Welcome to another week of our premier League predictions blog for game week 20. Fixtures this week play out on the 26th, 27th and 28th January 2021.
Last week saw a combination of re-scheduled Premier League matches and FA Cup ties in a tightly packed season.
Leicester turned over Chelsea in a fine 2-0 display that ultimately cost Frank Lampard his job as Chelsea manager. Liverpool lost their 4 year undefeated league home streak by losing 0-1 to Burnley, Man City continued their winning streak by beating Aston Villa 2-0, with Villa bouncing back just three days later to beat Newcastle 2-0 and West Ham continued to impress by beating West Brom 2-1.
A 50% hit rate with my predictions last week. Liverpool losing at home cost me and I expect a few others as well, but still satisfied to get half of my predictions correct despite this. All last week’s Premier League predictions can be found at the bottom of this page.
Anyhow, on to this week’s Premier League action and here is how the fixtures stack up.
Premier League fixtures
Tuesday 26th January
Newcastle v Leeds 18:00
Crystal Palace v West Ham 18:00
Southampton v Arsenal 20:15
West Brom v Man City 20:15
Wednesday 27th January
Chelsea v Wolves 18:00
Burnley v Aston Villa 18:00
Brighton v Fulham 19:30
Manchester United v Sheffield United 20:15
Everton v Leicester 20:15
Thursday 28th January
Tottenham v Liverpool 20:00
Outright match odds
|Newcastle v Leeds||11/4||14/5||10/11|
|Crystal Palace v West Ham||11/5||9/4||11/8|
|Southampton v Arsenal||5/2||9/4||6/5|
|West Brom v Man City||14/1||6/1||2/11|
|Chelsea v Wolves||3/5||16/5||17/4|
|Burnley v Aston Villa||11/4||13/5||19/20|
|Brighton v Fulham||21/20||12/5||11/4|
|Man Utd v Sheff Utd||1/4||5/1||10/1|
|Everton v Leicester||7/4||12/5||31/20|
|Spurs v Liverpool||11/5||13/5||6/5|
*Odds shown were collected at 23:00 on 25th January 2021 and are subject to change at any time.
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Premier League Predictions & Justifications
Newcastle v Leeds
- Newcastle and Leeds to draw
- Under 2.5 goals
Two teams here that are poor in form, struggling to score and at the same time having to pick the ball up regularly from the back of their own nets.
Newcastle are on a four game losing streak in the Premier League. In those four games Newcastle scored once and conceded seven. The ball is rarely getting up to the front men and even the introduction of long balls to Andy Carroll has not helped in becoming more of a threat.
Callum Wilson is where the ball should be going, but it is getting nowhere near him. Instead Newcastle find themselves camped in their own half pretty much for the whole 99 minutes.
Leeds have lost their last two league games and in between, were also embarrassed in the FA cup when they lost to Crawley 3-0. Three games without a goal and four defeats from five away games, doesn’t fill me with confidence that Leeds will be taking three points from this game.
The draw seems like the sensible way to go here, and a low scoring one at that. 0-0 or 1-1 is my score line prediction here.
Crystal Palace v West Ham
- West Ham to win
- Under 2.5 goals
West Ham are on fire currently and should be oozing with confidence. They are on a five game winning streak across all competitions and five games undefeated in the Premier League. They have only lost once at home from their last nine league games and that loss was against an in-form Man United.
The Hammers have been doing a good job of grinding out results both home and away and Moyes seems to have his players working for each other, rather than themselves. There’s a good sense of spirit and determination spread throughout the team, alongside individual talents.
Crystal Palace have been disjointed, clunky and quite sporadic with their play. Only Zaha and Eke for me have done enough this season to please Roy Hodgson. The rest of the team have been average at best.
The rest of the Palace front men, inasmuch as Benteke, Ayew and Batshuayi have all been way below what should be expected of a Premier league striker, in my opinion.
Therefore, it’s West Ham I see as pinching all three points from this fixture. The Hammers have a tendency of doing enough to get the job done, rather than crush teams away from home. Three of their last four away victories have ended up 0-1. Therefore a 0-1 or 0-2 result is how I see the game finishing.
Southampton v Arsenal
- Southampton to win
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals
These two teams have only just played each other in the FA Cup, with Southampton hosting. Southampton won that game 1-0 and with the game being only days away, this has to be the best way to pre-determine how this Premier League fixture will finish.
In terms of chances, both teams had the same. However, for me, it was Southampton who had the better chances and should, maybe have won the game a little
There was some disruption to Arsenal’s attacking options as Aubameyang was pulled out of the squad just hours before kick off due to a personal issue. It is yet to be confirmed either way on whether he is available for this fixture Arteta’s response in his press conference when asked whether Aubameyang will be playing here was:
‘I don’t know. He needs to address that issue, we’ll see how it evolves,’
It doesn’t sound good to me and therefore I’m expecting the Gunners’ front line to be modified accordingly once more. Only one goal was scored in Southampton’s FA Cup win, but as each team have each other’s style still fresh in the memory bank, I’m expecting each team to find it a little easier breaking each other down.
Ultimately though, I am expecting the same result as in the cup – a Southampton win, just with a little more excitement and action in the game.
West Brom v Man City
- Manchester City to win
- Man City -2
- Manchester City to win to nil
Nothing too leftfield in my premier league predictions for this match, considering how Manchester City have been performing of late.
Manchester City are undefeated from their last 17 matches across all competitions and are on a 10 game win streak. Wins include matches against Southampton, Arsenal, Manchester United and Aston Villa.
City are looking to be back as strong as ever. They are penetrating with their attacks and tight in their defence. Five of their last six games (and wins) have been clean sheet victories.
West Brom have only managed one win at home all season and they was against bottom of the league, Sheffield United. Their last four home games saw four defeats of score-lines:
- 1-5 v Crystal Palace
- 0-3 v Aston Villa
- 0-5 v Leeds
- 0-4 v Arsenal
Based on those results and the way Manchester City have been dominating matches of late, I can see Manchester City having a field day.
Chelsea v Wolves
- Chelsea to win
- Abraham to score
This is a tough game to call with Frank Lampard being relieved of his managerial duties. It’s difficult to ascertain how the Chelsea players will react to this and how liked Frank was as manager.
I’m personally opting for Chelsea to show some “new manager syndrome” to pick them up all three points here. Players will be eager to showcase their abilities to the new gaffer in an attempt to sustain their first choice status.
Many felt that Werner was being played out of position out wide and now that Frank has gone, little modifications may be made that could make all the difference to the team and results.
Wolves have been out of kilter ever since Jiminez suffered his nasty head injury. They haven’t had anywhere near the same level of attacking threat without him. They have been okay building up the play, but have struggled with a clinical touch at the end to positively finish off the move.
Wolves have not won a game in the league from their last six games and have lost six Premier League games from their last nine. Therefore it’s Chelsea for me who are the more likely to walk away with all the points, especially as they are holding the home advantage.
Tammy Abraham got a hat-trick in Chelsea’s FA Cup game at the weekend, so is likely to start. He will surely be feeling confident to try his luck whenever he gets the opportunity and is my favourite to score for Chelsea in this match.
Burnley v Aston Villa
- Burnley to win
- Under 2.5 goals
My Premier League predictions for this match all boils down to momentum. Burnley are flying high currently, beating Liverpool away from home and then comprehensively beating Fulham 0-3 away to progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Prior to these results, Burnley had been playing well, just not getting the run of the green when it came to results. Now that results are starting to go their way, I can see them going on to making good headway up the league table.
Aston Villa have had a pretty torrid time over the last month or so. Cases of Covid meant games postponed and training halted as the squad went in to isolation. After coming back the team looked sluggish in their 0-2 defeat to Man City and although they then went on to beat Newcastle, they did not look like they were back to full match fitness.
Burnley are a strong physical side and will make Aston Villa work hard both on and off the ball. I am anticipating Aston Villa to drop off in the second half and Burnley stealing the game with a set piece straight off the training ground or from an Aston Villa defensive error due to tired legs. 1-0 or 2-0 to the home team looks like good value to me here.
Brighton v Fulham
- Brighton to win
- Maupay to score
Both of these teams are fighting to get some distance away from the relegation places. Brighton are in 17th position, while Fulham hold 18th place.
Neither team will be pleased with where they are placed in the league, but for me it is Fulham who are the more deserved of their place.
Despite Brighton not getting the results they wanted, they have played some nice football throughout this season and have caused teams problems on the counter attack and from build-up play. I have seen much less threat come from Fulham overall across the season.
Brighton are more diverse in their play and have a lot of competent individuals who can link up quickly in players such as Connolly, Welbeck, Maupay and Trossard.
Fulham do not possess the same level of inter-connectivity that Brighton have. They have very much put their faith in Lookman doing the business on his own and he just isn’t cutting the mustard in the current style Fulham are implementing.
