you can expect a similar result.
Stoke v Wigan: 2-1
Wigan play some of the best passing football in the league and generally retain possession well. The thing with Stoke is that they don’t need much possession to inflict damage with their brand of football and Wigan may find them a bit too tough to handle.
Sunderland v Swansea: 2-2
I predicted this game would be entertaining last time and it ended in a pulsating 2-2 draw and I think history could certainly repeat itself at The Stadium of Light.
This should be a brilliant encounter. Arsenal do need seem shy of goals at the moment with Theo Walcott in good form, Olivier Giroud playing sensationally and Jack Wilshere playing some of the best football of his career. Liverpool will be looking to bounce-back after their cup upset at Boundary Park but think Arsenal will outscore them in this one.
Everton v West Brom: 1-1
This is the type of fixture that Everton have drawn all season on far too many an occasion. With that in mind the safe-bet has to be a draw between these two similar sides.
Norwich v Tottenham: 2-1
Do Tottenham have the firepower to overcome The Canaries at Carrow Road? I don’t think so and that lack of striking options surely has to be looked at before the close of the window. Norwich to banish the memory of their weekend Luton humbling in this fixture.
Fulham v West Ham: 1-0
I am not going to lie this match does not exactly set my pulse racing but the reverse fixture earlier in the season was actually very entertaining and West Ham dominated. However they seem to have lost confidence recently and a defeat at Craven Cottage may start to claw them toward the relegation fight.
Manchester United v Southampton: 3-1
Not exactly the ideal second date for Mauricio Pochettino but his side were very unlucky not to take three points against Everton last week and he seems to have the backing of the fans. United v The Saints is usually an exciting encounter and hopefully that will be the case but the only way the relegation battlers are going to escape defeat at the Theatre of Dreams is in just that… their dreams.
Chelsea are really yo-yoing at the moment. One minute they are beating Arsenal and Everton the next they are dropping silly point and scraping a draw at Griffin Park. I predict that yo-yo to be on a downward trend at the Madejski as once again Reading’s season seems to be springing into life at the turn of the year.
What do you think will happen in this round of fixtures?