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Premier League Predictions: Todd’s EPL Picks for Week 13 [updated]

Here are my predictions for Week 13 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out last week’s Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Stadium

Final Score

Saturday, November 24, 2012

7:45 am ET

Sunderland

1

v

2

West Brom

Stadium of Light

2 – 4

10:00 am ET

Everton

1

v

1

Norwich City

Goodison Park

1 – 1

10:00 am ET

Manchester United

3

v

0

QPR

Old Trafford

3 – 1

10:00 am ET

Stoke City

1

v

1

Fulham

Britannia Stadium

1 – 0

10:00 am ET

Wigan Athletic

0

v

2

Reading

DW Stadium

3 – 2

12:30 pm ET

Aston Villa

1

v

2

Arsenal

Villa Park

0 – 0
Sunday, November 25, 2012

8:30 am ET

Swansea City

2

v

2

Liverpool

Liberty Stadium

 0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Southampton

2

v

1

Newcastle United

St. Mary’s Stadium

 2 – 0

11:00 am ET

Chelsea

2

v

3

Manchester City

Stamford Bridge

 0 – 0

11:00 am ET

Tottenham

2

v

1

West Ham

White Hart Lane

 3 – 1

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion: Sunderland benefited from two factors in the win over Fulham last weekend: Fulham going down to 10 men and Fulham continuing to push forward in attack to go for the win. West Brom will not be so easy. This is a team that has bought into Steve Clarke’s system and will continue to push for a European place. I predict a West Brom win on Saturday. With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sunderland are able to pull off a draw. They have started to get goals recently and could push West Brom till the end.

Sunderland  (D, D, L, L, W)                  West Brom (L, L, W, W, W)

Everton v Norwich City: Everton’s biggest fears are starting to take shape as their injury woes begin to mount. Along with Marouane Fellaini’s suspension for too many yellow cards, Everton also have Phil Neville out and could be missing Kevin Mirallas, Tony Hibbert, Victor Anichebe, and Darron Gibson. Fellaini has been Everton’s offensive catalyst all season and when he has been missing, they have struggled. With this many players missing (or 50/50 for match fitness) I have a hard time seeing Everton getting anything out of this other than a draw. Norwich has been playing well lately and I won’t be surprised if they pull off another win in this one. I’m going to stay safe on this one and pick a draw.

Everton (D, D, D, W, L)              Norwich City (W, D, W, D, W)

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers: [Updated] Queens Park Rangers season seems to just be going from bad to worse to disaster. Reports continue to come out about unrest in the changing room and difficulties being able to gel as a team on the pitch. Despite this and Mark Hughes inability to motivate them to play together, Tony Fernandez continues to assure Hughes that his job is safe. With Mark Hughes being sacked this morning (Friday) it means possibly more instability in an already weak team. Manchester United’s biggest weakness this season has been their inability to keep clean sheets. Wayne Rooney is somewhat of a doubt, but will probably play at least part of the game. David de Gea is also expected to return. One question will be who is going to start alongside Rio Ferdinand in defense. Jonny Evans could be doubtful considering his recent injury which leaves Chris Smalling or possibly Phil Jones. QPR is still going to be missing Ji Sung Park, Bobby Zamora and Adam Johnson which makes it even more difficult for them to get a much needed result at Old Trafford. I can only see Manchester United winning this and most likely by a fairly wide margin, if the Red Devils get 2 I could see QPR giving up 4 or 5 more easily. With that said, there is always the chance for a shock result from QPR knowing how United’s defense has been this season, but that would require the Rangers to actually pick themselves up and be able to find the goal.

Manchester United          (W, W, W, W, L)    Queens Park Rangers (D, L, D, L, L)

Stoke City v Fulham: Of these two teams Fulham are in more dire straits in terms of injuries/suspensions. Perhaps the two most missed with Brede Hangeland (3 match ban following last week’s red card) and Bryan Ruiz (hamstring injury). With Ruiz missing Berbatov might find it harder to lead the front line and leave him dropping even deeper than usual. Stoke City hasn’t been playing great lately, but they have been doing enough to get results. Michael Owen could make his return, though I would guess he would come off the bench. It is quite possible that either team could get an extra goal for the win, but I’m predicting a 1 – 1 draw.

