December has always been a special month in English football as it turns the season upside down for many teams. Last season Liverpool were second at the end of the month just to slip down in the table in January. This December looks to be a very interesting one with 5 or 6 teams involved in the competition for 3 Champions League places and 10 teams involved in the relegation battle.
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Claude Puel has made the difference in Leicester and is now brining a side that has won the league, but then turned to an average team back to their best. If the Foxes record few more wins they will be involved in the battle for UEFA Europa league places. Despite all the skepticism Roy Hodgson is doing a good job at Selhurst Park.
Leicester to win: 2:1
Arsenal v Newcastle
I really feel for Newcastle fans and for Rafa Benitez. Both the fans and the manager of this big English club deserve much better quality in Newcastle United’s team. The Magpies are going down and unfortunately for them it does not look like they have a lot of options until the January transfer market opens. Then if Benitez is given some money, he could go buy few players to strengthen his squad.
Arsenal look like a team full of quality players, but there is no one in the Gunners’ dressing room to hold them responsible for their poor performances. However, I think that the Arsene Wenger’s men have all the qualities to win agains Newcastle and they should do it.
Arsenal to win: 3:1
Brighton v Burnley
This is one of the games in which we’d find out how prepared are Brighton to play in he Premier League. Burnley might be a hight flying side at the moment, but Brighton are capable of winning against them. Who would believe in August that at the middle of December the Clarets would be top four team?
Brighton’s manager Chris Hughton refused to discuss any crisis in Brighton’s season. The Seagulls have lost 4 of their last 5 games. Hughton said that this is normal for a newly-promoted team and he is confident that Brighton will go back to the winning ways. I think that it is not going to be this week, however.
Burnley to win: 1:2
Chelsea v Southampton
Alvaro Morata is available to play again while David Luiz continue his rehabilitation. I don’t think that Luiz will be missed during this Chelsea home fixture against the Saints, however.
Southampton look like a mid-table side that cannot achieve anything else this season than finishing in the top 10. Considering the fact that the Saints change their managers to regularly and sell their best players, this is a good achievement.
Chelsea to win: 2:0
Stoke v West Ham
This game looks like a draw to me. Both Stoke and West Ham need to win points. West Ham will improve defensively under David Moyes, but they need to win games. Stoke are playing a decent football, but Mark Hughes simply need to do something to improve his defence. The Potters have conceded 36 goals this season and this is the worst defensive record in the league.
Watford v Huddersfield
Watford should be winning this home fixture against the Terriers. Huddersfield have enjoyed a good start in the Premier League, but now they are experiencing difficulties. The Terriers are still 4 points clear from the relegation zone. If they will 4-5 points within the next month they will be fine.
Watford to win: 2:1
Man City v Tottenham
This is another exciting fixture. Considering the Spurs form, Manchester City should be winning in easily. “With some top player in that team with the hunger and desire” Manchester City are one of the “best teams ever”, said Alan Shearer for BBC’s Match of the Day. We can trust one of the greatest goal scorers in English football.
City are not even under pressure to play for points as they lead their city rivals Man United with 11 points at the moment. Spurs have a good team, but there’s obviously something that;’s missing there. If they have a good day, they will spoil the party at Etihad. Still, Man City looks like the more likely winner.
West Brom v Man Utd
West Brom were lucky to get away with 1 point at Anfield, but they worked hard to win it. Manchester United look like a very stable side against the so called lesser teams and this is the reason to hold the second place in the table. It doesn’t matter that Jose Mourinho’s United look like a team that is scared to play with the ball and go forward. Mourinho knows that his team isn’t better than Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. However, it is more stable and consistent. This is enough for United at the moment.
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Liverpool need to score goals. A team led by Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah should be scoring goals. Those are magic four and I really believe that they are as good as Man City, Related Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Said Germain attacks. The Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp is realist and he admitted that the Reds did not deserve to win against West Bromwich Albion in midweek.
Bournemouth won 4 points in their last two games against Liverpool. The Cherries are capable of causing a lot of problems to Liverpool. They just need to work hard to stop Liverpool attack. If they do that can will draw the game or even win it. Still, Liverpool are the more likely winners.
Liverpool to win: 1:3
Everton v Swansea
Really believe that Sam Allardyce is not the man for Everton. The Toffees need a top manager, not someone who has been managing bottom sides during his all professional career. On the other hand, it is not fair to deny Allardyce the opportunity to achieve something with a big club like Everton. When the “Big Sam” has been criticized for Everton’s performance at Anfield by the ex Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has commented that “if Everton got any deeper, they’d be in Stanley Park”, Allardyce was brilliant in his response.
“Jamie, if you’re listening to this. You get forced back by two things. One is the talent of the opposition, and two the failure of your players to play out correctly when they’ve got possession.So, next time I see Jamie I will give him a lesson in coaching so he can understand it better next time he’s commentating”, responded Allardyce. This response comes to say that he knows what he is doing and how to improve a club like Everton.
Everton to win: 2:1
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