Christmas period continues as clubs play once again
Despite all clubs playing yesterday, they will all be in action over the next few days, with eight games on Monday, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.
The Christmas period is a busy one and it’s where the league really starts to take shape, so which clubs will capitalise on the quick run of games?
After yesterday’s eventful action in the Premier League, it’s time to look forward to the next few days.
Here are SillySeason’s predictions for game-week 19!
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City
Alex Says: This game could be a very exciting match to watch. Both teams like to play attacking and attractive football, but the form Swansea are in, I can only see a home win here. Palace to take all three points. Match Prediction: 2-1
Everton vs Stoke City
Alex Says: Both teams got good wins on Boxing Day, with Everton beating Newcastle United in the last minute and Stoke beating Manchester United. However, at Goodison Park I can only really see the Toffees winning. Match Prediction: 2-0
Norwich City vs Aston Villa
Alex Says: Massive game at the bottom of the table. Norwich were turned over by Spurs yesterday, while Villa held West Ham to a draw. This game could be entertaining and both teams desperately need all three points. I’m sticking with a draw however which will do neither team any favours. Match Prediction: 1-1
Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur
Alex Says: Another game that promises to be exiting. What form both Watford and Spurs are in recently, with the visitors only losing twice all season. Watford however are certainly a surprise package this season and I can see them taking a point off the North London outfit here. Match Prediction: 2-2
West Brom vs Newcastle United
Alex Says: Another vital match at the bottom of the table. West Brom lost to Swansea, while Newcastle were left heart-broken by Everton in the dying stages. This game has bore draw written all over it for me. Match Prediction: 0-0
Arsenal vs AFC Bournemouth
Alex Says: This could go one of two ways. Arsenal will bounce back with menace after the Southampton thrashing on Boxing Day, or they will crumble under the pressure and drop more points. However, I’m backing Arsenal to recover from yesterday’s defeat and recover in style. Match Prediction: 3-0
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Alex Says: What a game this could be! Under pressure Louis van Gaal against Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea. So hard to predict so I will stay safe and call a draw. Both really need all three points however. Match Prediction: 1-1
West Ham United vs Southampton
Alex Says: West Ham have really hit a bad patch and are struggling to win, while Southampton have been in the same boat, they bounced back incredibly against Arsenal yesterday. I can see them taking all three points again here to top off a great Christmas period. Match Prediction: 0-1
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Alex Says: Wow. What a game. League-leaders Leicester hosting third-placed Manchester City. This game could literally go either way, but I reckon Manuel Pellegrini’s men may snatch all three points. Leicester lost to Liverpool yesterday and their key players are starting to look tired. Is this the expected drop for the Foxes? Match Prediction: 1-2
Sunderland vs Liverpool
Alex Says: Sunderland really need to start picking up wins, but I can’t see that happening here. Liverpool got a great win at Anfield yesterday, and I expect them to back it up with another win here. Match Prediction: 0-3
So there are my picks for game-week 19.
What are yours!
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt