Dan’s midweek EPL Predictions – Arsenal to consolidate Top Four position?

So the games are coming thick and fast and now Arsenal have crawled their way back into the Top Four, we now have a chance to consolidate our position with a home game against Bournemouth, while our rivals also have potential banana skins. I must admit I really hope that all Dan’s predictions come true this week!

So here we go….

Cardiff 1- 1 Everton
Neil Warnock has done a great job in getting till late February for his side to take a hammering for the first time. It shows how consistently he gets the maximum out of them and what happens when he can’t. This is all about man management. Can Warnock within a few days, lift the morale of a team who have just conceded 5? Can Silva get the visitors to cope with the expectation of an away win, followed by a Merseyside Derby? I say no.

Huddersfield 0-3 Wolves
Wolves have already equalled their best ever points tally in the top flight, that’s the level they are at.
Now it’s a case of simply dealing with expectations. Their fans now go on trips like this expecting 3 points.

Leicester 3- 1 Brighton
It was a case of when, not if, Puel was going to be sacked. He was never going to win his falling out with the likes of Vardy, Morgan, Simpson, etc. Foxes fans are always going to side with those who won them their title. I admire Puel for falling on his sword, not going against his principles to keep his job. Can we see Vardy wanting to make a point here?

Newcastle 1-1 Burnley
Almiron had a great first start, he’s the type of flair player Geordies will fall in love with. Only problem is Ashley won’t think twice about making a profit on him. The visitors have contrasting strikers, two hard working bullies who defend from the front.

Arsenal 3-2 Cherries
I like that Unai Emery is using his whole squad to deal with a game every few days. If injuries mean that we must put Mustafi at right back, that could be a blessing. Again, it comes down to us having the right attitude and being professional in their approach, that’s what impressed me about Sunday. The Cherries will make more chances then Southampton.

Southampton 2-0 Fulham
Southampton will be boosted by Fulham’s body language on Friday, being a team who look like they know they are relegated. If you’re the Saints, just keep crossing the ball into the box. The visitor’s keeper looks scared of the ball being in the air. The only problem is, if you take him out of the firing line, your other options are two other keepers you have dropped this season

Chelsea 1-1 Spurs
Chelsea played so well on Sunday they could have used it as a building block for the rest of their season. Suddenly their keeper refuses to come off and I don’t fancy them as much to beat Spurs, that’s how big a moment this was. Could you imagine a player undermining Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex like that? The fact this was a younger member of your squad tells you the culture of that club, they clearly don’t see their manager as important? I was so happy they lost on pens. What message would it have given the keeper if he ended up a hero? He didn’t deserve a winner’s medal after disrespecting his boss. How many first-choice keepers over the years are forced to sit out of finals for their under studies being promised to be a ‘cup keeper’?

Palace 2- 2 Man United
The irony with Man United’s performance on Sunday was if that was Jose in charge, we would call it a classic Jose game, where he intentionally played for a 0-0 draw. Their interim manager again showed he can tactically out-think his peers, although it’s not many times he will be that negative at Old Trafford. A lot is being made of them being the walking wounded but it’s worth remembering they had a front three of Lukaku, Rashford and Sanchez, so you’re hardly that stretched. After a physically and mentally tough day, the last thing you want is a trip to Selhurst Park.

Liverpool 2-2 Watford
A draw at Old Trafford is never a bad result, especially one that puts you too of the table. The only problem is it comes after you drew 3 out of your 4 previous matches and it’s looking like the pressure is affecting them in the final third. You can’t keep hiding behind the fact you would have accepted this position at the start of the season. The fact is a 7-point lead has become just 1. They again have to deal with a nervous Kop, while coping with score updates from the Etihad.

City 2-1 West Ham
The test for City is again people are talking them up making them a threat in terms of complacency. At Xmas, they were finding life too easy so couldn’t respond when things went against them. That could happen again, especially when you face a team with nothing to play for like West Ham. Fernandinho injury is a big blow.


  1. John Wick says:

    I’m predicting another 2-0 and for palace to beat Utd! A point at Stamford bridge is a good result for us ?

    1. Sue says:

      Hell yeah John.. come on Palace!! A Zaha brace will do! I don’t even mind if he dives ?

      1. John Wick says:

        I want Zaha at Arsenal next season Sue ? although what are the chances of that happening ? I’ll take Wan Bissaka though don’t even know if I spelt that correctly haha. How many players this week will refuse to come off do you think ?? ?

