Palace sack Warnock
Neil Warnock has become the first EPL managerial casualty after he was fired by Crystal Palace.
The 66-year-old only joined Palace in August following the departure of Tony Pulis.
However, those in power at Palace appear to have lost patience with Warnock after a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton left them in the relegation zone.
A club statement read: “The club would like to put on record its thanks to Neil for all his hard work and energy over the past four months.”
Warnock had actually managed Palace before, but only managed to win just three of his 16 Premier League games in his second spell in charge, giving a win percentage of 18.8% compared to Pulis’s 42.3%.
The Eagles are now looking for there fourth manager in 14 months since winning promotion to the EPL. Palace travel to QPR on Sunday with assistant manager Keith Millen taking charge of affairs.
|Tottenham v Man Utd||1-2|
|Southampton v Chelsea||1-2|
|Aston Villa v Sunderland||1-0|
|Hull v Leicester||3-1|
|Man City v Burnley||3-0|
|QPR v Crystal Palace||3-1|
|Stoke v West Brom||2-0|
|West Ham v Arsenal||2-2|
|Newcastle v Everton||2-0|
|Liverpool v Swansea||1-0|
Week 18 Prediction Scores
|Chelsea v West Ham||2-0||3-0||1-1||2-0||3-1||3-0|
|Burnley v Liverpool||0-1||1-1||0-0||1-2||1-1||2-1|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton||1-3||0-1||0-1||0-0||1-2||1-2|
|Everton v Stoke||0-1||2-1||2-0||2-1||2-0||2-0|
|Leicester v Tottenham||1-2||1-2||1-2||0-1||1-3||0-2|
|Man Utd v Newcastle||3-1||3-1||2-0||2-0||2-0||2-1|
|Sunderland v Hull||1-3||2-0||1-1||1-0||1-1||2-0|
|Swansea v Aston Villa||1-0||2-0||2-1||2-0||3-1||2-1|
|West Brom v Man City||1-3||0-3||1-3||0-4||0-4||1-3|
|Arsenal v QPR||2-1||3-1||3-0||2-1||2-1||2-0|
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.
On Boxing Day Juls-bluffy and I got SEVEN correct results, including TWO perfect scores to give us a combined total of 11-POINTS.
Tottenham v Man Utd
Tottenham got a good 2-1 win away to Leicester and have now won their last three games on the trot. Leicester dominated play, but were punished for their poor defending. Harry Kane was once again on the score sheet and has now scored 13 goals in his last 15 games.
Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-1 home win over Newcastle. The Red Devils still look uncomfortable playing their 3-5-2 system and could easily have fallen behind. However, two goals from Wayne Rooney and a single goal for Robin van Persie was enough to see them past the Magpies.
These two sides are currently enjoying their best run of results this season, though neither side is playing particularly well, especially in defense. However, I think United have more players that can score goals an that’s why I’ll back them to just edge this game.
Southampton v Chelsea
Southampton won 3-1 away to Crystal Palace to make it two wins in a row in the EPL. The Saints played well and deserved their win, but were helped by some awful defending by Palace, to move them back into the top four.
Chelsea maintained their thee-point lead at the top of the EPL with a fine 2-0 win over West Ham. The Blues dominated from the first minute and could have scored a hatful of goals if not for the heroics of Hammers’ keeper Adrian, but John Terry and Diego Costa managed to find the back of the net either side of half-time to send Chelsea to their third straight victory.
Southampton look to have a spring in their step again after their run of poor results and I think they will give Chelsea a really tough game. However, the Blues appear to be able to grind teams down and get results and I think they will just edge this one.
Man City v Burnley
Man City continued their hot pursuit of Chelsea with a good 3-1 win away to West Brom. The champions are currently the in-form team in the EPL and have won their last nine games in all competitions. They don’t have any recognized strikers at the moment, with Aguero, Dzecko and Jovetic all injured, but David Silva has returned and his creativity has added a different dimension to their game.
Burnley lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool and have now won only once in their last ten (D2 L9). The Clarets played well against Liverpool, but just lacked that bit of class in attack to get a goal.
Man City are playing some of their best soccer and would be favorites to beat anyone on their home turf at the moment. The Champions have scored 24 goals in their last five games against the Clarets (W4, D1), and I think expect this to be another comfortable win for them.
West Ham v Arsenal
West Ham’s good recent run of results came to an end on Boxing Day with a 2-0 loss away to Chelsea. The Hammers were thoroughly outplayed, but will be disappointed with the goals they gave away, as they were the result of schoolboy defending. However, the Hammers would not have expected to beat the Blues so will not be too disappointed.
Arsenal won 2-1 at home to QPR to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions. The Gunners thoroughly dominated the proceedings with Alexis Sanchez the star performer, but a moment of madness from Olivier Giroud—the striker was sent-off for a headbutt—turned the game on its head and in the end the Gunners were fortunate to hang on for a draw.
Both these sides are in good form and are both likely to go for the win. However, I have a feeling this one will end in a draw.