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We look ahead at this week’s fixtures at the top and bottom half of the Premier League

Updated: Jan 13

Match predictions and key match stats, as we analyse the upcoming round of Premier League midweek games following a weekend of FA Cup


Wolves vs Everton – 12th January 2021


Prediction: Wolves 2-2 Everton


When the two sides last met, Wolves defeated Everton in a comprehensive 3-0 win at Molineux.


This fixture is expected to be one of the most exciting games in the Premier League with goals galore despite Wolves trailing six places below their opponents.


The hosts have lost just twice at home this season while the visitors have won five out of their eight away games.

Both sides are without key players due to injury with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez still on the side-lines after suffering a concussion and James Rodriguez still to return for the Toffees.


A clean sheet for either side looks unlikely as both teams tend to concede one or more goals per game, Wolves (1.41 per game) and Everton (1.25 per game). They have conceded a combined 44 goals in 34 matches with just seven points separating them.



Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur – 13th January 2021


Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham


After a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Leeds, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are looking to continue their winning run against Aston Villa who have been a tough side to break down this season.


Spurs have suffered just one away defeat in the competition, which was to league leaders Liverpool, whilst Villa have an even home record with three wins and three losses.


Only three points separate the sides, but Villa could move above Spurs with a win if results elsewhere go their way on Wednesday.


Aston Villa have started their season well and find themselves in eighth place this season, with Captain Jack Grealish providing 15 goal contributions this season.


Both teams have scored 29 goals in this Premier League campaign, however Spurs have the edge in terms of quality and therefore likely to come out on top.



Sheffield United vs Newcastle United F.C – January 12th 2021


Prediction: Sheffield United 0-2 Newcastle


In a clash between the teams in the bottom half of their table Newcastle are looking to bounce back, as they face a struggling Sheffield United who look destined for relegation.


This is a must win for manager Chris Wilder whose side have the worst home and away record in the league with a -21 goal difference .


The host are bottom of the league with two points and 12 points below 17th place Brighton after 17 games.


Newcastle is in 15th place and winless in their last five league games. Although, the Magpies could move up three places in the league with a win at Bramall Lane.


After a recent resilient display in the stalemate with Liverpool, Steve Bruce's side will look to inflict further pain on Sheffield with top goal scorer Callum Wilson the main threat of handing the Blades a possible 16th loss of the season.



Best of the Rest


The other games include Burnley vs Manchester United, Manchester City vs Brighton and Arsenal vs Crystal Palace.


I anticipate an emphatic 3-0 win for Arsenal who have won three games in a row. The Gunners had a poor start to the season but have looked impressive in their last three victories.


Crystal Palace defeated Sheffield United 2-0 in their last game but have been very inconsistent this season, conceding nine goals in their last five games.


Manchester City are in-form at the moment after wins against Chelsea and local rivals Manchester United. I foresee a 4-0 win for the Citizens as they face a struggling Brighton side who are three points from the relegation zone.


In the late kick off between Burnley and Manchester United, the Red Devils should win this comfortably 2-1 and capitalize on their rivals dropping points.


Burnley are currently in 16th place whilst Man United are second and level on points with Klopp’s side, with an opportunity overtake them if they are victorious at Turf Moor.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ side have the second-best away record in the league with zero defeats and will want to avenge their 2-0 loss against Burnley last January.



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