Tomorrow's Football Predictions: Matchweek 20
Tomorrow’s Key Matches
In the flurry of Premier League action, Burnley miraculously found themselves in fourth position – ahead of big boys Liverpool and Arsenal and just four points behind Chelsea in third. Their win over Stoke came courtesy of an 89th minute winner from Ashley Barnes and sets them up perfectly for their game against out-of-form Brighton tomorrow.
There was also late drama as Crystal Palace hosted Watford on Tuesday night. Watford looked to be coasting to a 1-0 win until Tom Cleverly was sent off in the 87th minute, after which Palace grabbed two last-gasp goals to steal all three points and finally move out of the relegation zone. A tricky away trip to Leicester awaits for Roy Hodgson’s men tomorrow as they look to continue their climb up The Premier League.
All eyes will be on Manchester City v Tottenham tomorrow evening though. Spurs were back at their formidable best as they demolished Stoke last weekend and they followed up with a mid-week win against Brighton, but Manchester City have brushed aside the best of the best in The Prem already this year. Few will fancy them to lose the domestic winning run they’ve maintained since August.
The Championship’s stand-out match is between play-off chasers Derby and Aston Villa, whilst in League Two there could be a rout on the cards as free-scoring Luton Town play second bottom Forest Green. Luton have netted 49 league goals this season, and no one in England’s top four leagues has conceded more than the 40 Forest Green have let in.
Who’s In Form?
Impossible to ignore at the top of the form guide is Manchester City. There might be five Ws in the graphic above, but their form is actually three times as impressive. City, led from the front by David Silva who himself has been in scintillating form, have set a new Premier League record of 15 straight wins.
Champions of two years ago Leicester have regained their spark in recent games. Manager Claude Puel has injected a new lease of life at The King Power Stadium, where Leicester face Crystal Palace tomorrow as they try to chalk up a fifth Prem win in a row.
It doesn’t look so good for Huddersfield, Brighton or Newcastle. None are in the relegation zone yet but the teams below them are starting to pick up points and Newcastle in particular are dangerously close to the bottom three. They have the tough task of trying to beat Arsenal at The Emirates tomorrow, knowing their opponents have won seven of their eight home games this season.
Brighton have had a pointless start to December in their tree games. They also have a difficult match at home against in-form Burnley, who have become one of the hardest teams to beat in The Premier League, losing just twice on the road since the season began.
Wolves were held to a 0-0 draw with 10-man Sunderland last week, but could extend their lead to 7 points at the top of the Championship with a win against Sheffield Wednesday tonight.
Cardiff are five games unbeaten and will be looking to at least equal Wolves' result to keep within distance. Meanwhile Barnsley have lost five in a row and have a tough trip to Brentford up next.
What We Look For In Tomorrow’s Games
Chelsea took advantage of their midweek match to get back on track following defeat at West Ham last weekend as they dispatched Huddersfield 3-1. Southampton are up next for the Champions, and after they were soundly beaten by Leicester in midweek we could see a lot of ball-to-net contact.
Manchester United suffered their third loss of the season when ‘noisy neighbours’ Man City beat them last weekend. United fans were dismayed by the performance of Romelu Lukaku, who went missing in that game, but he was back amongst the goals against Bournemouth on Wednesday. That could spell trouble for Sunday’s opponents West Brom.
We’re also expecting wins for Brentford, who face Championship strugglers Barnsley, and Blackburn Rovers, who face a Charlton side with just one win in five League One games.
Sure Predictions For This Week
Cardiff are one of the favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League this year and they’ve marched to second in the league with five successive games unbeaten. Neil Warnock has been around the block and knows the Championship like the back of his hand, so don’t expect his Cardiff side to give up that high position easily. Their match against Hull this week is his opposite number Nigel Adkins’ second in charge of his new club. Adkins guided Hull to a much needed win last weekend but they conceded twice at home and have looked shaky at the back all season which is why we’ve got it down as a sure win for Cardiff.
Our draw prediction comes from the Scottish Championship as Falkirk play Brechin in a battle of the bottom two. Brechin have lost 13 of their 16 league matches and drawn the other three, leaving them a mammoth fourteen points adrift of safety. Falkirk have just one win to their name as well and these two are the lowest scoring teams in Scotland’s second tier. It has draw written all over it.
How Our Pro’s Are Looking
Ledley has gone for a Wigan Banker this week as the League One leaders head to struggling Wimbledon. He's also backed Chelsea to beat Southampton and gone for Brighton - Burnley draw.
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