Weekly Winning Predictions: Matchweek 19
Saturday’s grudge match between Arsenal and Manchester United has been widely heralded as the game of the season so far. The high-octane encounter finished 3-1 to United as Jesse Lingard bagged a brace and David de Gea put in a spectacular performance that prompted Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to say he was “man of the match by a clear mile.” It was United’s fourth win on the trot and eighth away win against Arsenal, making them The Gunners most successful guests.
In Sunday evening’s game Premier League leaders Manchester City again came from behind to win 2-1. This time West Ham were the opposition and they held off City’s onslaught until the last ten minutes when David Silva bagged the winner, a perfect celebration to his recent contract extension that keeps him at City until 2020.
This weekend brings us two gargantuan Premier League derby days: the Manchester derby and the Merseyside derby. Both are tough to call – fair play to those of you who a brave enough to include these fixtures in your predictions – but all four teams involved are in good form which bodes well for a huge Sunday of football.
In The Championship, look no further than Wolves v Sunderland for a straightforward prediction this week. Top boys Wolves are formidable at home and Chris Coleman has not yet worked his magic on Sunderland, who were humbled in a 1-3 defeat at home by Reading on Saturday. Ipswich and Middlesbrough is the other game that catches the eye in the second tier – both are on the periphery of the play-off places but they’re in contrasting form with Ipswich winning their last two and Boro losing theirs.
League One and Two fixtures are back for selection this in matchweek 18 following the FA Cup action over the weekend, in which League Two’s Luton Town kept up their ruthless goalscoring streak. Gateshead were the victims as Luton ran out 5-0 winners and it came as no surprise that League Two’s top scorer Danny Hylton as amongst the goals. Saturday brings a huge game for The Hatters as they take on 2nd placed Notts County.
This Week’s Win Predictions
Manchester United v Manchester City
The Premier League’s top boys Manchester City have been unconvincing of late so this fixture could be perfectly timed for United. They robbed Arsenal of their perfect home record and they’ll be keen to maintain their own and de-rail City’s beeline to the Premier League trophy in the process. Not to mention that one more victory for City would see them set a new record for most consecutive top flight wins. Three points for Pep Guardiola’s team would see them 11 clear at the top of the PL, which most would agree is an almost unassailable lead, so his opposite number Jose Mourinho will be setting out to ensure that doesn’t happen.
West Ham v Chelsea
David Moyes’ West Ham showed signs of improvement as they took the lead against Man City last Sunday. They also showed why they’re lingering in the relegation zone as they crumbled under City’s pressure late on to leave Manchester empty handed. Chelsea looked to be back at their best as they powered past Newcastle last weekend, and they have the second best away record in the league after Man City. It looks likely to continue against a fragile West Ham, especially if Eden Hazard can continue his formidable form.
Morecambe v Coventry
Morecambe are 21st in League 2 heading into a tough game against promotion chasers Coventry City. They don’t enjoy playing at home much and have scored fewer goals on their own turf than anyone else in the league. Coventry were convincing winners against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup at the weekend which will have given them their edge back after two straight league draws.
Sure Winner Prediction This Week
Rangers v Ross County
Rangers are still without a permanent manager after sacking Pedro Caixinha five weeks ago, but they have recovered from a wobble in mid-November to record back to back wins. They’re up to second in the league after a hard-fought win away at Aberdeen on Sunday and if they’re going to stand any chance of hunting down runaway leaders Celtic they need to pick up points against the likes of Ross County. No one has lost more SPL games than County this term and they won’t be looking forward to visiting Ibrox – they’ve scored a meagre five goals away from home.
Wildcard Win Prediction
Chesterfield v Barnet
Chesterfield are League Two’s bottom club, so it’ll take some stones to put them down as one of your predictions this week. Their lowly position is a little misleading though: The Spireites are actually on a five game unbeaten run that includes a win against fourth placed Exeter and a draw at Mansfield last time out. Their opponents on Saturday are Barnet, who are one place above them in the League Two standings and have lost four of their last five games. If Chesterfield get the three points it’ll be their third consecutive home win and they could find themselves out of the relegation zone.
Choose your seven now!