Weekly Draw Predictions: Matchweek 20
Last weekend three of our draw predictions were correct: the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, the wildcard of MK Dons v Shrewsbury and our sure draw prediction which was the showdown at the top of League Two, Luton v Notts County.
There were two other stalemates in the Premier League at the weekend. Thanks largely to Christian Benteke’s farcical penalty miss, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth drew 2-2. It was Palace’s fourth draw in five games, whereas and Southampton held Arsenal to just their second draw this campaign on Sunday.
Undoubtedly the pick of the draws last weekend was in the National League where Eastleigh and Bromley played out a 4-4 thriller. It looked as though Bromley had nicked it when Louis Dennis scored in the 87th minute, but on-loan Bournemouth youngster Sam Matthews replied just a minute later to ensure Eastleigh took a share of the spoils. It was Eastleigh’s 11th draw this season – no one’s fired a blank on more occasions.
Form is everything as we head into the notoriously busy festive period. With teams very keen to give nothing away we could see a few more draws than normal in the coming weeks.
This Week’s Draw Predictions
Watford v Huddersfield
Marco Silva has impressed with his Watford team at times in the Premier League since he took over last summer but The Hornets’ loss at Burnley last weekend took their run of games without a win to three. They’ve taken just nine points from their eight home games heading into this one against Premier League new boys Huddersfield, who halted a run of six straight defeats with a win against Brighton on Saturday. The last time these two drew was in February 1999, so you could say it’s overdue.
Derby v Aston Villa
Fourth versus fifth in the Championship is almost guaranteed to be a tight game. There’s just a point separating the two promotion-chasers Derby and Villa and neither will want to lose any ground as they look to chase down Wolves and Cardiff in the automatic promotion spots. Only those top two have conceded less than Steve Bruce’s Villa this term, and he knows how to set up away from home to steal a point as proven in their last away day at Elland Road against Leeds.
Notts County v Grimsby
Russell Slade returns to former club Notts County with a Grimsby side whose three straight wins will have them in high-spirits. Second-placed County’s draw against Luton last time out was their third in five and it’s fair to say they’re in the habit of playing well but not killing teams off, which will encourage The Mariners. They might not quite have enough to end County’s unbeaten home record but a point looks like a fair shout.
Sure Draw Prediction This Week
Falkirk v Brechin
The Scottish Championship’s two bottom sides are really having a tough time of it this season. Brechin remain without a win after 16 games, with their meagre three point total coming from three draws. Falkirk have only won once themselves and have racked up six draws. Only they and Swansea City have scored less than ten goals this term in all of England and Scotland’s top leagues. It doesn’t sound like a good game on paper and it probably won’t be. It does sound like a draw though.
Wildcard Draw Prediction
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace may be bottom of the Premier League but Roy Hodgson has guided them to five games without defeat off the back of last weekend’s draw with Bournemouth. Still, their form away from Selhurst Park has been abysmal – they haven’t picked up three points on their travels all season. Claude Puel’s Leicester’s win last weekend was their third in a row, so Palace will have to be at their best to take a point (and if they get a penalty, make sure Benteke stays well away) but hey, it’s called a wildcard prediction for a reason.
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