Round 22 Premier League

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Predictions & Analysis- EPL Round 22 “Big Games” (Home Team First)

Norwich City vs. Chelsea

I say: Draw, 2-2

Though Chelsea thumped Norwich City back at the beginning of the season, City has adjusted well to the Premier League since then. Norwich are yet to record a clean sheet this season, but are boosted by this game being at their beloved home ground, Carrow Road. Look for Norwich to come out strong against the Torres-led Blues strike force like they did when they defeated another top 6 team, Newcastle United, at home.


Fulham vs. Newcastle United

I say: Newcastle United Win, 2-1

Despite losing Demba Ba due to the African Cup of Nations, Newcastle still scored and won last week thanks to wonderful displays from Hatem Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi. Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle’s talismanic midfielder, is an injury concern after he was fouled hardly last weekend. Cabaye’s midfield partner, Cheick Tiote, is on international duty for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations as well. Fulham will have to pounce on the Magpies weakness in the midfield if they want to win this game.

Manchester City vs. Tottenham

I say: Manchester City Win, 3-1

After Manchester City pummeled Spurs earlier this year at White Hart Lane 5 to 0, Tottenham found a great run of form which saw them shoot up to 3rd in the table, where they are now. Spurs will not want to “spurn” this chance of getting ever closer to City, as they enter the weekend 5 points behind the league leaders. The task will prove challenging as Tottenham are away in this fixture, but title challengers must take some points in these games.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United

I say: Arsenal Win, 2-1

Definitely the gutsiest of the predictions, but I believe Arsene Wenger’s side will have a different mindset this weekend than they did last week after a lackluster display against Swansea as they lost 3-2. Wouldn’t it be something if we saw the old duo of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie against their old formidable rival, Manchester United? Though this would produce a classic strike force, Wenger has other issues. His main concern should be his defense; Laurent Koscielny is the only 100% healthy starting defender. Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen both have been hampered by injury the last few weeks, and the Gunner’s youngster Miquel would be baptized by fire if he starts this game. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, and Dimitar Berbatov would all scare a  healthy defense, so Arsenal and Miquel should be petrified if their backline isn’t on their game on Sunday.

2 thoughts on “Round 22 Premier League

    tophatal said:
    January 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

    As an ex pat Brit now living stateside in C Florida I can tell you categorically I still enjoy Premiership (EPL) soccer ! This season however is proving to be really interesting with Man City rising to the fore . They have been playing well but it remains to be seen as to whether or not they can fend off challenges from the likes of Chelsea and their crosstown rivals Man Utd .

    Alan aka tophatal …..

    Briek Pauwels said:
    January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I dunno who wrote this but chances are they know I’m a huge fan of Arsenal. I disagree with the last prediction. As much as I’d like to see Arsenal pull off the win, it’s unlikely. Our back line is completely decimated, and chances are it will be until January (although considering our manager’s tendencies the holes are likely to remain unfilled), and what Arsenal has now is unlikely to be able to stop Rooney if he comes to play. Up top, we have one single reliable scoring threat in RVP, and he’s likely to be placed under heavy pressure by United’s back line, although he’ll get some help from United’s woeful DeGea in goal. The Gooners still have yet to see how Henry stacks up against serious competition (although his first goal was sweet and is still keeping my heart warm through last week’s disaster at Swansea). Both teams will come out shooting, and neither side should expect a rehash of the dreaded “8-2”, but I think United still has the edge. I’ll be here dreaming of January.

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