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EPL Week 6 VIDEO Highlights and Predictions

EPL Week 6 VIDEO Highlights and Predictions

Will Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will have similar smile after match vs.Everton? PHOTO

Will Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will have similar smile after match vs.Everton? PHOTO

The clash between Manchester United and Chelsea was the highlight of last weekend’s action. This week, United take their perfect record to Stoke. Elsewhere, Manchester City will try and overtake their rivals in the early kick-off at home against Everton. Liverpool will attempt to rediscover their form at home to Wolves and under pressure Coach Arsene Wenger will hope his Arsenal team can overcome Bolton at the Emirates Stadium. After scoring their first goals of the season, Swansea head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

EPL Predictions Week 6


English Premier League 2011 / 2012 season Predictions Record

TOBIAS ROBINSON 3722 ( accuracy 62.71 %– TWITTER  @TobiasRobinson
 CHRIS REIKO 3128 ( accuracy 52.54 %) – TWITTER @ChrisReiko
Sunday, 25 September 2011

QPR v Aston Villa 1-1

The emphatic win for QPR at Wolves was a strong indicator of the improvements that have been made during the transfer window. Shaun Wright-Phillips combined with new captain Joey Barton for the first goal, and summer signing DJ Campbell bagged the third.

The new look Rangers appear to have gelled quickly after they were unlucky not to claim all 3 points the weekend before against Newcastle. Wright-Phillips in particular will enjoy the chance for  regular after spending long stretches on the bench at both Manchester City and before that, Chelsea.
Aston Villa remain unbeaten after a win and four draws, and Coach Alex McLeish will settle for that solid, if unspectacular start. They needed a relatively late equaliser to gain a point at Everton, while Newcastle caught the Villians with a similar sucker-punch last weekend to deny them a win.
McLeish is slowly starting to stamp his authority on the squad, and to turn the fans around after his controversial appointment. The match looks like being very tight, and a fifth Villa draw is not all that unlikely.
Tobias Prediction: QPR win
Chris Prediction: OVER 2.5 goals

Monday, 26 September 2011

Norwich v Sunderland 2-1

Both teams in the Monday Night Match enjoyed winning last weekend. Norwich travelled to Bolton and edged an unlikely 2-1 win, while Sunderland trounced Stoke 4-0.
Those wins eased the pressure on the respective bosses, Paul Lambert and Steve Bruce. Lambert has suffered defeats against West Brom and Chelsea, but the win at Bolton represented the clubs first 3-pointer. The Canaries will want to ensure they come out on top of these tight and their home form will be key to survival.
Sunderland invested heavily in the summer and the win last week was the first evidence that that spending might pay off. Like Norwich, it was the first win of the league season and winger Seb Larsson admitted that it had “lifted the pressure” that the Black Cats were under.
Both sides will feel confident of forcing a result in this game, and that should make for an entertaining fixture. Sunderland will need to shackle the robust, if limited, Norwich strikers, while at the same time posing a threat of their own. Before last weekend, the Black Cats had scored just one goal – that is the key department of their game which needs addressing in order to justify that summer spending.

Tobias Prediction: Over 2.5
Chris Prediction: UNDER 2.5
Saturday, 24 September 2011

Manchester City v Everton 2-0

City Coach Roberto Mancini was bitterly disappointed his team could not see the victory through against Fulham last Sunday. Leading 2-0 after two strikes from Sergio Aguero, City lost their way and allowed a spirited Fulham side to claw back a draw.

Those dropped points were the first that City have let slip, and a home fixture against Everton provides an opportunity to get back on track.

The Toffees however, have begun to improve after their almost inevitable slow start to the season. Last week’s victory versus Wigan demonstrated the Blues ability to create chances, score goals and win – without Mikel Arteta. Everton still boast the likes of Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines, and this level of quality will make Everton a tough nut for City to crack, even at home.

