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Todd’s Week 22 Picks: Premier League Predictions

Here are my EPL Picks for Match Day 22 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out Week 21 Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Final Score

Saturday, January 12, 2013

7:45 am ET

Queens Park Rangers

0

v

3

Tottenham

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Aston Villa

2

v

2

Southampton

0 – 1

10:00 am ET

Everton

2

v

2

Swansea City

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Fulham

3

v

1

Wigan Athletic

1 – 1

10:00 am ET

Norwich City

2

v

0

Newcastle United

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Reading

0

v

1

West Bromwich Albion

3 – 2

10:00 am ET

Stoke City

1

v

1

Chelsea

0 – 4

10:00 am ET

Sunderland

1

v

2

West Ham United

3 – 0

Sunday, January 13, 2013

8:30 am ET

Manchester United

3

v

2

Liverpool

2 – 1

11:00 am ET

Arsenal

1

v

2

Manchester City

0 – 2

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2:45 pm ET

Chelsea

3

v

1

Southampton

For most of my predictions I’m ignoring form in the FA Cup (or League Cup). Many of the Premier League teams played rather weakened sides and were attempting to rest players following the hectic holiday fixture time period.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham: I suppose there is always the chance for QPR to pull off another shock win, but I just don’t see that happening. Tottenham has been one of the best sides in the EPL recently and QPR doesn’t have enough to slow them down. I’m predicting a Tottenham win, the question remains how many goals they will score.

QPR (W, L, L, L, W)        Tottenham (W, D, W, W, W)

Aston Villa v Southampton: Aston Villa looked much better in their New Year’s Day draw against Swansea, but since then they will have had 2 more matches played and will face Southampton on only 3 days rest. This means they will have played 4 matches in only 11 days. This should be a tight match since Southampton is coming off of 3 consecutive draws in the league. It’s certainly going to be a close match and could very well be one to come back and haunt either team at the end of the season.

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

Everton v Swansea City: Everton’s issue this whole season has been in allowing goals. They are tied with Southampton for the fewest clean sheets in the Premier League with only two. This is a game that is bound to have goals at each end. Both teams have had decent form recently, but with Everton being able to get more wins. This is going to be a pretty even match that could swing either way. I’m predicting a draw, most likely relatively high scoring.

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

Fulham v Wigan Athletic: Both teams have been in relative free fall lately, although Fulham was able to pull off a win over West Brom on New Year’s Day.  Fulham did get back Bryan Ruiz and he has been influential when in the side. Despite what some people may say, Fulham are a better team when Ruiz and Berbatov are playing together. Wigan have shown the ability to play nice football this season, particularly against Aston Villa, but they are going to struggle against a Fulham side that is going to start clicking again. I’m predicting Fulham will come away from this with all three points leaving Wigan at the bottom of the table.

Fulham (L, L, D, L, W)             Wigan (L, L, L, W, L)

Norwich City v Newcastle United: Newcastle is a team that has been sinking like the Titanic. The loss of Demba Ba is bad, but not nearly as catastrophic as their injury list. They have the longest list of injured players in the league with eleven players out injured. Added to this is Shola Ameobi who will miss the next match following his red card in the FA Cup. Norwich hasn’t been playing the greatest lately, but this should be good timing for them to get back to winning ways. I’m picking Norwich to come out on top in this one. It’s possible that Newcastle could get a goal, but it seems more likely that Norwich will keep the clean sheet.

Norwich City (W, L, L, L, L)     Newcastle (L, W, L, L, L)

Reading v West Bromwich Albion: Reading’s recent form has looked better than West Brom’s, but I’m not so sure they can keep it up. West Brom seemed lethargic over the holiday period and having the week off is really going to help them get back on their feet. Reading has shown more spirit at the back lately so this will be a close one. Could go for Reading and end in a draw, but I’m picking West Brom to come out winners this Saturday.

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

Stoke City v Chelsea: Ryan Shawcross should be returning for this one, and that will be very important for them. They looked rather lost at the back without him against Manchester City. If Stoke can get a goal then they should be able to hang on for a win or draw. If they don’t score, I don’t see them getting anything out of the match. This is actually one where I will reference the FA Cup and League Cup simply because Chelsea has been involved in both and have not had a period of rest. In fact, they haven’t had much of any rest this season. Against Stoke, they might not have the endurance to break them down. I’m going to predict a draw, but I could certainly see either team winning.

Stoke (D, D, W, D, L)               Chelsea (W, W, W, W, L)

Sunderland v West Ham United: If only Martin O’Neill could get the most out of that talented side of his. This is certainly something that “Big” Sam Allardyce is doing for West Ham. This is probably going to be a very scrappy affair, but could be quite exciting. I’m picking West Ham to come away with the win. Sunderland have been poor lately and O’Neill really needs to start making changes tactically if they want to avoid the relegation zone.

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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Manchester United v Liverpool: This should be a great match to watch. The two top scorers in the Premier League come face to face in a match-up that will go far in establishing one of them as the top candidate for Premier League Footballer of the Year. Both teams are coming into this in good form. Manchester United is undefeated in 9 EPL matches with their last loss coming way back on November 17th (1-0 loss to Norwich). They have also managed back to back clean sheets. Liverpool have two consecutive wins, both also clean sheets. One thing to note is that most of Liverpool’s wins have come when they get an early lead. Typically they have struggled to get wins if they go too long without scoring. I’m predicting another Manchester United win for this one.

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

Arsenal v Manchester City: This is going to be a good and interesting match. Both teams have shown inconsistency throughout the season, but have been able to come through with results lately. Arsenal were rather flattered by their big wins over Reading and Newcastle since both teams were rather poor. Manchester City has been in much better form lately, particularly following the loss to Sunderland. I have a hard time seeing Arsenal coming out as winners, but it’s always possible. This is one that could very easily end in a low scoring draw, however, I’m predicting a Manchester City win on Sunday.

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chelsea v Southampton: I’ve decided to include this replayed match in this week’s predictions as well. No matter the result against Stoke City over the weekend they will have enough to get by Southampton. While the Saints may have been getting their defense in order lately, Chelsea is a team that likes to attack and will break them down. I’m predicting a win for Chelsea, whether it is comfortable or not remains to be seen.

Chelsea (W, W, W, L, D?)                 Southampton (L, D, D, D, 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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Time

Home

Score

 

Score

Away

Final Score

Saturday, January 12, 2013

7:45 am ET

Queens Park Rangers

0

v

3

Tottenham

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Aston Villa

2

v

2

Southampton

0 – 1

10:00 am ET

Everton

2

v

2

Swansea City

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Fulham

3

v

1

Wigan Athletic

1 – 1

10:00 am ET

Norwich City

2

v

0

Newcastle United

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Reading

0

v

1

West Bromwich Albion

3 – 2

10:00 am ET

Stoke City

1

v

1

Chelsea

0 – 4

10:00 am ET

Sunderland

1

v

2

West Ham United

3 – 0

Sunday, January 13, 2013

8:30 am ET

Manchester United

3

v

2

Liverpool

2 – 1

11:00 am ET

Arsenal

1

v

2

Manchester City

0 – 2

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2:45 pm ET

Chelsea

3

v

1

Southampton

 

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