Jan 16, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT
Matchweek 22 in the Premier League will soon be upon us and with it comes another sensational slate of matches to keep you glued to your flat-screen.
As I do every Thursday, here is my best effort at predicting the outcomes.
West Ham United v. Newcastle United (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Upton Park)
Expect Big Sam to be one jolly fat man this weekend when Ravel Morrison, Guy Demel, Joey O’Brien and James Collins all receive clean bills of health to play in this game. They looked strong last week when Andy Carroll returned, he should start this Saturday and don’t be surprised if the Hammers nab a season-turning win.
West Ham United 3 Newcastle United 2
West Bromwich Albion v. Everton (Mon 3:00 ET on NBCSN; The Hawthorns)
Three points from the drop and the Baggies need a win, bad. Enter Pepe Mel into the fold. The former Real Betis manager is savvier than pundits give him credit for and I expect his new squad to all be out to impress. Could be a tough one for the Toffees.
West Brom 1 Everton 1
Sunderland v. Southampton (Sat 7:45 ET on NBCSN; Stadium of Light)
With all the upheaval at Southampton this week after chairman Nicola Cortese’s resignation, it’s impossible to predict how the Saints will respond. The good thing is, their manager seems intent on remaining at the club and with Pochettino remaining on board, the squad should keep its head.
Sunderland 0 Southampton 1
Crystal Palace v. Stoke City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Selhurst Park)
Should be a sneaky good match as Palace play with fire in their bellies at home, much like Stoke do everytime they’re out for a stroll. 95% chance there’s a red card in this game.
Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 1
Norwich City v. Hull City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Carrow Road)
Just two points from the drop Norwich City are falling down, down, down, down. The Canaries took a major kick in the teeth earlier this week when they lost 3-0 to Fulham. If a similar result goes down Saturday – and Hull is looking quite strong these days – it might be curtains for Chris Hughton.
Norwich City 1 Hull City 2
Chelsea v. Manchester United (Sun 11:00 ET on NBCSN; Stamford Bridge)
No Rooney, no RVP, no Evra, no way United are winning this match.
Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1
Arsenal v. Fulham (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Emirates Stadium)
Fulham will be cursing themselves for failing in their bid for Ravel Morrison but will look to build on their dominant 3-0 FA Cup replay win over Norwich on Tuesday. No easy feat against this Arsenal side.
Arsenal 3 Fulham 1
Manchester City v. Cardiff City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Etihad Stadium)
Poor Ole Gunnar Solskjær, first he has to deal with Vincent Tan, now he has to get smoked by his old rivals.
Manchester City 4 Cardiff City 1
Liverpool v. Aston Villa (Sat 12:30 ET on NBC; Anfield)
What a dream it was to see SAS back together and firing on all cylinders last weekend. What a nightmare it will be for Brad Guzan this weekend.
Liverpool 4 Aston Villa 2
Swansea City v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sun 8:30 ET on NBCSN; Liberty Stadium)
If Spurs are to keep pace with the Top 5 they absolutely must win away games like this. And it shouldn’t be a problem because at 7W-1D-2L, Tottenham have the 2nd best road form in the league.
Swansea City 0 Tottenham 2
Jul 23, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT
What would your school look like as a professional soccer team?
Jul 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT
The show will go on, but not in eastern Ukraine as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the military continues.
Jul 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
German boss reveals he will stay on as manager until at least 2016. Can you smell a dynasty?
Jul 23, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT
Substance over style: Barca sign towering defender from La Liga rivals Valencia.
Jul 23, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT
Will the Mexican international be moving on this summer?
Jul 23, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
Aspas to Spanish radio: “They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer.”
Jul 23, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT
Cole: “People were killing me about possibly playing in the USA, saying it’s for the money and easy lifestyle, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team.”
Jul 23, 2014, 7:38 AM EDT
Van Gaal: “You have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation. The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt.”
Jul 22, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
Business up front. Defense in the rear.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT
L.A. Galaxy Insider report also speculates that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could take a Designated Player spot in Major League Soccer if he leaves Old Trafford.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT
“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool is a club that’s bigger as any individual,” Rodgers said from Fenway Park.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers have swooped in for two of the Bluebirds’ best players, and Vincent Tan probably isn’t too happy.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT
Shaw speaks to PST: “Manchester United are the biggest club in the world. I didn’t think twice when they wanted to sign me.”
Jul 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT
When a guy many consider a footballing genius gives the United States coach praise, that’s a pretty cool feather in Klinsmann’s cap.
Jul 22, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT
Premier Leaguers in the U.S. on Tuesday = A day of open training sessions, autographs, football helmets and golf clubs.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT
The 19-year-old is a promising prospect, but is dealing with negative headlines after being subject to abuse on Tuesday in Croatia.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT
Fraser Forster will be sticking at Celtic, for now, after Southampton reportedly lowballed the Scottish powers.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Hand on shoulder, hair-coiffed, warm smile… next! Becks makes the rounds on the United’s U.S. tour.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
There have been reports of where the 32-year-old American left sider will not be going, but little as to where he will.
Jul 22, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT
For every “stars… they’re just like us” moment a player gives you, there are moments like this, which will not happen to 99.9999% of us at work in our lives
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