First game of 2020! Happy New Year!
Burnley vs. Aston Villa
13th placed Burnley’s first home game of 2020 is a visit from Villa who sit 18th in the table. Villa are in desperate need of points as they look to avoid relegation while have lost their last two as they look to bounce back with a win. A cagey affair but one which in current form Burnley should win. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw.
Newcastle vs. Leicester
Leicester travel to Newcastle in their first away game of 2020 and Newcastle’s first home game as Newcastle who sit 11th look to bounce back from 2 defeats. Leicester sit 2nd and returned to winning ways during the weekend and with so many of their squad rested they should pose ample threat for Newcastle as the Foxes look to remain 2nd. The reverse fixture was 5-0 home win for Leicester but in current form it should be a tighter affair.
Southampton vs. Tottenham
15th placed Southampton take on 6th placed Tottenham as both teams look to get a win after having drawn at the weekend. Southampton are in decent form at the moment being unbeaten in their last 3 as they entertain Tottenham who are far from unbeatable. The reverse fixture was a narrow 2-1 win for Tottenham and expect his game to also go either way but be narrow.
Watford vs. Wolverhampton
Watford unbeaten in their last three sit 19th as they welcome Wolves who are 7th and looking to bounce back from a defeat to Liverpool with a win. The reverse fixture was a 2-0 win for Wolves but this should be tighter and Watford have form in their favour at the moment. A tough game to call especially with Wolves tendency to drop points against weaker teams.
Man City vs. Everton
City’s first game of 2020 comes as they sit 3rd and invite Everton who are looking to make it 3 wins in 3 under Ancelotti sitting in 10th. Ancelotti has added a defensive stability to Everton and given them a bounce but City are a tough test. City are beatable this season and having bounced back from their loss to Wolves with a win against Sheffield they should be susceptible to defeat once again. The reverse fixture was a 1-3 win for City.
Norwich vs. Crystal Palace
20th placed Norwich entertain 9th placed Palace as Norwich look to began 2020 in better fashion. Norwich were unlucky to drop points against Spurs and should be clinical against the Eagles who drew at the weekend. Palace won the reverse fixture 2-0 but Norwich could nick a win this time around.
West Ham vs. Bournemouth
West Ham sacked Pellegrini on the 29th as Moyes was appointed as manager of the Hammers once again. A new manager at the helm and a decent squad to work with Moyes’s first game comes with a visit from Bournemouth who sit 16th in the table. A win would be big for the Hammers and one can expect some bounce of sorts maybe. Bournemouth and West Ham drew the reverse fixture 2-2.
Arsenal vs. Man United
Big game for Arteta after their loss to Chelsea as Arsenal welcome United as they sit in 12th while the Red Devils are 5th. Arsenal were good against Chelsea for 30 minutes and will look to sustain that for a longer period of time but United this season are the top 6 killers and Ole will be looking to add another year to his contract with a win at the Emirates. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw and I could see a similar result this time around as well.
Liverpool vs. Sheffield United
Liverpool having won the title already welcome 8th placed Sheffield United to Anfield as they look to take something off the league leaders. The reverse fixture was a narrow 0-1 win for Liverpool and they should probably win this game narrowly as well.