It’s that time of the week again when I look into my crystal ball and forecast the EPL’s future. I started slow and conservative with my predictions, trying my hand at 3 games the first week and four the following week. But after guessing 0/3 the first week, then 2/4 correctly the following week, many here at GotSoccer said I was crazy to try and predict all ten, but I persisted nonetheless, and the result? Check below.
|Tottenham v Chelsea||2-4||2-1|
|Fulham v Aston Villa||1-0||2-0|
|Liverpool v Reading||1-0||2-0|
|Man Utd v Stoke||4-2||4-1|
|Swansea v Wigan||2-1||3-2|
|West Brom v Man City||1-2||1-2|
|West Ham v Southampton||4-1||2-1|
|Norwich v Arsenal||1-0||0-3|
|Sunderland v Newcastle||1-1||2-2|
|QPR v Everton||1-1||1-1|
A correct result is worth ONE point, while a correct score earns THREE points.
Last week I got 8 correct results, and two perfect scores giving me a tally of 12 points. Not bad if I say so myself. I’m going to be recording points in this manner from now on, and if you fancy yourself as a pundit feel free to post your predictions too.
Week 9 is upon us now, and with the EPL being the most competitive and exciting league in the world, you know there are a host of juicy games to look forward to, with the Merseyside Derby and Chelsea vs Manchester United the pick of the bunch.
Aston Villa vs Norwich City
The first game of the weekend see Paul Lambert up against the club he led to two successive promotions for the first time since taking the Villa Job during the summer, and it’s unlikely to be a warm reunion.
The Villa Coach however, has other things to worry about. His team are languishing just above the relegation zone, and really do appear to be struggling with their form.
Norwich isn’t doing much better, and only has a point more to their name. However, the Canaries have been a tad unlucky this season, and after registering their first win against Arsenal last weekend their confidence will be sky high.
Villa desperately needs a win, but I don’t think they will get it this weekend.
Arsenal vs QPR
Another London Derby, but with their being so many clubs in London this one does not mean that much.
Arsenal had a rough week, they well brushed aside easily mid-week by Shalke in the Champions league and were very poor against Norwich last Saturday. Assistant Manager Steve Bould says they are lacking in confidence, which is strange seeing they have started the season better than many had predicted.
But if it is confidence they are lacking, then a game against the EPL’s bottom side should be the best game for the Gooners. Mark Hughes’ QPR are really struggling with no wins to their name in 8 games, and haven’t shown any signs of improving.
Arsenal may have had a couple of bad results, but I can’t see them having a third, and think they will win this one fairly comfortably.
Manchester City vs Swansea City
This game cannot come quicker for Manchester City after being all but knocked out of the Champions league in midweek. The EPL champions seem to be suffering a hangover from last season, and have yet to consistently play well this season.
Swansea got back to winning ways last week after a barren spell of games, and City do seem to be conceding goals for fun at the moment. However, I cannot see Swansea causing the Champions too many problems, and expect them to feel the wrath of the wounded animal.
Everton vs Liverpool
This is probably the first time in a long while that everyone including Everton expects the Toffees to beat Liverpool.
Everton currently sit fourth and are punching even higher above their weight than usual this season. They have a solid defense, tough midfield, and a striker that can score goals.
Liverpool is a team in transition; they have a new coach and are trying to implement new players and ideas into their game. They slowly seem to be improving, but the one problem that has plagued them from the start of the season is goals, and I think it will cost them against Everton tomorrow.
But the one thing about Derbies is they never go to plan, and are usually 90 minutes of full throttling face-paced madness. Nevertheless, I fancy Everton to take this one.
Chelsea vs Mancheser United
Chelsea is top of the EPL and has so far past every test put to them this season, they have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham away already, but on Sunday they face a different kettle of fish in Manchester United.
United has struggled defensively this season, but they have more than made up with it with their attacking play. They are currently the highest scoring in the league, and seem to be creating goals from nothing.
Chelsea also boasts a fierce attacking line in Torres, Mata, Oscar, and Hazard, so we could be in for a goal fest this weekend. However the problem for the Blues is they don’t have many options upfront other than Torres, whereas United have a Quartet of strikers to call on.
The blues have an excellent record against United in the EPL, but I fancy United to take this one.
|Aston Villa vs Norwich||1-1|
|Arsenal vs QPR||3-0|
|Reading vs Fulham||0-1|
|Stoke vs Sunderland||2-1|
|Wigan vs West Ham||1-1|
|Man City vs Swansea||5-1|
|Everton vs Liverpool||2-0|
|Newcastle vs West Brom||2-1|
|Southhampton vs Tottenham||2-2|
|Chelsea vs Man Utd||1-2|