Premier League is back this weekend from the FA Cup break, teams heading to Dubai for their summer training camps, and the small matter of £142million transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
While it may seem that you have missed out on a lot of action in last few days but Premier League title race is still a one-sided affair with Manchester City clearly ahead of their chasing pack and other teams trying to catch up with City’s imperious recent form.
Premier League Gameweek 23 sees three competitive and one really pulsating match being lined up for our viewing pleasure. Tottenham vs Everton and Chelsea vs Leicester will be exciting but Liverpool vs Manchester City could once again bring the roof down in this week’s Premier League action like many of their recent encounters.
Ahead of a much-anticipated Premier League weekend, we take a look at the predictions, predicted scoreline, predicted goal scorers and all the possible full-time results from this weekend’s Premier League action.
Crystal Palace vs Burnley (13 Jan, 8:30 PM)
Burnley have beaten Palace in 3 of the last 5 meetings with one ending in a draw. Burnley are 7th in the league table while Palace are struggling at 14th in the league table. Burnley have been rock solid at home this season but have been found wanting on their travels.
As for Palace, the managerial change is yet to show its charisma as they have found it very hard to score goals but with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke forging a decent partnership, we may be in for an exciting game at the Selhurst Park this weekend.
Predicted Scoreline: Crystal Palace 1 Burnley 1. Expected goal scorer – Ashley Barnes
Huddersfield vs West Ham (13 Jan, 8:30 PM)
West Ham managed a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season but things have changed drastically since then. Huddersfield have won just 1 game in their last 6 attempts while West Ham have managed 2 wins and 3 draws from their last 6 games.
Predicted Scoreline: Huddersfield 1 West Ham 2. Expected goal scorer – Manuel Lanzini
Newcastle United vs Swansea (13 Jan, 8:30 PM)
Their win last weekend has pushed Newcastle United to the 13th place in the league table while Swansea continue to be the bottom side in the Premier League table. Rafa Benitez would hope for a strong showing from his team at home and crucial 3-points in their bid to survive the drop this season.
Predicted Scoreline: Newcastle United 2 Swansea 0. Expected goal scorer -Ayoze Perez
West Brom vs Brighton (13 Jan, 8:30 PM)
One game I would not want to predict this weekend would definitely be this one as the 19th placed West Brom welcome the 12th placed Brighton who have won just 1 of their last Premier League matches.
Lack of an out-and-out goalscorer on either side makes this a fascinating battle as goals could be of premium but certainly, entertainment will be guaranteed.
Predicted Scoreline: West Brom 1-1 Brighton. Expected goal scorer – Pascal Grob
Watford vs Southampton (13 Jan, 8:30 PM)
Just 1 win in their previous 12 matches combined for both the teams is just one way to highlight the significance of a win for both the managers this weekend. There will be goals in this one so the only deciding factor in this game could be the home advantage.
Predicted Scoreline: Watford 2-1 Southampton. Expected goal scorer – Shane Long
Chelsea vs Leicester (13 Jan, 8:30 PM) – Covered LIVE on Rooter
Chelsea have beaten Leicester in their last 3 previous Premier League and 4 games in a row now including last year’s EFL Cup game. Leicester are 8th in the league table while Chelsea sit pretty at the 3rd place.
While Leicester have shown signs of resurgence in recent weeks, Riyad Mahrez’s transfer stories could play a key role in Leicester’s performance on the night. As for Chelsea, their 0-0 draw against Arsenal was widely criticized and Alvaro Morata’s lack of form is beginning to be a cause of concern for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
Predicted Scoreline: Chelsea 1 Leicester 1. Expected Goal scorer – Jamie Vardy
Tottenham vs Everton (13 Jan, 11 PM) – Covered LIVE on Rooter
Harry Kane and Co. have won 3 of their last 4 Premier League matches while Everton are without a win in their last 4 Premier League game and we expect that dreaded run to continue this weekend against Spurs.
Despite signing Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, Toffees cannot expect him to be 100% match fit and take on a Spurs side who are striving to break into the Top 4 this season. Kane and Alli are beginning to find the right combination and are looking capable to beat anyone in the league.
Predicted Scoreline: Tottenham 3 Everton 1. Expected Goal scorer – Dele Alli
Bournemouth vs Arsenal (14 Jan, 7 PM)
Will this be the final game for Alexis Sanchez as an Arsenal player or will Mesut Ozil be saying his farewell to the Arsenal fans after this game? It is almost painful to see Arsenal football club having to deal with such speculations instead of dominating the headlines with results.
And Yes, Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere are expected to be back for their team for this match. Wenger’s suspension and Wilshere’s injury is over in time for their clash against Bournemouth.
Predicted Scoreline: Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 2. Expected goal scorer – Alexis Sanchez
Liverpool vs Manchester City (14 Jan, 9:30 PM) – Covered LIVE on Rooter
Expect a lot of goals in this game as both teams have an exceptional set of players going forward and creating chances for their players. Although Philippe Coutinho will be missed for this game, Liverpool would hope to end Man City’s astonishing 30-game unbeaten domestic run.
Predicted Scoreline: Liverpool 2 Man City 2. Expected goal scorer – Sergio Aguero
Manchester United vs Stoke City (16 Jan, 01:30 AM) – Covered LIVE on Rooter
Jose Mourinho would hope to carry some momentum to his Champions League campaign later this season with a win over Stoke City who are yet to announce their new long-term manager following Mark Hughes’ sacking.
United will have a fully fit midfield and attacking options to chose from and after their warm-weather training camp in Dubai, players will be fresh and raring to go this weekend.
Predicted scoreline: Man United 2-0 Stoke City. Expected goal scorer – Romelu Lukaku