Stoke City (L, D, L, W, D)           Fulham (W, D, D, D, L)

Wigan Athletic v Reading: Recent form has been swinging Reading’s way lately. Reading should be getting Jimmy Kebe back while Wigan will still be without Ben Watson, Antolin Alcaraz and most likely also Gary Caldwell and James McArthur, although there is a chance of a return for either of them. Reading has been shoring up their defense lately while also getting in some goals. Wigan, on the other hand, have been struggling at both ends in recent weeks. I think that Reading will get a result here at the least and I’m predicting a win to keep them out of the drop zone.

Wigan Athletic (L, W, W, L, L)             Reading (L, D, D, D, W)

Aston Villa v Arsenal: Aston Villa are coming up against Arsenal after having lost to both Manchester clubs. For the first half against Man City they did enough to get by, but after falling behind by 2 they looked worn down. Arsenal were are flying high after their massive derby win over Tottenham. The 5 – 2 win should definitely give them a boost. They could also have Theo Walcott returning (most likely off the bench) from his shoulder injury. Darren Bent could also be available for Villa which would give them an offensive threat to use. I might pick a draw here to be safe, but think that Arsenal will get the win and keep Aston Villa in the bottom 3.

Aston Villa (L, D, W, L, L)          Arsenal (L, W, L, D, W)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Swansea City v Liverpool: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers return to the Liberty Stadium will be interesting to see. Both Rodgers and his Swansea counterpart, Michael Laudrup, are starting to get their systems up and running with their respective teams. Both teams have had dips and runs of form and are hoping to continue with their recent forms which have both looked good. Liverpool have several players injured, but have had these players out for several weeks already. Swansea’s main injury concern has been losing their goalkeeper, Michel Vorm, however his replacement, Gerhard Tremmel, has done well to take over. This should be a great match to watch with two teams that will play fairly similarly. I’m going to stay safe on this prediction and go with a draw. It will be an exciting match to watch and in all honesty, it could go either way, particularly going towards Liverpool if Suarez can continue his hot streak.

Swansea City (W, L, D, D, W)                  Liverpool (W, D, D, D, W)

Southampton v Newcastle United: Southampton has found some recent form getting a draw and a win in the past 2 weeks. This compared to Newcastle, who’s injuries have really hurt them, have back to back losses, both at home. Southampton has no major injury or suspension concerns, however, Newcastle will be without Yohan Cabaye, James Perch, Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic through injury as well as missing Fabricio Coloccini through suspension. There is a possibility of Jonas Gutierrez returning which could help shore up their midfield. Either way I think this could be a very interesting match, but one that I’m predicting will be another win for Southampton.

Southampton (L, L, L, D, W)                    Newcastle United (D, W, D, L, L)

 

Chelsea v Manchester City:  [UPDATED] Midweek saw Manchester City draw but still crash out of the Champions League group stages while Chelsea was handily beaten in Turin putting them on the brink. In addition Chelsea also sacked Roberto Di Matteo and brought in Rafa Benitez to try to spark some life into their side, and, in particular, into Fernando Torres. Chelsea’s defense has been rather shambolic this season, especially without John Terry in the back four. Terry and Frank Lampard will both be missing while Daniel Sturridge is a doubt. Manchester City finally has Zabaleta back, but is still missing Micah Richards for their defense. The anchor of their defense, and captain, Vincent Kompany, limped off with a knee injury which could leave him doubtful as well. Going forward has not been much of an issue for either team, so this is a match that could be fun to watch, or it could get stalled out in midfield. I’m giving City the edge since their defending has been getting much better in recent weeks. I would be surprised if Chelsea gets anything out of this. I’m predicting a 3 – 2 Man City win, but only because I think that Chelsea’s midfield might be able to create a couple interesting goals. If Kompany is not able to return, or to return at full strength, it could become much more interesting. With the midweek results I’m still giving Manchester City the edge here.

Chelsea (W, L, D, D, L)            Manchester City (W, W, D, W, W)

 

Tottenham v West Ham United: A tale of two managers who have come under fire for their style of play. Sam Allardyce has at least been able to get more results and do so with some nicer looking football recently. Andre Villas-Boas certainly has the players to get results and play nice attacking football, but continually sets up negatively. Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor will be out this week due to his red card from last weekend. Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker will be missed more, though, as they remain out due to injury. Moussa Dembele could return, which would be a huge boost for them. I would say that if he is able to return that could mean the difference between a draw and a win. With him in the side I’m predicting a Tottenham win, without him, it’s quite possible that West Ham could scratch out a draw.

Tottenham (L, W, L, L, L)           West Ham United (W, L, D, W, D)

                   *W/D/L stats are based on the past 5 Premier League competitions

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