Nov. 21, 2016
Sunday Premier League Predictions
The Premier League is split this weekend with five matches being played on Sunday afternoon also, including a highlight match between North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, 1.30pm kick-off (BST)
Tottenham have failed to win a match since they convincingly ended Manchester City’s previously unbeaten start to the season and Mauricio Pochettino’s men have drawn their last three games in the Premier League. Arsenal on the other hand struggled to victories over both Burnley and Swansea, before picking up what could have been classed as a lucky point against Middlesbrough. Wenger’s side looked back to their best in their victory over Sunderland at the weekend and will come into the fixture on a high after their late Champions League victory against Ludogorets.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Olivier Giroud to score anytime
Liverpool vs Watford – Sunday, 2:15pm kick-off (BST)
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are starting to find their niche and are starting to click into top gear, which may be a worry for the rest of the league as their attacking prowess is looking difficult to stop. Klopp’s side have won four of their las five matches in the Premier League with the only blip on that radar coming against Manchester United in what was a pitiful, boring draw at Anfield. Watford are unbeaten in their last four matches heading to Anfield and will likely set up to be difficult to breakdown and look for a counter attacking goal. It will be difficult for the away side to sit back against the constant pressure for ninety minutes, especially with the Anfield crowd roaring their favourites forward.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Watford – Roberto Firmino to score anytime
Hull vs Southampton – Sunday, 2:15pm kick-off (BST)
Hull have desperately struggled in the Premier League for the last month, losing their last five league matches, whilst only scoring two goals (both in heavy losses to Liverpool and Bournemouth). Manager Mike Phelan will be beginning to feel the pressure despite only recently becoming permanent manager and to be successful in the Premier League survival race, your home ground does need to be a fortress, so Sunday’s game could be pivotal. Southampton are in a good run of form at the moment, despite losing to a top, top Chelsea team at the weekend, but the Saints could be hampered by a Thursday night Europa League trip. The Saints did pick up a draw on the road to Manchester City and were unlucky not to beat Inter Milan at the San Siro in Europe, so I would still expect Claude Puel’s side to run out victorious on Sunday.
Prediction: Hull 0-2 Southampton – Charlie Austin to score first.
Swansea vs Manchester United – Sunday, 3pm kick-off (BST)
Bob Bradley has a huge job on his hands if he is to bring this Swansea side back to winning ways, as the whole team is looking completely dejected week in, week out. The fixtures get no easier for the Welsh side, with a visit of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Swansea have not won a Premier League game since the opening day of the season, when they were 1-0 winners against Burnley, so now, it’s looking like a long season for the Swans. Manchester United on the other hand were awful against Chelsea, losing 4-0 and they failed to beat Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday, despite having 37 attempts on goal. The Red Devils will need to be more clinical moving forward and there will be no better place to start than Sunday’s fixture. Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a host of chances against Burnley, so will be hoping to bounce back with a couple against the struggling Welsh hosts.
Prediction: Swansea 1-3 Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime.
Leicester City vs West Brom – Sunday, 4.30pm kick-off (BST)
Leicester City have had a mixed defence to their Premier League title, but since their heavy loss to Chelsea they have bounced back with a comfortable win against Crystal Palace and a commendable draw at White Hart Lane against Spurs. Claudio Ranieri’s side could qualify for the Champions League knockout stages tonight with victory against Copenhagen and if they can do that, it will provide a huge boost for the Italian’s side. West Brom were edged out by Liverpool in their last away trip, losing 2-1 at Anfield, before they were absolutely outclassed last weekend by a rampant Manchester City. Now, Leicester will not play the football to the level of Manchester City, but the threat of Jamie Vardy will be ever present against a West Brom defence lacking in pace.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-0 West Brom – Jamie Vardy to score anytime