Norwich vs Watford: Preview

LAST MEETING

December 5, 2015 (Vicarage Road): Watford 2-0 Norwich

FORM

Norwich: WLLLL

Watford: DWLWL

KEY STATS

  • Watford have won four of their last six league visits to Norwich City (W4 D0 L2)
  • Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes conceded six goals against Norwich in the Championship last season, double the amount that he shipped in matches with any other side
  • Norwich had scored in 22 successive league meetings with Watford before failing to find the net at Vicarage Road in December 2015
  • The Canaries are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings with promoted teams at Carrow Road (W7 D4), last losing at home to a promoted side in April 1995 (1-0 v Nottingham Forest)
  • Watford hitman Odion Ighalo has failed to score in his last 12 top-flight appearances after bagging 14 in 23 before that

TEAM NEWS

Norwich will be without the injured Jonny Howson (knee), while Andre Wisdom (knee), Timm Klose (knee) and Alexander Tettey (ankle) are also unavailable due to injury.

Watford will be without Valon Behrami due to a rib injury, while a knee problem keeps Etienne Capoue out of action.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Dorrans, O’Neil, Brady; Hoolahan; Jerome

Watford XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Britos, Prödl, Anya; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo

Prediction: Norwich 1-1 Watford


 

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Preview

LAST MEETING

October 31, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

FORM

Liverpool: WWDLW

Chelsea: LLWDL

KEY STATS

  • Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season ended a run of six Barclays Premier League matches without a win against the Blues (D3 L3)
  • Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine BPL matches against Chelsea and conceded two goals in each of the last three meetings at Anfield
  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league encounters with Liverpool
  • The first goal has been scored in the opening 10 minutes in four of the last five top-flight meetings between the two clubs
  • Liverpool have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League games, their best scoring run in the top flight since April 2014 (25)

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea will have to make do without captain John Terry at Anfield due to a suspension, so Branislav Ivanovic is likely to come into the centre of defence, although American youngster Matt Miazga is another option for Hiddink.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no new injury concerns to contend with.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Randall; Allen, Stewart, Ojo, Firmino, Ibe; Benteke

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Miazga, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa

Prediction: Chelsea 2-3 Liverpool

 

West Ham vs Manchester United: Preview

LAST MEETING

April 13, 2016 (Boleyn Ground): West Ham 1-2 Man Utd

FORM

West Ham: DDWWL

Man Utd: LWWDW

KEY STATS

  • Manchester United have lost none of their last 14 Barclays Premier League matches against West Ham United (W11 D3 L0)
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in 15 league appearances for Man Utd against West Ham, as well as a competition record of seven as an opposition player at the Boleyn Ground
  • Man Utd have averaged 2.19 points from BPL matches played on a Tuesday (P43 W28 D10 L5), the best rate of any side in the competition
  • This will be West Ham’s 384th and final BPL match at the Boleyn Ground, and a win will take the Hammers to 601 points won on home soil in the competition (W167 D97 L119)
  • Manchester United have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League team this season (18)

TEAM NEWS

West Ham have no new injury worries, but the visitors are likely to be without Matteo Darmian (ankle) after he left Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City on a stretcher, while Anthony Martial (hamstring) is also a doubt after pulling up prior to the Carrow Road clash.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Adrian; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid, Antonio; Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini; Payet, Carroll, Sakho

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Rashford

PREDICTION: West Ham 1-2 Man Utd


 

Matchday 37 Review

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan lived the dreams of many a supporter as he lifted the coveted Premier League trophy at the King Power Stadium after his side put up an impressive performance to brush aside Everton 3-1. It was undoubtedly the best moment of the weekend as the Foxes magical campaign reached its climax on an extremely emotional day, with many terming it as the greatest sporting achievement in history. Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded the stadium with a spine-tingling rendition of Nessun Dorma that left Claudio Ranieri emotional. This will live long in the memory of every football fan out there.

Elsewhere, Sunderland continued their great escape after coming from behind twice to beat Chelsea 3-2 in a thrilling encounter while Newcastle were left to ponder what went wrong as they were unable to defeat an already relegated Aston Villa to climb out of the bottom three. Alex Neil’s situation doesn’t look too good either after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Sebastien Bassong defensive error. Crystal Palace registered their second victory in 2016 by overcoming Stoke 2-1, while West Brom held Bournemouth to a score draw at the Goldsands Stadium and Spurs were defeated by a Steven Davis-inspired Southampton.

The biggest upset of the weekend came at Upton Park, where Swansea brought West Ham’s 15-game unbeaten home run to an end in a result few saw coming. It definitely wasn’t the farewell that West Ham had in mind in their penultimate game ahead of their stadium move next season.

 

So how did I fair with my predictions this week? Lets find out:

Saturday:

NORWICH CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED

Prediction: Norwich 0-1 Manchester United

Result: Manchester United WIN


ASTON VILLA VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Newcastle

Result: DRAW


BOURNEMOUTH VS WEST BROM

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom

Result: DRAW


CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITY

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke

Result: Crystal Palace WIN


SUNDERLAND VS CHELSEA

Prediction: Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea

Result: Sunderland WIN


WEST HAM VS SWANSEA

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Swansea

Result: Swansea WIN


LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON

Prediction: Leicester 3-1 Everton

Result: Leicester WIN



Sunday:

TOTTENHAM VS SOUTHAMPTON

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

Result: Southampton WIN


LIVERPOOL VS WATFORD

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Result: Liverpool WIN


MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL

Prediction: Man City 2-2 Arsenal

Result: DRAW


 

Yet another 60%. Football bloody hell! Just one more chance for the clean sweep. This HAS to happen!

#WeekendPreview: Matchaday 37

NORWICH VS MANCHESTER UNITED

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (Old Trafford): Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

FORM

Norwich: WWLLL

Man Utd: WLWWD

KEY STATS

  • Norwich City have won just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D2 L4)
  • Manchester United have never lost home and away to a promoted side in the same BPL season. Norwich won at Old Trafford back in December
  • The Canaries have lost five of their previous seven home league encounters with Man Utd, winning the other two in April 2005 and November 2012
  • Juan Mata has scored more top-flight goals against Norwich than any other opponent (four)
  • The Canaries have given away nine penalties and conceded eight penalty goals this season, both Premier League-highs

TEAM NEWS

Van Gaal will be without Marouane Fellaini for the rest of the league campaign after the Belgium international received a retrospective three-match ban for his on-field clash with Leicester City’s Robert Huth during last weekend’s 1-1 draw. Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger still remain unavailable through injury.

For Norwich, defenders  Timm Klose and Andre Wisdom are still out with knee injuries and will sit this one out.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Norwich XI: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Howson, O’Neil, Brady; Naismith, Mbokani

Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Rooney, Martial; Rashford

Prediction: Norwich 0-1 Manchester United


ASTON VILLA VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (St. James’ Park): Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

FORM

Aston Villa: LLLLL

Newcastle: LWDDW

KEY STATS

  • Newcastle are undefeated in their last nine Barclays Premier League matches against Aston Villa (W5 D4 L0)
  • Only four goals have been scored in the last four BPL meetings between these sides
  • Newcastle (W2 D2) have gone four games unbeaten in the League for the first time since October-November 2014
  • Aston Villa will hope to avoid a new club record for the longest run of league defeats, having also recorded 11 successive losses in 1963
  • Andros Townsend has scored more Premier League goals for Newcastle in just 11 appearances for the club (4) than he managed for Tottenham in 50 games (3)

TEAM NEWS

Kieran Richardson (calf) is a doubt for Villa, who also have Aly Cissokho suspended after his red card against Watford. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who stepped down as captain last week, is unlikely to return.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes to have Vurnon Anita back from a muscle problem, but Daryl Janmaat (wrist) and Fabricio Coloccini (calf) are expected to miss out. Yoan Gouffran could be available after a muscle injury.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Aston Villa XI: Bunn; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Lescott; Grealish, Veretout, Westwood, Gueye; Ayew, Gestede

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko; Wijnaldum; Mitrovic

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Newcastle


AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (The Hawthorns): West Brom 1-2 Bournemouth

FORM

Bournemouth: LWLLL

West Brom: LLLDL

KEY STATS

  • AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion have faced each other 11 times in league action, winning four times each
  • West Brom prevailed 1-0 on their last league visit to Bournemouth, in the third tier back in January 1993. It is their only win away at the Cherries (D1 L3)
  • Bournemouth have lost their last three Barclays Premier League matches on home soil, conceding 10 goals along the way
  • The Baggies have secured one win in their most recent 13 BPL road trips (W1 D6 L6)
  • No Premier League side has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Bournemouth (9, level with Man City)

