This week we welcome Adrian KG to our ever-growing list of guest players.
Adrian, Dirk and Marcel famously won a Gold and Silver medal at indoor soccer in successive seasons for the once mighty UFC, Useless Fu**ing *****. Adrian has his own claim to fame in the sporting world, once posting his Protea colours award on Facebook. When not playing football or pretending to be Adriana Grande on Facebook, Adrian works for a law firm so no more derogatory comments about him. You can also follow his mad rattling love for Arsenal on twitter.
Adriana: Burnley 1 – Southampton 0 WP + MP
The home side have made Turf Moor a bit of a fortress already this season with all 7 of their victories coming at home including big scalps in both Merseyside teams. Southampton have lost 3 on the bounce, and with talisman Austin out, they could find goalscoring tough. Tempted to go for a 1-1 draw, but I’ll stick with a dogged home win.
Dirk: Burnley 1 – 2 Southampton
Burnley have been defying all odds this season and have been excellent at home. It will be a very difficult game for Southampton, but I think they will find the goals they need for the three points here. The difference in experience is where the Saints will succeed here.
Marcel: Burnley 1 – 0 Southampton WP + MP
This is a fixture where the home team usually triumphs and I can’t see this changing this weekend. Southampton have lost what little zing they had left about them while Burnley are really quite good at home beating many more fancied teams. Three points for the Clarets!
Adriana: Hull City 1 – Bournemouth 2
The opening month of this Premier League season is far, far away. It is very easy to tell, considering after 3 games in charge and 2 wins, then caretaker-soon-to-be-full-time-manager Mike Phelan was named Premier League Manager of the Month; beating Guardiola, Mourinho & Conte. Madness! Fast-forward to January 2017 and Phelan got the sack and Hull have only picked up 7 points since that opening month. Hull’s new manager has Champions League experience with Olympiacos, and oftentimes a new gaffer can bring positive results immediately. But Bournemouth are an impressive side under Eddie Howe, playing actual football (Not long ball Stokey-leg-breaky stuff). After that 3-3 with my team the other night I have to back the Cherries for the points here. Let’s not even mention the 6-1 the Tigers got mauled by when the two teams last played each other.
Dirk: Hull City 1 – 1 Bournemouth
I got a feeling the new coach for Hull will bring out a performance from them. They managed a win against Swansea in the FA Cup, but that’s hardly anything to gloat about. The FA Cup is a distraction from survival for this side honestly, not the best distraction with such a small squad. They’ll get a good point here, because Bournemouth haven’t been traveling well.
Marcel: Hull City 0 – 2 Bournemouth
Literally the worst team in the league against a rather nice surprise package from the South coast. Bournemouth will hope to overcome their shock FA Cup exit away to Milwall and might play a more familiar line-up than Eddie Howe fielded in the 3-0 defeat. I doubt that Hull’s win over Swansea will be of any benefit but stranger things have happened, still a Cherries win for me.
RESULT: Hull 3 – 1 Bournemouth
Adriana: Sp*rs 1 – West Brom 0 WP
Them lilywhites must be popping champagne bottles after slipping above us this last round. But one would do well to remember that Sp*rs finished 3rd in a 2 horse race for the title last season. 21 years and counting. #YouveDoneItAgain. Forever in our shadow. Mind the gap. ’61 never again. Okay, okay. I suppose I can’t just write horrible (but true) stuff about Sp*rs for this entire prediction. Eh. Tony Pulis is playing decent enough football with the Baggies this year. He seems to have evolved. Still think Sp*rs have enough to get the job done here. Can’t be bothered to give them more than 1 goal in my prediction though. Moving swiftly along.
Dirk: Spurs 2 – 1 West Brom WP
The strange thing with West Brom is that they seem to be sneaking up the table without much fuss. They have been doing a job, and gaining momentum from that. Spurs though will probably be a bridge too far though. Their wins against Chelsea and Villa showed that they’ve found their form and shape. Expect them to outwork and finally out muscle West Brom to a win here. The speed in which Spurs attack is what West Brom will struggle the most with.
Marcel: Tottenham 2 – 0 WBA WP
Tottenham were solid on the weekend but not brilliant in their win over Villa, while their league form is quite impressive. Only two defeats all season, one to Chelsea and of course away at United. The loss to Chelsea already overturned in the home fixture just a week ago, and convincingly so. I expect Spurs to set up camp in the WBA half and wear the visitors down eventually. Then sneak a second in the mayhem of the last minutes.
