Dec 3, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT
Picking Premier League matches is hard work and frankly, I’m crap at it.
But I love the banter and figure at the very least I can provide you with some fodder to tear me up with in the comments.
So let’s get it on.
Crystal Palace v. West Ham United (Tue 3:00pm ET on NBCSN and Live Extra; Selhurst Park)
Tony Pulis‘ first match as manager didn’t come off as he would’ve hoped but the Eagles did manage to keep things close at Norwich City and but for a fantastic goal-line clearance by Martin Olsson, they could’ve shared the points.
On Tuesday, they return home to the friendly confines of Selhurst Park to take on a West Ham side that thumped Fulham 3-0 last weekend.
I have a funny feeling about this one. Palace pulls it off, gets their third win of the season.
Crystal Palace 2 West Ham United 1
Manchester United v. Everton (Wed 2:45pm ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)
Can’t you just see the Eyebrowless Wonder gazing around with a look of complete bewilderment during the post-match interview?
It’s gonna be amazing! We’re literally going to see the wrinkles popping out of his forehead. I mean, how awkward is it to explain how, as Manchester United, you lost to little old Everton, the club you managed for 11 years?
So weird. So awesome.
Tell the boss you’re feeling a touch of the flu. Don’t miss this match.
Manchester United 2 Everton 3
SQUEAKY BUM TIME
Southampton v. Aston Villa (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; St Mary’s Stadium)
Tough run of games for Southampton.
No place for them to get back on track than St. Mary’s. Raucous, that place.
Southampton 2 Aston Villa 1
Stoke City v. Cardiff City (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)
The pundits lauded Everton for their play in the 4-0 win over Stoke last weekend but in truth, the Potters were horrible. With their two best outfield players, Marko Arnautovic and Robert Huth, remaining sidelined with injury against Cardiff, I don’t see things improving for Mark Hughes’ side.
Stoke City 1 Cardiff City 2
Swansea City v. Newcastle United (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; Liberty Stadium)
Swansea City remain a beat-up side with Michu, Wilfried Bony and Angel Rangel all ruled out with injury. It’s a situation that Newcastle, healthy and enjoying their footy, will take full advantage of.
Swansea City 1 Newcastle 2
Fulham v. Tottenham Hotspur (Wed 3:00pm ET on Live Extra; Craven Cottage)
Two teams in sad states, both looking for a lift in the form of a victory.
Locked in the relegation zone, Fulham arguably need it more and it will be interesting to see how the Cottagers perform under new boss, Rene Meulensteen.
Spurs have managerial issues of their own as all eyes will be on Andre Villas-Boas following the tirade he unleashed on reporters following the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Will the Tottenham players rise up and perform for their under-fire boss? I think so. But it won’t be easy.
Fulham 1 Tottenham 2
West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester City (Wed 3:00pm ET on Live Extra; The Hawthorns)
If you’ve been paying attention to this season then you’re looking at this match with intrigue. The road has been cruel for Manchester City this season, where they have lost four of six contests.
Will this be the away match City finally shows up to?
They’d better because The Hawthorns can be a mighty tough place to play when it gets rocking. And on Wednesday, expect that to be exactly the case. Still, I think City turn the tides.
West Brom 1 Manchester City 2
Arsenal v. Hull City (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; Emirates Stadium)
Can Hull City pull on their big-boy drawers and beat a top club for the second time in three days?
Not a chance. Ain’t happening because even though we’re five months out, Arsenal smell the title. And in that whiff they know they can’t drop points to clubs they should beat.
That four point lead is so, so precious.
Arsenal 4 Hull City 1
Liverpool v. Norwich City (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; Anfield)
The last three times these sides played Liverpool has pasted Norwich 3-0, 5-2 and 5-2.
So no, I don’t care how crappy Liverpool looked on Sunday (and it was high-level crappy, my friend), they’re not losing on Wednesday.
Liverpool 5 Norwich City 1
Sunderland v. Chelsea (Wed 2:45pm ET on Live Extra; Stadium of Light)
Poor Gus Poyet. The man just can’t catch a break.
Sunderland 0 Chelsea 3
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