Week 23 is here as the PL returns after a two week hiatus due to the FA Cup, hurrah!
With that in mind, it’s 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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Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Sure, the Gunners may miss Alexis Sanchez through injury but that morale-boosting win at Man City last week should spur Wenger’s men on for a strong finish to the season. Comfortable away win as Villa’s slide will continue.
Stoke City 3-1 QPR – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
QPR haven’t got a single point away from home this season, and I can’t see them getting anything from this one. The Potters will ease to three more points.
Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
United were humbled by Leicester 5-3 back in September. They will score three again versus the Foxes, but this time they will win to avenge that embarrassing defeat earlier in the season.
Southampton 2-0 Swansea City – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Garry Monk will make his way back to Southampton for the first-time as a manager, but don’t expect the former Saints defender to leave with three points. Ronald Koeman’s men to get a fourth-straight league win.
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Sunderland 1-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Will Jermain Defoe score on his home debut in the PL? Sunderland need him to as Burnley will be tight at the back and Danny Ings provides a threat going forward. This will be tight.
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Intriguing clash at Anfield. Liverpool will jump above West Ham and into the top six with a win but it’s far from a forgone conclusion. Two former Liverpool players, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll, are starring for the Hammers. Can they haunt their old club? Maybe, but the Reds may just edge this one.
Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Palace are flying under Alan Pardew aren’t they? Four wins from four since he took charge is superb and the Eagles will fancy their chances against a ragged looking Everton. Entertaining draw down at Selhurst.
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Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Okay, no Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas may miss out through injury. Chelsea fans should be worried. City are without Yaya Toure, but you feel this is the game where the experience of Kompany, Hart, Zabaleta and Co. may shine through. Plus, Frank Lampard is going to score the winner… isn’t he? Huge game in the title race may be edged by the Citizens.
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Baggies look a totally different team under Tony Pulis. Spurs will be tired from the midweek League Cup semifinal win over Sheffield United, so perhaps the perfect time to play them? Baggies, baggies. Boing, boing.
Hull City 2-0 Newcastle United – (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
With John Carver put in charge of Newcastle until the end of the season, uncertainly still looms over the Magpies. Expect Steve Bruce and Hull to take advantage of that this weekend in a heated north east battle at the KC. Home win.