Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge all but ended last weekend as league leaders Chelsea beat them 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to go nine points clear at the top of the table. Arsenal now sit 4th in the league, just a point ahead of 5th placed Liverpool and an insurmountable looking 12 points adrift of Chelsea.
This followed on from their shock 2-1 loss at home to Watford and leaves them with just four wins from their last nine Premier League games. The remainder of the results have been one draw and four defeats, and unsurprisingly has fans of The Gunners calling for Arsene Wenger to leave.
At home they have still only lost twice this season in the Premier League though, winning eight and drawing twice to make up the remainder of their results. Whilst their overall record is impressive they have definitely taken their foot off the pedal in recent times.
Olivier Giroud has been doing his best to change their fortunes. He scored again last weekend to take his tally to eight for the season, despite only starting six games. Surely Arsene Wenger will afford him a start here considering his excellent performances from the bench, and odds of 4/6 for him to find the net again look good value for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Hull have improved dramatically under Marco Silva recently, and that was illustrated perfectly last weekend when they shockingly beat Liverpool 2-0 at the KCOM. This makes it four wins, one draw, and three defeats in their last nine games in all competitions. However, their away form is yet to turn around.
On the road they are winless since a 2-1 win over Bristol City in the League Cup back in October, and in the Premier League they haven’t tasted victory since a 2-0 win at Swansea in August. This leaves them with nine defeats and two draws from their last 11 games, although the most recent of their trips away ended with a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
This marks an improvement, and their 2-0 loss to Chelsea in their previous away match was an impressive result too. Their defence has undoubtedly improved on the road, with just one of their last eight trips away seeing over three goals scored.
PREDICTION: ARSENAL 2-1
Manchester United managed to recover from their midweek disappointment at home to Hull on Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 win over the struggling Leicester. This extends their Premier League unbeaten run to an impressive 15 matches, but seven of those have ended all square and they have drawn three of their last four.
A huge six of these seven draws have come on home soil, with four wins making up the rest of their 11 match unbeaten run in the league at home. This leaves them just two points outside the top four in the Premier League, sitting in 6th just below Liverpool with a five point lead on Everton below them.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the net again last weekend against Leicester, taking his tally to 15 Premier League goals in his 23 appearances. He is undoubtedly the main goalscoring threat in this game, and even odds of 4/7 for him to score anytime look to offer some value for our goalscorer predictions.
Watford find themselves in a fairly respectable position considering their poor winter run not long ago. They are 10th in the premier League table with a comfortable looking ten point cushion over the drop zone. They are ten points off 7th placed Everton though, so there is an obvious gap opening up between the top eight and the rest of the table.
The Hornets chances of a top half finish this season have been boosted over the past couple of weeks, with a 2-1 win at home to Burnley last weekend following on from their fantastic win at The Emirates the week before.
They have now lost just one of their last six in all competitions, although they have only managed two wins from their last nine Premier League games. Away from home they have won one, drawn two, and lost five of their last eight in the league, but that 2-1 win over Arsenal will have given them a huge amount of confidence.
This is down to improvements all over the pitch for Watford, and that 6-1 hammering at the hands of Liverpool seems a very long time ago now. Since then they have only conceded more than two goals once, and three of their last five trips away have seen two or three goals scored.
PREDICTION: UNITED WIN 3-1
Middlesbrough put in a battle at White Hart Lane last week but ultimately went back up north empty handed as they lost 1-0 to Spurs. This continues their inconsistent form of late, with them now looking back on two wins, three draws, and two defeats in their last seven outings in all competitions.
Both of these victories have come in the FA Cup though, and their Premier League form looks more than a bit worse for wear. They are winless in seven league matches now and have lost four of them, leaving them down in 15th position with just a one point lead over 18th placed Hull.
At home things do look a little brighter, but they have still managed to lose six of their last 11 league games at the Riverside Stadium and have thus far only been able to beat teams in the bottom quarter of the table.
Everton, on the other hand, will be coming into this match full of confidence. They stormed past Bournemouth last weekend with an emphatic 6-3 victory to make it five wins, two draws, and just one defeat from their last eight outings in all competitions.
Their singular defeat came in the FA Cup too, so in the Premier League they are unbeaten in seven and have won five of them. Away from home they have won two and drawn two of their last four too, putting them up in 8th position with a four point lead over West Brom. They are seven points adrift of the top four though.
PREDICTION: EVERTON WIN 1-0
Sunderland might just have turned a corner this season after last weekend. They looked comfortable at Selhurst Park and took a first half lead before a flurry of goals just before the break saw them head into half-time with a ridiculous 4-0 lead over Crystal Palace. They held on to that scoreline throughout the second half to end their eight match winless streak in all competitions.
In the Premier League they have only lost four of their last eight games though, which is a decent record considering they are rock bottom of the table. The win last weekend puts them to within two points of safety though, and they will be rightly feeling good.
Southampton are having a very poor spell of form at the moment. They lost 3-1 at home to West Ham last weekend to make it three defeats on the trot, and without the departed Jose Fonte and the injured Virgil van Dijk they have conceded ten goals in their last three games.
Just four of their last 12 games in all competitions have ended in a victory for them, and in the Premier League they have lost a disappointing six of their last seven outings. This has shunted them down to 13th in the Premier League, and they are only seven points above the drop zone.
Away from home things get even worse for The Saints. They have won just twice on the road in the Premier League this season, losing seven times and drawing the remaining three. Sunderland have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven at home as well, so this could be another disappointment for Southampton.
Obviously Sunderland have one person in particular to thank if they do manage to avoid relegation again this season. Jermain Defoe scored twice last weekend to take his tally to 14 Premier League goals for the season. Eight of these have come in his 12 home appearances, which represents well over half of Sunderland’s total goals. Their next highest scorer is the departed Patrick van Aanholt. Considering Southampton’s poor defensive record of late, backing Jermain Defoe to score anytime at 7/4 looks an excellent choice for our goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: SUNDERLAND WIN 2-1
West Ham had a difficult first half to the Premier League season and it looked like it might get worse when Dimitri Payet refused to play for them, but his departure seems to have brought the remaining players closer together and they’re looking like a very solid team at the moment.
Their 3-1 win at Southampton last weekend made it three wins from their last four games in the Premier League, and they have now won six of their last nine league games. This has lifted them to 9th in the table, with them sitting five points adrift of the top eight.
It’s West Brom who occupy this 8th position, with them being just four points adrift of Everton in 7th after a phenomenal season so far. This continued last weekend with a hard fought 1-0 win at home to Stoke.
The Baggies have now lost just one of their last six Premier League games, beating Southampton, Hull, Sunderland, and Stoke in the process. Away from home the victories are a bit harder to come by though, with just three all season and their four draws and five defeats making up the remainder of their results on the road.
It’s no secret that West Ham have struggled to adapt to life at the London Stadium, but they have at least managed three wins from their last five league games there and have only lost to Arsenal, Manchester United, and Manchester City since the start of October.
Recently The Hammers major attacking threat has been Andy Carroll, but the striker is a slight doubt ahead of this clash and could miss out. That would take the onus onto top scorer Michail Antonio, who has proven his versatility this season by bagging eight league goals from a multitude of different positions. West Brom haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home since the opening day of the season, so backing Antonio to score anytime at 21/10 looks the best choice for our goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: WESTHAM WIN 2-1
Stoke’s unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end last weekend with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at West Brom, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected given The Baggies good form at The Hawthorns.
This followed on from impressive draws at home to Everton and Manchester United and wins over Sunderland and Watford, to take them to 11th in the Premier League, and another win on Saturday could send them into the top half of the table.
At home they have only lost one of their last ten league matches, and whilst five of them have ended all square they have had to face some tough opposition. Crystal Palace should be a much easier game than their recent hostings of Manchester United and Everton.
The visitors will be drastically low on confidence after getting battered 4-0 at home to Sunderland last weekend. They always looked on the back foot against their fellow relegation candidates but a frantic end to the first half saw them go into the break in an un-salvageable position.
This defeat made it six defeats from The Eagles’ last seven Premier League matches and leaves them 19th in the table with a two point gap between them and the safe zone. Away from home they did manage to beat Bournemouth last time out, but they have still lost five of their last eight on the road and will find it tough going to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
PREDICTION: STOKE WIN 1-0
Liverpool’s disastrous start to 2017 continued last weekend when they managed to lose 2-0 at Hull, to make it five games in all competitions without a win. They have still only won once this calendar year, drawing four times and losing five. That singular win came against League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle as well, so it’s certainly not the best of times for Jurgen Klopp.
This has seen them drop out of the Premier League top four, and they now occupy 5th position with just one more point than rivals Manchester United in 5th. They could make it back into the top four with a win here, but they need to start performing again if they are to remain there.
Liverpool’s last five games have seen them lose to Swansea, Southampton, Wolves, and Hull and pick up a draw at home to Chelsea. This seems to be the trend with the hosts at the moment – They lose against teams they should be easily beating but then manage to hold on against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Tottenham extended their unbeaten streak to 11 matches in all competitions last weekend with a tight 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. They have won nine of these 11 games, scoring a huge 28 goals in the process and pushing themselves up to 2nd in the table. There is a nine point gap before they reach leaders Chelsea though.
Away from home they have won two and drawn two of their last four matches, and their usually solid defence looks a bit vulnerable on the road. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine trips away in all competitions, although they have scored in seven of them.
The likely absence of Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen won’t help their chances of a clean sheet on Saturday either, and despite Liverpool’s poor form, they have managed to score in 11 of their last 13 home games.
The hosts have their own problems though. They could be without both Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren on Saturday, and they have only kept four clean sheets in their last 13 home games. One of these was against Plymouth as well, and they have conceded seven goals in the four games since then.
This should give the Spurs attackers something to look forward to, and for our goalscorer predictions the best value offering looks to be Dele Alli at 21/10. The talented midfielder has scored five goals in his last four away games and has a total of 11 league goals to his name this season.
Burnley’s miserable away form continues last weekend as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford. This makes it four wins, one draw, and three defeats in their last eight outings in all competitions, with all of their failures to win coming on the road.
At Turf Moor they turn into a completely different team though. Their 1-0 win over Leicester last time out made it seven victories on the tropt there, and they have only lost three games there all season. Two of these came against Arsenal and Manchester City too, and they were by no means comfortable margins of victory for the giants.
This has left them in a fairly comfortable 12th position in the Premier League, nine points clear of the relegation zone they were predicted to be in at this stage of the campaign. Their home form really has saved their season.
Things may be a bit too much for them on Sunday though as they face the Premier League leaders Chelsea. The visitors won 3-1 at home to Arsenal last weekend to make it five wins and one draw from their last six games. They have only lost one of their last 18 Premier League games, and they have won a huge 16 of those.
Unsurprisingly this has left Chelsea with a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League. Their victory last weekend puts them nine points clear of 2nd placed Tottenham, so the title looks done and dusted already.
At home Chelsea are an overwhelming force of attacking ability, but away from home they tend to opt for a more conservative approach. They have still won seven of their last nine league games on the road, but they have rarely been hammerings of the opposition. In fact, seven of these nine games have seen fewer than three goals in total.
Burnley tend to put ten men behind the ball when hosting top teams as well. They showed how effective this can be with their 2-0 win over Liverpool early in the season, when they had just 25% possession but managed to win 2-0. This defensive approach has also resulted in many low scoring games, with ten of their 15 home league games seeing fewer than three goals and each of their last four going the same way.
PREDICTION: CHELSEA WIN 2-0
Swansea have shown some huge improvements under Paul Clement in the last few weeks, and although they lost 2-1 at Manchester City last weekend the performance was still a respectable one and the margin of the defeat was far less than many expected.
This followed on from their 2-1 win at home to the out of form Southampton and their incredible 3-2 win at Anfield the weekend before. They have now won three and lost two of their last five Premier League games, which has lifted them out of the relegation zone and into 17th. There is only a one point gap between them and the resurgent Hull below though, so they need to keep their good form going.
Leicester could be the perfect team for them to face off against now as well. The visitors were taken to extra time at home to Derby in the FA Cup in midweek, extending their run of winless games (in normal time) to six in all competitions.
In the Premier League they are winless in five and have lost their last four, and they haven’t found the back of the net in the league since New Year’s Eve. This has left them 16th in the Premier League, and there is every chance the Premier League title holders could find themselves in the drop zone at the end of this weekend.
Away from home their form is absolutely dreadful in the Premier League. They haven’t won a game since April 2016, and this season they have lost nine and drawn three of their 12 trips away. They have the second worst away record in the league and have conceded a huge 25 goals on the road.
Swansea’s star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a driving force behind their recent success. The Icelandic attacker has scored in each of their last three league games and has found the net eight times this season. Backing him to score anytime at 8/5 is an excellent choice for our goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: SWANSEA WIN 1-0