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Week 17 Premier League Predictions: Todd’s EPL Picks

Here are my predictions for Match Day 17 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out Week 16 Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences. Final scores updated Monday, December 17.

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Stadium

Final Score

Saturday, December 15, 2012

7:45 am ET

Newcastle United

1

v

2

Manchester City

St. James’ Park

1 – 3

10:00 am ET

Liverpool

2

v

0

Aston Villa

Anfield

1 – 3

10:00 am ET

Manchester United

4

v

1

Sunderland

Old Trafford

3 – 1

10:00 am ET

Norwich City

2

v

1

Wigan Athletic

Carrow Road

2 – 1

10:00 am ET

Queens Park Rangers

1

v

2

Fulham

Loftus Road

2 – 0

10:00 am ET

Stoke City

0

v

1

Everton

Britannia Stadium

1 – 1

Sunday, December 16, 2012

8:30 am ET

Tottenham Hotspur

2

v

2

Swansea City

White Hart Lane

1 – 0

11:00 am ET

West Bromwich Albion

2

v

1

West Ham United

The Hawthorns

0 – 0

Monday, December 17, 2012

3:00 am ET

Reading

1

v

2

Arsenal

Madejski Stadium

2 – 5

 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newcastle United v Manchester City: I think this is a match that Newcastle won’t be wanting to play. Manchester City are coming off of a Manchester Derby defeat that puts them 6 points adrift. Newcastle has been slumping lately and struggling to both find goals and keep goals out. With Manchester City getting hit with recent injuries there’s a chance for Newcastle to get a result and I’m very tempted to pick a draw for this one. I also think a lot will depend on what Mancini does. I’m assuming that he’s learned his lesson with Balotelli and will go with Aguero and Tevez starting at the front, but I thought the same thing last weekend. In the end I predict that City will be too much for Newcastle and Mancini will (and should) be going for the win.

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

Liverpool v Aston Villa: I’m not quite sure which way to pick this one. Both teams have been relatively in form. Liverpool have their longest win streak going at the moment and will be at home. Sam Allardyce have made Aston Villa a tough team to beat that has shown the ability to get results. Liverpool are a team in better form than Villa recently. Hopefully for them, getting Luis Suarez back will mean more goals this week.

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

Manchester United v Sunderland: Manchester United are on a roll now and heading into the Christmas and New Year’s will want to keep it that way. Sunderland’s win over Reading midweek should give them some confidence, but I have a feeling that it will be short lived when they travel to Old Trafford. Manchester United’s attack is far too strong. Danny Rose has impressed this season for the Black Cats, but is questionable for Saturday. Manchester United could have both Nemanja Vidic and Shinji Kagawa available (most likely from the bench) while Jonny Evans and Anderson will probably be out. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are available to bolster their defense. Sunderland’s Wes Brown and Lee Catermole could be the more crucial missing players and this could lead to United be able to really push the Sunderland back line. I’m predicting a fairly large United victory by two or three goals. I could see this one being tight to start and the Black Cats sitting deep and defending most of the game. This could frustrate United, but probably not enough to get a much needed result.

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

 

Norwich City v Wigan Athletic: Norwich’s form in the league has been better than most people predicted, especially with Paul Lambert moving on to Aston Villa. Chris Hughton has picked up where Lambert left off and added a bit as well. This is a match that should swing Norwich’s way. At home they have a +1 goal difference compared to Wigan’s -9 away goal difference. I’m predicting Norwich to continue with their winning streak while Wigan’s loss will keep them in the bottom three.

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

Queens Park Rangers v Fulham: Fulham is a team that seems to do enough every season to stay right in the middle and this season has been no different. This is one of those matches that they will certainly be targeting for a win. Even with Harry Redknapp in charge QPR has been struggling. They have managed to get results, in the form of draws, but that first win of the season has eluded them, and will continue to this weekend as well. I’m picking Fulham to win this Premier League match-up.

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

Stoke City v Everton: Tough match here for both teams. Stoke tends to go for more attacking at home while Everton has continued to attack and get shots at goal (not always on goal, but at least shooting in that direction). Both teams have gotten criticism for playing the long ball too much, but actually watching them play shows that there is usually more purpose to that long ball than simply hoofing it down field. I’m predicting a pretty hard fought match that will probably get tough in midfield. Both teams have tall players that will challenge for the ball, but in the end I think Everton has more quality than Stoke. Both teams have decent form coming into the match, but I’m going out on a slight limb and picking Everton for the win. This could easily swing in Stoke’s favor, but I think the most they could get out of it would be a draw. No matter the outcome, this one will be low scoring.

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

 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City: Tottenham has been a very interesting team this season. If every game ended after 80 minutes they would be top of the league. It seems to me that Andre Villas Boas just doesn’t get his substitutions right or his end of game tactics for that matter. I’m not quite sure what to make of Swansea’s loss to Norwich last weekend. Their defense was sorely lacking and made too many mistakes. Their midweek Capital One Cup win could bolster them and keep them going. This is another one of those matches where anything could happen. I would not be at all surprised by a Swansea win in this one (most likely in the last ten minutes), but I’m going to predict a draw with Swansea getting a late goal to pull even.

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

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United: West Brom has finally hit a difficult patch. I’m sure that Steve Clarke has already hit his first half point total, but would also like to keep his team within reaching distance of the top four. This could be a very interesting match to watch, but one that I’m picking West Brom to win. West Ham will certainly give them a good run and push them close, but I think this is where the Baggies end their losing streak.

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

 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Reading v Arsenal: Reading’s woes this season have been great. They are now on a five game losing streak and I don’t think they will be able to get a win this weekend. Arsenal’s midweek loss to Bradford could be chalked up as much to Bradford City’s determination as to Arsenal’s poor form. They may have fielded a strong side in the quarter final match, but the Premier League has been the place where they tend to bounce back from midweek tournament disappointments. Arsenal should comfortably win this one, but Reading could pull off a shock result as well. Either way, I’m predicting a close Arsenal win, most likely by 1 (maybe 2) goals.

Reading (L, L, L, L, L)                                            Arsenal (W, D, D, L, W)

 

 

 

 

 

*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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