TEAM NEWS

Gradel (leg) is a concern for the Cherries, while James Morrison (hamstring) hopes to return from a four-month lay-off to feature for the visitors.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Bournemouth XI: Boruc; Daniels, Elphick, Cook, Francis; Pugh, Arter, Surman, Ritchie; King, Wilson

West Brom XI: Foster; Evans, McAuley, Olsson, Dawson; Yacob, Fletcher; McClean, Sessegnon, Leko; Rondon

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom


CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITY

LAST MEETING

January 30, 2016 (Selhurst Park): Crytsal Palace 1-0 Stoke

FORM

Crystal Palace: WDDLL

Stoke: DLLLD

KEY STATS

  • Crystal Palace are five matches unbeaten in all competitions against Stoke City (W4 D1 L0)
  • There have been three penalties scored in the last two Barclays Premier League meetings between these sides
  • Crystal Palace have clinched victory once in their previous nine BPL matches at Selhurst Park (W1 D2 L6)
  • The Eagles have scored just six goals in their last 10 League games on home soil
  • Stoke are now without a win in five top-flight games (D2 L3), their worst run since the start of the season (six without victory)

TEAM NEWS

Full-back Glen Johnson is back in training following a long-term knee injury lay-off but the match comes too soon for him, while Hughes is hopeful forward Bojan Krkic will recover from foot problem.

For the hosts, Wilfried Zaha is ruled out with a muscle strain and fellow winger Yannick Bolasie is ill, with the winger set to be assessed ahead of the match. Palace also revealed that captain Mile Jedinak is doubtful for Saturday’s match due to a knock.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré; Jedinak, Ledley; McArthur, Sako, Puncheon; Wickham

Stoke City XI: Haugaard; Bardsley, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Shaqiri, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke


SUNDERLAND VS CHELSEA

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (Stamford Bridge): Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

FORM

Sunderland: DLWDD

Chelsea: WLLWD

KEY STATS

  • Sunderland last defeated Chelsea at home in the Barclays Premier League back in October 2000
  • Chelsea have won 19 and lost just two of their last 22 BPL contests with Sunderland
  • Cesc Fabregas has scored four BPL goals against Sunderland, his joint-best haul against any opponent (along with Everton)
  • Former Blues forward Fabio Borini has scored in two of his three league appearances against Chelsea for current club Sunderland
  • A league-high 19 different players have scored for Chelsea in the Premier League this season

TEAM NEWS

Guus Hiddink has no new injury worries ahead of the fixture, with only Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) sidelined.

The Black Cats have a clean bill of health.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Sunderland XI: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt; Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila,; Borini, Khazri; Defoe

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa

Prediction: Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea


WEST HAM UNITED VS SWANSEA CITY

LAST MEETING

December 20, 2015 (Liberty Stadium): Swansea 0-0 West Ham

FORM

West Ham: DDDWW

Swansea: DWLLW

KEY STATS

  • West Ham are undefeated (W3 D3 L0) in their last six Barclays Premier League games against Swansea
  • Swansea haven’t won an away league game against the Hammers since August 1956 (D1 L7)
  • The Hammers have already achieved their highest points tally in a BPL season (59), already beating their previous best of 57 in 1998-99
  • Only one team has stopped West Ham from finding the net at Upton Park in the last 21 BPL home matches
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in 41Premeir League goals for Swansea overall (25 goals, 16 assists), 10 more than any  Swans player (Wilfried Bony is next on 31)

TEAM NEWS

Guidolin is set to rest captain Ashley Williams for their last two matches ahead of Wales’ UEFA Euro 2016 campaign, while the Italian said Neil Taylor and Gylfi Sigurdsson are out as they require treatment.

