Welcome to the seventh edition of Premier Predictions, with Dom Kureen this time taking on the might of former UK Gladiator ‘Nightshade’, aka Judy Smith.
Last time out Damian Clark beat Dom 7-3, moving fourth in the table in the process.
*A correct outcome gains one point, an exact result three points. All games kick off at 3pm on Saturday 1st March unless stated.
Hammers fans are far from happy, with seven draws in eleven games ensuring a plummet down the table, as well as a disappointing cup exit. Going into some tricky fixtures they’ll target a win here. Unfortunately for ‘big Sam’ and his motley crew, Palace are rejuvenated under Alan Pardew – they’ll win with something to spare.
Who knows? West Ham are out of steam, Palace have a perfect away record under Pardew. Lots of goals, lots of errors and some disgruntled home fans!
Burnley vs Swansea
The Clarets don’t know when they’re beaten, and despite receiving a season’s worth of good fortune in their excellent draw at Chelsea, morale should be high at Turf Moor, they’ll need it to see off a fading Swansea team.
Burnley were very lucky last week, this time they’ll come back down to earth with a bump, Danny Ings can’t score every week, and Bafe Gomis is due a goal for the Swans.
Manchester United vs Sunderland
Sunderland are starting to look stale under Gus Poyet, despite protestations to the contrary from players. United are hardly storming along, but their attacking prowess will inflict yet more suffering on Black Cat supporters.
United are so up and down that I’ve decided to go for a tight home win, although I could just as well have rolled a couple of dice with these two teams.
Terrible teams alert! Villa have been horrendous for a long time, while Newcastle are virtually unwatchable under the leadership of interim gaffer John ‘Charver’, a man with all of the tactical nous of an inebriated 12 year-old playing Football Manager on his brother’s PC.
Newcastle are so bad under Carver that defeats seem the logical prediction virtually every week that he’s their head coach. Tim Sherwood should get a good response from his troops after last week’s disappointing 2-1 home reverse against Stoke.
Stoke City vs Hull City
Stoke are all but safe after their triumph at Villa Park last time out, one more win will secure their top-flight status for another year. They should beat a Hull team capable of upsetting the best, but their inconsistency will haunt them here.
One outrageous prediction for me! Hull are the kind of team who can produce brilliance on rare occasions; I’m banking on them doing it at the Britannia Stadium – come on you Tigers!
West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton
Saints’ defence for once looked leaden footed when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool last Saturday. They should bounce back at the Hawthorns, despite the Baggies’ vast improvement since Tony Pulis’ appointment.
Tony Pulis and West Brom looks like a marriage made in heaven. A point at home against an excellent Southampton team should provide further proof that the Baggies are destined to beat the drop this term.
A home defeat against Barcelona exposed City’s flaws in certain areas – is James Milner really good enough to start those kind of matches? Liverpool are no Barca though, and despite improving in recent weeks they’ll disappoint their fans tomorrow.
City followed a 5-0 hammering of Newcastle with a 2-1 home defeat against Barcelona. Liverpool, also in decent domestic form and poor in Europe, will kill off Pellegrini’s title tilt, ultimately costing the Chilean his job at the end of the campaign.
Arsenal vs Everton
Arsenal were woeful in Europe in mid-week, smashed 3-1 by Monaco in front of their own fans. Everton on the other hand are doing rather well in the Europa League, but suffering a terrible run in the league – all of this points to a Gunners home win, and then some serious work to do in their second leg in France.
“Come in Mr Wenger, your time is up!” Despite being a revolutionary Premier League manager, Monsieur Wenger has a team that are treading treacle. With morale on the floor, this is an optimum time for the Toffees to take a point at the Emirates.
Dom: 2-1 aet
Spurs have developed one of this season’s revelations in the shape of Harry Kane. A gem of a striker, he’ll nab another goal to take this one to extra time, but Chelsea will find another gear to seal silverware before focusing on more pressing matters.
Tottenham destroyed Chelsea earlier this season, 5-3 at White Hart Lane. They will do that again here; a hat-trick for Eriksen and one more for Kane. Silverware for Spurs!
The Premier Predictions league table is still led by DJ Rees. Dom’s defeat last time means that he slumps into the bottom half of the table, while Damian Clark sits in mid-table, having secured a comfortable victory.