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Todd’s Week 26 Picks: Premier League Predictions

Todd’s Week 26 Picks: Premier League Predictions

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Here are my predictions for Match Day 26 of the EPL fixtures. Be sure to check out Week 25 Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Final Score

Saturday, February 09, 2013

7:45 am ET

Tottenham Hotspur

2

v

2

Newcastle United

2 – 1

10:00 am ET

Chelsea

2

v

2

Wigan Athletic

4 – 1

10:00 am ET

Norwich City

1

v

1

Fulham

0 – 0

10:00 am ET

Stoke City

1

v

1

Reading

2 – 1

10:00 am ET

Sunderland

1

v

2

Arsenal

0 – 1

10:00 am ET

Swansea City

1

v

0

Queens Park Rangers

4 – 1

12:30 pm ET

Southampton

2

v

2

Manchester City

3 – 1

Sunday, February 10, 2013

8:30 am ET

Aston Villa

1

v

1

West Ham United

2 – 1

11:00 am ET

Manchester United

3

v

1

Everton

2 – 0

Monday, February 11, 2013

3:00 pm ET

Liverpool

3

v

1

West Bromwich Albion

0 – 2

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United: Spurs are still have long term injuries to Sandro and Younes Kaboul, but the bigger blow is the loss of Jermain Defoe. The fortunate thing for them is that this is balanced by Togo’s loss in the African Cup. This means that Emmanuel Adebayor should be available by Saturday’s match. Newcastle don’t have any major injury concerns and they looked good in last week’s win over Chelsea. This should be a great match to watch. I could see Newcastle coming away with a win, especially considering Tottenham’s recent reliance on Gareth Bale wondergoals. If Adebayor is able to play that could be the difference in the match for Spurs. My prediction for the match is a draw, but it could easily swing either direction.

Tottenham (W, D, D, D, W)    2 – 2    Newcastle (L, D, L, W, W)

 

Chelsea v Wigan Athletic: It would be easy to pick a Chelsea win, but there are a few factors to consider before doing so. The first being Chelsea’s home form, which hasn’t been great. Overall this season they are 6-4-2 at Stamford Bridge. The other factor is their inconsistent play throughout the season, across all competitions and regardless of the manager. Wigan has shown something of a resurgence lately, but their defense has been the letdown for them. With Demba Ba and Petr Cech both questionable it could easily end with a shock Wigan win. I am going to pick a draw for this one considering the recent forms of both teams, but mainly due to Chelsea’s inconsistency.

Chelsea (W, D, W, D, L)   2 – 2    Wigan (L, D, L, D, D)

 

Norwich City v Fulham: I suppose Norwich’s past two matches were a sign of better things to come, particularly the Tottenham match which they could have won. Fulham have looked more solid in their past two matches as well, so this could be an interesting match. Dimitar Berbatov could be back following his hamstring injury, but is still questionable. It seems likely that this will be a low scoring affair that I’m predicting as a draw.

Norwich City (L, D, L, D, D)   1 – 1     Fulham (W, D, L, W, L)

 

Stoke City v Reading: Stoke’s recent dip in form is coinciding with Reading’s burst of success. Last weekend Stoke reverted to their well known tactic of sitting back and breaking up play with fouls. I could see this being implemented again on Saturday in a match that they will surely look to win since they have not done so since their Boxing Day win over Liverpool. It will not be an easy road for either team, but I think Reading has the better chance of winning with a draw being the more likely outcome. I’ve debated picking another Reading win, but I’m going with the prediction of a draw due to Stoke’s defense.

Stoke (L, L, L, D, L)    1 – 1    Reading (L, W, W, D, W)

 

Sunderland v Arsenal: Sunderland had recently started to show a return to form after having a string of bad results. The same could be said of Arsenal and their recent run of games. Sunderland might have been somewhat unlucky to have come up against a surging Reading side last week, but I don’t expect Arsenal to be any easier. The Black Cats at least have the comfort of the Stadium of Light although this hasn’t translated into consistent wins. In the end I’m picking Arsenal to come out on top, though I think Sunderland could make it interesting.

Sunderland (L, W, W, D, L)    1 – 2    Arsenal (L, L, W, D, W)

 

Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers: QPR’s new purchase Loic Remy is still questionable following his groin injury while Swansea’s Michel Vorm is also 50/50 for making his return from his knee injury. Swansea’s last few matches haven’t gone as well as they would have liked, but they will be returning home. They also have the fact that they won 5-0 to QPR on the opening day of the EPL season. I don’t think they will quite repeat this result, but I am predicting another win for the Swans.

Swansea (D, D, W, D, D)    1 – 0   QPR (W, D, D, D, D)

 

Southampton v Manchester City: If Southampton can play Manchester City anything like they played Manchester United the other week then they should be able to come away from this with all three points. Man City were lucky to come away from last weekend’s match against Liverpool with a draw, but will get a boost with the return of Yaya Toure. Despite this, I think missing Vincent Kompany will lead to more mistakes at the back and give Southampton chances for the win. I’m going to play it safer and predict a draw similar to last week.

Southampton (W, D, D, L, D)    2 – 2    Man City (W, W, W, D, D)

 

Aston Villa v West Ham United: Aston Villa showed some promise against Everton last week, at least in terms of scoring goals. I’d expect Paul Lambert to spend the week working on the training pitch to, hopefully, eliminate their mistakes. West Ham managed to get a win against Swansea thanks to the return of Andy Carroll. This should be a scrappy match that I envision Aston Villa working hard to control. In the end I think it should end with a low scoring draw.

Aston Villa (D, L, D, L, D)    1 – 1   West Ham United (L, D, L, L, W)

 

Manchester United v Everton: Manchester United has continued to get results all season long despite not playing spectacular football. I’m sure they will end up giving up at least a goal, but will score enough to get a win. Some of the question marks for this game are whether certain players will be fit or not. Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini pulled out of midweek Internationals with injuries, but this doesn’t necessarily rule them out for Sunday. Phil Jones and Ashley Young are also questionable. With Wayne Rooney stepping up in place of Robin van Persie the last two matches there are now two strikers to wreak havoc on the Everton back line that is prone to giving up goals. My prediction is a Manchester United win. You can also check out the Match of the Week Preview for Sunday’s match.

Manchester United (W, W, D, W, W)    3 – 1    Everton (W, D, D, W, D)

 

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion: Liverpool really should have beaten Manchester City last weekend, but yet another defensive mistake led to them dropping two valuable points. Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are both listed as questionable for Monday’s match, but this could be due to the midweek International matches and not necessarily anything that will keep them from playing. Youssuf Mulumbu could make his return for the Baggies, but he is still doubtful at this time. This could be an interesting match that goes a long way towards determining European places. Liverpool has been playing better lately, while West Brom has really missed having Mulumbu in midfield. I’m picking Liverpool to come away with a solid win.

Liverpool (W, L, W, D, D)    3 – 1   West Brom (L, L, D, 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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