Adriana: Sunderland 1 – Stoke 1
Jermaine Defoe is super crucial to Sunderland if they have any chance of staying up this season. As things stand, Sunderland are in the bottom 3, 1 point off safety. Stoke meanwhile sit in a relatively lofty 11th place considering their stature and the way things started for them this season. One of the less glamourous ties this weekend. Sunderland need the win more than Stoke, but they have been dire under Moyesy. Drab 1-1 draw for me, which means it will probably be the inevitable 7 goal thriller.
Dirk: Sunderland 1 – 1 Stoke
Can Sunderland build on the point against Liverpool? Kind of I guess, can see it being a frustrating game here against Stoke. A point for each side. Both almost hitting some form, but definitely not enough to get more from this game. Sunderland lack a spark to really find the results they need for a big revival. Stoke will have too much for them, even with their indifferent form of late.
Marcel: Sunderland 0 – 1 Stoke WP
If everything goes according to the form book, it’ll be a comfortable win for Stoke with intermittent threats from Sunderland which don’t amount to much. I’m hoping for a dull game with a 90th-minute penalty for the away team and less than 15 seconds of highlights on Supersport.
RESULT: Sunderland 1 – 3 Stoke City
Adriana: Swansea 0 – Arsenal 2 WP
The Mighty Gunners are away in Europe this weekend with a wee little trip to the south coast of Wales. There are always goals when these two clash in the Premier League. Literally. So far there hasn’t been a 0-0 between the two in EPL history. Only one draw as well back in the 13/14 season and even that was a 2-2. Cech is well overdue a clean sheet having been rather disappointingly porous this season and surely Arsène will know that we can ill-afford any more slip-ups leading up to our big clash at Stamford on the 4th of February. Swansea are a good side that really shouldn’t be languishing in 19th place, but I only wish them well and a full recovery after this game week! 😉
Dirk: Swansea 0 – 0 Arsenal
This isn’t just to piss Adrian off. Arsenal have needed too many last minute winners lately, and away in Wales. Away in Europe… I think under new management Swansea will give a good account of themselves and work for the point. It will be a frustrating game, but I really think Swansea can get a point here.
Marcel: Swansea 0 – 3 Arsenal WP
Which Arsenal will turn up for this fixture? Will it be the lightning fast counter attacking team that works so hard to get the ball back and then burst over the half-way line like a hurricane destroying defenders credibility in their wake or will it be a chilly breeze of an Arsenal attack arguing amongst themselves wondering why no one in a red shirt offers support when closing down opposing players like the game at City a few weeks ago. Swansea are crap, they lost to Hull in the FA Cup on Sunday so even a breezy sleepy half-arsed Gunners performance should see them win comfortably. Get back in the sea, Swansea.
RESULT: Swansea 0 – 4 Arsenal
Adriana: Watford 0 – Middlesbrough 1
This game is going to be a 1-0 either way I feel. Both sides aren’t exactly setting the Premier League alight being 14th and 16th respectively. Watford edged it 1-0 when the pair last met, but both have been on stuttering form; neither being able to muster back to back wins or draws since then. Negredo had good early season form then disappeared for awhile and then had a slight resurgence a little while back. Etienne Capoue has been the Hornet’s main man for the goals this season. Which says a heck of a lot to be honest. One wonders where the Odion Ighalo of last season went?! Let’s go with a Middlesbrough victory just because they are closer to the relegation zone and they’ll be scraping for it.
Dirk: Watford 0 – 1 Boro
I think the FA Cup was exactly what Boro needed. Good strong win against a high flying Sheffield Wednesday team. They can take that momentum here against a struggling Watford side. It will be a massive three points for Boro. Watford are 14th so it is a relegation 6 pointer in truth, but the sides should both be too good for that. Boro to push away from the bottom clubs here.
Marcel: Watford 0 – 1 Boro
Watford are in decline. At the rate they are losing fixtures since the 3-2 win over Everton, the Hornets could well find themselves on a one-way ticket back to the Championship. Week after week I back them on early season form only to be disappointed. Boro are no fun to watch in my opinion but a win here will draw them level on points with the hosts. A narrow win for Middlesbrough.
RESULT: Watford 0 – 0 Boro
Adriana: West Ham 2 – Crystal Palace 1 WP
Can I be honest? (Sure, we’re always honest) I really don’t like Sam Allardyce. I don’t know exactly why. Never met the bloke. Have never even followed his playing or managerial career much. But I do somehow get a bit of joy seeing him struggle as he begins life at Crystal Palace to save their bacon from relegation. Like I said earlier, usually a new gaffer brings positive results relatively swiftly. However, Fat Sam still hasn’t tasted the sweet, sweet taste of the “W” with the Eagles. I think it is going to continue this weekend. West Ham will be smarting from the Man City pasting they got in the FA Cup, so they’ll be keen to show their home fans what they got.
Dirk: West Ham 2 – 1 Palace WP
West Ham had a horrible evening against City letting in 5, but in the league they were finding some form recently. Palace are rediscovering themselves under Big Sam and I don’t think they’ll be ready to win away against the Hammers. Close game, but definitely win for the Hammers.
Marcel: West Ham 1 – 0 Palace WP
Palace are another team I’ve backed often on early season form only to be let down. Now that Sam is in charge we expect the defense to tighten up and some good old fashioned long ball football to be played. Having said that, I expect the very same from WHU if they persist with the giraffe up front. Perhaps a dead ball situation will lead to a winner from West Ham’s only truly gifted player, Payet.
RESULT: West Ham 3 – 0 Crystal Palace
Adriana: Leicester City 0 – Chelsea 2
Part of me (a really big red Gooner part) really, really, reeeeeaaaaallllly wants to see Jamie, Riyad & the rest of the Foxes boys reproduce some of their stellar form from last season when they shocked us all and climbed to the summit of English football. But my more realistic parts are telling me that we are probably going to see a Chelsea victory here. The chavs will be very keen to bounce back after being outdone by the Sp*rs in the last round. (14 wins in a row is still Arsenal’s record! mu ha ha ha ha!). Conte has proved to be a tactically adept manager and he has the squad to do good things in the league this year. Leicester, on the other hand, seem to be content with just basking in the afterglow of their previous season’s success, a somewhat pleasant hangover season for them so to speak.
Dirk: Leicester 2 – 1 Chelsea
The Champions against the current leaders. Chelsea had a hic-up against Spurs in their last game. They should beat a struggling Foxes side but this is away, and as Leicester showed against City they can be excellent at home. It has the feels of an upset, as Leicester show themselves as the Champions of last season one last time.
Marcel: Leicester 1 – 2 Chelsea
While doing some research on Leicester I wanted to see who scored for the Foxes against Everton in the FA Cup. Thanks to the FA’s website I know 35 people attended the game and the rest of the match details are as below:
Adriana: Everton 1 – Manchester City 2
The Pep machine is going to carry on rolling I think. Having just got Agüero back (and scoring) and still being in with a shout in the title race, City should have more than enough motivation. Goodison is a tough place to go to for sure, just ask my team from when we faced off a few weeks ago. However, with a fired up (albeit sulky – did you see Pep’s post-match interview after their Burnley game?!) Guardiola and abundantly talented City team, I forsee an away win for the blue side of Manchester. A close game, but I am backing City to edge it.
Dirk: Everton 0 – 2 Man City
A City win of course! I think where City will make Everton pay is the sharpness of Aguero, KDB and Sterling running at the aging legs at the heart of Everton’s defence. Koeman has a lot of work to do reviving this side, and I think it will be another disappointing afternoon for him here. City finding their rhythm and should do enough for a strong win here.
Marcel: Everton 1 – 2 Manchester City
Everton haven’t won this fixture since early 2013, and two of the last five matches have ended in draws. The form book says City will win, handsomely. My gut says City have a soft underbelly and are ripe for the picking by a well organised team with a fast counter attack. After watching Everton a few times this season I find it hard to believe they are in 7th place and easy to believe they are 12 points behind 4th. City win!
Adriana: Manchester United 2 – Liverpool 1
United have put a really impressive run together in the past few weeks, notching up 6 wins in a row in the league. Both sides are on decent league form coming into this , with a slight edge for United. However when these two clash, there are fireworks! Probably the fiercest rivalry the Premier League serves up, just ahead of Arsenal v. Sp*rs. There really is no love lost between these two clubs. And when they clash, you might as well throw the form book out of the window. They seem to bring the best out of each other whenever they play against each other. Forget City, United want to wallop Liverpool. Forget Everton, Liverpool want to thrash United. Home fixture, so I am gonna stick my neck out for the home team.
Dirk: Man United 1 – 2 Liverpool
This is a hard one to call, but Liverpool will be fired up for this one and they rested all of their key players coming into this game. Liverpool to get a massive result here, a win away at Old Trafford. Rooney to score the record breaker here? Hardly, even Lovren is strong enough to deal with Rooney these days. United are improved but they’ll struggle with Liverpool’s movement and passing.
Marcel: Manchester 2 – 1 Liverpool
Easily the match of the weekend for the neutral and one both sides of the battle look for on the fixtures list before any other. This season, the result might even influence the top 4 with both teams enjoying a good run of form leading into this game. Liverpool should be at full strength and United will have the home field advantage. I think Jose will feel the weight of the Old Trafford faithful on his back if he plays for another dull draw so expect the wide players to be pacey with a solid core. Home win, because United!