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Premier League Predictions : Week 15

Chelsea v Newcastle-

The Blues ground out a win against a very solid and organized Swansea team in midweek, which kept them firmly in the chase to catch the league leaders, and will want to keep that momentum going in their second home game in a row when former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez makes a return to Stamford Bridge, this time as Newcastle boss.

The magpies came away from The Hawthorns with a decent point and will give them lots of optimism going into the game in West London. Rafa Benitez normally makes his teams extremely difficult to beat especially on the road and that approach is expected at the home of the reigning champions.

The Blues were a bit off color offensively and that can be attributed to the patchy form displayed by Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata but they are top class players who can flick the switch on in the blink of an eye, but I cannot say the same about the Newcastle attack which has lacked bite for most of the season, so I go for a home win in this one.

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton v Liverpool-

The seagulls were held to a goalless draw by bottom side Crystal Palace, but it proved enough to keep them in the top ten, which is a respectable position to be in at this point of the season for a newly promoted team, which is a testament to the great work being done at the football club, but they will have their work cut out as they face an in-form Liverpool side that absolutely took Stoke City apart in midweek at the Bet365 arena.

Led by their electric Egyptian winger Mo Salah, Jurgen Klopp’s men were irrepressible at a ground which has caused most teams untold misery and there was nothing the Potters could do about it.

The seagulls are formidable at home but I just don’t think that they will be formidable enough to keep Liverpool and Mo Salah quiet, so I fancy the reds to chalk up another victory on the road.

Prediction: 1-3

Everton v Huddersfield-

The Toffees gave their best performance of the season so far as they put West Ham United led by former boss David Moyes to the sword courtesy of a Wayne Rooney masterclass; a performance that will surely have delighted incoming manager Sam Allardyce. They displayed passion, heart, desire and commitment; traits that have been lacking in that group of players since their impressive 1-1 draw at Man City, and they will be asked to display those very traits when they host Huddersfield tomorrow.

The Terriers’ 5-0 mauling at the hands of Arsenal in midweek was too harsh, as they have a good account of themselves for the better part of one hour but were taken apart in nearly four minutes of breath taking football that yielded three goals, and they will need to pick themselves up for another tough game on the road, as they need a result so as to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap, but I just think that they will fall short again against an Everton side that has a lot to prove.

Prediction: 2-1

Watford v Tottenham-

The Hornets just couldn’t live with United’s expansive and incisive attacking play, and were left with a lot to do as their visitors were already out of sight by half time, as numerous defensive errors which has been uncharacteristic of Marco Silva’s men played a key role in the result.

Their work is not going to get any easier as a wounded Tottenham will be in town, aiming to get back to winning ways after their 2-1 defeat at Leicester, and I just think that Marco Silva’s me will be in for another tough afternoon, as the North Londoners have an one of the best records away from home and in Harry Kane, the have the ultimate match winner.

Prediction: 0-3

Arsenal v Man United-

The Gunners were at their breathtaking best, as they destroyed Huddersfield Town in four minutes of scintillating attacking football after being on the back foot after scoring an early goal but that was made possible by Mesut Özil doing what he does best, and it’s worth noting that he’s putting together a decent run of good performances that will be crucial for Arsenal’s season and more of the same will be expected from him and his teammates as they host second places United tomorrow.

The Red Devils’ win over a very good Watford side is a clear indication that they are a blue chip team that is capable of inflicting serious damage on any side when they are in their element, and Arsenal will have to be at their best to contain them.

This will be a closely fought encounter as there’s a lot to play for as a win for either side will intensify their claims for a top two spot, but both sides have suffered major injury blows with Arsenal losing Alexandre Lacazette to a minor groin problem and Man United losing midfield stalwart Nemanja Matic to a muscular problem. Both sides will go out to win this game but I just think it will end in a stalemate, which will be a fair result.

Prediction: 1-1

Man City v West Ham-

City’s last gasp win over Southampton went further to enhance their title credentials, as they found a way to win through absolute adversity. They seem to have that delicate balance of finesse and fight, which will serve them well in what is usually a hectic and unforgiving winter schedule.

The Hammers were on the wrong end of a battering at Goodison Park in midweek and will be looking to get back to winning ways, but that will not happen on Sunday though, as I don’t think they are even remotely close to giving the kind of performance that Southampton gave at The Etihad.

Prediction: 4-0

Webster Mwangi

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