West Ham have no new reported injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

West Ham XI: Randolph; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Payet, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini; Sakho, Carroll

Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Amat, Fernandez, Naughton; Britton, Cork; Routledge, Ki, Ayew; Gomis

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Swansea


LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (Goodison Park): Everton 2-3 Leicester

FORM

Leicester: WWDWD

Everton: DDDLW

KEY STATS

  • The last five matches between these two sides on Leicester’s home ground have all been draws
  • Everton have lost just once in the last 12 Barclays Premier League contests with Leicester, but this was the reverse meeting in December (W2 D9 L1)
  • 68 per cent of BPL matches between Leicester City and Everton have been draws, the highest ratio of any fixture in the history of the competition that has been played more than 10 times
  • The champions are unbeaten in the past 14 league matches at the King Power Stadium (W9 D5 L0)
  • Only Ipswich (1957-1962) have won each of the top three tiers in a shorter space of time than Leicester City (2009-2016)

 

TEAM NEWS

Leicester will welcome back Jamie Vardy from suspension, but will be without Danny Drinkwater following his red card against Manchester United, while Robert Huth has been handed a three-match ban for an altercation with Marouane Fellaini last weekend. Matty James could make his first appearance of the season after returning to training following a serious knee injury.

Gerard Deulofeu (knee) is out for Everton, with Phil Jagielka (hamstring) unlikely to feature, but Gareth Barry (groin) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) could return.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, King, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki

Everton XI: Robles; Coleman, Pennington, Stones, Baines; Gibson, McCarthy; Lennon, Barkley, Cleverley; Lukaku

Prediction: Leicester 3-1 Everton


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS SOUTHAMPTON

LAST MEETING

December 19, 2015 (St. Mary’s Stadium): Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

FORM

Tottenham: DWWDD

Southampton: LWDWW

KEY STATS

  • Tottenham Hotspur have won six of their last seven Barclays Premier League meetings with Southampton (W6 D1 L0)
  • The Saints have lost just two of their previous eight BPL away games (W4 D2 L2)
  • Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 15 BPL appearances
  • Ronald Koeman’s side have collected 33 points in 2016, only behind the current top two in the standings (Leicester 38 and Spurs 35)
  • Only Darren Anderton (14 in 94/95) has provided more assists in a single Premier League games for Tottenham than Christian Eriksen has this campaign (13)

TEAM NEWS

Dembele is set to miss the meeting due to suspension, along with fellow midfielder Dele Alli, while Pochettino has concerns over full-back Danny Rose (hamstring) and centre-back Toby Alderweireld (knee). Koeman, however, expects to have a full squad to choose from.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembélé; Son, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane

Southampton XI: Forster; Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Clasie; Mane, Davis, Tadic; Long

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Southampton


LIVERPOOL VS WATFORD

LAST MEETING

December 20, 2015 (Vicarage Road): Watford 3-0 Liverpool

FORM

Liverpool: WWWDL

Watford: LDWLW

KEY STATS

  • The reverse fixture in December (3-0) saw Liverpool’s biggest defeat against a newly promoted side since November 1993 (vs Newcastle)
  • Watford’s only win in any competition at Anfield came in August 1999, with a 1-0 BPL victory
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 11 home League matches (W5 D5 L1)
  • The Hornets have scored only four goals in their last eight BPL away meetings
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool (six goals in total)

TEAM NEWS

Klopp confirmed captain Jordan Henderson and striker Divock Origi are progressing well from their respective knee and ankle injuries but the duo are unlikely to be risked along with long-term knee victim Danny Ings, who is also back in training.

Quique Sanchez Flores remains without midfield duo Valon Behrami (rib) and Etienne Capoue (knee) ahead of this fixture

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI: Ward; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Smith; Ojo, Chirivella, Stewart, Ibe; Coutinho; Sturridge

Watford XI: Gomes; Paredes, Cathcart, Britos, Anya; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Watford


MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL

LAST MEETING

December 21, 2015 (Emirates Stadium): Arsenal 2-1 Man City

FORM

Man City: WWDWL

Arsenal: DDWDW

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City have lost 23 Barclays Premier League matches facing Arsenal, more than against any other side
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four BPL meetings with City, winning the last two (W2 D2)
  • Theo Walcott has scored three goals in his last two BPL appearances against Manuel Pellegrini’s side
  • Arsenal have kept three clean sheets in a row in the top-flight, last managing four successive BPL clean sheets in May 2014
  • Kelechi Iheanacho’s 86.9 minutes per goal ratio is the best in Premier League history for any player to score three or more goals

TEAM NEWS

Captain Vincent Kompany suffered the fifth setback of his injury-plagued campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu and he joins playmaker David Silva (hamstring) and full-backs Pablo Zabaleta (calf) and Aleksandar Kolarov (knock) on the sidelines.

