Well we might have a little longer to wait before we see some more Premier League soccer with this week off, but that just gives you more time to join in on the conversation here right?
Week 22 was both a good week to be a Blues fan, a bad week to be a Blues fan and an even worse week to be a Blues fan....although it's still somewhat debatable in which order the latter two go. Let's start with the good...
Chelsea Goes Swan Hunting:
When Chelsea is having a good day, they are downright terrifying. This past weekend they headed on over to Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in a match that most would have Chelsea winning, but I'd find it hard to believe anyone who would have predicted the final score. In an absolute annihilation, Chelsea pulled out a 5-0 win on the road against The Swans and took a five point lead over Man City at the top of the table, at least until Sunday when Man City would face the Gunners, but we'll get to that a little later.
Everton Stays Lackadaisical With a Draw Against West Brom:
For Everton, a draw seems like an alright result these days, but a draw against an opponent ranked lower than you is hardly anything to get excited about. The match itself also yielded some harsh criticism on its lack of excitement from both analysts and fans alike. The Premier League Title is all, but mathematically out of reach for Everton this season (might even be mathematically impossible, but I am not in a math mood at the moment) and a spot in the Champions League seems highly unlikely (that itself might be an understatement), but personally I feel like this group of guys could at the very least get on a good run in these next few months. Just a question of what it will take to make it happen.
After knocking off Stoke City last week, Arsenal headed to the Etihad to face the Reigning Champs with hopes of getting a second win in a row, something that hasn't been easy to come by for the Gunners so far this season. We all know Arsenal has all the potential to be a top team, it's just been a matter of consistency. However, after week 22...things might be looking up.
Beating Stoke City is one thing, but beating Man City at the Etihad is a whole different story and that's exactly what Arsenal did, blanking City 2-0. This result kept the Gunners in 5th place overall and also helped those under 2nd place in reeling in the current Champions.
Their next match against Villa is a VERY winnable match, if they can get three in a row? It might be time we all started looking at the Gunners.
And now it's time for my matches of the week, as always let me know what your predictions are in the comment section!
Crystal Palace v. Everton
Alan Pardew is feeling good lately at the helm for Crystal Palace. With two wins in a row, one against Tottenham and the other against Burnley, there has to be a burst of confidence at Selhurst Park regardless of the level of competition they have put away.
Being that Crystal Palace has proven they can find the back of the net lately and Everton well.....hasn't, I am going to take Crystal Palace in this one. My prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 0 Everton
Chelsea v. Manchester City
It's going to be an all blue affair at Stamford Bridge come January 31st as Chelsea will have a chance to stretch out their lead on City and it is my belief that they will do so. Being that I am pretty much non partisan when it comes to most of these matches, I apologize if it seems like I am jumping on the Chelsea bandwagon, but let's be honest everybody.....they look to be a team destined for the title.
My prediction: Chelsea 3 - 1 Man City
Southampton v. Swansea City
It's hard to tell how a team will react to getting thwomped the way Swansea did in week 22, but with Southampton back on track lately, The Swans will have their work cut out for them.
The Saints are coming off of back to back wins against Man U and Newcastle respectively and it is my guess that they will keep this train rolling against their Welsh opponents.
My prediction: Southampton 2 - 1 Swansea City
As always thanks for reading and please jump in with your thoughts!