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
Sep 30, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Which player ensured it would be back-to-back honors for a single team in the Premier League’s player of the week battle?
Sep 30, 2014, 9:13 AM EDT
The result of the weekend, however, was L.A.’s 4-0 defeat of the New York Red Bulls, and several players deserved Man of the Match honors.
Sep 30, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT
Maybe, just maybe, Newcastle will win against Swansea City this week and take another step toward getting well.
Sep 30, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT
FC Santa Claus is bringing soccer matches to the good boys and girls of the Ykkonen.
Sep 29, 2014, 11:44 PM EDT
Sepp Blatter confirmed FIFA voted strongly to eliminate third-party ownership in all professional settings, with a transitional period of a few years to be instituted immediately.
Sep 29, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT
The Men discussed all things Premier League on this week’s episode, including Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, and a Peter Crouch chicken dance.
Sep 29, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT
With plenty of tournament success, the Mexican youth is turning the head of the senior team’s manager.
Sep 29, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT
Things surrounding Newcastle’s managerial position have become increasingly untenable.
Sep 29, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT
If PSG fail to make serious noise against top Champions League clubs, Laurent Blanc could be on his way out of Paris.
Sep 29, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT
Making $400,000 more than anyone else in the league, Kaka is set to lead Orlando City into MLS with a colossal paycheck.
Sep 29, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT
With MLS movement at a high, the controversial Malaysian expressed his wishes to enter the US realm
Sep 29, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT
He’s out with a broken tibia, but Giroud still remains vital to Arsenal’s long-term success.
Sep 29, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT
According to an ESPN report, Chivas will take at least a 2-year break to allow for a rebrand to occur and a new stadium to be built.
Sep 29, 2014, 4:54 PM EDT
Peter Crouch’s early header put Stoke up early as Alan Pardew’s job security took another hit.
Sep 29, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT
He hasn’t managed to pick out a start for the Red Devils’ senior side, but getting minutes for the U-21’s, he showed off his bright talents.
Sep 29, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT
After playing over an hour for the U-21 team this weekend, Paul Lambert will have Benteke available for selection against Manchester City.
Sep 29, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT
Gunners lose star midfielder for a month after hamstring injury.
Sep 29, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
All eyes on Pardew. Watch Stoke host Newcastle, right here.
Sep 29, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Klinsmann to select NASL star for October camp?
Sep 29, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
Watch Stoke vs. Newcastle live on Monday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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