Tobias Prediction: Draw or Man City win
Chris Prediction: Man City to WIN


Arsenal v Bolton 3-0

The Gunner’s defeat at the hands of Blackburn last weekend was almost as damaging as the thrashing at Old Trafford. Rovers were winless up until that match, and even though it was away from home, Arsenal fans will have expected three points. Equally as worrying as the result itself, was the fact that a further 4 goals were shipped by the porous Reds defences, even after the arrival of Per Mertesacker.

Certainly the assumption by Pat Rice (Assistant Manager) that Arsenal had “turned a corner” after the away draw in Europe, seems extremely optimistic. Arsenal still have a very long way to go to rediscover their best form and claw their way back into the hunt for Champions League qualification.

While Arsenal were being humbled at Blackburn, Bolton were enduring their own horror show. The 2-1 home defeat by Norwich was the fourth in a row for Wanderers, and 13 goals have been conceded during that run. Coach Owen Coyle is not likely to panic as those defeats included fixtures against both Manchester clubs – but whoever loses this fixture will be under immense pressure.

Tobias Prediction: Arsenal win
Chris Prediction: Arsenal WIN


Chelsea v Swansea 4-1

Chelsea were smarting after the defeat at Old Trafford. The 3-1 loss was harsh on the Blues who competed well and looked the better team for large parts of the contest.

That reverse was their first of the season and Coach Andre Villas-Boas will be starting to grow in confidence as his team begins to show the sort of he is hoping they can produce. Question marks over Fernando Torres remain despite his goal, especially after the horrendous miss after rounding David De Gea. The Spanish hit man did show glimpses of a return to form and the energetic Nicolas Anelka also added a fresh dimension in attack late on.

Swansea will curse their luck after seeing this fixture come up after their first win (and goals) of the season last weekend. All the confidence gained after the 3-0 win against West Brom will evaporate again if the Blues rattle into them early. Swansea will want a stubborn, tenacious performance and can take heart from both Norwich and West Brom running Chelsea close in recent weeks.

Chelsea appear to be finding their feet together however, so a tough afternoon would appear to be on the cards for Brendan Rodgers and his Swansea squad.

Tobias Prediction: Chelsea Win
Chris Prediction: Chelsea WIN


Liverpool v Wolverhampton 2-1

Liverpool have suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Stoke and Tottenham, but both matches were away from home and the Reds will be glad to be back at Anfield. The loss at Stoke was a narrow one, and Liverpool were left to rue missed chances, but the hammering at White Hart Lane versus Spurs was quite different.

The Reds lost both Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam to red cards, which no doubt influenced the scoreline, but in truth Liverpool were second best before they lost players. Kenny Dalglish will be happy to have a home fixture and will try and resurrect the league campaign with a win.

Wolves themselves come into the game on the back of two defeats. Losses at home to both Tottenham and QPR have ruined the impressive start to the season. A midweek Carling Cup victory against Millwall, (winning 5-0) was a timely boost, but Mick McCarthy knows he needs to stop the rot in order to maintain his team’s confidence.

The home defeats will have hurt Wolves and they will now try and force a result away from Molinuex. The trip to Anfield looks tough and the home side have their own motivation for points.

Tobias Prediction: Over 2.5
Chris Prediction: 1 Liverpool to WIN


Newcastle v Blackburn 3-1

Despite having his critics, Coach Alan Pardew has guided his Newcastle team into fourth spot in the table – A Champions League qualification spot. The Magpies remain unbeaten, but the aim now will be to improve draws into wins.

The Magpies boast a robust defence, conceding just twice in 5 . But goalscoring remains an issue, with just 4 scored over the same number of matches. While the defence ensures Newcastle are a tough side to beat, Pardew will hope his strikers can improve and keep his side in their lofty league position for a good few months.

Blackburn Coach Steve Kean was rumoured to be one game away from being relieved of his duties, but that game saw his charges beat Arsenal and he has been reprieved – for now.

That win at least showed the players have the fighting spirit required to force results out of tight , and scoring four goals will always help confidence. Rovers will want to maintain the momentum of that win by picking something up from the North East this weekend.

Tobias Prediction: Draw or Newcastle win
Chris Prediction: UNDER 2.5


West Bromwich v Fulham 0-0

 West Bromwich will not have enjoyed the trip to Wales last weekend. Swansea trounced them in a convincing 3-0 win and Coach Roy Hodgson will want an instant reaction. In truth, WBA were slightly fortunate to hold on to a narrow 1-0 win at Norwich the previous week. That win represents the club’s only points of the season so far, and they sit bottom of the table on goal difference.

The Baggies have only scored 3 goals this campaign and that wasteful finishing is the reason for their lowly position. When Hodgson first arrived at the Hawthorns, addressing the squad’s woeful defence was the priority. Focus will now shift to making West Brom a more potent attacking force.

Fulham showed amazing powers of recovery against Manchester City last week. After yet another draining Europa League fixture, they found themselves trailing to a side with a perfect four wins from four – but they battled back, kept their belief and found the energy from somewhere to salvage a draw.

That sort of battling performance may well bring the squad together and help Fulham put a good run together. They have however, lost both away they have played and a trip to the Hawthorns will test them significantly. Having scored just once away from Craven Cottage, they will need to improve that, and the shaky WBA defence are likely to offer less resistance than some other Premier League teams.

Tobias Prediction: Over 2.5
Chris Prediction: UNDER 2.5


Wigan v Tottenham 1-2

Wigan will be pleased to be back at the DW stadium after two away defeats at Manchester City and Everton. The loss of Hugo Rodallega to a knee injury is also a bitter blow. The striker suffered the injury during the Everton game, but the Latics can ill-afford to lose one of their goal scoring threats.

 Coach Roberto Martinez will be keen to put more points on the board after what had been an encouraging first 3 . Wigan recorded a win and two draws before the back to back defeats but the early optimism has diminished after conceding 6 goals in two .

Spurs by comparison have turned their season around. Thumping defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Manchester City were followed by wins at Wolves and Liverpool. The win against the Reds was a welcome return to form for Tottenham, firing 4 goals past the Merseyside club in a strong all-round display.

Coach Harry Redknapp suggested that players who were desperate to leave the club were destabilising his squad, and once the transfer window shut, they had all had their wish to leave granted – The upturn in form since then would seem to back up his theory and Spurs once again look a strong proposition and potential outsiders for Champions League Qualification.

Tobias Prediction: Draw or Tottenham win
Chris Prediction: OVER 2.5 goals


Stoke v Manchester United 1-1

Stoke suffered a shock 4-0 defeat away at Sunderland last weekend when the usual Stoke tenacity was replaced by hesitation and sloppiness. Coach Tony Pulis will be anxious to avoid a repeat of that performance and will hope it was simply a hangover from the Europa League fixture a few days previous.

Stoke had conceded just one goal in 4 games before that thumping at Sunderland and a return to that defensive solidity will see them push Manchester United all the way. The Britannia stadium was a fortress throughout the 2010/11 campaign and after the recent defeat, the home side will ensure they are as hard working as ever.

Manchester United are now the only side with a perfect five wins from five fixtures. Manager Alex Ferguson knows that this fixture represents a real test of his team to match the work rate and desire that Stoke will undoubtedly show. The win against Chelsea last week was a massive statement, but Ferguson is shrewd enough to know that it guarantees nothing, particularly as some neutrals suggested Chelsea actually edged the encounter.

The loss of Tom Cleverley to injury has perhaps impacted the team more than it was first thought, but the tough fixture in the Potteries may suit players of a more robust style anyway. United will need to earn the right to play before their flair players can get into the match.

Tobias Prediction: Manchester United win
Chris Prediction: Manchester United win

EPL Predictions Week 6


English Premier League 2011 / 2012 season Predictions Record

TOBIAS ROBINSON 3722 ( accuracy 62.71 %– TWITTER  @TobiasRobinson
CHRIS REIKO 3128 ( accuracy 52.54 %) – TWITTER @ChrisReiko 

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