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Premier League Predictions Round 13 (Saturday)

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Eddie S

We head into game thirteen of the Premiership season and i have to say that it is becoming harder and harder to predict what will happen in any given game as the gap between the top and the bottom does seem to have narrowed, even the most unlikely seem capable of pulling an unlikely result from the bag. Some will say that it is because the standards in the Premiership have dropped but I would rather believe that every club has improved and that our domestic league is truly the most competitive and interesting in Europe, all of our entrants in the Champions League are all but through with a game to spare unlike last season. But on to today’s fixtures and I hope a far better set of predictions from yours truly:

  • Aston Villa v Sunderland 15:00
  • Since the return of Christian Benteke from injury I have been expecting great things from him to raise his team and their results to a higher level, no goals in six for the Belgian will not only be of concern for villa fans but the player himself as the World Cup creeps ever closer. Gus Poyet’s appointment has certainly had a dramatic affect on Sunderland and they have become much harder to play against, Wes Brown is available again after his red card was rescinded but they will need more luck if they are to avoid a relegation battle this season. This is the type of game in which Villa and their pacy forwards will excel and I take them to win on this occasion. Home win 2-0
  • Cardiff v Arsenal 15:00 
  • Cardiff managed a very creditable draw with United on their last outing with a late equaliser and they will be hoping to upset another of the title favourites this week when Arsenal come calling. Much like Manchester City it will be expected that the Arsenal midfield will dominate proceedings and it will depend very much on whether Cardiff can exert enough pressure on the away defence if they are to take something from the game. Arsenal are playing with such confidence at the moment that I doubt Cardiff have enough to stop them and especially as Wenger will know exactly what to expect. Away win 3-1
  • Everton v Stoke 15:00-
  • What would once have been a battle royale with Moyes and Pullis in charge of these teams has begun to change as Mark Hughes has started to change the perception of Stoke as an up and at them outfit. Everton are still a tough nut to crack and combined with the footballing ideology of Martinez are a threat to everybody. Home advantage and that little bit of expertise that the ne Everton coach brings means that I favour Everton.Home win 2-1
  • Norwich v Crystal Palace
  • Two teams bang in trouble and desperate for points. Palace do seem to have addressed one of their issues in that they have managed a couple of clean sheets and that has brought them four much needed points of late but scoring goals remains a problem for both teams. Norwich did invest in strikers in the summer but none of them have yet managed to impress but as has been pointed out on more than one occasion it takes time for players to settle. Norwich have had to face all the top teams and now they have the opportunity to grab the three points that will relieve the pressure on them. Home win 1-0
  • West Ham v Fulham 15:00
  • Two more teams in trouble near the foot of the table and in desperate need of points. West Ham are in desperate need of some firepower from somewhere, their major investment Andy Carroll has been nowhere near the training ground since the season started and they have been forced to sign Carlton Cole on a three month contract as an emergency. Fulham do have creative players and a couple of quality strikers in Berbatov and Bent, for this reason I am taking Fulham to win but it will be close. Away win 1-0
  • Newcastle v West Brom 17:30
  • A couple of wins against Chelsea and Tottenham seem to have transformed everyone’s perception of Newcastle and Jamie redknapp suddenly believes they are far to powerful for West Brom to handle, the same WBA who defeated United at Old Trafford and should have done the same at Stamford Bridge but for a highly dubious penalty. Newcastle and their two wins were picked up on the strength of sterling defensive work and an inspired keeper. I don’t see a comfortable Newcastle win but a hardfought score draw instead. 1-1 Draw

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