Dan’s EPL Predictions Wk20 – Will Arsenal drop further behind Chelsea?

Here are Dan’s Premier League predictions for this weekend’s games. He thinks Arsenal are going to get a drubbing at Anfield and drop even further behind Chelsea and Tottenham. Could he be right?

Brighton 1-2 Everton
For Arsenal fans, the reason why it felt like two points dropped at Brighton is their lack of ambition. Home fans jeered when they chose to pass the ball back to the keeper instead of building a late attack, probably doing us a favour. They most likely won’t have the benefit of Silva taking off his most creative talent at half-time or striker before the hour mark?

Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield
December is too early for the term ‘must win’ but mentally if Fulham can’t win this game, they might wonder what game they can win. Only the nerves of the crowd stopped them from holding on against Wolves, but a repeat of that performance will be enough.

Leicester 3-0 Cardiff
Wins at Chelsea then the champions Man City made it the perfect xmas for the Foxes, especially with their manager favourite to be the next sacked. Now they go from underdogs to the pressure of favourites. Cardiff had to work hard (and have luck) to get a rare point on the road on Boxing Day. Neil Warnock hasn’t got the squad to do that again so soon after.

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Spurs 3-1 Wolves
Like Liverpool, Spurs are on such a roll they are happy for games to come quick and fast (even though they are not selling out Wembley even when in a title race). Their chances of challenging all the way will determine what they do in January. For Daniel Levy it might be his heart vs his head. His manager might have agreed to the policy of zero spending, but they might not have envisaged being ahead of the champions going into 2019. If Levy doesn’t prove his ambition now it might make Pochettino question things, especially with United ready to pounce.

Watford 3-0 Newcastle
The whole of football understands Rafa can do no more than keep Newcastle up under the current ownership. But to say it would be a ‘miracle’ is going way too far. Is he really suggesting there are not 3 worse teams then his (hardly will make his squad feel great)? Is Huddersfield, Cardiff, Brighton, etc avoiding relegation not more of a story? Yet they seem to be approaching games more positively. The Toon Army are a loyal bunch who deserve for once to hear a positive soundbite …. especially at Christmas

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Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
I remember when we held Liverpool at the Emirates questioning why so many gooners were announcing it as the start of a new dawn. I pointed out then that under Arsene Wenger, we routinely got results against big sides ar home, it’s only on our travels where I would be convinced our mentality has changed. Here we are going to Anfield and yet again I wonder if we have the leaders who believe we are not already beat. We have an injury crisis in defence, players are losing confidence and our manager has picked the worst time to start messing round with his best players. And to think we, in the next month, could voluntarily be giving away Ramsey. When the Kop are in a good mood they can intimidate . We need to survive the first 20 minutes, but I see this going the same way as last season. At that point Man United could be creeping up on us.

Sunday

Burnley 1-2 West Ham
Burnley just can’t seem to find the fundamentals that have seen them go so far in the last few years. Sean Dyche is not a man you want to make angry, while he will accept a lack of quality he won’t tolerate not being organised. The problem when your losing at xmas is there are games every three days, giving him little time to lift confidence after the drubbing from Everton.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
I think Chelsea will be motivated by watching the Gunners lose the day before, giving them the chance to put some daylight between them and us in the race for the top 4. Palace respond to the big games, but Cardiff was another example of why they need to find a striker in January. Too many times they are not winning having played well.

Southampton 1-2 Man City
The only way Man City were ever going to lose their title is happening. They are losing matches at a time when games are coming thick and fast, giving them no time to get their bearings. As much as Per Guardiola is confident, he wouldn’t have expected to be 10 points behind Liverpool, which could be the case on Sunday. They can’t afford to blink before the Reds do.

Man United 3-1 Bournemouth
Some are questioning the attitude of the Man United squad. Why are they suddenly performing for their interim manager when they couldn’t for the man he replaced? To me it’s as simple as Jose wouldn’t have set them up to attack in games against Cardiff and Huddersfield. Let World class individuals be creative. Simple really!

Dan Smith

Updated: December 29, 2018 — 10:11 am

11 Comments

  1. I don’t want us to lose but it certainly looks that way.
    I will be very happy if we can pull off a draw at least

    Anyway let’s see how it goes. You never know
    COYG

  2. A true diehard fun of the gunners will never wish them to lose, whatever the circumstances. I stand for the gunners to pull a surprise at anfield and at least leave with a point.

  3. Merson predicted 3-0, Dan said 4-0, i reckon 5 0r 6 -0, i just can’t see Arsenal getting anything but hammered in this fixture.

    1. Shame on you and Merson and every Arsenal fan who thinks were getting thumped today…. Us real gooners will be backing the boys until the final whistle.

      1. I’ll be watching the game from start to finish willing our boys on but the realist in me says Liverpool are to good for us especially with our defence still letting in dodgy goals.

  4. C’mon Gooners, foster the spirit of ‘89!

    1. My heart will age to that of an 89 year old by 7.15!!!

  5. I think we may lose, but I cannot see us getting hammered against Liverpool. Under Wenger, then yes, but Emery has instilled a fighting spirit that has been evident all season. Our defence has been a shambles all season, yet no one has spanked us, or humiliated us.

    I have to race home from work to make the kickoff, but it’s all 20 mile an hour zones around me…damn it!!!

  6. How on earth will l give the green light to Liverpool that they will hammer my Arsenal, God forbid. We will stand tall, we will match them man for man, l predicted that we will not lose, maybe the end to their unbeaten run in the EPL. Common guys let the guns be fired at all plastic fans and Liverfool fans

  7. I don’t believe gunners will lose this game, but emery is making some mistakes

  8. If we are not passing ball back to the keeper from midfield for 90mins, we can make something out of the game



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