Friday 30th December
Liverpool v Newcastle
This game is a funny one to predict, you never know what quite to expect with both teams. Liverpool have won only once in their last 6 home games in all competitions, with 5 draws in that streak. On the other hand Newcastle experienced their first win in 7 games last week against Bolton. Both teams are lacking in confidence, a good result for either team would surely be a foot in the right direction to putting their season back on track.
Prediction – 1-0
Saturday 31st December
Manchester United v Blackburn
If you look at the form book, this should be a comfortable win for United and I fully expect it to be. Blackburn have really struggled this season and United have been in relentless form of late. This fixture last season saw United run out 7-1 winners, a similar result this weekend may not be too scandalous of an idea. The last time United lost to Blackburn at home was in 2005 where Blackburn ran out 2-1 winners.
Prediction – 4-1
Arsenal v QPR
Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back after their disappointing draw with Wolves at home a few days ago. Who better to play than QPR who have not won a single game since their victory against stoke 5 weeks ago. I would expect a comfortable win for Arsenal who need to take 3 points to keep the pressure on the leading pack.
Prediction – 3-1
Bolton v Wolves
A proper old-fashioned relegation encounter, pure excitement guaranteed and a must win for both teams. The form book goes out the window with these games, but after a draw with Arsenal a few days ago, Wolves surely must carry momentum going into the game. A win for Bolton could see them jump out of the relegation zone, a win for Wolves could see them jump as high as 13th.
Prediction – 2-1
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Chelsea have drawn their last 3 games 1-1, surely a 4th in a row will not occur. Villa have only won once away this season, accumulating another 6 draws on their travels. Chelsea will be looking to gain 3 points to keep the pressure on those above. I think Chelsea will just about scrape it and get the valuable 3 points.
Prediction – 2-0
Norwich v Fulham
Norwich have been a real force to be reckoned with at home this season, whilst Fulham have only mustered 7 points on their travels from a possible 27. On their day Fulham and Norwich can cause any side problems. Norwich have not kept a clean sheet all season, but Fulham have only scored 5 in 9 away games all season. It promises to be a cagey game, both teams would probably settle for a draw.
Prediction – 1-1
Stoke v Wigan
Stoke as per usual have been dominant at home so far this season, racking up 14 points from a possible 27, Wigan have been poor home and away this season, but their away form is slightly better. Wigan have faced a tough spell facing 4 of the top 6 in their last 5 games, the game against stoke could prove to be very difficult for them, I would expect Stoke to get all 3 points.
Prediction – 3-1
Swansea – Tottenham
Tottenham face their 2nd trip to a promoted side within a few days and will hope the same results occurs once more. Spurs will be full of confidence after their win away to Norwich a few days ago, Swansea will also be confident because their home form speaks volumes. Swansea at home have taken a massive 16 points from a possible 27, conceding only 3 goals. This will be a test for the attacking flair of Tottenham.
Prediction – 1-2
Sunday 1st January
West Brom v Everton
This is a 9th v 10th clash, with the winner moving further clear of the relegation zone. Both teams are unbeaten in 3 games, but West Brom have been disappointing at home this season and will be looking to change that come the weekend. A game that will be good for the neutrals, I’m sure both managers will be happy with a point.
Prediction – 1-1
Sunderland v Man City
This Sunderland team under Martin O’Neil will be full of confidence, Mancini’s men have failed to win in their last 3 Premier League games, so after watching the West Brom game against City a few days ago, Sunderland will feel they have a chance. It will be a close game but I expect City to just about get a result.
Prediction – 1-3
Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Stoke and Spurs to win – 10/1 (skybet)
Chelsea 1 – 1 Aston Villa – 9/1 (skybet)
Bottom 3 to all win – 230/1 (skybet)