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Premier League Predictions: Todd’s EPL Picks for Week 14

Here are my predictions for Week 14 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out Week 13 Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

 

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Stadium

Final Score

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2:45 pm ET

Sunderland

1

v

1

QPR

Stadium of Light

0 – 0

3:00 pm ET

Aston Villa

1

v

1

Reading

Villa Park

1 – 0
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2:45 pm ET

Southampton

2

v

1

Norwich City

St. Mary’s Stadium

2:45 pm ET

Stoke City

1

v

0

Newcastle United

Britannia Stadium

2:45 pm ET

Swansea City

1

v

1

West Brom

Liberty Stadium

2:45 pm ET

Tottenham

1

v

1

Liverpool

White Hart Lane

2:45 pm ET

Chelsea

1

v

0

Fulham

Stamford Bridge

2:45 pm ET

Everton

2

v

1

Arsenal

Goodison Park

3:00 pm ET

Manchester United

2

v

1

West Ham United

Old Trafford

3:00 pm ET

Wigan Athletic

1

v

1

Manchester City

DW Stadium

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers: Two slipping and sliding teams meet coming off of losses. QPR finally showed some fighting spirit in their match against Manchester United over the weekend, but were still not able to get anything out of it despite taking the lead. Sunderland have struggled throughout this season. This is one of those matches where either team could wake up and finally play well, or both teams will end up cancelling one another out. I’m going to predict the latter with a draw for this one.

Sunderland  (D, L, L, W, L)                  Queens Park Rangers (L, D, L, L, L)

 

Aston Villa v Reading: Paul Lambert’s men seem to finally be settling in with one another. They have looked rather good in successive matches against Manchester United, Manchester City (at least part of the game) and Arsenal. While they only managed to get a result from Arsenal, the building blocks were there from the other matches. Reading has been a fairly streaky team. Just when you think they have it together they give up 3 goals and score 1 for themselves. Depending on which Reading team shows up it could go either way. Despite this I’m going to predict a draw in a game that will be rather unpredictable.

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

 

Wedneday, November 28, 2012

 

Southampton v Norwich City: Norwich has started to find ways to get results through a defense that is coming together and scoring scrappy goals. The same could be said for Southampton who come into this match with back to back wins. Southampton’s defense is finally starting to come together and will make all the difference for the future for them. They have already proven they know how to score goals. This will be a good match and a tough one to predict since it could go either way. I do think that Southampton being at home will give them the edge to get the win.

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

 

Stoke City v Newcastle United: Newcastle have continued to struggle and I’ll have a hard time picking them for a win any time soon unless something changes. I suppose the good news is that Coloccini will be available and that might be enough to keep them from losing. They are still without Hatem Ben Arfa and yohan Cabaye. Steven Taylor is questionable but might be able to play. Tony Pulis has shown that he can set this team up for a win while also defending well. With this in mind I’m predicting that he will be able to set this team up to get another win against Newcastle.

Stoke City (D, L, W, D, W)                   Newcastle United (W, D, L, L, L)

 

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion: This is a match that will be very interesting to watch. West Brom is a team moving its way up the table with hopes of achieving a European place at the very least. Swansea is a team that is gradually finding itself this season. Both teams play nice football to watch and both are able to get results. Their last loss was at home to Manchester City where they really should have gotten a result. Funnily enough, Mancester City was Swansea’s last loss in a match they really should have gotten a result from.

Swansea City (L, D, D, W, D)               West Brom (L, W, W, W, W)

 

Tottenham v Liverpool: I’m assuming this match will be a good one to watch. The return of Moussa Dembele is pretty huge for the Spurs and should give them some additional leverage in the center of the pitch. Liverpool played well against Swansea, and maybe should have won, but it was a match that both teams were well prepared for. It was also a match that featured two very similar styles of play. Coming up against Tottenham will be completely different. I think there is a chance that either team could win this one, but I’m predicting a draw, perhaps just to be on the safe side, but I can see them both playing well, but both defenses stepping up.

Tottenham (W, L, L, L, W)                   Liverpool (D, D, D, W, D)

 

Chelsea v Fulham: Both teams have seen recent dips in form and hoping to get back in amongst the wins. Part of me wants to pick Chelsea to get a win, but I’m not sure 2 days will be quite enough time for Benitez to really prepare this team. Fulham may possibly have Kieran Richardson back for this match, but will still be without Brede Hangeland (suspension), Alexander Kacaniklic (hamstring injury), Simon Davies (hip) and Bryan Ruiz (hamstring). Of these perhaps the most missed will be Ruiz whose offensive threat has been huge for them. Fulham’s hopes will mostly lie with Dimitar Berbatov’s ability to lead their offense and take advantage of Chelsea’s sometimes slack defending. I could see a draw in this one pretty easily, but after writing this, I’ve decided on predicting a Chelsea win.

Chelsea (L, D, D, L, D)                    Fulham (D, D, D, L, L)

Everton v Arsenal: Both of these teams had disappointing draws over the weekend. Everton thought they were going to get a win until the 90th minute goal from Norwich. Arsenal looked poor and lacked quality. Arsenal has been probably the most inconsistent team of the season. Wenger claimed his side was tired, but if that is the case I can’t imagine they will have gained any more strength for their trip to Goodison Park. Everton should have Fellaini back which will certainly help. Phil Neville will surely be missed in the midfield, but Everton still have the midfielders available to dominate. Arsenal has put in some weak performances in the Premier League lately, particularly if you take away the win against Tottenham. I want to pick Everton as winners here, but also have a feeling that Arsenal might make it close. I don’t think Arsenal will come out as winners, so a draw could be on the books for this one. I do believe I will pick Everton as winners in this one though, if Fellaini is involved.

Everton (D, D, W, L, D)                  Arsenal (W, L, D, W, D)       

         

Manchester United v West Ham United: In the past this would have been an easy one to pick. Back in the day when teams went to Old Trafford just hoping to keep the score line from becoming absurd, but nowadays there is no longer this fear, in fact there is a hope from teams that they can get a result, even a win. West Ham will certainly be looking to get a draw here and nick a goal on the counter attack. The way that Manchester United has been playing lately I would not be surprised to see West Ham get a draw or even a win. The Red Devils will most likely dominate in possession, but will need to be able to break down a tough West Ham United defense. They will also need to do so without Nani or Antonio Valencia on the wings. Paul Scholes will also be out due to suspension for too many yellow cards. This could leave United with a rather predictable attack. Despite all of this I’m still predicting Manchester United will win this one. It could be very close, but I think they will get the win in the end.

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

 Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: This is a match that I’m very tempted to pick a slip up for Manchester City and go with a Wigan win. I’m also curious to see what Mancini does with Vincent Kompany. This could be the perfect time to give him a rest after it was revealed that Kompany was still on crutches up to today’s match. Wigan are a team that always have a shock in them against the bigger clubs. Manchester City are also coming off of successive let downs so this is one of those matches that could get interesting. My feeling is that Wigan will be able to get something out of this, so I’m predicting a draw. That said, I won’t be at all surprised if Man City come in guns blazing and roll over them 5 or 6 nil.

Wigan Athletic (W, W, L, L, W)            Manchester City (W, D, W, W, D)

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

Let me know what you think. Do you think I picked them right? Any changes you would make?

 

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