Premier League Preview and Predictions Week Fifteen

Manchester City are on course to record a 13th successive league win at home on Sunday, while Tottenham must bounce back from a recent string of poor performances in what promises to be a tough battle to retain their top four position.

Chelsea vs Newcastle United

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge

League champions Chelsea should be at their full complement when they host Newcastle United, a game which sees former manager Rafael Benitez lead the Magpies to a ground where he was never the most popular.

Newcastle needed an own goal at West Brom to halt a four game losing streak, while a much changed Chelsea side earned maximum points against Swansea City, thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s match winner.

The Blues are favourites to get past the Magpies here, predictably with a floodgate of goals to usher in what promises to be an exciting weekend.

Prediction: 4-1

Brighton vs Liverpool

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

Brighton will look to continue an impressive debut Premier League season when they host fifth-place Liverpool at home.7 THINGS TO EXPECT FROM PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES EPL (WEEK 15)

The Reds aided by red-hot Mohamed Salah-Premier League top scorer- have being scoring goals for fun recently away from home, netting three at the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chris Hughton can bank on the experienced Glen Murray to breach a suspect Liverpool defence, especially with the uncertain Simon Mignolet in goal. Jurgen Klopp also has Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in addition to Salah in attack, as the Reds look favourites to earn a fifth win in six games on a difficult ground.

Prediction: 1-3

Everton vs Huddersfield Town

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Goodison Park

Two teams with contrasting fortunes meet at Goodison Park in serial relegation fixer, Sam Allardyce, debut managerial game in-charge of Everton.

The Toffees smashed four goals past a helpless West Ham United, Wayne Rooney netting a hat-trick, including a truly breath-taking goal. Huddersfield Town on the other hand were hit for five by Arsenal, though the result might seem a bit harsh considering their positive attitude on the day.

Everton look set to earn a third league win in five games, on Allardyce’s managerial bow, an outcome which condemns Huddersfield to a fourth successive loss and potentially drop below 14th place.

Prediction: 2-0

Leicester City vs Burnley

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: King Power Stadium

Leicester City and Burnley light up King Power Stadium in a game which promises to produce massive excitement for both fans and neutrals. The Foxes were at their very best against Tottenham Hotspur and a repeat performance against a Burnley team that have won four games on the road, could well be on the cards.

Riyad Mahrez looks reborn in his free role behind the main striker, Jamie Vardy, while Wilfred Ndidi continues to be an ever present in the heart of midfield in what will be his 14th successive league start, without getting substituted to date.

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It should be an exciting but low scoring game which should be won by Leicester City who appear to have picked some decent form and confidence.

Prediction: 2-0

Stoke City vs Swansea City

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Bet365 Stadium

Stoke City hosts Swansea City in a relegation battle at the Bet365 Stadium. The Potters are winless in their last four games-two draws and two losses- and sit uncomfortably in16th-place, a position which could leave Mark Hughes job in danger.

Swansea City on their part have fallen apart after a decent start to the season, losing four of their last five games, occupying just a spot above rock bottom. Stoke City should earn a win here despite the presence of former forward Wilfried Bony on the Swansea City team.

Prediction: 1-0

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium

Seventh and eighth place teams on the Premier League log face each other at the Vicarage Road Stadium in what promises to be a thriller. Watford were on the verge of completing a comeback against Manchester United, before Jesse Lingard ended all hopes with his late solo goal.

Tottenham Hotspur on their part looked flat for large periods against Leicester City, Dele Alli in particular anonymous for large portions of the game, as Spurs succumbed to a defeat which dropped them three places into seventh position.

Tottenham need to show character as they are winless in three successive league games, while Watford have earned just two wins in five matches, the solitary home win against West Ham in that time. The team who wants it more should win this game and we have a feeling an upset could be on the cards here.

Prediction: 4-2

West Brom vs Crystal Palace

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Hawthorns

West Brom and Crystal Palace, two teams stuck in relegation battle have a date to keep at the Hawthorns in a bid to improve their fortunes.

Crystal Palace have tremendously improved, unbeaten in three successive games. Roy Hodgson could devise a plan which hurts former employers West Brom, who could earn a third successive draw.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Date: 2/12/17

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal hosts Manchester United in the last game on Saturday, traditionally a fixture which always sets off the fireworks. Arsenal earned an emphatic victory against Huddersfield Town but it came at a cost with injury to Alexandre Lacazette and it remains to be seen if the record buy will pass a late fitness test, if need be.

Romelu Lukaku’s struggles in front of goal could be Manchester United’s greatest undoing in this game, though the Red Devils managed to score four past Watford midweek, but the quality of opposition should be factored.

The game looks fairly balanced on paper provided Arsenal’s big guns, especially Mesut Ozil turn up for this top clash. Mourinho should be happy with a draw considering the Red Devils recent mixed away results and Arsenal’s unbeaten home record this season.

Prediction: 1-1

Manchester City vs West Ham United

Date: 3/12/17

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City are home to strugglers West Ham United in a contest which could see the Citizens earn a 13th successive league win, equalling a record a month earlier than Chelsea achieved theirs last season.

West Ham have struggled even with the managerial change, David Moyes apparently struggling to motivate his strikers to score goals. Joe Hart is ineligible to face his parent club; hence a change is goal is rubber stamped.

One clear rule in football, a team that scores always wins and a team that experiences the reverse always struggles. Based on that ideology, we can expect a comfortable home win for the rampaging Manchester City team.

Prediction: 5-0

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