Friday, January 18, 2013

Front Money Friday: Premier League Week 21

We are back once again with another edition of Front Money Friday! With the MLS Combine and Superdraft having wrapped in the past week, we take a trip across the pond to look at this weekend's English Premier League action. Here are the predictions for Week 21: 

Liverpool vs. Norwich City 
Hot off the trail of Luis Suarez admitting to diving against Stoke City last year (what a surprise...), Liverpool welcomes The Canaries to Anfield on Saturday. The hosts currently sit four spots higher in the league table than the boys in yellow & green. Although The Reds went down 2-1 to Manchester United on the previous weekend, Norwich wasn't able to put one in the net for a scoreless draw against a struggling Newcastle United. As long as the "internal disciplinary actions" doesn't include not dressing the Uruguayan, the home club should grab the three points. 
The Gamble: Liverpool FC 

Newcastle United vs. Reading 
A Newcastle squad in not so good of shape take on an even worse off Reading at St James Park (H). For the boys in black & white, a loss to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup doesn't help them out in the least. With Coloccini wanting a move out of England to Argentina, the rest of the club better head Pardew's warning they aren't too good to get relegated. Just take a look at Blackburn Rovers or Bolton Wanderers. Oh, then there's Reading. Unfortunately, looks like they're getting the boot as well. 
The Gamble: Newcastle United

Swansea City vs. Stoke City 
After suffering an FA Cup replay loss to Arsenal (1-0), The Swans look to take on Stoke City at home tomorrow. It might just balance out if you consider their 2-0 win against Chelsea in the Carling Cup earlier in the month. We will also get a first look at Belgian midfielder Roland Lamah who just completed an 18-month loan from Spanish club CA Osasuna. Will he connect with Michu to get the home supporters on their feet? Coming off a thrilling FA Cup win against Crystal Palace on the week, The Potters and Jones could certainly have something to say about that. 
The Gamble: Swansea City 

Wigan Athletic vs. Sunderland 
Despite their fallout in the FA Cup against struggling Championship side Bolton Wanderers this week, Sunderland had a solid league performance on the previous weekend against West Ham United. With that on top of Wigan tip toeing the red line, the away team might just grab three points on the road. 
The Gamble: Sunderland 

West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa 
If you have a quick glance at the league table, it would look like West Brom and Odemwingle might have a goal filled weekend. Then you look at their recent results... that is not the case. A draw with Queens Park Rangers in FA Cup, then a loss to Reading in last weekend's league play, concluded with a loss to QPR in FA Cup replay this week. A recent track record against relegation bound teams might just give Aston Villa hope. 
The Gamble: A Draw 

Chelsea vs. Arsenal 
I almost saved the best for last. Chelsea have had recent home struggles, but Ba is going to step up to the plate this weekend. Unless Arsenal have some super fast bid and signing of Cavani from Napoli today, then the fight will not be as great. It will most certainly be the matchup of the weekend, but The Blues will break their bad home aurora this weekend. 
The Gamble: Chelsea 

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United
Or could this be the matchup of the weekend? We will not know for sure until Sunday (some gambling guy's birthday too) comes around. The Spurs gladly welcome ManU to White Hart Lane. It would seem that with only two spots on the table in between them, it's a pretty close matchup. But then you glance over at the points... 15 separates the two sides. Our American boy Clint Dempsey and his Wales coworker Gareth Bale better show up for the job. 
The Gamble: Manchester United 

Manchester City vs. Fulham 
The Gamble: Manchester City 
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers 
The Gamble: West Ham United
Southampton vs. Everton 
The Gamble: Everton 

What are your predictions for the Premier League this weekend? Don't be afraid to take a gamble. Feel free to let us know in a comment below! 


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