Each week a member of the MLSGB team will have a go at predicting the results of all the Premier League fixtures in a gameweek.
Ben Ashton correctly guessed two scores in the weekend’s games just passed and three correct results.
This week Louis East will work his way through the Boxing Day fixtures in the Premier League:
Friday 26 December 2014 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)
Chelsea vs. West Ham United (12:45)
The early game on Boxing Day will see high-flying West Ham travel to league leaders Chelsea. The Hammers are still in fourth place much to the surprise of everyone and they travel to Stamford Bridge having won four of their last five. But the Blues haven’t lost on home soil all season. They should be too strong for their London rivals at will make it nine wins from nine at home in the Premier League this season.
Burnley vs. Liverpool
Liverpool travel to Burnley in a tricky looking fixture as the Clarets are unbeaten in their last four at home and put up a good fight despite losing at Spurs on Saturday. Liverpool showed some promising signs in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal and will hope Martin Skrtel’s 97th minute winner can turn their season around. They have lost three of their last four away games but could be too strong for Burnley.
[Will Martin Skrtel’s winner against Arsenal turn Liverpool’s season around?]
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton
Palace find themselves in trouble all of a sudden as they lie in 17th place in the Premier League and are without a win in five. The Saints recorded a crucial victory against Everton on Saturday to stop their losing streak and have beaten the Eagles in their last four meetings, without conceding a goal. They will pile the misery on Neil Warnock and his Palace team on Friday.
Everton vs. Stoke City
This should be a hard fought game and both sides are in desperate need of a win to lift spirits. Everton haven’t got going all season but are unbeaten in five at home. The Potters have only won one of their last six but have improved of late and were better than the 2-0 loss against Chelsea suggests. Only two points separate them and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs are on the up and are climbing the Premier League table now. The same can’t be said for Leicester as they are bottom of the pile and haven’t won for three months. They’ve lost nine of their last ten and look doomed. Tottenham are a better side away from home and should ease past the Foxes to extend their winning run in the league to three.
[Harry Kane is looking to score in his third successive league game with Spurs]
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
This fixture is usually a great contest and a clash on Boxing Day shouldn’t disappoint. United failed to win for the first time in seven at Aston Villa on Saturday while Newcastle will be devastated to have lost to rivals Sunderland. Both need to bounce back but the home side will have too much for Alan Pardew’s Magpies.
Sunderland vs. Hull City
This might look like the least entertaining game of the day on paper but both sides need to win. Sunderland will be in fine spirits following success at Newcastle. Hull are without a win in ten now and things must change quickly for the Tigers as they are second bottom. Expecting a physical contest and the points to be shared.
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa
Both these teams can enjoy Christmas as they are hovering around the middle of the table and are both in decent enough form. That could mean we see an entertaining game as both sides can express themselves. Swansea have won three of their last five at home but Villa have turned things around and have only lost one of their last seven.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City
Manchester City are in fine form and West Brom will do very well to stop the Citizens from making it seven wins on the bounce. The Baggies threw a two goal lead away at QPR on Saturday and that will have dented confidence. City to roll past them.
[City have won six on the bounce. Will they make it seven?]
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers (17:30)
The final game of the day see’s Arsenal entertain QPR in what is a must win game for Arsene Wenger’s side. The Gunners have only won three of their last seven and threw away the lead against Liverpool late on in Sunday’s game. QPR will be buoyed by their comeback win against West Brom and Charlie Austin will hope to build on his hat-trick. But Arsenal need this win more than the R’s.
What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend?