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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Predictions

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Here are my predictions for today’s matches in the Premier League:

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

The Gunners are the favorites on paper but their recent struggles don’t invite a lot of confidence. Wigan are once again in a fight to avoid relegation but are much better at home than on the road. Arsenal should still get the three points but it should be somewhat close.

Arsenal wins 2-1

Manchester City v Reading

The easiest match of the weekend to predict as Reading are bottom of the table and conceding more than two goals per match. Manchester City haven’t been great lately but are still the better team by a significant margin. The real question isn’t who will win but can Reading keep the scoreline respectable.

Prediction – Man City wins 3-0

Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers

QPR’s form has improved with the arrival of new manager Harry Redknapp. They are unbeaten in their last four matches and no longer last place in the table. Newcastle, who challenged for a top four finish last season, have struggled mightily and only a few points above the bottom three. The Magpies are still very strong at home but an improved QPR side should make it an even match.

Prediction – 1-1 draw

Southampton v Sunderland

Two teams who are just above the relegation zone and separated by only one point. Southampton’s recent form has been much better than the Black Cats but neither team has been that good this season. A low scoring match is expected with the slightest of edges to Southampton.

Prediction – Southampton wins 1-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

Both teams have 12 points in their last six matches and in contention for a spot in Europe next season. Spurs are a solid team at White Hart Lane while Stoke have only one away win this season. The clear advantage is to Tottenham but Stoke have shown an ability to grind out 0-0 and 1-1 matches. Tottenham are still expected to get three points but a draw wouldn’t be a surprise.

Prediction – Tottenham Hotspur wins 2-1

West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City

Two teams which have had great starts and only a few points out of the top four. Norwich have the second most points in the last six matches despite a negative goal difference. Both teams have found an ability to win close matches but have gotten most of their points at home. The Baggies have the home advantage but will face a tough test against an in-form Norwich.

Prediction – 2-2 draw

West Ham United v Everton

Everton have uncharacteristically started the season off strong while West Ham are in the middle of the table. The Toffees, led by great play from Marouane Fellaini, should have enough to get a draw and possible the away victory.

Prediction – 0-0 draw

Liverpool v Fulham

There are signs of hope for Liverpool but they have yet to found the home form that continually made them a top four side. Fulham have notoriously been among the worst home teams in the last few years and this year is no different with a 1-4-4 record. Liverpool should hold Fulham to at most one goal but its unclear if they’re going to score enough goals. The quality of Suarez should be just enough to squeak out a win.

Prediction – Liverpool wins 1-0