Premier League Preview (Feb 11th and 12th)

Published: Feb 11, 2014 08:04am EST
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 11, 2014 @ 08:04am EST

 

There is a quick turnaround for the Premier League as midweek matches give teams at the top and bottom of the table a chance to build on, or make amends for, the weekends performance. This time around we have four games taking place on Tuesday with the rest twenty four hours later on Wednesday. 

 

Tuesday (All Kick Off Times 7:45 GMT/ 2:45 ET unless stated):

Cardiff v Aston Villa:

Neither side had a good weekend with Cardiff losing to their Welsh rivals Swansea 3-0 to see them stay right, slap bang, in the middle of the relegation zone. For Aston Villa, two quick goals from West Ham, saw their recent progress out of the relegation zone slip. 
As it is Villa are still six points clear of their hosts before the kick off today but only four away from being in the danger zone themselves.
Expect goals in this game with neither being able to keep a clean sheet since Villa held a clean sheet against Sunderland on New Years Day. 

Prediction: 1-1.

 

Hull v Southampton:

The visitors failed to secure a win at home to Stoke City on Saturday despite having the lead twice. That said Mauricio Pochettino’s side have regained some sort of form since the beginning of the year. Their loss of keeper Artur Boruc toward the end of last year saw the south coast side fall down the table somewhat. 
Hull, meanwhile recently won at Sunderland and managed a draw when Spurs visited. Those four points followed four straight defeats and relegation is still a possibility with Steve Bruces side on the same points as Aston Villa. With new signings Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long finding the net it may prove to be just what Hull need to pull themselves further clear of the relegation zone. 

Prediction: 2-0.

 

West Ham v Norwich:

Struggling West Ham welcome fellow strugglers Norwich City to the Boleyn Ground with both having decent results over the weekend. West Ham scored two quick goals away to Aston Villa to secure their second win in two games while Norwich kept free scoring Manchester City to a goal less draw.  
This is a game both sides will be looking to win with it being a potential six pointer come the end of the season. A win for West Ham will see the first time they recorded three Premier League wins in a row since 2007 but they will have to do it, as they have all season, without Andy Carroll. The English striker is serving the second of his three match ban picked up when Swansea visited. 

Prediction: 1-1.

 

West Brom v Chelsea (8pm GMT/ 3pm ET):

Chelsea have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points with a win at the Hawthorns. Five wins from the previous six, including wins against both Manchester sides and Newcastle. 
Their hosts, under new manager Pepe Mel, are still looking for their first league win since New Years day. Hope is found with that win at home to Newcastle has been followed with tied games at home to Everton and Liverpool. A win here would eclipse the Fulham result at Old Trafford at the weekend but in truth if you were to offer West Brom a level score line now I think they would snap your arm off. 
Chelsea are on a good run at the moment and the thoughts of most pundits are that this will continue this evening. 

Prediction: 1-3.

 

WEDNESDAY (All Kick Off Times 7:45 GMT/ 2:45 ET Unless Stated):

Arsenal v Manchester United:

The last side, I am sure, David Moyes would want to face right now is Arsenal. Coming right off the back of a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday you have to think Arsene Wenger will be looking for a response. That said, so is the United boss.
After the Fulham game David Moyes said it was the lowest point and this could be the very last throw of the dice if Manchester United have serious claims on a Champions League spot next season. Currently nine points behind Liverpool, another defeat would surely see the gap become too much. 
The good thing for the United boss is that the game is away from Old Trafford where it has been traditionally difficult to go and get a result. This season, however, only one side has found it difficult, and that’s United. 

Prediction: 3-0.

 

Everton v Crystal Palace:

Roberto Martinez will be hoping that he can get Everton’s season back on track when Crystal Palace visit. Two defeats in the last three games have seen the Toffees fall off the pace just a little after such a solid start to the season. 
Crystal Palace have done well against the teams around them, picking up wins against West Brom, Hull and Stoke in recent weeks but have lost to away games in London at Arsenal and Tottenham. 
A win for the away side will see their push further away from the relegation zone, but a bad result here wouldn’t be the end of the world. For Everton a win would see them potentially leapfrog back over Tottenham, depending on their result at Newcastle of course.

Prediction: 2-0.

 

Manchester City v Sunderland:

The past two games for Manchester City have not yielded the greatest of results. The free scoring Manchester City have now gone two consecutive games without scoring. Fernandinho, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero are the biggest misses for Manuel Pellegrini and it certainly showed against Chelsea and Norwich when Yaya Toure was locked in a defensive role, hardly ever getting forward and certainly not going on any penetrating runs. The substitutions on Saturday were questionable to say the least but with all that said, they are still only two points off top spot.
In what could be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in a months time Sunderland will be without defender Wes Brown. The ex Manchester United player was sent off in the opening minutes at the weekend. 
Like Crystal Palace, Sunderland will view any points gained from this game as a bonus, despite securing all three at the Stadium of Light earlier on in the year. 

Prediction: 3-0.

 

Newcastle v Tottenham:

Two British managers go head to head and while one is on an upward trajectory the other is just trying to keep his squad together. Hopefully now that Joe Kinnear has left maybe Alan Pardew will be able to have more control on the incomings and outgoing of the squad form now on. It was the last two transfer windows which have really impacted Newcastle, losing a key player with no replacement coming in. 
In the other dugout Tim Sherwood has managed to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor and the Toga international has repaid him thus far. While things are going well I think this will continue but like Arsenal and Manchester City fans I know all to well, he can flip moods in an instant. 

Prediction: 1-1.

 

Stoke v Swansea:

Swansea made heads turn when they fired their successful coach Michael Laudrup but the weekend saw the new boss secure a 3-0 win against Cardiff. Although the Welsh side are now tenth they are still only four points above the relegation zone and can slide just as quickly as they have risen. 
The hosts recently followed up a win against Manchester United with a good draw away to Southampton. If they can get a win on Wednesday they will end the day level on points with the visitors. These two sides are still deep in a relegation battle and any points picked up will be valuable. 

Prediction: 2-0.

 

Fulham v Liverpool (Kick Off 8pm GMT/3pm ET):

Liverpool were totally dominant against Arsenal on Saturday and were 4-0 up in the opening twenty minutes. Twenty four hours later Fulham thwarted wave upon wave of Manchester United attacks and snatched a point from the game. This game is all set up to be similar with regards Fulham having to defend for the most part and the difference will be the finishing of Liverpool and how clinical Suarez and co will be. 

Prediction: 0-2. 


 

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