Hard to believe we are already headed for week 22 in the Premier League. Where has all the time gone?
When it comes to my personal predictions, I didn't have a bad week this week. Only stumbled a bit with the Everton/Man City tie (I called a 3-0 blowout). However, I did call the Liverpool/Sunderland match perfectly and had the right margin of victory in the Chelsea/Newcastle rematch. Before we get to my matches of the week for week 22 though....some thoughts on week 21.
Of Course You Would, Everton
After so many weeks of abysmal performances against mediocre at best teams, of course Everton would manage a draw against the reigning champions from Man City. This result would leave the door open for Chelsea to take sole possession at the top of the table once again.
Just goes to show you...nothing is certain in the Premier League
Don't Call it a Comeback
Weren't the Saints supposed to be falling from grace? Didn't the clock strike midnight on the Cinderella Story? Didn't someone tell Southampton that the expectations were gone?
Obviously not, because Southampton have fought their way back into the Top 3 with a 1-0 win over Manchester United. Although they are still 10 points shy of first place, Saints fans can hold onto hope once again as their gritty side continues to overachieve even when many of given up on them. This week Southampton proved why they are one of the funnest stories of the 2014/15 season so far.
Foxes Get Three Points from Villa
At this point in the season, recently promoted Leicester City is playing to stay away from relegation and in week 21 they took a step in the right direction with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
With Hull City and QPR (especially) struggling as of late, I have this feeling the Foxes could actually escape relegation this season as they've managed to keep matches close with many of their opponents this season regardless of how talented the opponent is. I get the feeling Leicester is one of those sides that is just a couple acquisitions away from climbing up to mid table if they can stick around for one more season.
Now for my three matches of the week, as always....quit being a wallflower! Share your thoughts and predictions as well in the comment section!
Match 1: Leicester City v. Stoke City
Perhaps it's my love of an underdog or it's just the fact that foxes are generally one of the coolest animals out there, but I am loving the thought of a run of good play from Leicester to stave off relegation and so I am liking them to pull one out over Stoke City. Now don't get me wrong, I have always been a fan of the Potters as well, being that they've been one of the more likely squads to give Americans abroad time on the pitch, but I am all about the foxes right now.
My prediction: Leicester City 2 - 1 Stoke City
Match 2: Swansea City v. Chelsea
Chelsea is enjoying their alone time at the top of the table once again, but Swansea City - much like many other mid table squads this season - is always unpredictable especially when going against a team they are supposed to lose to. I actually foresee an upset with this one.
My prediction: Swansea City 3 - 2 Chelsea
Match 3: Manchester City v. Arsenal
Man City will be hungry to get three points after only getting one against lackluster Everton, but Arsenal did look impressive with a 3-0 win over Stoke City in week 21. That said, if we go with Arsenal's season so far, that win would almost certainly mean a head scratching loss this week. For that reason alone, I find it hard to put any money on Arsenal.
My prediciton: Man City 4 - 2 Arsenal
Let us know what you think!