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Weekly Draw Predictions: Matchweek 18

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Matchweek 17 brought us four Premier League draws over the course of the weekend, including in the showpiece match between Liverpool and Chelsea on Saturday when a late Willian goal cancelled out Mo Salah’s opener.

The shock draw of the weekend was undoubtedly Tottenham’s home game against West Brom. The Baggies are still without a permanent manager after Tony Pulis was given the chop and they’re lingering perilously close to the relegation zone. Caretaker boss Gary Megson led them to a 1-1 draw against all odds, and it meant Tottenham were leapfrogged into fourth place by bitter rivals Arsenal.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was livid after Arsenal snatched a 93rd minute winner at Turf Moor to deny the home side a point. It’s the third consecutive match between the two in which Arsenal have taken all three points with a goal in injury time but as Dyche said post match “football’s a harsh game and sometimes it hurts you.”

The Championship saw three draws in total. Sheffield United’s failure to beat strugglers Birmingham at home will have messed up a fair few banker predictions. And in a low scoring weekend in League One there were four draws, three of which finished goalless.

Our wildcard draw prediction last week was Hamilton v Hibernian in the SPL. Antonio Rojano came up with the goods: his 72nd minute equaliser earned Hamilton a point to stretch their unbeaten run to five league games.

This Week’s Draw Predictions

Arsenal v Manchester United

Arsenal and Man United are the only two Premier League teams with flawless home records this season but few would argue that The Gunners match United’s quality and Arsene Wenger has a horrible record in matches against Jose Mourinho. The pair have traded insults in the past Mourinho branding his foe a “voyeur” and the Arsenal chief saying Mourinho is “stupid” and “disconnected with reality.” Their animosity towards one another will only add to the matchday drama of a classic Premier League fixture.

Ipswich v Nottingham Forest

Tenth and ninth in the Championship respectively, Ipswich and Forest are two of the most inconsistent teams in the league and there’s just a point between them after they both suffered 2-0 defeats last weekend. Sheffield United drew last time out which means Forest are the only Championship side without a draw to their name, but this is as good a time as any for that to change.

Hamilton Academical v Hearts

Hearts have drawn their last two games following a run of three successive losses that saw them slide down the SPL table. Now they find themselves in seventh, just a point above Saturday’s opponents Hamilton. The Accies took a shock point from Hibs last weekend and after spending November unbeaten they look capable of holding Hearts too.

Sure Draw Prediction This Week

Southend v Oldham

Only two points separate these sides in mid-table League One and they’ve each lost just once in their last five. Southend go into the game having drawn their last two 1-1, whilst Oldham have had two 0-0s in their last two games, so neither team is in the habit of killing off opponents of late. Whilst Southend are unbeaten at Roots Hall this season, five of their nine home games have seen them share the points.

Wildcard Draw Prediction

Torquay v Aldershot

Torquay could well be on the up after and dismal start to their National League campaign. Whilst they’re still in the relegation zone, they’ve recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this term by following up victory of league leaders Sutton with three points in a convincing win over Leyton Orient. Aldershot are in the play-off places – just three points off top spot – but Torquay might be able to put the brakes on their promotion chase if their recent form continues.

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