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Week 20 Predictions 02/01/12

Wednesday 4th January 2012
Happy New Year, football fans! The games over New Year's Eve and yesterday really kicked off 2012 in some style. It more than made up for the poor showing on Boxing Day.

As we are now at the half way point of the season, I thought it would be interesting to post the alternate Premier League table, if all my predictions had been correct. I thoguht it would be even more interesting if I compared it with not only the real table as it stands now but also my prediction of where the sides would finish, something I did before the season started.

Premier League Table 100% Predictions Table Predicted Final Table
1.Man City1.Man City1.Man United
2.Man United2.Man United2.Man City
9.Everton9.Everton9.West Brom
10.Aston Villa10.Wolves10.Sunderland
11.Norwich11.West Brom11.Stoke
12.West Brom12.Norwich12.Bolton
15.Swansea15.Swansea15.Aston Villa
19.Blackburn19.Aston Villa19.Blackburn

This is all supposed to be a bit of fun but I have enjoyed looking at my start of season expectations and how they have been altered by the form of the team. I look forward to comparing them all again at the end of the season.

Right, time for the main event, my first predictions of 2012. Here they are:

Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea

Take note, my first prediction of the year is the first time I have predicted a win for Villa. Winning at Stamford Bridge will have given them plenty of confidence and Swansea are one of the better sides to play home seen as they haven't won away yet. Like the game at the end of November, it won't be the most entertaining but Villa won't care if they get another three points.

Blackburn 1-1 Stoke

In the last game at Old Trafford, I correctly predicted that there would be plenty of goals. However, I said that United would get them all. This was such a difficult game to call on the back of such a fantastic win. I have a horrible feeling that if Stoke score first, the booing will start again and destroy all the morale built at Old Trafford. For Steve Kean's sake, I want a Blackburn win but Stoke are no push-overs.

QPR 1-2 Norwich

This was the same score that Norwich won by at Carrow Road and I think they will reproduce it. QPR's only home win was against Chelsea and I just can't see them outscoring Norwich to add to that solitary victory.

Wolves 1-1 Chelsea

I looked at this fixture for a while and I couldn't bring myself to give Chelsea the win. This is a good time for Wolves to play them, their results have gone from bad to worse over the Christmas period. This should be a close game with both teams pressing for a win but a draw woul still be a great result for Wolves.

Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

Fulham got a hard earned point at the Emirates in the reverse fixture but Arsenal are on a high. It must be a fantastic feeling for their fans after such a bad start to the season to be in the top four at the start of the year. Fulham won't get taken apart by them (like United did) but they will have to settle for a defeat.

Tottenham 2-0 West Brom

In hindsight, Spurs' draw at Norwich seems much more disappointing as both Manchester sides lost. They will make sure they get a win here. The longer they are in the title race, the easier it will be for them to finish third. West Brom's defeat at home to Everton called a halt to their good form and rise up the table. No part of me can see them bouncing back at White Hart Lane.

Wigan 1-2 Sunderland

This was the only other game where I had a hard time coming up with a prediction. Under Bruce, Sunderland would not have beaten City, especially when you consider their make-shift back four. Wigan have been on a good run too and with only a couple of days since the last game, I think they will have the edge on Sunderland with an extra days rest. However, the O'Neill factor should be enough to keep all of the players going and I think they will snatch a late winner again.

Man City 2-1 Liverpool

Surely City won't go three games without a win? I know they rested a few player against Sunderland so they would be fresher for this game and I think that might benefit them. It will be interesting to see if Gerrard plays as his contribution could be vital. He completely changed the game against Newcastle. I'm not sure he would have the same impact here but it was good to get a reminder of what a fantastic player he is.

Everton 2-0 Bolton

Everton have not been scoring many goals of late but they have got enough to move them into the top half of the table. Let's be honest, a point against Wolves at home was not a good result for Bolton. They needed to win that game and I just can't see where their next win will come from at this rate. They may not have been bottom at Christmas but they were bottom for New Year and could be staying there for a while. Everton will be able to get all the points and as I have predicted, more than one goal.

Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd

I think United will triumph here but I have no idea what kind of game it will be. I played it safe with 1-2 but I don't know how much United will bounce back. They were on a great run and then lost what is arguably the easiest game of the season. They need to shake it off and hope the congested period has taken it's toll on Newcastle.

And that is it folks, the end of the Christmas/New Year period. I feel like we can all take a breather after these next couple of days. There is the FA Cup to look forward to this weekend which, with so many big ties, should be cracking.
Oliver Friend
23 year old Psychology graduate from The University of Hull. Massive England fan and supporter of Birmingham City at club level. Currently spending a lot of time going to watch North Ferriby United in the Conference North. Also try to keep up with the major European leagues. Follow on Twitter: @ole1208

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