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Premier League Round 26 Predictions!

I was relatively pleased with Round 25 as I managed 8/11 correct picks and whilst it was frustrating to miss out on an exact pick, getting points for the draw at Brighton and Wolves' win which were only picked by around 30% of people meant there were still some green arrows for me on the global leaderboard.

Round 26 looks to be a fairly interesting one as in my opinion, nearly all of the games will have a fairly clear favourite at Superbru. Of course, this is the Premier League so there's bound to be an upset or two. Here are my thoughts on where they may be..



Fulham vs. Manchester United

You'd have to be pretty brave to pick a Fulham win or even a draw here. The Whites are just conceding far too many goals to give themselves a chance in most games and Solskjaer still hasn't lost since taking the reigns at United. I make Manchester United the favourites for fourth spot now and games like this certainly shouldn't trouble them. Prediction: Fulham 0-2 Manchester United

Crystal Palace vs. West Ham

This is one of the more difficult picks in R26 but I'm leaning towards Palace. They haven't been as good at home this year as they have in previous seasons but they still tend to be competitive in all matches at Selhurst Park whereas West Ham have failed to turn up for a fair few games on the road. It is possible that West Ham perform as well as they did against Liverpool on Monday and get three points but I think they may fail to match those standards. West Ham's strong recent record at Palace does concern me a little but so long as Batshuayi and Zaha start I'll be sticking with my gut (it's a little unclear what the situation is with Zaha's FA ban this week so that's something to keep an eye on). Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham

Huddersfield vs. Arsenal

Huddersfield were miles away from the standard required at Chelsea last week and Arsenal really should win this match. The hosts are preparing for life in the Championship but there's still a long way to go in this season meaning it could be a really painful few months while they wait for their inevitable relegation. You'd expect the losing margin to be smaller in front of their own fans but this is the kind of game Mesut Ozil could feature in and there's every chance Aubameyang could score plenty. Prediction: Huddersfield 1-3 Arsenal

Liverpool vs. Bournemouth

Regardless of what their players may be saying, it's clear the pressure is getting to Liverpool but there is still a very long way to go meaning there is time for them to get back on track and ensure this wobble is a brief one. This is a nice fixture for the Reds because if you haven't been creating chances, an open defence like Bournemouth's is as likely to raise your confidence as any. The Cherries are also without Wilson, Brooks and Clyne (that loan from Liverpool looks worse for the Reds every week). Anything but three points here and the alarm bells will really start ringing. Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth

Southampton vs. Cardiff

I've been fairly impressed with Southampton under Hasenhuttl, they're still yet to lose in 2019 and they'll be desperate to ensure that's still the case on Saturday evening as this is a really big game. The Saints sit just two points above Cardiff and the relegation zone at the moment but I can't see the Bluebirds improving on their record of just 1 away win all season. Another injury to Danny Ings is a very unsurprising blow but I think there are still goals to be had for the hosts. Prediction: Southampton 3-1 Cardiff

Watford vs. Everton

Another big game in this round! We have a top of the table clash to come on Sunday, Southampton vs. Cardiff at the bottom and then this for the unofficial 'best of the rest' trophy battle (also known as 7th place). Obviously this fixture is made more spicy by Marco Silva who Watford fans hate but interestingly, lots of Everton fans are starting to as well. It's no secret that the Toffees can't defend set pieces so expect Watford to create chances there and I think home advantage makes them favourites. They were unlucky to draw at Goodison before Christmas and the players know how much this one means to the supporters. Prediction: Watford 2-1 Everton

Brighton vs. Burnley

This is likely to be one of the less exciting matches of the weekend and I expect Brighton to be the side to come out on top. There don't tend to be many goals in games at the Amex so let's bank on that trend continuing. Prediction: Brighton 1-0 Burnley

Tottenham vs. Leicester

As they have been all season, I think Leicester could provide one of the upsets of the round here - yes, I'm going with another draw for Tottenham so they're likely to win by a goal again. I correctly backed Spurs last week but Newcastle very nearly managed a point against them and they now have Borussia Dortmund coming up in midweek which does give Pochettino a dilemma over Son who is literally winning them games but must be tiring. Leicester are a good team and I think they'll get something at Wembley. Surely Tottenham can't go a whole season without drawing!? Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Leicester

Manchester City vs. Chelsea

There's far more chance of Chelsea getting a result at the Etihad than there was of Arsenal winning last week but I still have to back City here. As Guardiola has said, this is a cup final before their actual cup final with Chelsea for City and I just think Maurizio Sarri's side aren't strong enough defensively to cope with the champions. Of course, the Blues showed at Stamford Bridge that they can win this game, but City should have learned from what happened there. You also can't ignore the fact Chelsea have lost their last two away games by quite a distance. Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

Wolves vs. Newcastle

I can still remember the reverse fixture of this match quite clearly as Wolves left it very late and Newcastle were pretty unlucky to lose at St James'. I'm going for another narrow win for Wolves as I just feel Newcastle will struggle to score and despite the fact that Wolves aren't amazing at breaking down teams at the lower end of the table, they should find the net eventually. Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Newcastle

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Good luck to each of you in Round 26. As usual, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on these games in the comments. Don't forget that the European competitions return next week with the Champions League predictor and fantasy continuing at Superbru in addition to a brand new Europa League predictor for the knockouts!
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Chelsea should be good enough to leave with a point
Pool to bounce back 3-0
Man to win by 2 goals
8 Feb 13:36
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Come on Jack. Give Spurs a win.
8 Feb 16:05
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Haha, I was sure they were going to end up drawing last week when I picked them to win for a change! Feels like I'm actually helping them win each time I pick a draw so I'd go with 2-1 if I were you.. 8 Feb 16:09
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"...the fans know how much this one means to the supporters. " Were you pushed for time this week Jack?
8 Feb 16:50
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Thank you Jack. i also got 8/11 and two exact pics, which were both Man City games. Congrats for geting draw at Brighton and Wolves' win which were only picked by around 30% of people
8 Feb 17:30
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