        1. gotanidea says:

          Zaha’s form has dipped in this season, but he still has plenty of EPL experience and the skills. However he could be too expensive

          Bissaka looks good but he could be pricey as well

          1. John Wick says:

            Yeah, I can’t see Zaha or Bissaka coming to Arsenal but stranger things have happened, I did read we were linked with Bissaka but his price tag was 40 mil + probably out of our price range, too bad though.

            1. Midkemma says:

              £40 mil is a lot but then… If we got him, what about Bellerin in a couple years time?
              I wonder if we would be able to keep them both happy or if this could allow for Bellerin to be sold to recoup some of the outlay?

              I doubt we would keep both when one or the other would be dropping in value due to becoming the 2nd RB… If Bellerin then sell him ASAP (when fit) to get as much as possible.

              I don’t want us to sell Bellerin but it is a thought that I had when I read about this rumor.

              1. John Wick says:

                Midkemma would you rather have Bissaka ? Bellerin has all the pace in the world but he’s suspect defensively I’d much rather go with Bissaka

                1. Break-on-through says:

                  Emery won’t sell Bellerin, he is the type of player that Emery himself would push to sign. Unless a youngster came through or a cheap option was available and he gave similar results that Bellerin gives, I can’t see it happen. Bellerin is also at a great age.

          2. Tissr says:

            Palace have named their price 40 millions which apparently we’re ready to match,I don,t know what to believe!!

            1. John Wick says:

              Yes Tissr, I read that.. I hope it’s true but not counting on it.

        2. Sue says:

          John… and will anyone refuse to come on?? ?
          40m?? Jeez we ain’t got that sort of money John ?

          1. John Wick says:

            Good point Sue ? Kepa might have started a trend ? but we’ll sell Elneny for 50+ million this summer easily ??

            1. Sue says:

              He’s been fined a week’s wages for that… a drop in the ocean ?
              So United could be missing a lot of players for tomorrow ? I think Bournemouth have a few injury worries too….
              Yes 50+ is a steal ?

              1. John Wick says:

                Haha that weeks wages is cash we won’t see in a lifetime ? poor little fella ? yeah dropping like flies Sue ? so your predicting 5-0 to Arsenal ? steal and a half ?

                1. Sue says:

                  Too right John! He’ll have to put off buying the lamborghini until next week ?
                  Oh jeez no… not saying anything as I’ll probably jinx it… just glad Wilson & Brooks are out phew!!

                  1. John Wick says:

                    Well he looks about 15 anyway ? we beat them away at full strength so can’t see anything other than a comprehensive victory tomorrow ? I heard Rennes were given the week off Sue ?

                    1. Sue says:

                      He does ? yes I saw that.. bloody great & we have 2 games before we face them!! Alright for some hey?!!
                      Weren’t the team given yesterday off, as Torreira went to Madame Tussauds (not quite the same as a week ?) Oh well let’s hope we deal with them ?

                    2. John Wick says:

                      This is the 2nd time I’ve had to write this, bloody phone just quit out if this site so damn annoying that ? paintball, Madame Tussauds, whatever next ? I know but I still expect to beat Rennes, they aren’t exactly cream of Europe ? so who’s the match ref Sue ? Your the go to person for match day info ?

                    3. Sue says:

                      Ha but Bate are nothing but farmers (& postmen ?) & we all know how that went! Ben Arfa will be up for It for sure! Won’t be a walk in the park, but we should be ok ??
                      Bloody phones!! ?
                      It’s Chris Kavanagh…. I wish I was going to it…. having withdrawals ?

                    4. John Wick says:

                      I know but the pitch was an almighty mess, the Rennes surface must be at least playable ? ah Ben arfa is a poor mans Nasri ? why don’t you then ? ? Haha I knew you would know that ?

                    5. Sue says:

                      Work John… next game I’ll make is Palace (not until April ??)
                      Are you watching Newcastle tonight? I’m going to, just because of Almiron, he had a standing ovation at the weekend… see what we missed out on!
                      Arfa has history with Emery.. so it’s going to be juicy… and not just because Kolasinac will be playing ??

                    6. John Wick says:

                      That isn’t too long away Sue ? god no I never watch Newcastle, that kit would give you a serious migraine ? gonna give the football a miss tonight, I’m footballed out ? Mexican, German and French football yesterday my brain needs a rest from it ?

