Welcome to Game Week 14 of the Barclays Premiership. And with no further ado let’s get stuck into what is a fascinating fixture list. Seven games on Saturday, two on Sunday and that means Monday Night Football!
Newcastle host Chelsea and so for the second time this season Toon face some serious interrogation over their early form. Beaten by Manchester City they won’t find facing Chelsea much easier. A draw might postpone cries of, ‘Cockney Mafia Oot!’ for another week. My prediction is 2-3.
Norwich travel up to Manchester City. Norwich’s away form has been respectable and their form generally has been on the up. Unfortunately they are playing a side that have hit their best vein of form since they started writing cheques. Canaries travelling will be happy with a valiant display. My prediction 3-1.
Tottenham at home to Bolton is likely to be a moody affair to start off with. Bolton fans have had very little to get excited over this season and Spurs fans whilst experiencing a fantastic run in the league, had to sit through yet another substandard Europa game midweek. They want to be entertained every game in N17. My prediction 4-2.
Wigan are at home to Arsenal. Wigan sit second from bottom thanks to countless mediocre performances. Arsenal are seventh and will argue that’s only because of mediocre start. Arsenal need to win here to emphasize they out of the mediocre woods. Wigan will be scrapping and it’s not even Christmas. My prediction 1-1.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United could turn nasty. Sir Alex will be wanting to close the gap between his lot and the noisy neighbours. Villa will of course put up a fight but I’m struggling to see it being enough. My prediction 1-6.
Fulham are at home to Liverpool and the Martin Jol feelgood factor is evaporating by the minute. King Kenny’s crown went a bit lopsided for a bit there but sat seventh just two points beneath Chelsea is more than credible given that Andy Carroll doesn’t appear to work. My prediction 1-3.