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Premier League predictions for GW 22 as Mourinho preps for Spurs v Liverpool

By Squawka News

Premier League predictions for GW 26, including Chelsea v Man Utd

Published: 16:42, 9 January 2020

After a weekend of FA Cup action, the Premier League is back – and this week, the English top flight has Spurs v Liverpool in store for us.

All 20 top-flight clubs are in action from Friday through to Sunday, with crucial points up for grabs at the top and the bottom of the table.

We kick off with a Friday night clash between Sheffield United and West Ham United. Just under 24 hours later, Liverpool will look to extend their lead at the summit when they travel to an out-of-form Tottenham.

Leicester City host Southampton before that, but Manchester City must wait until Sunday to try and close the gap when they face Aston Villa.

As ever, two of our writers have predicted the result of all 10 matches below. There are also percentile odds, based on the Smarkets betting exchange, for every result possible in each game.

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Sheffield Utd vs. West Ham

Steve Jennings: Having lost on the road for the first time, albeit at the Etihad and Anfield, Sheffield United now need to start picking up points at home to avoid drifting into mid-table obscurity. David Moyes will be keen to continue his good second start at West Ham, so this one’s likely to be tight, and it’s quite possible the sides won’t be separated. Sheffield Utd 1-1 West Ham.

Chris Smith: The David Moyes feel-good factor is in full swing at West Ham but travelling away to Sheffield United, who have lost just six games all season – half of which have come against Liverpool and Man City – is a tall order. The Hammers should be happy with a point. Sheffield Utd 1-1 West Ham.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Pablo Fornals scored and assisted a goal in just 20 minutes of West Ham’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Gillingham last time out.

Smarkets odds

Sheffield Utd win: 50.76%
Draw: 20.40%
West Ham win: 22.22%

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal

SJ: Arsenal have enjoyed a significant improvement under Mikel Arteta so far while Palace continue to struggle for consistency. This is the kind of game in which a moment of quality from either side could sway the result. Wilfried Zaha might provide that for Palace, but perhaps it’s more likely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co. do it for the Gunners. Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal.

CS: Arsenal do genuinely look improved under Arteta, although their weak showing against Leeds United on Monday night may have the Spaniard worrying. Palace have proved tough for the Gunners in the past, so a draw would be a decent result for Arteta. Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Granit Xhaka has averaged 60.92 successful passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, more than any other Arsenal player.

Smarkets odds

Crystal Palace win: 22.73%
Draw: 24.39%
Arsenal win: 52.36%

Chelsea vs. Burnley

SJ: If Frank Lampard can be criticised for one thing since taking over at Chelsea, it’s his inability to overcome visitors who sit deep at Stamford Bridge. Burnley are bound to give the Blues another test of that kind, but surely Chelsea will be motivated to find a new way to win these games. Indeed, the hosts should have enough to narrowly win. Chelsea 1-0 Burnley.

CS: Burnley have lost their last three Premier League games, while Chelsea are on a run of three defeats in four top-flight home matches. That said, Frank Lampard’s side have a ton of quality in their ranks and if they turn up, it should be enough to turn the Clarets over. Chelsea 3-1 Burnley.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Willian has created more chances (40) than any other Chelsea player in the Premier League this season.

Smarkets odds

Chelsea win: 75.76%
Draw: 16.13%
Burnley win: 8.00%

Everton vs. Brighton

SJ: There are no excuses for Everton here. The fans will still be hugely disappointed after the team failed to beat Liverpool at Anfield despite being handed their best chance to do so in years. Carlo Ancelotti must drive it into his players that nothing less than a convincing victory is acceptable against a rather unpredictable Brighton side. Everton 3-0 Brighton.

CS: Everton will still be reeling from their Merseyside derby embarrassment against what was effectively a Liverpool youth team, and their fans are not impressed. A win at home to Brighton is a must but the Toffees are experts at choking when it really matters. Everton 1-1 Brighton.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Dale Stephens has made more tackles (50) than any other Brighton player in the Premier League this season.

Smarkets odds

Everton win: 51.81%
Draw: 25.64%
Brighton win: 22.22%

Leicester vs. Southampton

SJ: With a little bit of luck, Aston Villa showed others how to somewhat stifle high-flying Leicester at the King Power by holding the Foxes to a draw in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Southampton have extra incentive to sit deep as they will be aiming to avoid a thrashing reminiscent of their 9-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. In any case, Leicester will probably create enough to win. Leicester 2-0 Southampton.

