As we prepare for another weekend of unpredictable Premier League action, here are five predictions we are making for this weekend.
It proved to be a bitterly disappointing midweek for Liverpool, with their 2-0 defeat at table-toppers Leicester City all but ending their faint top-four hopes.
The Reds’ performance was just not up to scratch throughout, with the same old deficiencies once again rearing their ugly head.
There are entertaining Premier League match-ups everywhere you look, and here are five predictions that we expect to come to fruition this weekend.
A shocking mistake from Man City‘s defence
The two-time champions have looked all at sea in recent weeks, and were it not for the superb form of Joe Hart, more points would have been dropped.
City’s top-of-the-table showdown at home to Leicester should be a highly entertaining match, and it is difficult to predict the result.
The hosts will gift the league leaders a goal, however, with Martin Demichelis the likely culprit. Whether it affects the final outcome remains to be seen.
Less than three shots on target for West Brom
We all know that watching a Tony Pulis side is the footballing equivalent to watching paint dry, and he has predictably turned West Brom into a horribly dull team.
Pulis’ record cannot be called into question, in fairness, and he will keep the Baggies up this season, but do his tactics really have to be so negative?
West Brom visit Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, and Pulis will no doubt be deploying four centre-backs along the back-line and playing for a goalless draw.
They will rarely threaten Newcastle’s goal from start to finish, and will not hit the target more than twice at St James’ Park.
Everton may have enjoyed a resounding 3-0 win over Newcastle at Goodison Park on Wednesday, but we know what they are really like.
The Toffees have played some lovely football during the season, but so often, a lack of belief and ruthlessness has been horribly evident. They dominate matches, only to concede soft goals.
Rather depressingly, this sounds a little too like another Merseyside club, whose name does not need to be mentioned.
Everton visit Stoke City on Saturday, and it will be the same old story for them. They will likely boss Mark Hughes’ out-of-form team, but will succumb to a deflected Jon Walters goal in the 82nd minute, or something similar.
Arsenal to respond in style
The Gunners have gone four league games without a win, and not scored in three of those, but they will turn the corner at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s men will likely brush aside the Cherries with relative ease, and ‘Gooners’ will be telling us that they are the best team in Europe on Monday morning.
Liverpool to score at least three
Given Liverpool’s current woes in front of goal, barring that unforgettable 5-4 win at Norwich, tipping them to find the back of the net regularly on Saturday may seem ludicrous.
The Reds have scored just 14 times in 11 home Premier League matches in 2015/16, often being frustrated by stubborn opposition defences.
Given that this weekend’s opponents Sunderland are managed by defence-minded buffoon Sam Allardyce, many will be expecting another infuriating day in front of goal.
Liverpool will pull off of a resounding victory, however, and score at least three times on a rare happy day at Anfield.
Don’t blame me when we lose 1-0 to a late header from a corner.