Famous wins for Swansea and Palace; Mourinho breathes easier at Chelsea – EPL predictions

Each week, The National Deputy Sports Editor Thomas Woods predicts the outcomes of the English Premier League. Here are his results for the season.

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Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

Why? It feels like this is a pivotal moment for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea career. The side’s poor form (one win in four), his rants (during and after games) and the dropping of star players. It feels like he is on the verge of losing his job unless results change. Lose to Liverpool and it could be curtains. The good thing, for Chelsea fans, is that I can’t see Liverpool taking three points away from Stamford Bridge. The more likely scenario is that Chelsea grind out a result.

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Crystal Palace 1 Manchester United 0

Why? Five wins, five defeats. That sums up Crystal Palace – an unpredictable side full of talent who can take down any team on their day. United are going through a rough patch of form up front, having scored just once in their last three games. It feels reminiscent of spells last season where they controlled possession in games only to be hit by a more clinical opposition attack.

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Manchester City 2 Norwich City 0

Why? The 0-0 Manchester derby result aside, City are scoring for fun. They have scored 16 goals in their last three home games. The chances are that rate slows down a bit this week, with a Champions League trip to Sevilla coming up. Manuel Pellegrini can’t really rest that many players though, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva already out. Look for Kevin de Bruyne to continue his strong run of form and Wilfried Bony to score again.

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Newcastle United 1 Stoke City 0

Why? Newcastle were thumped 3-0 in last week’s derby by Sunderland, but they actually looked the better team until a red card just before half time changed the game. Newcastle have plenty of talented players, but previously this season they have looked like strangers lumped together on a pitch. Now, the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko are beginning to stamp their mark on the team. This win could start a run of form.

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Swansea 1 Arsenal 0

Why? How many players does Arsene Wenger rest ahead of the crucial Champions League trip to Bayern Munich. It will reveal a lot about how the Arsenal manager values each competition, especially as his side have a superb chance of challenging all the way for the Premier League title this season. With Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the injury list, Wenger doesn’t have a lot of options in attack. This feels like one of those games where things don’t go right for Arsenal

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Watford 0 West Ham 1

Why? Apart form Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, there have been just two goals in four Watford home games this season. It’s going to be a game where the first goal could well be the only goal. Watford are strong defensively, but West Ham’s talent in attack and their previous away results this season suggests they can find a breakthrough.

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West Bromwich Albion 1 Leicester City 1

Why? Generally in a midlands derby you’d go for few goals, plenty of effort but Leicester’s 3-2 thriller against Aston Villa earlier this season broke the mould. Don’t expect quite the same excitement in this game, as West Brom are pretty sound defensively but Leicester keep finding a way to get results. With Jamie Vardy scoring in every game, they will fancy their chances of at least a point.

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Everton 2 Sunderland 0

Why? Don’t let the 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle fool you. Sunderland are a team low on confidence, lacking cohesion and quality. For the first half against Newcastle they appeared scared to play a forward pass for fear of losing the ball. Sam Allardyce has a lot of work to do to keep them up. Romelu Lukaku should have a field day against Sunderland’s centre-backs and Ross Barkley will run the show.

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Southampton 3 Bournemouth 0

Why? A south-coast derby that could end up being a mis-match. Bournemouth come into this off the back of consecutive 5-1 defeats and they are failing to capitalise on what was a promising start to the season, performance wise. Southampton, on the other hand, despite only three wins this season, have played their best football in the last four games and should win comfortably.

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Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 0

Why? Harry Kane found his shooting boots in the 5-1 win at Bournemouth, Villa are awful and have lost six in a row. This seems to be a fairly simple equation and it would be surprising if Kane didn’t score again.

Published: October 29, 2015 04:00 AM

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