Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks: Upsets for Chelsea, Manchester United

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Week 20 of the Premier League is here, as the festive season continues with another 10 games coming your way to see in 2015 in style. Madness.

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This week could help to define the season of plenty of teams, as another full slate of matches takes place on New Year’s Day in the PL.

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I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…


Manchester City vs. Sunderland – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

After letting two points slip at home to Burnley, City will be fuming. That may fire their players up to smash Sunderland, who have had somewhat of a voodoo over City in recent years. Expect the Citizens to break that curse.

Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland

QPR vs. Swansea City – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

Too many individual errors from the Swans at the back has incensed Garry Monk in recent weeks. QPR will be upset they did not beat Palace last time out. They must win this match, and they will.

QPR 3-1 Swansea

Liverpool vs. Leicester City – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

Boy, the Reds needed that 4-1 win over Swansea last time out. Leicester got a much-needed win too, but expect them roll over at Anfield. Easy home win.

Liverpool 3-1 Leicester


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea – (Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

I can see the leaders dropping more points away at White Hart Lane. Spurs are looking solid at the back and may nick more than a point here…

Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea

West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

With Tony Pulis set to come in as the new West Brom boss, expect the Baggies to be playing for their lives. Score draw.

West Ham 2-2 West Brom

Southampton vs. Arsenal – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

Both teams are level on points, as the Saints sit inside the top four on goal difference. They met in December and the Gunners won narrowly. Maybe they will do the same again, but Southampton are back to their best. Avoid betting on this.

Southampton 1-2 Arsenal

Hull City vs. Everton – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

I would normally go or an Everton win, but the Toffees are in terrible form with four defeats in their last five and Tim Howard out injured. Hull must react after losing at home to Leicester.

Hull 2-1 Everton


Newcastle vs. Burnley – (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

With Alan Pardew heading for Crystal Palace, managerless Newcastle may be all over the place. Burnley will be buoyed by that remarkable comeback away at Man City from 2-0 down to grab a point. They may get all three up at St James’ Park…

Newcastle 1-2 Burnley

Stoke City vs. Manchester United – (Thursday, 7:45 a.m ET, NBCSN)

This could be the match where United’s luck finally runs out. Yes, they are nine games unbeaten, but LVG’s men are relying heavily on David De Gea in goal. Stoke will look to catch them cold early on.

Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United

Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace (Thursday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

The Eagles won away at Villa last season and with a new boss in Pardew incoming, they could do it again. This would be a massive win in the battle against relegation.

Aston Villa 1-2 Crystal Palace