EPL PREDICTIONS: WEEK 20

Updated: Feb 15

Crystal Palace (H) vs West Ham (A)

Head to Head: West Ham 7 wins Crystal Palace 6 wins 6 draws

The Hammers have won 3 straight under David Moyes and will be looking for 4 straight wins against the hapless Eagles. But the Eagles are unbeaten in their last 4 matches against the Hammers (W2 D2). Michail Antonio has scored the winning goal for West Ham inter last 2 games and will be the first since Bobby Zamora in April 2007 to score a winning goal in 3 straight matches.

Prediction: West Ham 2-1


Newcastle United (H) vs Leeds United (A)

Head to Head: Newcastle 11 wins Leeds 6 wins 6 draws

Both teams will be desperate to win. Leeds have a fantastic attacking style under Marcelo Biesla & some impressive results this season and yet just a mid table finish on the ladder to show for it. For Newcastle, 4 losses in a row and the team is in free fall and could be fighting relegation again come the business end of the season. Allan Saint-Maxim is back but could be used as a substitute. For manager Steve Bruce, this will be a crunch match as he has never lost a home fixture to Leeds in his managerial career.

Prediction: Leeds 3-2


Southampton (H) vs Arsenal (A)

Head to Head: Arsenal 23 wins Southampton 7 wins 13 draws

Arsenal are back at Southampton for the 2nd time in 4 days after their loss to the Saints in the 4th round of the FA Cup. The Saints welcome back Nathan Redmond likely to be a substitute but will be without regular fullbacks Ryan Bertrand & Kyle Walker-Peters. Oriel Romeu has recovered but this could be too soon for him and he may feature in the Saint's next match instead. The Gunners will be missing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is out for undisclosed personal reasons but have halted their mid-season slump with 4 wins in their last matches in the PL. For the Saints, all 7 of their wins against the Gunners have come at home and ex Gunners man Theo Walcott will be aiming to join the likes of Kevin Campbell, Nicholas Anelka & Robin van Persie to score against his former team.

Prediction: 2-2 draw


West Bromwich Albion (H) vs Manchester City (A)

Head to Head: ManCity 17 wins West Brom 4 wins 4 draws

City are on an absolute tear and gunning for top spot on the ladder with a win against West Brom. With a win, the Citizens can become a record 9th different team to hold the top spot on the league ladder in a season. The Baggies did manage to draw against the Citizens last month and could become the first promoted team to go unbeaten against Pep Guardiola's side since Middlesborough managed a pair of draws in the 2016/2017 season. For City, Sergio Aguero & Kevin De Bruyne are sidelined while Nathan Ake & Kyle Walker are doubtful.

Prediction: Man City 4-0


Burnley (H) vs Aston Villa (A)

Head to Head: Aston Villa 2 wins Burnley 1 win 4 draws

Burnley will be relishing a home game after their shock 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield last week, ending the Red's 67 home unbeaten streak. Goal scorer in that game, Ashley Barnes is a doubt for the Clarets. For Villa, keeper Emiliano Martinez has kept 8 clean sheets out of 16 away PL matches. Amongst all keepers with at least 10 away PL matches, he has the best clean sheet ratio at 50%. Villa have lost juts one of their 7 matches against the Clarets having won 2 & drawn 4. Villains manager Dean Smith will be looking to last week's trio of Jack Grealish (assist), Bertrand Traore & Ollie Watkins (goals) to continue their good form as they did in the win against Newcastle last game.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-0


Chelsea (H) vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

Head to Head: Chelsea 9 wins Wolves 3 wins 1 draw

Chelsea have 5 of their 6 home PL games against Wolves and new manager Thomas Tuchel will look to continue that trend and start his Chelsea managerial career with a win. For Wolves, the continued absence of Raul Jimenez & Daniel Podence in attack due to injuries means that teen striker Fabio Silva will continue to get opportunities to play. The 18 year old could become just the third Portuguese teenager to score 3 PL goals as a teenager after Cristiano Ronaldo (8 goals) & Ricardo Vaz Te (3 goals) before the age of 20. Both teams are desperate for wins with 1 win in their last 10 games combined, a 1-0 win for Chelsea away to Fulham.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1


Brighton Hove & Albion (H) vs Fulham (A)

Head to Head: Fulham 1 win Brighton 0 wins 2 draws

Brighton will be looking to win back to back PL games for the first time since November 2019 after beating Leeds last time around. For the Seagulls, Adam Lallana is back in contention but Danny Welbeck & Tariq Lamptey are still out with injuries. For Fulham, Bobby De Cordova-Reid is available after missing out last week due to suspension. Look for Ademola Lookman to add to his 3 goals and 3 assists which is the most of any Fulham player this season.

Prediction: 1-1 draw


Everton (H) vs Leicester City (A)

Head to Head: Everton 10 wins Leicester 6 wins 13 draws

A top of the table clash with two teams in fantastic form. Everton have 4 wins and 1 loss in their last 5 matches while Leicester have won 3 in a row and drawn 2 out of their last 5 matches. Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy who is recovering from hernia surgery and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking to James Maddison to continue his fine run of form. Maddison has scored in his last 3 PL games and could join Jamie Vardy as the second Leicester player to score in 4 matches in a row with a goal against Everton. He's also been involved in 7 goals in his last 8 PL matches.

Prediction: Leicester 3-2


Manchester United (H) vs Sheffield United (A)

Head to Head: Manchester United 7 wins Sheffield United 1 win 1 draw

A tale of two United teams, with both heading in opposite directions. The Red Devils have Marcus Rashford available after he trained mid week while Chris Wilder may have upto 9 players unavailable due to a combination of injuries and game time management. The Red Devils have won 4 out of their last 5 while the Blades have lost 4 out of their last 5. Manchester United have won all 4 of their PL matches at home to Sheffield United and with a healthy 35 point advantage, the Red Devils will look to continue a miserable season for Sheffield United.

Prediction: Manchester United 4-0


Last Week: 10 out of 15

Overall season: 92 out of 190

Prediction Success: 48.4%

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