Man City's Messi, Prince Emmanuel & 10 Things To Look Out For In The Premier League This Midweek


Arsenal V Southampton – Sanchez return has to inspire Gunners to victory

Arsenal seemed destined for glory a few weeks ago before a demoralising loss against Chelsea and general ill-discipline reared its head and suddenly the Gunners looked very Arsenaly.

They need to get back to winning ways quickly after three games without a success. Alexis Sanchez will be crucial if they are to get back on top of the table and he should be good to go from the off here.

Southampton dismantled Wenger’s men 4-0 on Boxing Day and have remembered how to score again. This could be an awkward one for the home side, but it is a game they simply have to win if they are to be champions. One can't help to think that they may stumble again.

Over 2.5 goals 2.10

 

Leicester v Liverpool – Big club visit = no win for Foxes

Leicester are still top of the league. It’s never going to look right but get used to it, they are going to be there or thereabouts all season.

However, don’t expect them to put Liverpool to the sword that easily here. The Foxes have only lost twice at home but have failed to beat the likes of Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal and Man City on their own patch. So the arrival of another big club could see a tight affair.

The Reds love drawing in patches. Eight times this term they have followed up a draw with another share of the spoils and after a 0-0 in the FA Cup at West Ham it could be more of the same in the East Midlands.

Draw 3.35

 

Norwich v Tottenham – Good window won’t stop Canaries leaking goals 

It was a pretty good transfer window for Norwich but they are in a turgid vein of form which is in serious danger of dropping them into the bottom three. 

It’s 11 goals conceded in their last three league fixtures and with Spurs unbeaten on their travels since the opening day this looks a shocker of a fixture for the Canaries. New signing Timm Klose will make a difference but it's a big ask so early on against a striker as prolific and awkward as Harry Kane.

Only Sunderland have conceded more than the 43 goals that Alex Neil’s men have shipped and with the league’s third highest scorers in the top-flight in town it will be a case of backs to the wall.

Tottenham to score over 2.5 goals 3.90

 

Sunderland v Man City – Iheanacho to show Pep he can be his Man City Messi 

When these two meet it tends to end badly for Sunderland. City have already scored four against the Black Cats twice this term and have notched three or more in five of the last six meetings in all competitions.

Kelechi Iheanacho is making a name for himself at the Etihad and his hat-trick against Aston Villa in the Cup last weekend has done him no harm at all.

With Pep Guardiola a massive fan of promoting young talent and the Nigerian convinced he can form a partnership with Sergio Aguero, you fear for Sam Allardyce’s defence, who have conceded 46 goals in the Premier League already.

Iheanacho to score last 4.60

 

West Ham v Aston Villa – Remi’s rant mean more woe for Villa

Remi Garde was not a happy bunny as the transfer window closed on Monday. The French boss made suggestions he had not been backed as promised in January and seemed to lay the foundations for a summer exit.

That doesn’t bode well for his side as they look to extend a three-game unbeaten run in the league. The Hammers haven’t lost at Upton Park since August and have their eyes fixed on Europe.

The mood around Villa is grim and not losing for three games has done little to change that as a half empty Villa Park showed at the weekend. Expect a return to the normality of defeat as a disillusioned manager leads a group of hotch potch players.

West Ham -1 3.60

 

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – Ade to be prince of the Palace

Two ex-Arsenal strikers should go head-to-head here. Benik Afobe has made a great start to life as a Cherry and already has two goals for his new club but all the attention has been around Crystal Palace’s new man.

Emannuel Adebayor is a wonderful player on his day and his signing could prove to be a masterstroke by Alan Pardew. It is common knowledge that the Togo man impresses in his first season and, if he is fit, then fully expect him to be a massive threat from the off.

This could be a disaster, it could be incredible, but you can’t help but think that Pards and his new striker could become the best of friends. That is until he hands him a three-year deal in the summer and he goes awol as he searches for a sign that he should return for pre-season training, of course.

Adebayor to score 3.15

 

Man United v Stoke – Potters to expose cracks at full-back

Now, Man United have won 13 and drawn one of their last 14 matches against Stoke City at Old Trafford. So this can’t go wrong, right?

Think again. This team have been finding ways of killing any sort of green shoots of recovery all year, so why would that be any different now after a decent showing against a Championship side?

The Red Devils have a distinct lack of full-backs, while the Potters have destructive players who could seriously hurt Louis van Gaal’s men on the flanks.

Stoke to win 6.40

 

West Brom v Swansea – One for Pulis purists to enjoy

Supporting these two teams hasn’t really been much fun this term. They are the joint second lowest scorers in the Premier League with just 22 goals and this could be one for the purist of purists at the Hawthorns.

Swansea were buoyed by a win over Everton last time out and Francesco Guidolin has had over a week to work with his players since then and they will be determined not to lose here.

In all honesty a draw wouldn’t be a disaster for either side and the Baggies have had four of those in their last six matches in all competitions, why not grab another?

West Brom 1-1 Swansea 6.40

 

Everton v Newcastle – Goals from gung-ho duo  

Newcastle had the best window according to many people but they also spent £29m after splashing over £50m in the summer. Make no mistake, Steve McClaren is under serious pressure to deliver.

A trip to Everton on paper looks like the perfect fixture. The Toffees haven’t won at home in the league for over two months and seem to find ways of not winning with alarmingly regularity.

Don’t bother picking a result here just sit back and enjoy some goals. These are two teams who have the majority of their strengths at the top end of the pitch.

Over 3.5 goals 2.55

 

Watford v Chelsea – Guus to keep unbeaten run going

Guus Hiddink has still to lose a game since he returned to Stamford Bridge and he has slowly steadied a rocking ship. That seven match unbeaten run in the Premier League is the longest in the top-flight.

All the drama here will be surrounding how the travelling Blues fans will respond to the news that their skipper is set to depart in the summer. On the pitch however, they look prime to keep their decent run going.

Oscar bagged a hat-trick in the Cup and even Eden Hazard scored. Things look rosy again and they could have a little too much for a Watford team who have lost at home to Arsenal, Tottenham, Man United and Man City.

Chelsea to win 1.98