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.