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Premier League: Predictions for matchday 22

Friday 20th January 2017
Entering into matchday 22 of the Premier League, it's still all to play for at both ends of the table. Each club is in action over the weekend, with the standout fixture taking place between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Predictions



Liverpool v Swansea City



After two consecutive draws in the league, Liverpool will be even more determined to win when they take on a struggling Swansea City. Paul Clement is the new man in charge of the Swans, but his team find themselves rooted to the bottom, and he needs more time to implement his ideas. Jurgen Klopp's side have scored the most goals in the Premier League, and with Philippe Coutinho returning after injury, expect Liverpool to pick up a comfortable victory.

Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Swansea City


West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland



West Brom are exceeding pre-season expectations and find themselves in the top half of the table. While their opponents on the weekend, Sunderland, are suffering a dismal campaign. David Moyes' side need to quickly begin picking up points, but with only one away win in the league this season, victory against a confident Tony Pulis team looks improbable. The game at the Hawthorns is unlikely to produce many clear-cut chances, so it will be a tight encounter.

Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Sunderland


Crystal Palace v Everton



With ten points from their previous four games, which includes the recent demolition of Man City, Everton are flying and will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to Selhurst Park. Sam Allardyce faces a familiar test, as he aims to secure Crystal Palace's survival; a club just one place above the drop zone and without a league win in seven. The Toffees pose a real threat and will be full of belief, but it's time for Palace to end their poor run of performances.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton

Middlesbrough v West Ham United



Middlesbrough are fully capable of competing in the top flight, despite being the lowest scorers in the Premier League. Their opponents on Saturday, Slaven Bilic's West Ham United, also have problems to overcome - the Dimitri Payet saga for one. It will be an interesting game at the Riverside featuring two teams hoping to put some distance between themselves and the relegation places. There won't be much to separate them and it could it go either way.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-1 West Ham


Stoke City v Manchester United



Jose Mourinho and his players saw their six-game winning streak come to an end after drawing against fierce rivals Liverpool; Manchester United must now embark on another long run of victories to stay in contention with the teams above them - beginning against Stoke City. Mark Hughes' side are positioned in mid-table, they are capable of producing an upset, but Man United will start this game as clear favourites. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's formidable presence and rare quality could prove the defining factor.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United


Bournemouth v Watford



Only two points separate both teams in the table, which shows there's not much between them in terms of calibre. Bournemouth will want to make amends for their recent collapse away at Hull City, while Watford are without a league win in six. It's troubling times for Hornets manager Walter Mazzarri: Can the Italian turn his team's fortunes around? In the other dugout, Eddie Howe's side have been brilliant this season, and they should pick up another three points here.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Watford


Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Two clubs that still retain title aspirations go head-to-head in Saturday's late kick-off at the Etihad. Things aren't going to plan for Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side sit fifth in the table and still left reeling from their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton. In contrast, Tottenham have recorded six consecutive wins, which has taken them to second in the league. Without doubt, this is the biggest game of the weekend, and the result will have a significant impact on the Premier League title race.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham


Southampton v Leicester City



Is it conceivable that the reigning Premier League champions could be relegated? Leicester City are just five points above the bottom three and need to improve, starting this weekend when they make the long trip south to face Southampton. Claude Puel's side are in a rut, having lost their last four league games, and they will have an eye on their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday. With the two clubs struggling, any result is possible, and both teams will go all out for the win.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Leicester City


Arsenal v Burnley



Burnley have had a remarkable season up to now, which takes the pressure off their players when they travel to north London. However, for Arsenal, this is a must-win game if they are to maintain any notion of challenging for the title. Burnley have the worst away record in the Premier League, so defeating Arsene Wenger's side at the Emirates is a big ask, especially with a full-throttle Alexis Sanchez to contend with. Expect chances galore when these two meet on Sunday.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Burnley

Chelsea v Hull City



After 13 games, Chelsea's undefeated streak was finally ended by Tottenham. Although the title race has regained some life, Antonio Conte's side remain in a strong position at the top. There are big questions ahead of this game, primarily, will Diego Costa return after recent controversy? At the other end of the table, Hull City, under new manager Marco Silva, are looking to build on their recent victory - which will be difficult to achieve away at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Hull City
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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