Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs Sunderland

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, March 3rd – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Hull City: 11/10 – Draw: 23/10 – Sunderland: 12/5

Match Preview

Hull City play host to Sunderland on Tuesday night as both sides look for a vital three points in what should be a close match. With both teams losing at the weekend, it will important that they try to avoid defeat here.

Steve Bruce has turned it around somewhat in recent weeks as prior to the loss at Stoke on Saturday, they had won two on the bounce – the first time Hull had registered back-to-back wins in the Premier League this season.

Much of the lack of success has been blamed on his formation choice. Adopting a 3-5-2 for this campaign has seen the side struggle. However, injuries have not helped Bruce’s squad and they must now focus on trying to steer clear of the relegation zone as they currently sit just four points above it in 15th.

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Hull have to be confident coming into this fixture, however, as they look much more threatening than their opponents and won the reverse fixture 3-1 at the Stadium of Light back in December. The Tigers have received a boost going into the game as it is looking likely that Nikica Jelavic will be able to feature.

Hull City’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Gus Poyet hasn’t had the best season in the hot seat and after Sunderland’s recent form, his side has been pulled into the relegation scrap. They are just three points above the drop zone in 16th but know a win at Hull would propel them above their opponents.

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Sunderland have only won one of their last ten and have had an incredible seven 0-0 draws this term.

After the weekend’s match against Manchester United, Sunderland will be hoping for more time on the ball as they only managed 29% of possession on Saturday in that 2-0 loss.

Sunderland’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 2 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

They were unfortunate to lose Wes Brown to a dubious red card, and the ban has since been rescinded so the centre-back will be able to play on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats have the second-worst form in the Premier League at the moment but must ensure they pick up at least a point against Hull in what is a real six-pointer at the bottom end of the table.

Team News

Hull City: Robert Snodgrass (knee), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and James Chester (shoulder) are all out. Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robbie Brady (calf) remain doubtful. Nikica Jelavic and Maynor Figueroa will face late fitness tests but should be available for selection. Dame N’Doye will expect to start after having to settle for a place on the bench at Stoke on Saturday.

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Sunderland: Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) is likely to miss the remainder of the season, while Billy Jones (ankle), Ricardo Alvarez (knock), Will Buckley (knee) and Jack Rodwell (calf) are all doubts for the game. Adam Johnson has been suspended by the club regarding issues away from football but Wes Brown will be available after his red card on Saturday was rescinded.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/D/L

Key Stat: Hull City have won the last four meetings between the two sides in all competitions. The last time Sunderland beat Hull, Steve Bruce was in charge of the Black Cats.

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Key Player: Dame N’Doye – The Senegalese striker has scored on the two occasions he has started for Hull City since joining in January. They have won both of those games too. He’s the one to watch.

Score Prediction

Hull City 0-0 Sunderland – Neither side can afford to lose this one as they both are in search of survival in the Premier League. That means it will be a tight, closely contested affair with little to separate them. Sunderland are the draw specialists in the Premier League and could settle for an eighth goalless draw of the season.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs Everton

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, March 1st – 14:05 (09:05 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Everton 5/1

Match Preview

Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to continue their good run of form in the Premier League which has propelled them into third.

Everton haven’t won in three in the league but tasted European victory with a 3-1 win against BSC Young Boys on Thursday in the Europa League and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Arsenal to six games in the league. The two clubs drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in August.

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Arsenal come into the game off the back of a disappointing 3-1 loss to AS Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Emirates. Outplayed by the French side, Arsenal will want to forget about it and secure the three points on Sunday in front of their own fans.

With eight wins in ten in all competitions, Arsenal are still in a good run of form and are on course for yet another top four finish despite the fierce competition for Champions League football at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal’s Premier League home record: Played 12 – Won 8 – Drawn 3 – Lost 1

Interestingly, Arsenal have scored first in their last six Premier League games, and they could do with a fast start against the Toffees to settle any nerves.

Everton cannot be underestimated this weekend though as they could bring their European form to the Premier League and cause an upset on Sunday.

