Matchday 19 Preview

Wolves vs West Brom

We’ve reached the halfway point of the Premier League season and although several clubs still have games in hand, the table is finally starting to take shape after a crazy start to proceedings. Then again, this is not necessarily good news for Wolves and their manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The West Midlands outfit have failed to win any of their last five Premier league outings and with a severe lack of goals, they will hope to end their barren run against struggling local rivals West Brom.

Prediction: Wolves 1-0 West Brom

West Ham vs Burnley

West Ham are sitting relatively pretty at present and with the Hammers currently operating in the top half of the table, manager David Moyes can consider the first half of the season as a job well done.

However, now is not the time for the Scot to rest on his laurels and he and his players will look to move further up the table, as this Saturday sees them entertain a largely indifferent Burnley side.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Burnley

Leeds vs Brighton

Has Marcelo Bielsa pulled the wool over all our eyes? It certainly feels like that after back-to-back defeats in league and cup and although the Yorkshire outfit may be losing in ‘the right way’, perhaps the manager’s methodology is holding them back.

The same accusation could also be levied at Brighton under Graham Potter and with Fulham finally getting their house in order, the Seagulls are slowly edging closing towards the relegation zone.

Prediction: Leeds 2-0 Brighton

Fulham vs Chelsea

Things are certainly looking a lot brighter for Fulham and after picking up a share of the points against Tottenham on Wednesday, the Cottagers have now recorded five draws in as many Premier League outings.

Scott Parker’s men will look to go six unbeaten on Saturday, as they play host to neighbours Chelsea and if there’s another a time where the Blues need to bounce back, this is most certainly it.

Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Chelsea

Leicester vs Southampton

Are Leicester genuine title challengers? The answer may well be found in the next week or so and with the potential for points to be dropped elsewhere, Brendan Rodgers’ men will look to thrust themselves back in the race for the Premier League crown.

This weekend sees them play host to Southampton and with the Saints having to make do without Danny Ings once again, it may just scupper their hopes of seeing their season reignited.

Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Sheffield United vs Tottenham

Has Sheffield United’s season finally got underway? Manager Chris Wilder would certainly like to think so and after picking up a first league win of the season, the Blades boss now needs to get the greatest of escapes underway.

For that to happen, then winning with regularity will have to take place and the same statement could also be attached to a Tottenham side, who have only managed to win one of their last six.

Prediction: Sheffield United 0-2 Tottenham

Liverpool vs Manchester United

A titanic clash is on Sunday’s agenda and one arguably made even bigger by the rejuvenation that Manchester United are currently going through, as defending league champions Liverpool play host to the current table toppers.

Whereas Liverpool have not won any of their last three, United are unbeaten in their last 11 and if the Red Devils can avoid defeat at Anfield, it could go a long way to defining who wins the title.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Manchester City seem to be poised and ready to pounce and with points being dropped on Merseyside by at least one of their nearest rivals, this could prove to be a particularly good weekend for Pep Guardiola and his players.

If they can get the better of Crystal Palace, then their game in hand becomes even more valuable and although the Eagles have had joy here in the past, that may not be the case come Sunday.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Arsenal vs Newcastle

A repeat of a recent F.A. Cup 3rd Round tie on Monday, as Arsenal play host to Newcastle and with the Gunners unbeaten in their last four league outings, things are now looking a lot rosier for a once under pressure Mikel Arteta.

If only that was the case for Newcastle and with Steve Bruce coming under more criticism, he will have to make sure that the Magpies are not soon sucked into a proper relegation battle.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

West Ham vs West Brom

Back-to-back wins have seen West Ham solidify their standing in the top half of the table and if this impressive recent form can continue, then the Hammers may end up having a louder voice in the conversation regarding European places.

This Tuesday sees them play host to West Brom and after the Baggies came out on top against Wolves on Saturday, they will now look to use this is a platform to get out of the relegation zone.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 West Brom

Leicester vs Chelsea

Are Leicester the dark horses in this season’s title race? On the evidence of the conversations of the past few weeks, you would have to say they are and if they keep going about their own business, they may just end up being the surprise act in all of this.

An act that upcoming opponents Chelsea would love to play and although they beat local rivals Fulham on Saturday, Frank Lampard’s men still have plenty of title winning ground to make up.

Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Chelsea

Manchester City vs Aston Villa

If Leicester are the potential dark horses, then Manchester City are the team that has just woken up from its early slumber and suddenly, Pep Guardiola’s men have once again taken their usual mantle of Premier League favourites.

They play host to Aston Villa in their next outing and with the West Midlands outfit well rested after a COVID-19 outbreak, it will be interesting to see if the lengthy break ends up benefitting them.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa

Fulham vs Manchester United

Fulham’s plan to draw their way out of trouble, is one that took a small dent on Saturday and after losing to Chelsea their runs of successive stalemates has come to an end, while also leaving them four points from safety.

This Wednesday sees them play host to Manchester United and after coming away with a draw at Anfield on Sunday, it means the current longest unbeaten run in the division stays intact.

Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Manchester United

Liverpool vs Burnley

No win in four means that Liverpool are now number four in terms of the league table and with no goals in their last three outings, questions are now being asked about attack rather than their patchwork quilt defence.

This Thursday sees them play host to Burnley and although the hosts will be undoubted favourites going into this clash, there might not be a better time to face the defending champions.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Aston Villa vs Newcastle

After being sent to the stands on Wednesday night, one wonders if Dean Smith will have calmed down by the time his Aston Villa side return to action this weekend.

The West Midlands oufit were hard done by in their defeat to Manchester City, but now they must forget all that and deal with a Newcastle side, that are edging closer and closer to the relegation zone.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle

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