December just continues to throw top quality Premier League action at us, as we enter yet another match-week of football! As a result, we’ve got Kyle working overtime to provide us with yet more of his predictions. Disagree with him? Submit your own by clicking on the banner below!
Leicester vs. Crystal Palace: Kyle says 2-1.
Claude Puel has proven to be quite an appointment thus far at Leicester, with the Foxes currently enjoying a four-game winning run. This too looks like a winnable fixture, with Crystal Palace remaining low in the table despite their recent form also improving under a new manager in Roy Hodgson.
Kyle says: “Leicester are flying at the minute so I’m backing them to pick up another three points here. The Foxes play good football at the King Power and with Mahrez hitting peak form at the minute I expect Crystal Palace to put up a good fight but ultimately lose this one.”
Arsenal vs. Newcastle: Kyle says 2-0.
With both sides in considerable need of a win, this is an important fixture at the Emirates. Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham last time out after suffering the same score-line at Southampton a few days before, while Newcastle are in freefall having not won any of their last eight games.
Kyle says: “Newcastle’s problems and Arsenal’s need for a win means this should be a victory for the Gunners. Newcastle have been so poor lately that it’s hard to imagine they’ll get anything here. Recent displays from Benitez’s men at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge suggest they are not strong enough defensively to frustrate Arsenal as Southampton and West Ham have done recently.”
Brighton vs. Burnley: Kyle says 1-1.
High-flying Burnley are the surprise package of the season so far but now face a tough looking trip to the South coast to face Chris Hughton’s Brighton. The Seagulls may not have won since October, but have drawn four of their last five home games.
Kyle says: “Brighton are hard to beat at the Amex and I think Chris Hughton has done well – albeit not as well as Dyche! Burnley have picked up so many wins but still aren’t a side who will score loads of goals and I can see the hosts scoring. I’m going for a point each.”
CHELSEA VS. SOUTHAMPTON: KYLE SAYS 3-0.
Aside from the fact that Kyle has to predict a Chelsea win in order to remain popular amongst our community and to keep up his ‘Proper Chels’ persona, this is a game the Blues will be hopeful of a result in having beaten Huddersfield in a midweek match-week that saw Southampton battered at home by Leicester.
Kyle says: “Chelsea were back in the goals in Yorkshire on Tuesday and with Alvaro Morata now back fit the Blues should continue finding the net this weekend. I think the Spaniard has a point to prove after some recent misses in front of goal and Chelsea should create a lot of chances in this one.”
Stoke vs. West Ham: Kyle says 1-1.
Not the most attractive fixture of the weekend, but supporters can expect a tight contest at the Bet365 on Saturday as Stoke go after a much needed win against a West Ham side who are on the up despite being in 19th place. The bottom of the Premier League is so tight now that a Hammers win would lift them above several teams including Stoke.
Kyle says: “I can’t separate these two. West Ham have improved under Moyes and were really well organised against both Chelsea and Arsenal, however they aren’t a side that will dominate anyone and therefore this game remains a real battle for both sides.”
Watford vs. Huddersfield: Kyle says 2-1.
Two teams currently sat mid-table, Watford’s home advantage perhaps makes them favourites for this game despite them not winning any of their last four league games. Huddersfield haven’t won on the road since the opening day.
Kyle says: “Marco Silva is too good a coach and Watford are too good a team for their recent poor streak to continue here. I’ve been backing the Hornets for the last few weeks and so have been surprised to see them losing games, but this is a nice fixture that they will hope to get them back on track.”
Manchester City vs. Tottenham: Kyle says 2-2.
Undoubtedly the game of the weekend, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face another tough test as they again look to extend their record-breaking winning run. After winning last weekend’s derby, City pummelled Swansea in midweek to make it 15 wins on the spin. Are Tottenham the team to finally take points off them?
Kyle says: “I think Spurs have enough incentive to get a result here. They need to keep themselves in the top four battle and would also love to end City’s winning run just as they did Chelsea’s last season. I don’t see them winning this game and I expect City to remain unbeaten but a draw would be a result that Pochettino’s side should be very proud of!”
West Brom vs. Manchester United: Kyle says 0-1.
Four games, no wins, and currently on a three-game run without a goal, things have hardly been thrilling since Alan Pardew took over at the Hawthorns. But the Baggies’ 0-0 draw at Anfield in midweek was a good result and one they would do well to replicate here.
Kyle says: “I think this will be close as Pardew has brought back the Tony Pulis like steel to the WBA defence which Pulis himself lost prior to his sacking, however Manchester United should prove too strong in the end. Romelu Lukaku will be returning to a ground he was very successful at during his time at West Brom, which could help.”
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool: Kyle says 2-3.
After frustrating draws against Everton and West Brom at Anfield in the past week, Liverpool will probably be quite relieved to be on the road. They face a Bournemouth side who are without a win in their last five.
Kyle says: “Bournemouth always seem to give Liverpool a game and who could forget that Nathan Ake winner last year! I see goals here because of Liverpool’s shaky defence but expect Salah and co. to make sure of the win.”
Everton vs. Swansea: Kyle says 1-0.
Not exactly the fixture that ‘MNF’ was introduced for. Big Sam’s improving Everton team face rock-bottom Swansea at Goodison Park where ‘under 2.5 goals’ is probably you’re best option if you’re a betting person. The Swans struggle to score goals and Allardyce likes to keep his defence strong.
Kyle says: “Everton have been consistent under Allardyce so far and I see that continuing. You have to worry for Swansea not just because of their results but their uninspiring performances.”