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Everton will be buoyant after their two-legged demolition of Young Boys as they won 7-2 on aggregate and Roberto Martinez’s men will want to snatch all three points come the weekend.

Everton’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 7

It has been a poor season for Everton compared to last, and the league table proves that as they sit in twelfth after 26 games and are just six points off the relegation zone.

Their Premier League form dictates the reason for this as they have only registered one win in their last ten matches.

Team News

Arsenal – Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) and Mikel Arteta (ankle) are still not match fit and Jack Wilshere has undergone surgery for ankle discomfort. Aaron Ramsey could return to the side as he nears a return from a hamstring injury while Arsene Wenger could drop David Ospina, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud after poor performances against Monaco on Wednesday.

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Everton – Aiden McGeady is still sidelined with a knee injury while Steven Pienaar (Knee), Leon Osman (foot) and Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) will also miss out. Gareth Barry returns from suspension and is likely to start along with Leighton Baines who was rested for the midweek game against Young Boys.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: WWLWW

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: DWDLD

Key Stat: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 meetings at home to Everton in all competitions. Their last home defeat to the Toffees came 19 years ago.

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Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – Summer transfer sensation, Sanchez has been a revelation for Arsenal this season and at times has got them out of massive holes on his own. Expect him to be the difference once again.

Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Everton – No shocks in this one, Everton will put up a good fight but expect Arsenal to get back to winning ways with their seventh straight league win at the Emirates.

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?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke City vs Chelsea

The final Premier League game before Christmas will see Chelsea visit the Britannia Stadium as Stoke look to extend their unbeaten run to three on Monday night.

The Potters’ longest unbeaten run in the Premier League this season stands at two so they have had a somewhat inconsistent campaign so far. But they seemed to turn the corner when the held off Arsenal earlier this month to win 3-2.

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The recent form of ex-Barcelona youngster Bojan has been the catalyst for their new attacking style of play as he picks up pockets of space and he ran riot in the first half against Arsenal a fortnight ago. He will need to be as effective against the Blues for Stoke to stand a chance.

Mark Hughes will have to be cautious against the league leaders however, because Jose Mourinho has a full strength squad to choose from with Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas returning from suspension.

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Chelsea will be looking to regain their three point lead in the Premier League title race as Manchester City went level on points on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

And with the return of Fabregas, Spanish international striker Diego Costa will have his supply line back in full flow.

Both sides are likely to concede in this one as Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet away from home this term and Stoke haven’t kept one at all since September.

Chelsea have only failed to score on one occasion this season but the Britannia is well known for being a tough place to succeed for visiting teams and the Blues have only won one of their last four games at Stoke.

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This is set up to be entertaining encounter and we expect to see goals in what should be an early Christmas gift for neutrals.

Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-3 Chelsea

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea winger’s quick feet would cause any defence problems and Stoke right-back Phil Bardsley will have a hard task keeping him quiet on Monday.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Saturday for the afternoon kickoff in what should be an interesting encounter.

Palace have had a dreadful run of form which has seen them register only one win in their last ten in the Premier League.

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Manchester City come into the game with an opposite run of form, having won their last seven in all competitions, and are just three points off leaders Chelsea.

City do have a massive issue with who to play up front however, as they have no available first-team striker, while captain Vincent Kompany is also out.

Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are all absent through injury and Manuel Pellegrini will have to resort to using 18-year-old Jose Pozo up top against the Eagles. He also played against Leicester in their last game.

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This poses a problem for the champions and one that could see their proficiency drop dramatically as they have only failed to score on one occasion in the league this season, but the lack of a first-team forward could put them in trouble.

Palace on the other hand lay only one point above the relegation zone in 16th, and find themselves dropping down the league rapidly.

They have only won once away from home all season and will need to be at their best to undo the champions at home, with City expected to come out on top, even without a recognised striker.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace – City to go level on points with Chelsea for at least two days.

Key Player: Frank Lampard – New York City midfielder Frank Lampard is proving he still has what it takes to perform at the top level as of late, and we expect him to prove the difference once again on Saturday.