                    7. Sue says:

                      Haha a serious migraine ???? I’d better get the frozen peas out ready!
                      Jeez that’s a lot of football! ? can’t say I blame you! You know what you need – Get Out is on Netflix now… that old gal with the cup of tea will sort you out ? & if that doesn’t, I’m sure that weird, freaky music at the start & end will!!!
                      Did you see Brenda has gone to Leicester? I don’t like him……

                    8. John Wick says:

                      Haha well magpies are bad luck so they say and I’m not tempting fate when I have to fly on Friday ? I bet you’ll watch it again Sue ? god I haven’t watched Netflix in a while ? how come? You two had an argument or something ?

                    9. Sue says:

                      Haha especially if you see 2!! Imagine how all those Geordie fans feel seeing 10 of them ?
                      Not too long the flight though is it?
                      I watched it last night ??
                      Yes… he nicked my eyeliner ???

                    10. John Wick says:

                      Haha once was enough for me the girls fella was weird ? that’s why they never win anything ? haha yeah short flight Sue ? I watched IT not the new one (hated that one) ? ah so you just hate because he wears makeup or looks like he wears makeup ??

                    11. Sue says:

                      Haha just didn’t like him when he was at Liverpool, so full of himself (with the london look ??)
                      I don’t like IT (old or new) so long (& boring) and I don’t like clowns (they freak me out!!)

                    12. John Wick says:

                      Haha very good Sue ? I don’t mind him tbh I’ve read he’s a good coach Stevie G says he’s very good and he was an awesome player so maybe some truth to it ? I don’t like ? either that’s probably why I like it ?

                    13. Sue says:

                      Did he say that before or after he slipped ???
                      Do you remember that craze a while back about Clowns chasing you etc? Never happened to me, but there were sightings where I walk my dog… I think I’d have passed out if one was running towards me!!! Or I’d have punched him ?

                    14. John Wick says:

                      Haha yeah Sue I also never encountered one had I though, he would of got a haymaker also ? ? lol I can’t remember maybe it was ? what breed of dog you got ? I had a staffie when I was younger well he wasn’t mine he was the family dog ?

                    15. Sue says:

                      Funny you should say that – she’s a staffie. She’s called Coco (not the clown ?) she’s beautiful ? what was yours called?

                    16. John Wick says:

                      Wow ? well my old man bought him a spiked collar day we got him and decided to call him spike haha he was black with white underneath he was amazing little dog built like a tank but not when we got him his previous owner wasn’t feeding him properly he was really underweight at first ? heard he lived until he was 13 so he had a good long life ? what colour is Coco Sue ?

                    17. Sue says:

                      She’s mainly black & white, but with a little bridle. She’s a tank (should have called her Kolasinac ?) they’re such strong dogs! But so loving & funny!!
                      She’s 7… I don’t even want to think about her not being here ?
                      I like Spike! Wanted to call her Reggie, not a girl’s name though!!

                    18. John Wick says:

                      Reggie blinker ? ?? Haha yeah Sue they sure are tanks and couldn’t agree more they are really loving ? there was a man with a German shepherd lived near us and said to my old man you need to keep your little dog away from mine or he’s gonna be swallowed.. well one day his GS bolted for spike, worst mistake that dog made, spike latched onto his throat the GS was down in seconds my old man had to literally pry his jaws open turns out those little cute dogs that some people think are pushovers can actually fight! 7 no she’s got years left in her Sue ?

                    19. Sue says:

                      Haha no Reggie Yates!! ? I like Release the hounds!!
                      They sure can fight John.. i bet that dog never went near yours again!!
                      Well John that Newcastle game was pretty crap… 1st goal.was a screamer, that was your lot! Rondon is so crap!

                    20. John Wick says:

                      Haha doctor who ? oh god no think he became a recluse after that ? do you ever remember the TV show woof about the boy who turned into a dog used to love that you should remember it your older than me ? Newcastle are just crap haha benitez should have taken the Leicester job ?

                    21. Sue says:

                      I just googled it ? and looked up an episode on YouTube ? I do vaguely remember it, but can’t recall ever watching an episode (yeah yeah whatever ?)

                    22. John Wick says:

                      Getting to that stage where you’re forgetting things Sue ? jokes ? have you ever seen Stephen King’s Thinner that’s one of his better ones but still nothing beats here’s Johnny ? The Shining ?

