FIFA 15 Predicts: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Chelsea host Manchester City in a crucial match in the Premier League that could go a long way to deciding where the title will be heading come the end of the season.

Both teams go into the game in poor form as far as their high standards are concerned and Chelsea could have to cope without star striker Diego Costa, who is facing an FA charge for a stamp on Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final game with Liverpool on Tuesday night.

The game looks set to be a close one but EA Sports’ FIFA 15 has had a crack at predicting the outcome of this huge clash.

Find out the result below:

What do you think the outcome of the Chelsea vs. Manchester City game will be?

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Arsenal prove solidity with best defensive display of the weekend

Few would have predicted today’s result at The Etihad as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 in a game that saw them put in the best defensive display of the weekend.

Santi Cazorla’s penalty and Olivier Giroud’s header from a Cazorla free-kick led to the win that moved the Gunners to within a point of the top four in the Premier League.

The victory saw the Gunners beat the reigning champions away from home for the first time since they were title-holders, so this was a huge win for Arsene Wenger’s side.

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“I am very pleased because our defence have been questioned a lot,” Wenger told the BBC after the game.

“The target was to put it right, and to win a big game away in the league which we’ve not done this season.

“To come out of a game like that without conceding a goal is important.”

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Manchester City missed Yaya Toure in the heart of midfield and did not look as threatening as usual, with Sergio Aguero lacking fitness and match practice, but take nothing away from Arsenal as they were terrific throughout.

City had more touches of the ball than any other side this weekend (956), and made the most in the oppositions half too (560) but could not find the net against a resilient Gunners backline.

Francis Coquelin was incredible in midfield and was the most effective midfielder from a defensive standpoint this week, as he made more clearances, blocks and interceptions combined (18) than any other midfield player in the Premier League.

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He was at the heart of Arsenal’s defensive masterclass as Wenger’s side made more a total of 97 clearances, blocks and interceptions combined – more than any other side this week.

The result means Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last three games and they are now just one point behind Manchester United in fourth place.

The Gunners may have finally solved any defensive issues they had, and they will look to make it four clean sheets on the bounce when they travel to Brighton in the FA Cup next Sunday.

How good were Arsenal from a defensive standpoint at Manchester City on Sunday?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs West Brom

Everton take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League‘s final game of the weekend in Monday night in what should be a close game at Goodison Park.

Everton have not hit form this season. They have stuttered throughout and are without a win in five in the league, losing four of those.

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They will take positives from their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Goodison last week but a gruelling FA Cup replay against West Ham on Tuesday saw them play 120 minutes in London and they had ten men for more than half of that.

Everton’s home record: Played 10 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

Fatigue will not help things and an unfortunately long injury list will leave Roberto Martinez with very few opportunities to rotate across the team.

That means West Brom will travel to Merseyside confident of picking up a win, and will look to make it two from two under new boss Tony Pulis after beating Hull City 1-0 last weekend.

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The Baggies have started the new year well, going unbeaten through three games, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.

West Brom’s away record: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

West Brom have only won one of their last 16 trips to Goodison Park in a spell spanning back to 1980 so a win on Monday would be a valuable one.

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The Toffees won the reverse fixture this season 2-0 in what was their first victory of the season and will hope that they can pick up three points in front of their own fans.

Everton’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/L/D

West Brom’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have won only four of their last 26 Premier League matches away from home (Won 4 – Drawn 7 – Lost 15).

Key Player: Saido Berahino – The English forward has netted six goals in three games in 2015 and has started the year in fine form.

Score Prediction: Everton 1–1 West Bromwich Albion

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs Hull City

West Ham United host relegation strugglers Hull City on Sunday afternoon and both teams need a win for different reasons.

West Ham have fallen off the pace in the race for a place in Europe recently and will be looking to get back on track with a home game they will see as a game they should win.

West Ham’s home record: Played 11 – Won 6 – Drawn 2 – Lost 3

Hull on the other hand will be trying to get out of the dreaded relegation zone and will look to register only their fifth win of the season.

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West Ham come into the game having only won one of their last six, whereas Hull have won two of their last four in the Premier League and look to be improving at last.

Hull City’s away record: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

The Tigers are a shadow of the team that they were last season and Steve Bruce has a tough task trying to break down a West Ham side that has had a great campaign so far, especially at home.

The Hammers have exceeded all expectations playing a more attractive style of football and have only lost at home to sides above them in the table.

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Sam Allardyce has built a side over the last few seasons that now has a solid platform for success, and providing they stay consistent they could find a place in Europe next season.

This is a huge fixture for both sides and is one that should entertain as both team have players that can excite.

West Ham’s last five: W/L/L/D/D

Hull City’s last five: L/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: Hull have won only two of their last 14 in the Premier League.

Key Player: Stewart Downing – The England midfielder has been sensational for West Ham this season and is arguably the most creative Englishman in the league at the moment. Expect him to be the difference here.

Score Prediction: West Ham United 2 – 0 Hull City

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Arsenal

Manchester City entertain Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday as they look to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Manuel Pellegrini will be frustrated from last weekend’s dropped points away at Everton when they seemingly had the game wrapped up.

City will be without the influential Yaya Toure who’s away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, as is new signing Wilfred Bony.

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Arsene Wenger needs a strong performance from his side, who need to keep pace with those chasing the Champions League places.

Manchester City’s home record: Played 10 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 1 

City haven’t been as consistent as we know they can be on home turf this season, and they need to take the approach that Mourinho’s Chelsea have with winning all their home Premier League games this campaign, as that is the difference between the two sides.

Arsenal will be looking for inspiration from goal machine Alexis Sanchez, who punished some weak defending on City’s behalf in the return fixture.

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Arsenal’s away record: Played 10 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3

The Gunners have struggled on the road this season and this weekend’s game will be no easier for them, and they must avoid defeat at all costs as they are only one point outside the top four.

City will know what they have to do in terms of either taking the initiative to go top of the Premier League or keep pace with Chelsea, who play on Saturday away at Swansea, so the pressure is on.

We can expect a really intriguing tie with both sides conceding and scoring freely.

Manchester City’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Key stat: Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games (9 wins, 3 draws).

Key player: Alexis Sanchez – Where would Arsenal be without him? His goals and assists have played a large part this season and he will be crucial again at the weekend.

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Score Prediction: Manchester City 2 – 1 Arsenal 

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2


Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1


Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0


Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3


Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2


Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1


Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1


Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0


Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2


Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1


How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?