The Premier League has never failed to provide the quality of entertainment it often promises and this season there has been an extra dose of uncertainty in the air. Most clubs are unsure as to how they must approach each game and as a result are finding it hard to get results consistently.
The turn of the year gives the clubs a chance to re-group but the unpredictability is bound to continue till the end of the season.
Here are the predictions for the first round of fixtures in the New Year:
1. West Ham United vs Liverpool:
Prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Liverpool
The Hammers humiliated Liverpool in the reverse fixture at Anfield but the Reds are a more confident outfit and will be hoping to take all three points from this game and extend their winning run to 3 games.
2. Sunderland vs Aston Villa:
Prediction: Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa
The bottom of the table clash between two teams desperate for a victory has all the making of an epic encounter. Remi Garde will try and get a positive result from this game which might help the squad find their lost confidence.
3. Leicester City vs AFC Bournemouth:
Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City have now faced two games without scoring a goal and are showing signs of slowing down at the top of the table. A clash against the newly promoted Cherries may not be a tough fixture for the Foxes but they might be in for a surprise as Bournemouth have been impressive this season.
4. Arsenal vs Newcastle Untied:
Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United
The weekend fixture against a struggling Newcastle side will only give Arsenal a better chance to open a gap at the top of the table. The Magpies have been disappointing so far this season and will have to get it together if they are to play in the top flight next season.
5. Norwich City vs Southampton:
Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Southampton
The Canaries have looked strong at the back and have proven time and again to be a difficult team to beat. Their resilience may get them a point against the Saints who lacked out of touch in their defeat to West Ham last week.
6. West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Stoke City
Stoke City are playing some scintillating football off late and have plenty of talent in the squad to lift in into the European spots. They will face the Baggies in a tough game but will be favorites to win all three points from this fixture.
7. Manchester Untied vs Swansea City:
Prediction: Manchester United 0-0 Swansea City
United have not been able to create enough chances against weaker sides and will be up against another gritty opponent in Swansea City. The Irish outfit will hope to repeat their feat from last year and will hope to stun the home crowd.
8. Watford vs Manchester City:
Prediction: Watford 2-1 Manchester City
Quiqe Sanchez Flores has done a great job with the Watford team who look a formidable team all over the field. They are not easy to beat and will surely make City run for their money as they will not give away even a point easily.
9. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea:
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Chelsea
Pardew’s Palace go into the New Year in 5th place just 5 points off a top four spot. It will not be easy to take all three points from a Chelsea side but in current form, Palace may well be able to inflict damage on the already wounded London franchise.
10. Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur:
Prediction: Everton 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
In easily the match of the week, the Toffees will take on the Spurs in an encounter that will produce some high-intensity football. Both managers hate to lose and will surely set their teams up attacking. This might give the opponents chances to score while the game may well be decided by a mistake.
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