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Friday, 8 February 2013

Friday Preview

So here is the first Friday Preview for the Barclays Premier League. I'm going to pick three of the matches that look the most exciting from each weekend and give my detailed prediction. I will still predict scores for the other matches.

Match 1: Tottenham vs Newcastle

The last time these two teams played was the first day of the season, with Newcastle 2-1 winners. Since then Newcastle have had a poor league showing, whereas Spurs are looking good in a Champions League spot.
One of the key battles will be Newcastle RB Debuchy trying to stop the pace and power of Gareth Bale. Bale has been in good goal scoring form recently scoring againstWest Brom and Norwich. Debuchy has played well so far at the start of his Newcastle career, but this will be his biggest test yet. If bale plays well, I can't see spurs losing.

Prediction: 2-1
Win for Spurs

Match 2: Manchester United vs Everton

Everton are one of only three teams to beat Utd this season after a 1-0 victory in their opening match. The Red Devils however are not losing at the moment and it's hard to look past the league leaders.
For Everton I think it is crucial that Fellaini recovers from a hip injury in time, as he can really control the midfield and is a dominant prescience in the air. Also Leighton Baines, he came on for England against brazil on Wednesday, if he plays well and puts in his trademark deliveries, then Everton can capitalise on the aerial strength of Fellaini.
For Manchester United it is the star striker Robin Van Persie who is the main man. If they get it to him in good positions they will score goals. De Gea however will need to play his best, especially from crosses, as I'm sure Everton will try to exploit his aerial frailty.

Prediction: 3-2
Win for Man Utd

Match 3: Stoke vs Reading

While not an obvious choice for my final match, I can see this one being really exciting. Stoke have yet to win in 2013 and will be desperate to end this statistic. Reading on the other hand have taken 14 points from 21 so are in good form. Stoke's defence has been characteristically strong, and reading will hope the in form Adam Le Fondre can break through the stoke back four. Le Fondre has 7 goals in 6 games and will hope to continue this run.
I think that the stoke defence will hold firm and they can end their run without a win.

prediction: 1-0
Win for Stoke

Chelsea vs Wigan: 3-0
Norwich vs Fulham: 1-1
Sunderland vs Arsenal: 0-2
Swansea vs QPR: 1-1
Southampton vs Manchester City: 1-3
Aston Villa vs West Ham: 0-0
Liverpool vs West Brom: 3-1

Good luck to your team this weekend!

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