Wenger will be without Per Mertesacker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the rest of the season due to respective hamstring and knee injuries. England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss UEFA Euro 2016. Santi Cazorla, a star performer in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium last season, may return after his five-month knee injury lay-off, while fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere will hope for more action having been an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Norwich City.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man City XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov; Nasri, Fernandinho, Fernando, Sterling; Aguero, Iheanacho

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Welbeck

Prediction: Man City 2-2 Arsenal


 

 

Matchday 36: Review

Leicester City’s coronation had to be postponed as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, but the champagne corks might yet fly as early as tonight. Should Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a feat they have not achieved since 1990, then the Foxes will put up the biggest party of their 132-year existence as they will be champions with two games to spare.

Elsewhere, the Aston Villa relegation tour took them to Vicarage Road where they put up a brave fight against Watford but came up short thanks to a 3-minute double salvo from captain Troy Deeney that ensured the match ended 3-2 in Watford’s favor. Newcastle took their unbeaten streak to four after beating Crystal Palace, while their possible- relegation rivals Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium where once again, Jermain Defoe was their hero.

West Ham kept their European ambitions on track with a 3-0 thrashing over the Baggies as did Arsenal against Norwich, albeit not in the most convincing manner possible.

So how did I do with my predictions this time round? Let’s see.

Saturday:

EVERTON VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Bournemouth

Outcome: Everton WIN


 

NEWCASTLE VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace

Outcome: Newcastle WIN


 

STOKE CITY VS SUNDERLAND

Prediction: Stoke 0-2 Sunderland

Outcome: DRAW


 

WATFORD VS ASTON VILLA

Prediction: Watford 3-1 Aston Villa

Outcome: Watford WIN


 

WEST BROM VS WEST HAM

Prediction: West Brom 0-1 West Ham

Outcome: West Ham WIN


 

ARSENAL VS NORWICH CITY

Prediction: Arsenal 4-1 Norwich

Outcome: Arsenal WIN



 

Sunday:

SWANSEA CITY VS LIVERPOOL

Prediciton: Swanses 2-3 Liverpool

Outcome: Swansea WIN


 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY

Prediction: Man Utd 1-1 Leicester

Outcome: DRAW


 

SOUTHAMPTON VS MANCHESTER CITY

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Man City

Outcome: Southampton WIN


 

 

Once again, an abysmal 5 out of 9. Liverpool and Manchester City this time upsetting my predictions although to be fair, this has been a recurring theme throughout the season. Hopefully the Spurs-Chelsea fixture boosts me to a 6. It’s been near impossible making predictions this year. However, I still have two chances to get that elusive clean sweep I’ve been looking for. Let’s hope it comes next week.

Chelsea vs Spurs: Preview

LAST MEETING

November 29, 2015 (White Hart Lane): Spurs 0-0 Chelsea

FORM

Chelsea: DWLLW

Spurs: WDWWD

KEY STATS

  • Chelsea have not lost a top-flight home match against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990, winning 17 and drawing eight of their 25 meetings at Stamford Bridge since
  • Spurs have lost 25 BPL matches against Chelsea, only against Manchester United (31) have they suffered more in the competition
  • The Blues lost their last BPL home match against Manchester City – they have not lost two in a row in the competition at Stamford Bridge since November 2011
  • Spurs have lost only one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League London derbies (W5 D4 L1) and should Harry Kane score twice, he would become the eighth quickest player in BPL history to reach 50 goals (in his 84th appearance)
  • Chelsea have currently suffered 199 defeats in the Premier League (in 920 matches)

TEAM NEWS

John terry and Gary Cahill are expected to be available for selection, but Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) are still some way out of a return an first choice keeper Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match ban for the red card he received against Manchester City.

For the visitors, Eric Dier will be subject to a late fitness test after suffering a concussion against West Brom and Nabil Bentaleb recovers from a knee injury, while Dele Alli begins the first of his three match suspension following a ban for violent conduct which he received last week.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa

Spurs XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

PREDICTION: Chelsea 2-2 Spurs