Tomorrow's Football Predictions: Matchweek 19
Tomorrow’s Key Matches
The mid-week Champions League intermission is over and domestic football is back, so let’s delve into the weekend’s key matches.
At the start of November Tottenham v Stoke would have looked like a certain victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. Then a defeat to rivals Arsenal knocked the wind out of their sails and they haven’t won since. The bookies will still fancy a Spurs win tomorrow – they’ve won their last three PL games against Stoke 4-0 – but Stoke ended a four game winless run of their own last time out and will want to gather some momentum heading into the Christmas period.
It’s also crunch time for Huddersfield Town. Four consecutive losses mean they’re perilously close to the relegation zone now despite an encouraging start to the season. Brighton travel to the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow as they look to halt that losing run.
Two of The Premier League’s biggest derby days take centre stage on Sunday too, with two giant encounters lined up in Liverpool v Everton and Manchester United v Manchester City.
Shrewsbury are trying to get back on top in League One after slipping to second following three defeats in four. MK Dons stand in their way tomorrow but if they’re to regain top spot they also need Wigan to slip up against Fleetwood Town who haven’t won in their last five matches.
And in League Two there are big games between the top two and bottom two as Luton Town play Notts County and Barnet travel to Chesterfield.
Who’s In Form?
Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have been in formidable form of late with their respective main men Silva, Hazard and Salah lighting up the Premier League. They say form goes out of the window in a derby, so it’ll be interesting to see if Man City and Liverpool can maintain recent successes during theirs on Sunday.
Chelsea travel to West Ham tomorrow and with the Hammers struggling to win at home this season it looks like Antonio Conte’s side could make the short trip back to West London with their good form intact.
Newcastle have found themselves to be new inductions to the poor form club. Rafa Benitez has never lost three consecutive home matches in England’s top flight, but he’s in danger of setting that unwanted record this weekend if Newcastle can’t turn things around against Leicester.
What We Look For In Tomorrow’s Games
With two of the fiercest local derbies in the Premier League taking place this weekend, expect big tackles, feuding managers and two fiercely competitive matches.
Mind games started earlier in the week ahead of the Manchester derby as Jose Mourinho called BS on Pep Guardiola’s claim that in-form midfield dynamo David Silva may miss the clash through injury. Arsene Wenger said something similar about Alexandre Lacazette before he played in last week’s match between Man. United and Arsenal, and Mourinho’s having no more of it. One player who will be missing out is Paul Pogba, after United decided not to appeal his red against Arsenal. It’s hands-down the biggest game of the season so far, and even without those two big names it’s an unmissable spectacle.
Big Sam stayed home in the week as his Everton side travelled to Cyprus to play Apollon Limassol especially to prepare his first teamers for the Merseyside derby on Sunday, so expect a tight game despite Liverpool’s impressive recent form. We fancy a draw in this one, which would mean The Reds equal their own record of 15 successive games unbeaten in Merseyside derbies.
Few will look any further than Wolves for a banker tomorrow as Sunderland travel to the midlands to take on the Championship table-toppers. Nuno Espirito Santo has guided Wolves to nine wins out of their last ten Championship games, whereas Sunderland have less than nine points in the same period.
In League Two, bottom club Chesterfield welcome fellow drop-zone lingerers Barnet to the Proact Stadium. Don’t read too much into their league position: Chesterfield are unbeaten in five and they could well leapfrog their opponents by Saturday evening.
Sure Predictions For This Week
Luton Town and Notts County are the top two in League One. They’re inseparable on points after 20 games and we think it’ll be the same after their huge game tomorrow. County’s defence have the daunting task of stopping League One’s top scorer Danny Hylton who’s notched twelve so far this campaign. But their player-manager Kevin Nolan knows how to keep the back line tight away from home – no one in the league has let in fewer goals on the road which is why our money’s on a stalemate.
In the SPL, second placed Rangers have the chance to land a third straight win tomorrow. They take on Ross County who have lost three of their last five, scoring just three goals in that time, which has left them second bottom. Three points for Rangers – our sure win prediction this week – would be their tenth of the season, and Ross County’s tenth defeat.
How Our Pro’s Are Looking
Ledley has gone for a Spurs banker and a draw in the Manchester derby. He's also backed Palace to take the points against the Cherries.
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