                    23. Sue says:

                      Hahaha no, not there just yet ??
                      Yes I saw that, it was alright. His films are usually weird.. my favourites though are Stand by me & the running man ? ooh & pet semetary! And Misery
                      I didn’t like The Shining…. too strange for me!

                    24. John Wick says:

                      You want Misery? Here.. eat it! Eat it until you choke you sick twisted f**k!!!! ?? That was brilliant ? PS too but liked the 2nd one as well ? stand by me is an old classic ? I watched Stephen King’s sometimes they come back last week but that rubbish! I liked Tim Matheson in buried alive and fletch but was a bit lost in that one.

                    25. Sue says:

                      Hahaha nice one! Right I need sleep John… let’s hope we win tomorrow hey?!
                      ? goodnight ?

                    26. John Wick says:

                      Hope? 3 points are already in the bag ? alrighty Sue Goodnight to you too ?

                    27. Sue says:

                      Just had to comment on the Iwobi thread…. omg some people drive me mad ???

          2. jon fox says:

            No Sue, WE haven’t. But Kroenke has! And why? Because he doesn’t spend it!

            1. John Wick says:

              Not on Arsenal anyway Jon, but if reports are true he invests in the LA Rams if that is the case he should just sell up and focus on them but we aren’t so lucky.

              1. Midkemma says:

                He has owned the LA Rams for a while now and that move was for profit reasons, removing my personal biased here… Silent Stan will invest if he sees a big enough reason to do so.

                I do not think that was a whim he acted upon, I do believe he would have had a room full of suits and getting information about many options.

                He may invest that money in Arsenal if he was advised to do so and it could make him worth a lot more, if the guarantee isn’t strong enough though then why would a businessman risk so much? He didn’t get to where he is by gut bets.

                Silent Stan for me is a non factor, like Hill-Wood was, he didn’t threw millions at the club. Or Nina… How much of her fortune was thrown into Arsenal?
                Football can still find gems, Kante and Mahrez are prime examples of this.

                We had Dein who ran the club well for years prior to Wenger, Wenger came in to a well oiled machine (so to speak), Emery has came into a machine that has lacked basic care… Rust everywhere.

                Raul needs to turn us into that well oiled machine again, if he can then I have faith that we will spend on players when we can. Like we spent on Auba 6 months after spending on Laca.

                1. John Wick says:

                  But wasn’t that after the sales of Ox, Giroud and Walcott ? With the sale of those 3 players and the purchase of Aubameyang, didn’t we make a profit?

  2. reddb10 says:

    As long as the scum lose it will be a good weekend

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Which scummy team do mean …rhetorical.

  3. gotanidea says:

    My line-up prediction:

    Maitland-Niles . Sokratis . Mustafi . Kolasinac
    …………….Guendouzi ………. Xhaka
    Mkhitaryan ……………Ozil ……………. Iwobi

    1. Kedar says:

      Why not Koscielny???

  4. jon fox says:

    A good set of predictions Dan with a surprise one or two thrown in as well, as usually happens.
    OT, who else noticed as I did, the omission of Dans surname in this article, following on from his namesack who crippled Diaby in the previous article . I think that is called TACT, Mr. Admin and to be applauded.

    1. Okiror says:

      I noticed i was actually looking for it, hihihi

      i even thought it was the real Dan smith who broke the leg

  5. Tissiam says:

    My predictions,I can,t see Chelsea winning,a draw would be good but sadky I see a supds win,with up to ten players missing and palace form ,a man utd loss,rachford not playing ole admiting it was a mistake,it was two days too early and said he will not make the same mistake with both him and martial and I don,t expect sanchez to step up,if Bournemouth still have their best 2 strikers out I can see us winning don,t matter how at this stage it,s all about the 3 pts,I can see cardiff getting something against the saints especially if the manager sticks eith the same team,his mistakes against us was not playing austin who hurt us,also mc McCarthy,what about shane long was he injured he scored more goals against us only better against villa,Newcastle vs Burnley is a difficult one for me,a draw is a Good bet but I,d love Newcastle to win,I won,t predict Leicester I just want them to lose!!I am biased,Liverpool vs Watford I see either a draw or a Watford win despite this Muppet of troy deney,man cty win despite west ham good form,I expect pellegrini to do a favour to his old club!what do you think??

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