Week 22 is here, and it is time to throw out some predictions for the 10 Premier League matches taking place.
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I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…
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Manchester City vs. Arsenal – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
It won’t quite be a repeat of the 6-3 mauling City handed out to Arsenal in this fixture last season… but expect an easy win for the Citizens. The Gunners are banged up at the back and City have Aguero, Dzeko and Kompany returning from injury. Home win.
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
QPR vs. Manchester United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Yes, QPR are very good at home but they are so weak at the back. Expect United’s forwards, and in particular a fired up Falcao, to have a field day in west London.
QPR 1-3 Manchester United
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Liverpool’s resurgence will continue as it will be four wins in five for the Reds. Markovic, Coutinho and Sterling to do the damage against poor old Villa.
Aston Villa 0-3 Liverpool
DON’T TOUCH THIS…
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Jermain Defoe is heading back to his old club as the new Sunderland striker aims to turn draws into wins for his new team. However, I suspect this will be another draw or Spurs will just edge out the Black Cats.
Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland
West Ham United vs. Hull City – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Fact: this game will not be one for the purists. Plenty of long balls and the Hammers will be desperate to win after four games without a victory. Hull are battling for their lives. Expect a draw.
West Ham 1-1 Hull City
Leicester City vs. Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
This will probably be a draw, but I fancy the Potters to sneak a win against the Foxes to try and eradicate any lingering fears of relegation Mark Hughes’ men might have.
Leicester 1-2 Stoke City
“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”
Newcastle vs. Southampton – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Saints are third and rightly so, but they are missing Schniederlin, Wanyama, Alderweireld, Mane and others for their trip to St James’ Park. Fancy the Magpies to nick this.
Newcastle 2-1 Southampton
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion – (Monday, 3 p.m ET, NBCSN)
A shock at Goodison as Roberto Martinez’s men continue to struggle with injuries. I fancy Tony Pulis’ side to mount a smash and grab.
Everton 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Eagles will be looking to clear pull of the bottom as soon as possible, and this is a huge six-pointer against the Clarets. Puncheon and Zaha will be the difference to stop Burnley’s good run.
Burnley 1-2 Crystal Palace