EPL Head2Head vs Wade Pretorius

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We’re back for another edition of Head2Head!

Last week Nick Gordon and Marcel played to a 4-4 draw which, in theory at least, means Nick should be here taking on our next challenger, Wade Pretorius of SA Soccer Mag. Nick has his hands full with cricket and therefore the challenge defaults back to our resident predictions clowns, Marcel and Dirk.

Wade Pretorius is a die-hard Manchester United fan which means he’s a really great guy. You can follow Wade on twitter @wadepretorius to see what pearls of wisdom he has to dispense regarding football and sport in general.

Just for fun we’ve added the secret footballer’s picks too.

Round 15

Stoke City  v  Man. City

WP: Stoke City 1-2 Manchester City

City should be far too good for Stoke who seem to have run out of gas in the league of late. Kevin De Bruyne is on fire and I won’t be surprised if he gets on the score sheet. The Potters may just grab a consolation goal.

MS: Stoke 0 – 2 Man City

Stoke played well recently but City are too good in my book. Would be great if Stoke could steal some points to help other teams (Manchester, red, best team ever) but I think City have too much quality.

TSF: Stoke 1 – 2 City

RESULT: Stoke 2 – 0 City

Arsenal v Sunderland

WP: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

The Gunners usual injury woes will give the resurgent Black Cats some hope going into this fixture. Arsenal have too much football in them not to get a result at home against a team that sets up to defend and then score on the counter late on.

MS: Arsenal 1 – 0 Sunderland

Sunderland are spoiling  a few of my predictions and costing  me valuable Superbru points but I still think they crap and can’t see them taking any points at the Emirates Stadium.

TSF: Arsenal 3 – 0 Sunderland

RESULT: Arsenal 3  – 1 Sunderland

Man. United v West Ham

WP: Manchester United 2-0 West Ham

Surely the Red Devils will have a goal or two in them this weekend? The Hammers have been impressive against the big clubs on the road this season but I think their giant killing antics will end at Old Trafford.

MS: Manchester 2 – 0 West Ham

Louis needs to get some go forward and this home fixture against one of the pretenders is the perfect opportunity to quieten the “Attack attack attack” chanting fans.

TSF: MUtd 1 – 0 West Ham

RESULT: Manchester 0 – 0 West Ham

Southampton v Aston Villa

WP: Southampton 2-0 Aston Villa

Villa are destined for the drop and I expect Southampton to win this one comfortably even after their mauling in midweek by Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

MS: So’ton 1 – 0 Villa

Southampton are another team whose 2015/6 form has been disappointing at best. Villa are shocking and as much as I want them to turn their season around I need to back a winner.

TSF: Southampton 3 – 1 Villa

RESULT: Southampton 1 – 1 Villa

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Swansea v Leicester City

WP: Swansea 1-1 Leicester

Garry Monk is under massive pressure to turn things around at the Liberty. The Foxes arrive in second place (yes second place) with Jamie Vardy in the form of his life. I’m going against the grain here to suggest he’s run will come to an end and the Swans will get a point from this one.

MS: Swansea 1 – 1 Leicester

Leicester are flying. Wenger and King Louis have both suggested they could win the league … will they stumble if they believe it? Swansea have not been great but it’s not an easy trip to Wales. I’m hoping for a Swansea win but a draw is my pick.

TSF: Swansea 0 – 1 Leicester

RESULT: Swansea 0 – 3 Leicester 

Watford v Norwich

WP: Watford 2-1 Norwich

This is one of the harder games to pick in round 15. I’m leaning ever so slightly towards the home side in this one with Odion Ighalo in great form. A win for the hosts will go along way to ensuring Premier League survival.

MS: Watford 1 – 0 Norwich

Two of the promoted teams meet for the first time this season and I am picking the home team. I like watching both play, especially the pace in the Watford team. Could really go either way, hard luck Canaries.

TSF: Watford 2 -2 Norwich

RESULT: Watford 2 – 0 Norwich

West Brom v Tottenham

WP: West Brom 1-2 Spurs

Spurs have played some really decent football of late and must be the favourites to get a result at The Hawthorns. The Baggies are playing typical Baggies football – a couple of draws, the odd win and thus usual amount of losses.

MS: West Brom 0 – 2 Tottenham

I can’t see any other result than a Spurs win here. The North Londoners are full of confidence and play with tremendous pace. Their quite good to watch for a London team.

TSF: West Brom 1 – 2 Tottenham

RESULT: West Brom 1 – 1 Tottenham

Chelsea v Bournemouth

WP: Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth

The Blues painfully slow revival will take another step in the right direction against Bournemouth. The Cherries will be confident after their injury time heroics against Everton but Chelsea will have the match wrapped up far before the referee’s added time.

MS: Chelsea 1 – 0 Bournemouth

I really want Bournemouth to win against the Blues but just can’t see it despite their 3-3 draw with Everton last week. Maybe the grumpy one gets lucky and picks up three points. This is my upset pick.

TSF: Chelsea 4 – 0 Bournemouth

RESULT: Chelsea 0 – 1 Bournemouth

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Newcastle v Liverpool

WP: Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool

Newcastle are another of my favourites for the drop with Steve McClaren seemingly having no plan to turn the tide. The Reds however have started to get their groove back under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool will win this one and continue their climb up the Premier League table.

MS: Newcastle 0 – 3 Liverpool

There have been few bright moments this season for Newcastle and Liverpool’s visit isn’t going to be one either. Sturridge is fit again and played in the League Cup on Wednesday night scoring twice. The writing is on the wall.

RESULT: Newcastle 2- 0 Liverpool

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Everton v Crystal Palace

WP: Everton 2-1 Palace

Another potentially tough game to call with Palace playing well under Alan Pardew. Romelu Lukaku’s form has been impressive and he’s another playing I’m backing to score this week. The Toffees to edge this one and go above their visitors when the dust settles in round 15.

 

MS: Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace

Everton is my favourite English team to play with on the XBox version of FIFA but Crystal Palace are my favourite London team to watch when they attack with pace and width. A draw won’t do either favours but I can’t separate them.

RESULT: Everton 1 – Crystal Palace 1 

@marcelsigg wins 3-2

Don’t forget to read what Wade does in his daily grind as editor of SA Soccer Mag.

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