QPR are backed for a shock result while Liverpool are predicted to take the bragging rights on Merseyside in our weekly predictions.
Here they are…
Fulham v Reading: 1-1
A nothing game really with neither side playing for anything more than league positions and pride. That being said I think a draw could be a likely outcome.
Norwich v Aston Villa: 2-2
Paul Lambert’s big return to Carrow Road and after the injection of confidence they got from their thrashing of Sunderland they go in high spirits.
Norwich however have Sebastian Bassong and John Ruddy available again so a comprehensive win seems out the question. In fact I am going for another draw.
Swansea v Manchester City: 0-2
The post League Cup hangover continues for Swansea after losing 2-0 at Chelsea on Sunday. I cannot see them faring any better against the inform City this weekend.
Tottenham v Southampton: 3-1
For all their recent good form The Saints flushed it down the loo last weekend with an abysmal and ill-disciplined showing that saw them reduced to nine-men and lose 3-0 at home to West Brom.
They are not yet out the relegation reckoning and it may take a wake-up call at Champions League chasing Spurs to remind them they need perhaps one more win to be sure of safety.
West Brom v Wigan: 1-1
I just don’t know how to predict either of these teams at the moment but I really do have a feeling this is the year Wigan’s resolve finally gives in.
With that in mind I fail to see them taking all three points at The Hawthorns; but the fighting team that they are they should be able to preserve a point.
West Ham v Newcastle: 2-1
I keep predicting Newcastle will come good and it always fails miserably; as it did last week in the thrashing against Liverpool.
Therefore I am going to say they will lose in the hope of giving the Geordie fans some respite.
QPR v Arsenal: 1-0
I always throw in a shock; and this really would be a shock.
Why am I backing QPR? I am not sure. Perhaps the finality of relegation could make them play freely and utilise their obvious talent against Wenger’s men.
On the other hand it could do the complete opposite and Arsenal could run rampant. It is between the two.
Liverpool v Everton: 3-2
Everton are on course to finish above Liverpool this season but nothing is as yet assured.
With both teams looking for all three points do not expect a cagey affair but an open free-for-all in which Liverpool should come out on top.
Manchester United v Chelsea: 2-2
Confidence is high at Chelsea right now but United are champions so they have reason to be smug themselves.
However I think a draw is a sensible prediction.
Sunderland v Stoke: 3-1
After being comprehensively swept aside by Aston Villa last Monday Paolo Di Canio would not want to be playing in the evening again. However I feel they should be able to avoid any repeat episodes with a comfortable win against the relaxing Potters.
What are your predictions?
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