CS: Southampton have been a different side since their 9-0 mauling at the hands of Leicester, rising to 12th in the table. That said, the Foxes have recovered well from their consecutive defeats to Man City and Liverpool and remain second – expect a comfortable afternoon for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Leicester 3-0 Southampton.

PLAYER TO WATCH: James Maddison has created more chances (49) than any Leicester player in the Premier League this season.

Smarkets odds

Leicester win: 60.61%
Draw: 23.26%
Southampton win: 15.62%

Man United vs. Norwich

SJ: Norwich must add quality to their squad this month if they are to retain their Premier League status, but their immediate priority will be to keep picking up points here and there. Old Trafford is no longer a terrifying place for clubs of Norwich’s stature to visit, but it will still be a difficult day for the Canaries against a Man United side eager to bounce back from a midweek derby defeat. Man Utd 3-1 Norwich.

CS: Man Utd are winless in three, scoring just once, while Norwich are unbeaten during that time. However, we all know how dangerous the Red Devils are on the break and given how expansive Daniel Farke’s men are in possession, this could be the perfect remedy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Man Utd 2-0 Norwich.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Andreas Pereira has created more chances than any other Man United player in the Premier League this season (25).

Smarkets odds

Man Utd win: 72.46%
Draw: 17.24%
Norwich win: 10.00%

Wolves vs. Newcastle

SJ: After appearing to pull away from the danger of relegation, Newcastle’s recent form has plunged them back into trouble, though they will know a couple of victories will give them breathing space again. They’re unlikely to get three points this weekend, however, with Wolves looking strong again this term. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men should be fine here. Wolves 2-0 Newcastle.

CS: These two head into Saturday’s clash on three and four-game winless runs, respectively, across all competitions. At home, however, Wolves should have enough to take three points, even if Steve Bruce’s men prove to be a tough nut to crack. Wolves 2-1 Newcastle.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Matt Doherty has registered more shots on target (11) than any Newcastle player in the Premier League this term.

Smarkets odds

Wolves win: 66.67%
Draw: 21.28%
Newcastle win: 11.11%

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Tottenham vs. Liverpool

SJ: Harry-less and hopeless against Championship opposition at the weekend, Tottenham will go into their clash with Liverpool with little confidence. In fairness they have kept things tight against the Merseysiders in recent meetings, but Spurs simply can’t keep clean sheets at the moment and their attack has been inconsistent to say the least. A season-defining result could be on the cards for both sides. Spurs 0-3 Liverpool.

CS: Liverpool are well and truly on the rampage and given Tottenham’s middling form, a trip to north London doesn’t seem anywhere near as daunting as it normally would. Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period is over, expect a comfortable win for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Heung-Min Son has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Spurs without Harry Kane in the same line-up.

Smarkets odds

Tottenham win: 20.00%
Draw: 22.22%
Liverpool win: 57.47%

Bournemouth vs. Watford

SJ: A few weeks ago, this would have been the ideal game for Bournemouth to pick up some much-needed points. But Watford are a different animal since Nigel Pearson took over, making the Hornets hard to beat. Bournemouth’s injury list continues to grow, but Eddie Howe must find a way of getting at least a point here. Bournemouth 1-1 Watford.

CS: Watford are unbeaten in their last five and are firmly on the up, while Bournemouth have nosedived to sit 18th, just one point ahead of the Hornets. Eddie Howe’s men look desperately short in front of goal and could suffer another seriously damaging defeat here. Bournemouth 0-1 Watford.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gerard Deulofeu has created 37 league chances this term, at least 15 more than any other Watford player.

Smarkets odds

Bournemouth win: 36.50%
Draw: 28.99%
Watford win: 34.25%

Aston Villa vs. Man City

SJ: Manchester City were irresistible in the first half of their Carabao Cup semi-final victory at Old Trafford. The more hopeless their title challenge becomes, the more the champions will prioritise other competitions. But that doesn’t mean they will down tools for trips to the likes of Villa, who will do well to keep the scoreline down. Villa 1-3 Man City.

CS: City will head to Villa Park brimming with confidence after their Manchester derby win on Tuesday and if they can match that performance once again, it’s hard to see Dean Smith’s men having a chance of a result, despite their need for points. Aston Villa 0-3 Man City.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Frederic Guilbert, who scored in midweek, has made more tackles (51) than any other Villa or Man City player in the Premier League this term.

Smarkets odds

Aston Villa win: 
Draw: 11.36%
Man City win: 82.64%