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Premier League Predictions: Todd’s EPL Picks for Week 16

Here are my picks for Match Day 16 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out Week 15 Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

 

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Stadium

Final Score

Saturday, December 08, 2012

10:00 am ET

Arsenal

1

v

2

West Bromwich Albion

Emirates

2 – 0

10:00 am ET

Aston Villa

1

v

1

Stoke City

Villa Park

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Southampton

3

v

1

Reading

St. Mary’s

1 – 0

10:00 am ET

Sunderland

0

v

1

Chelsea

Stadium of Light

1 – 3

10:00 am ET

Swansea

2

v

1

Norwich

Liberty Stadium

3 – 4

10:00 am ET

Wigan

0

v

2

Queens Park Rangers

DW Stadium

2 – 2

Sunday, December 09, 2012

8:30 am ET

Manchester City

1

v

1

Manchester United

Etihad Stadium

2 – 3

10:00 am ET

Everton

1

v

2

Tottenham Hotspur

Goodison Park

2 – 1

11:00 am ET

West Ham United

1

v

1

Liverpool

Upton Park

2 – 3

Monday, December 10, 2012

3:00 am ET

Fulham

2

v

2

Newcastle United

Craven Cottage

2 – 1

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2:45 pm ET

Sunderland

1

v

1

Reading

Stadium of Light

 Saturday, December 08, 2012

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion: Arsenal and West Brom have both had a difficult run of recent form. West Brom has had the luxury of a week of training while Arsenal added another loss during their midweek Champions League match away to Olympiakos. Wenger has made comments about the players feeling the effects of so many matches lately and if this is the case, then the weekend isn’t going to get any better for them. I see this as a draw at the very least. Arsenal could spark themselves back into form with a win, but I’m picking West Brom for the win on Saturday.

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

Aston Villa v Stoke City: Stoke’s weekend win over West Brom was pretty good for them. Stoke’s recent form is why they continue to stay in the Premier League. They have a strong team that knows how to get the job done. The same can be said for Aston Villa. I can’t help but wonder how much different this team would be with Stilian Petrov in midfield for them. The main concern for Stoke will be missing Charlie Adam, serving a 1 match ban for acquiring his 5th yellow card of the season. Peter Crouch may or may not make his return along with Michael Owen. This is a pretty even match that I’m predicting will end in a draw, either low scoring, or no goals at all.

Aston Villa   (L, L, D, W, D)                      Stoke City (W, D, W, W, W)                                 

Southampton v Reading: Reading had some nice positives to take away from their dramatic 3 – 4 loss to Manchester United last weekend. They were able to put 3 past the Premier League leaders for starters, and they looked very lively. They were also able to keep United at bay through the second half. Southampton has recently shown better ability defending and did well to only allow the one goal to Liverpool last weekend. Southampton is a team that is starting to get things together throughout the pitch while Reading is still struggling to find their footing. I’m predicting a Southampton win for Saturday.

Southampton (L, D, W, W, L)                  Reading (D, W, L, L, L)     


Sunderland v Chelsea: Chelsea may or may not be making a comeback after their Champions League win midweek. The 6 – 1 win was good for them, but it was against FC Nordsjaelland (with a squad that cost only £1 million) the team that gave up the most goals in the Champions League group stages. It also was not enough to keep them going in the Champions League. Benitez has not had a whole lot of time to work with this team, but he might be able to use the win to spring into a Premier League win this weekend. They are also facing a Sunderland team that seems destined for a relegation battle. Sunderland also has several injury concerns. Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole and John O’Shea are all out and their defensive prowess and experience will be missed in a match like this. In addition Sunderland’s main scoring threat, Steven Fletcher is doubtful. I am picking Chelsea for a win in this one, but would not be surprised by any score-line considering how Chelsea has played in the Premier League recently.                        

Sunderland  (L, W, L, D, L)                      Chelsea (D, L, D, D, L)


Swansea City v Norwich City: This one is bound to be a good match to watch. Both teams have pretty clear intentions in the Premier League and both could be battling for a top ten spot. Swansea has Pablo Hernandez as a doubt, but he could make an appearance, and Michel Vorm is still out for quite some time. Norwich’s injury concerns are with John Ruddy and Michael Turner, both of which could be out for a while. Norwich has pulled off several excellent results this season and they had a pretty convincing win over Sunderland last week. The same is true of Swansea who have some great recent form. I think that Swansea will be too much for Norwich, though Norwich could nick a goal somewhere mostly from how hard they work. Either way, I’m predicting a Swansea win that could be comfortable.

Swansea City (D, W, D, W, W)           Norwich City (D, W, D, D, W)


Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers: I think this is the week that ends QPR’s winless streak. Wigan has a whole host of players out injured or suspended. What will hurt them the most though will be the loss of Caldwell and Figueroa at the back. Without them they are certainly going to lose some of their strength in defense. QPR has recently started to show more spirit, with back to back draws, and the ability to get some goals. If they can continue this trend it could be enough to get them out of the relegation zone. No matter what these are two teams that will be duking it out in a relegation battle. For Saturday, though, I’m picking Rangers to get their first win of the season.

Wigan Athletic (L, L, W, L, L)                  Queens Park Rangers (L, L, L, D, D)                

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Manchester City v Manchester United: My Match of the Week post will detail what I think will be the outcome of this match.

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


Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: Everton has been feeling the pinch of injuries recently and this has definitely affected their form. This is a match-up of possible 4th place teams and the outcome could come to haunt the loser. Unfortunately for Everton, Tottenham has started to find their form and have been flying lately. I don’t think there’s much to say in this one. The two teams have been going in opposite directions and probably the most Everton would get out of this would be a draw. I’m going to pick Tottenham to get their fourth win in a row this Sunday.

Everton (W, L, D, D, D)                  Tottenham (L, L, W, W, W)

West Ham United v Liverpool: Both teams will be without strikers, while Andy Carroll is out due to injury as well as not being able to play against his parent club and Liverpool will be without Luis Suarez who is suspended for 1 match. Liverpool’s year of transition into a new style of play means that they will dominate possession, and most likely do very little with it, especially with Suarez missing. I’m very tempted to pick West Ham for the win, but have a feeling that the two sides will equal each other in this one. I’m going to predict a low scoring draw.

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


Monday, December 10, 2012

            Fulham v Newcastle United: I’m not quite sure about this one. Fulham’s form has been very up and down, and they have always done better with Bryan Ruiz in the side. Without him they have struggled, so I’m wary of picking them to do much. Newcastle looked better last weekend with the return of Coloccini, however they will most likely be without several players including Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, and Chieck Tiote. This could give Fulham a way back and is why I’m predicting a draw. With that said, there’s the chance for this one to go for either team.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

            Sunderland v Reading: Reading and Sunderland are finally making up their game in hand, so I’m including it in the week 16 predictions. I’m predicting losses for both teams over the weekend and I think picking anything in this match will be tough. A low scoring draw is what I’m going to predict, but this is another one that could go either way.

Sunderland  (W, L, D, L, L?)                Reading (W, L, L, L, L?)

*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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