Premier League predictions for Gameweek 14: Tips, picks & scorelines
The festive season is upon us and despite the cold December weather, things are starting to hot up at both ends of the Premier League table.
Defending champions Liverpool have taken control of top spot after their 2-1 win over title rivals Spurs last time out but just six points separate the Reds from Chelsea down in seventh.
At the other end of the table, Sheffield United are still rooted in last place after their 3-2 defeat to Man Utd, with Chris Wilder’s men taking just a single point from their opening 13 games. Above the Blades, West Brom, Fulham, Burnley and Brighton are all in desperate need of results, while some have suggested that even Arsenal — languishing in 15th with just four wins so far — could get dragged into the relegation scrap.
So, without further ado, let’s get into some predictions for Gameweek 14.
Although they haven’t swept the top flight aside as they did last season, defending champions Liverpool are once again top of the Premier League after their 2-1 win over Spurs last time out. They travel south on Saturday to face a Crystal Palace side with just one win from their last five games. What’s more, the Reds have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Eagles, including all six since Palace pulled off an unlikely Anfield victory back in April 2017. With recent form and historical head-to-head records considered, it’s hard to look beyond another win for Jurgen Klopp’s men here. Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool
Southampton vs Manchester City prediction
It speaks of the sort of season Southampton are enjoying (and Arsenal are enduring) that a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last time out was considered a disappointment. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games in a run which has lifted them all the way up into third, only four points adrift of leaders Liverpool. By contrast, Manchester City have failed to find any sort of consistency in 2020/21 and after drawing their last two games, Pep Guardiola’s men are stuck down in ninth. Saints beat City the last time they visited St Mary’s and we could see a repeat of that result on Saturday. Scoreline prediction: Southampton 2-1 Man City
Everton vs Arsenal
Just when it looked like Carlo Ancelotti’s Merseyside revolution was hitting the rocks, the Italian stumbled across the perfect defensive formula to seal consecutive wins over high-flying Chelsea and Leicester City without conceding a goal. The Toffees are back up to fifth in the table, nine points clear of Saturday’s opponents, Arsenal, who have failed to win any of their last six Premier League games. The Gunners have failed to score in each of their last two visits to Goodison Park and given their defensive struggles, won’t be banking on hitting the onion bag on this occasion. Scoreline prediction: Everton 1-0 Arsenal
Newcastle United vs Fulham
After a wretched start to the campaign, Fulham have taken five points from their last four games (losing just once) to put themselves back in touch with those just outside the relegation zone. The Cottagers have conceded just one goal in their last two games and, if they can keep that defensive solidity going, should be primed for a point against a wildly inconsistent Newcastle. Scoreline prediction: Newcastle 0-0 Fulham
Brighton vs Sheffield United
Without a win in four and failing to score in their last two games, Brighton need to start picking up results quickly to pull themselves away from the relegation battle. What better way to kick-start a run than against a Sheffield United side with just one single point to their name so far? That said, the Blades took four points from Brighton last season and, equally, will see this as a chance to finally start making a fist of their survival bid. Scoreline prediction: Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United
Tottenham vs Leicester City
Spurs’ defeat to Liverpool last time out was damaging, but if anyone can inspire a quick return to form, it’s Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese tactician will be fully aware of just how much football there is left to play in this Premier League season, and will definitely have sensed the fragility in the Leicester camp after the Foxes fell to a languid 2-0 defeat at home to Everton during the week. Spurs are unbeaten in their last four home league games against Leicester and will be keen to extend that run here. Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Leicester
Manchester United vs Leeds United
Whether by hook or by crook, Man Utd just keep on grinding out results and now lie just two points adrift of second-placed Spurs. They rekindle their old rivalry with Leeds United this weekend and although Marcelo Bielsa’s men carry a considerable attacking threat, they seem primed to fall victim to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s counter-attacking machine. Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 4-2 Leeds United
West Brom vs Aston Villa
Sam Allardyce kick-starts his reign as West Brom manager with a West Midlands derby against Aston Villa but, as always, will be seeking an early result to make his appointment a popular one. Unfortunately for Allardyce, Dean Smith’s men are away-day specialists this season and will be confident of keeping a third consecutive clean sheet against one of the least productive attacks in the Premier League. Scoreline prediction: West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa
Burnley vs Wolves
The lowest scorers in the Premier League with just six goals, Burnley have at least tightened up the backline to concede just once in their last three games, picking up five much-needed points along the way. Things seemed to be slipping for Wolves until their 2-1 win over Chelsea last time out, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men might find it a little too difficult to break down Sean Dyche’s battling Clarets on Monday. Scoreline prediction: Burnley 1-0 Wolves
Chelsea vs West Ham
After losing to consecutive games to Everton and Wolves, Chelsea have slipped to seventh in the table and Frank Lampard knows only too well how quickly he needs to turn results around and return the Blues to the title hunt. The only problem? They face a West Ham side who took six points from Chelsea last season, while the Hammers have lost just one of their last five meetings with their London rivals. Although they may not leave Stamford Bridge with all three points, expect West Ham to take a share of the spoils. Scoreline prediction: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham