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Premier League: Round 14 Predictions

It's fair to say Round 13 didn't go well for me, as I had plenty of red arrows following just 3/10!

I feel like Fulham were very fortunate to win that final game and Tottenham should have beaten Villa with all of the chances they had let alone manage the draw I picked, but I definitely misread the Luton, Newcastle and Manchester United wins.

Let's hope for an improvement this week where all but a couple of the games have a fairly clear favourite.

Here are my thoughts on each Round 14 game.



Arsenal vs. Wolves

Though Wolves were definitely unfortunate at Fulham and that game was another example of them coming away with fewer points than they deserved, I'm still not sure they'll be that pleased with their performance and they certainly didn't look like a team capable of winning this match against Arsenal. The Gunners are looking very solid at the moment and anything other than a home win would be a big upset. Arsenal 2-0 Wolves

Brentford vs. Luton

Luton's recent results make you hesitate slightly on this one but Brentford should be too strong at home even if they don't seem quite at the level they've shown in previous seasons. Their recent defeats have been against very good sides so I'm not reading too much into them. Brentford 3-1 Luton

Burnley vs. Sheffield United

A huge game between two clubs that aren't used to going into a match feeling as if they ought to win this season. The pressure is all on Burnley to improve their dreadful home record and I think they're favourites but it's hard to know how they'll respond to losing what looked like three points so late in last week's game against West Ham? There are certainly doubts over their ability to secure a victory but they won at Luton in a similar kind of game and Sheffield United were really poor last week against Bournemouth. Burnley 2-1 Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest vs. Everton

This is probably the toughest pick of the round and I don't think anyone will be too confident with their prediction so I've decided to go for the draw. Even in spite of that absolute worldie from Alejandro Garnacho last week, Everton should have been leading at half time given the number of chances they created against Manchester United so the 0-3 scoreline is slightly misrepresentative but also shows that they're probably unlikely to be clinical in this game too. Forest are tough to beat at the City Ground and should find the net themselves. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Everton

Newcastle vs. Manchester United

As much as I thoroughly enjoy watching Manchester United's chaotic Champions League matches, they're really not much fun to predict in the Premier League on Superbru as their performances don't tend to match their results. I think Newcastle should win this game but Man Utd have been finding ways to win plenty of league matches of late so you certainly can't rule out an away victory despite what happened in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Newcastle obviously had a pretty eventful Champions League night themselves in Paris where their resilience and spirit was again on show but this is a very different game where they'll probably be on the front foot and I think they'll have enough to win. Newcastle 2-1 Manchester United

Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa

I'm still not 100% convinced by Villa away from home but I don't think I'm going to go against them again this week because they certainly have more goal threats than Bournemouth. The Cherries are on the up but tend to still find ways to concede and Villa don't need many invitations. Bournemouth 1-2 Aston Villa

Chelsea vs. Brighton

Chelsea have been really poor at Stamford Bridge this season but they obviously showed some life in that 4-4 draw with City which could lead to an improved performance here too? They'll be very disappointed with their display at Newcastle last week though and with Reece James now suspended they've got a bit of a problem at right back.

Brighton also aren't short of suspensions/injuries so I think this is a really tough one but I think the Seagulls can probably get a point. I expect Chelsea to gradually move towards greater consistency in the second half of the season, particularly once Nkunku is involved (and if he can stay injury free), but it's very hard to tell when they might turn the corner and so while they're slight favourites here, I don't have too much confidence in them. Chelsea 1-1 Brighton

Liverpool vs. Fulham

This is more of a tap-in you would think as I'd be amazed if Liverpool don't win at home. Fulham's victory last time out was fairly fortunate as I say and they desperately lack a centre forward who can at least give Liverpool something to think about going the other way when the odd counter attacking opportunity presents itself. Liverpool 3-0 Fulham

West Ham vs. Crystal Palace

You have to worry a bit for Roy Hodgson after that defeat at Luton, particularly since Eze and Doucoure suffered injuries, and this now looks like a tough trip to West Ham despite the fact that the Hammers were in Eastern Europe on Thursday night. I'm always a bit wary of the teams having to cope with Thursday-Sunday turnarounds but a home win feels like the most likely outcome. West Ham 2-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City vs. Tottenham

Finally, we have City v Spurs which is a 'big game' in the sense that they're part of the so-called 'big six' but realistically City are very strong favourites and Tottenham will have to play incredibly well to get a result. We know Postecoglou will stick to his principles, and if it results in a victory then he really does deserve massive credit, but if the more likely outcome happens which is that City end up creating a lot of very good chances really early on in this game, he'll surely need to adapt.

Last week we saw Spurs lineup with a back four of full backs due to their absentees (the opposite of Guardiola's four centre backs!) so we'll either see similar here or Postecoglou will have to call on someone like Eric Dier who is short of minutes this season. Either way, Erling Haaland must be excited for this game and though Spurs may well cause a few issues in attack, I'd be quite surprised if City don't score several in this one. Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham



Good luck with your own Round 14 predictions and feel free to leave your own predictions in the comments!
40,272 caps
Just want to know about the sevens it started today what about predictions
2 Dec 08:07
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They're not doing them
2 Dec 10:10
40,272 caps
What about the svns predictor
2 Dec 10:31
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It was cancelled.
2 Dec 15:29
68,370 caps
Why was the 7's cancelled such a good game to pick.
3 Dec 17:26
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For multiple reasons. An email was sent out to explain why. It was a great competition. 4 Dec 11:44
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6/10 here. West ham 1-1 bang on
3 Dec 20:37