Therefore it is Brighton I am backing for the win. Maupay has been Brighton’s shining star in terms of goal scoring. He has bagged seven goals from seventeen. He is the main penalty taker and has a knack of being in the right place at the right time. Therefore he is my best bet for scoring in this match.
Manchester United v Sheffield United
- Manchester United to win
- Man United -1
- Man United to score a penalty
- Bruno to score
Manchester United should be feeling pretty smug right about now given that they have played their fiercest rivals, Liverpool twice in the space of a weak and have come away with two very positive results.
A 0-0 draw earned them a point at Anfield in the league and a 3-2 win at Old Trafford saw United knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Man United are looking to protect their 13 game unbeaten record in the league and they shouldn’t have too much to worry about as they face bottom of the league Sheffield United at home.
After 19 games Sheffield United have only picked up five points. They have lost 12 league games from 14 and look destined to playing Championship football next season.
The Blades have looked pitiful moving the ball up the pitch and brittle in their defensive make-up. They are a physical side, whose tactics have suffered due to the tightening up on tackling and the introduction of VAR.
Due to their physical nature, the explosiveness in Manchester United’s counter attacks and considering how prone Man United are at picking up penalties, I quite fancy a penalty being awarded to Manchester United here.
With me fancying a penalty, the choice of Bruno as an anytime goal scorer makes a lot of sense. He is number one choice from the spot, a good contender to take dangerous free kicks and is quite capable of scoring from open play. He has undoubtedly been Man United’s standout player and therefore he is the most likely to score here, in my opinion.
Everton v Leicester
- Leicester to win
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals
Leicester are showing this season to be more than just a team playing a ball over the top or round the back for a rapid striker (Vardy) to run on to.
They are playing more as a unit and seem to be reaping the rewards of doing so. Leicester are undefeated from their last eight matches across all competitions and hold a five game win streak. They are right up there with the best of them as far as this season goes, sitting in third place, two points behind leaders, Man United.
Maddison is on red hot scoring form, and Vardy is scoring regularly and doing a good job of creating spaces for others. The defence is remaining sturdy (three clean sheets from four) and the midfield are putting the yards in to contribute in both halves of the pitch.
Everton aren’t having a bad season themselves, but they don’t seem quite as unified in their play as Leicester do. They haven’t been quite as consistent and injuries have upset the steady flow and understanding between players.
I expect Everton to cause Leicester some trouble, but not enough to stop the foxes picking up another three points. Both teams are finding the back of the net so I am expecting goals from both sides – just more from the away team.
Tottenham v Liverpool
- Tottenham to win
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals
- Kane to score
Liverpool have seemingly dropped off the edge of a cliff. Many people suspected that sooner or later key injuries would catch up with Liverpool, and boy does it look that way currently.
The Reds are now five games without a win in the league, scoring just one goal in those five games. A loss away to Southampton and a defeat at home to Burnley to end their massive undefeated home streak shows demonstrates something isn’t quite right in the Liverpool back room.
Additionally, Liverpool were also booted out of the FA Cup by Manchester United. Goals have dried up and the fine link-up play between the front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino is starting to look like a distant memory.
The Spurs team and Mourinho will be pumped up for this game and will be full of confidence that they have the ability to add more misery to Liverpool. Six wins from their last five games across all competitions has them set up quite nicely for this fixture.
Kane and Son were able to get some rested minutes on Monday in the FA Cup tie against Wycombe, but were still able to keep that match sharpness by playing the last 30 minutes to ensure Spurs went through to the fifth round.
With Liverpool’s central defence being a rotating mix-match of midfield players and reserves, Mourinho will surely set up to get Kane and Son involved as much as possible, rather than sitting back.
There’s plenty of quality on the pitch that’s for sure and with Liverpool managing to at least score against United in their 3-2 FA Cup defeat, I see it likely they will score. However with their morale being the lowest it has been for a while and their well known defensive issues, it’s Spurs that I believe will end up victorious.
*Odds shown were collected at 23:00 on 25 January 2021 and are subject to change at any time.
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Last Week’s Premier League Predictions
West Ham to win ✅
West Ham to win to nil ❌
Under 2.5 goals ❌
Final score 1-0 ❌
Leicester to win ✅
Under 3.5 goals ✅
Final score = 2-1 ❌
Man City to win ✅
City to win to nil ✅
Man City -1 ✅
Man United to win ✅
Under 2.5 goals ❌
Man United to win to nil ❌
Liverpool to win ❌
Both teams to score ❌
Over 2.5 goals ❌
Aston Villa to win ✅
Under 2.5 goals ✅