During the previous edition of Premier Predictions, ‘Just Mike’ managed an 8-8 tie with Dom Kureen, with both achieving one exact scoreline and five other correct outcomes.
This time Dom tests his mettle against YouTube royalty ‘The True Geordie’ who uploaded his predictions to the video sharing site. If you enjoy football and don’t mind the occasional cuss word please check out his Youtube channel.
*All matches kick off at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.
Burnley vs Southampton
Burnley finally found their Premier League mojo during November, only for a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Road in their previous match to suck them back into the bottom three. A Saints side fresh from a trio of successive defeats to some of the leagues biggest hitters will see a trip to Turf Moor as winnable, but will have to dig deep to earn it.
Chelsea vs Hull City
No longer ‘the invincibles’, Chelsea will be keen to return to winning ways after a torrid 2-1 defeat against Newcastle allowed Man City back to within touching distance of the top-flight summit. Hull City can’t buy a win and look void of ideas, they could face a morale sapping afternoon in south London.
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
Two teams who performed well last weekend, it was Stoke who took the headlines with a sensational 3-2 victory against Arsenal, while Palace had to settle for a stalemate at White Hart Lane. In Bojan Krkic, Mark Hughes’ Potters have one of the league’s in form players, expect the little dynamo to shine again.
Leicester City vs Manchester City
The Foxes would love to turn the clock back a couple of months to take a page from their pulsating 5-3 triumph against Man United. The lights have dimmed at the King Power Stadium since then, with a series of lightweight showings leaving them rooted to the foot of the table. City have returned to winning ways both domestically and in Europe; even without Aguero they’ll win by the odd goal in five.
Sunderland vs West Ham
Expect free-flowing, direct football at the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland have been frustratingly inconsistent all season. Andy Carroll sent out a warning to the rest of the league with his brace of goals and assist battering Swansea last week. The gargantuan Geordie will revel in the inevitable sour reaction he receives, but the Mackems have enough about them to nick a point against the run of play.
West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa
A derby of sorts between two mid-table teams should be evenly contested. West Brom are tidy enough without inspiration, whilst Villa rely heavily on the over burdened Christian Benteke – the Belgian’s return seeing them halt a run of nine without a win. He might score again at the Hawthorns, but it will only be a point saver this time.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Arsenal’s walking wounded are only outnumbered in the top-flight by the Magpies’ extensive casualties, so in essence it may come down to who can adapt the better of the two. Arsenal have been ordinary so far this campaign, but will fancy their chances against a Newcastle team who have a pitiful record at the Emirates in recent seasons.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
A slightly fortuitous win at St Mary’s on Monday continued United’s upward momentum, with the previously maligned Robin Van Persie at his clinical best for his two goals. Liverpool are lacking inspiration sans the injured Sturridge and erstwhile Suarez. They’ll exhibit plenty of pride at Old Trafford, but it won’t be enough to increase their points tally; Rooney and Mata to shine for the home side.
Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur
The Swans suffered at the hands of a resurgent Andy Carroll last weekend, fortunately for them Spurs’ strike force currently carries all of the threat of a moribund chihuahua. In Christian Eriksen the visitors do possess a play maker of high calibre, and in Harry Kane a young striker with hefty upside, the pair will combine to earn Pochettino an invaluable three points.
Everton vs Queens Park Rangers
With Charlie Austin absent it’s difficult to see where the goals are going to come from in this hoops side, barring a rare wonder-strike from Niko Kranjcar or scuffed tap-in from Bobby Zamora. Romelu Lukaku has been a shadow of his former self since Everton splashed a club record £28m on the forward in the summer. With that in mind expect a brace from the big Belgian.
DJ Rees still leads the way with 11 points, can anyone defeat the prince of predictions? Stay tuned to find out!