There are some important matches in week 21 at both the top and bottom of the table. Will Arsenal manage to prove their title credentials by beating Liverpool away from home? Will Swansea manage to increase their gap to safety by beating Sunderland? Below we look into this week`s games in the English Premier League in more details and predict the results.
Newcastle Utd Vs Manchester United
Newcastle FC and Manchester FC have both found it hard to hit the back of the net. The Magpies have not scored half the games so far in the Premier League this season. With such a lack of a goal threat from both sides, the likely result is a draw. Predictions for EPL this week 0 – 0.
Stoke City Vs Norwich City
When Stoke City are playing well, there are few teams that can match them. Mark Hughes has added attacking flair to a solid defence and they have looked good in many matches this season. The three players upfront, Shaqiri, Bojan and Arnautovic can rip up any defence when they are playing well. When these three players are not in tandem though, the team can stumbles and lose games that they should have won.
Norwich City managed to sneak a win against Southampton in their last outing so will be high on confidence. They will struggle against the physical team that Stoke possess though and if their three players upfront click, City could be in for a tough day at the office. EPL Week 21 predictions for Stoke vs Norwich 3 – 0.
Southampton Vs Watford FC
It is going to be a tough January transfer window for Southampton Manager Koeman. A number of his star players rumoured to be attracting interest from big clubs. He is hoping that the speculation does not affect the players performances. His team has been on a very poor run as of late and they are desperate to get a run of wins put together.
Watford have been a surprise team this season with their performances getting many great reviews. They are big outsiders for this game and the betting odds make it an attractive game to put money on the outcome of the result. EPL predictions for this week 2 – 3.
Manchester City Vs Everton FC
Everton seem to up their game when they play against Manchester City. The week 21 EPL match between these two sides is going to be a tough battle. City should have enough up front though with players such as David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Aguero is starting to get his form back after being out injured so expect him to be on the score sheet. Predictions for EPL this week for Man City vs Everton 3 – 2.
Chelsea FC Vs West Bromwich
Even though Chelsea have changed their manager, they still do not look anywhere close to the standards they set last season. If things do not improve quickly, there will be a big summer clear out of some of their star players. West Bromwich are having a good season and are capable of pulling off a win against the bigger sides. If the Blues though turn up with the right mentality and the star players up their games, they should turn out to be the winners. Predicted result 3 – 0.
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Leicester City
The two teams only met a couple of days ago in the FA cup in a game that ended as a two all draw. This time around though it will be a completely different match as both managers held back their star players from starting the last match. It is a must win game for both teams and the one that wins will be favourites for a top four finish. Spurs should have too much for Leicester but the ways things have gone for Claudio Ranieri it could go either way. EPL predictions for Week 21 Spurs vs Leicester 2 – 1.
Bournemouth Vs West Ham
Bournemouth have been involved in some major upsets this season by beating, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. They are now unbeaten at home for the last three matches and will be looking to extend that. West Ham have improved over recent weeks which will make this a great battle. Predicted score 2 – 2
Aston Villa Vs Crystal Palace
Villa`s last game was against Sunderland who are in the bottom three like themselves. It was a must win which they failed to make and now are virtual certainties for the drop. Crystal Palace however, are another surprise team of the season so far. They are sitting seventh in the league on 31 points and their survival is almost assured. Palace will fancy their chances of getting a result here and will be trying to get on the front foot in the game as early as possible. EPL predictions for this week is 0 – 1.
Swansea City Vs Sunderland
This is a vital match between Swansea who are fourth from bottom and Sunderland who are second from bottom. If the Swans manage to win this it will give them a seven point advantage over their opponents. Both were defeated in the FA cup over the weekend, but that will have no bearing on the game.
Sunderland have been in fine goalscoring form away from home and have scored in their last five matches. They will probably find the net once again but it is if they are able to keep a clean sheet. Their defence has been leaking goals all season and costing them important points. EPL Week 21 predictions for Swansea vs Sunderland 1-1.
Liverpool FC Vs Arsenal
After a positive start under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have taken one step forward and two back. The German is still getting used to the style of play in the Premier League and it’s going to take time to mould a team in his reputation. Arsenal are known for not having the bottle when it counts most and this is a vital match they need to win if they are going to win the title this year. It is a hard game to predict as it depends on the players mentality on the day. EPL Week 21 predictions for Liverpool versus Arsenal 1 – 2.