Wk 22 Premier League Preview

Wk 22 Premier League Preview
Published: 16 January 2015 | by Ray Magaya Tshuma
Reds to storm  Villians

After a week that has produced some of he more predictable results, bidding your house on Liverpool making it 5 wins in 6 at Villa Park this weekend seems a given. And that does not take into account the fact that the Reds have recalled young promising midfielder, Jordan Ibe from his loan, he is another teenage winger who has an obsession with tormenting defenders, just like Sterling

Speaking of Sterling, he is now available for selection and the results of his winter break will be on show against Aston Villa. If the pair play at opposite flanks, this match will not last the opening 10 minutes with both boys outpacing their opponents to set up easy goals. 

If the Villa fans do come into this match 8 minutes late following their protest, then they might be spared a Liverpool double salvo as the Reds are on their form for the season and are starving to run rings and avenge their loss to Aston Villa.

Clarets to match the Eagles

No man would believe it, Burnley FC, the league lowest goal scorers pulled two back against the current EPL champion Man City in Manchester . Then these League new boys repeated that feat away to Newcastle.

Crystal Palace are no strangers to a good come back, a spirited fight back that has been credited to the Pardew effect saw them claw 3 points of the palms of Tottenham in an entertaining 2-1 come back win. Logic detects that when two teams that can not lie down and take loss play each other, it will be an open box to box entertaining match and I am looking forward to that. 

Roughed foxes to succumb to brutish Potters

When Stoke bough Bojan, many prayed it was a sign of better football to follow. And for a short run, the Potters played the type of football that would make Bojan mistake the Britannia for the Nou camp.

But last week old habits flooded back as Stoke tried to find an answer for Arsenal's Sanchez. It was a shame as Stoke had been on a good run of 3 wins, a draw that should have been a win against Utd ended in a defeat that did their previous game play little justice. 

Leicester can't seem to shake their almost there feeling. Of all their defeats, the foxes have put in enough to win the game but it never happened for them. Their last three games hint at a change in fortunes with 2 wins and a famous comeback draw at Anfield. Leicester chances of victories hinge on which Stoke shows up, if its the slick passing version then they will fight for a draw but if the old Stoke return, expect a battered Leicester to cry foul at the end of the game. 

Devil's dance

United seemed to have turned a corner for good after they got walloped at home by Swansea. A series of wins and great saves saw the Red Devils dance their way to the top 4 positions.

Then LVG's boys took another turn, not the type that cements their position in the top 4. Two defeats and draw in their last 3 games speaks volumes of their current predicament. Maybe that is the main reason why LVG is treating QPR's visit as a big occasion. 

The R's are yet to pick any away points this season. The team in blue has found it hard to get moving when their game plan fails to lift off. United's form should offer comfort and hope but Harry knows the perils of dancing with the devil and will brace his team for the onslaught to come. 

Swan will cry 

Chelsea first taste of defeat failed to leave a hang over effect.Their second against Spurs seemed devastating yet it too failed to leave a hangover effect.

All this should be the stuff of nightmares for a Swansea team still shaking from the 4-1 thumbing at the hands of Liverpool last year. the Swans have managed to spirited come back draws yet their low morale should be enough to help Chelsea stretch their league at the top of the league. 

Black cats on Spurs

When pity becomes the unofficial mascot for a team, little can be done to turn things around. Sunderland find themselves riding to losing streak at the hands of Liverpool and City. Both games could have easily be turned into draws yet it was that finial handle that proved too large to get over. 

Tottenham had better fortunes before they gave away all 3 points to Palace. With their champions league future in doubt, expect Spurs to throw all at Sunderland. The possibility of a third loss in a row should be enough to convince the black cats to abandon all hopes of playing for three points and defend their way to a point.   

Toon army to give to God

Life is indeed a rolling stone. A few months back, Newcastle were threatening Utd for one of the champions league spots yet today, they go to tomorrow game crowned with the worst form in the league. They are a team yet to score more than one goal in their last 3 defeats and have, on two separate occasions given away points from a winning position. 

When one considers that their opponents, Southampton boost the best form in the league and have clean sheet victories over Utd and Arsenal in their last 5 games and a well deserved draw against Chelsea, we could be facing the whipping of the season when the whistle sounds tomorrow.  

Citizens and Gunners 

The game of the weekend has to be City vs Arsenal. 

With City missing their new boy Bony, Yaya Toure and a host of strikers, it seems less likely that Arsenal fans would lose sleep over their weekend game. City have also struggled to keep goals off their goals with two victories lost to late goals.

But I know, down deep that most Arsenal fans will feel that chill that always torments them before they play any big team. If recent history has anything to say about it, Wenger's boys will need another Sanchez to help keep the scoreline polite on Sunday

Ngiyabonga!



- uMR
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