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Premier League: Predictions for matchday 23

Monday 30th January 2017
After a weekend of FA Cup action, the Premier League returns to deliver a full set of midweek fixtures. Here are our matchday 23 predictions - including the top of the table clash between Liverpool and leaders Chelsea.

Predictions



Arsenal v Watford



Despite the chaos in the Burnley game, Arsenal found a way to win, and they then performed brilliantly in the FA Cup. With Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott back in the fold, Arsene Wenger has an abundance of options to select from up front; an area where their next opponents, Watford, are struggling. It's no victory in eight league games for the Hornets and they find themselves sliding down the table; a trip to the Emirates looks a daunting prospect.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Watford


Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion



Middlesbrough have picked up just two points from their last five games and while they possess the best defensive record out of the teams positioned in the bottom half, they sit only four points above the drop zone. Next up, is West Brom, a side eighth in the table. The pressure is off Tony Pulis' side as they have already achieved their target of Premier League survival. So, Boro are the more desperate for the points, but it will be a close contest at the Riverside.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-1 West Brom


Swansea City v Southampton



The recent 3-2 victory at Anfield could prove season-defining for Swansea City. Paul Clement has faced the challenges at the club admirably, he has taken them out of the bottom three, and now has a great chance of securing another win on Tuesday night. In their last match, the Saints were dismantled by Arsenal, and despite reaching the EFL Cup final, Claude Puel's side have become unpredictable. There should definitely be goals in this game, for both sides.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-2 Southampton

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace



Eddie Howe's side will be expecting to get back on track, after going three league games without a win, when they come up against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. While Palace have fallen into the relegation places and need to quickly start picking up victories. Ten points separate the two sides, which makes it an important game as Bournemouth can still be dragged into a fight for survival, and Sam Allardyce's men have to scrap for every point available.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Crystal Palace


Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur



Sunderland's task of avoiding relegation is becoming increasingly difficult and it gets no easier in their next game. Tottenham battled to earn a point against Manchester City; Mauricio Pochettino's side have demonstrated how strong they are mentally and to keep their title hopes alive, a win at the Stadium of Light is vital. With Dele Alli, who has 11 league goals, and Harry Kane, Spurs should have too much firepower for the team at the bottom of the table.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-3 Tottenham


Burnley v Leicester City



Burnley were unlucky to come away with nothing from the Emirates, but the kind of team they are, it won't affect them when they take on Leicester. As for the reigning champions, they sit just five points above the bottom three and face a difficult encounter at Turf Moor as Sean Dyche's side have been unbelievable at home. Although the Foxes still possess quality, Jamie Vardy and his teammates aren't performing, and a resolute Burnley could prove too strong.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Leicester City


Liverpool v Chelsea

After losing at home against Swansea, being knocked out of the EFL Cup, and then most recently suffering defeat to Championship opposition in the FA Cup: are Jurgen Klopp's side in crisis? In contrast, Chelsea can't do any wrong and sit eight points clear at the top of the table. Antonio Conte's side have the hallmark of champions and in Diego Costa, they have a striker capable of hurting a fragile Liverpool defence. However, the famous Anfield crowd could play a big part.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea


West Ham United v Manchester City



West Ham United's campaign is gradually showing signs of improvement: Slaven Bilic's side have won their last two Premier League games, moved into the top half of the table, and signed the experienced Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass. On Wednesday, they welcome Man City to east London; a team desperate to find the winning formula to challenge for the title. Both sides have had defensive weaknesses this season, but Man City's extra attacking quality will be the difference.

Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Manchester City


Stoke City v Everton



If there is one team in England with a good squad but destined to finish mid-table, it's Stoke City. The same could have applied to their next opponents; however, Ronald Koeman's side are in superb form having taken 13 points from their last five games. Everton look refreshed, with youngsters such as Tom Davies playing a crucial role, but an away game against the Potters is never an easy task. A share of the spoils is the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-0 Everton


Manchester United v Hull City

Hull City have signed four new players in January, but Snodgrass' departure is a major loss for the club. Although Hull are steadily improving, a trip to face a Manchester United team unbeaten in 13 league games is unlikely to help their plight. Jose Mourinho's side will be in confident mood after securing their place in the EFL Cup final, and this game will give Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba the chance to shine in front of the Old Trafford crowd.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 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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