Mystic Mawky – Week Seven

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal: An exciting game at the Etihad which will end in a draw as two strong teams show signs of weariness after tough away trips in the Champions League during midweek.

Can Koscielny stop the in-form Sergio Aguero?

Cardiff 1-2 West Brom: Two sides sat side by side in the table meet in Cardiff and I can just see the baggies coming away from this one with an away win. Shane Long will get one of the goals and this is the sort of match where I can see an own goal being scored.

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis’s reign at Palace has started well but Chelsea are near invincible at StamfordBridge and should turn them over fairly easily.

Everton 2-1 Fulham: Everton come into this game on the back of taking four points away to Manchester United and Arsenal and should do the same here, Fulham are rubbish away from home and Everton should win fairly comfortably.

Newcastle 1-1 Southampton: Both teams have been in good form this season and they should play out an entertaining game at St James’s park, Southampton’s style of pressing high up the pitch should secure them a point at least.

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland: Two sides struggling near the bottom of the table will play out a dull game at Upton Park with only one goal which will most likely be scored from a set piece, seen as West Ham seem to think they’re Spain at the moment and don’t play with anyone up front.

Hull 1-0 Stoke: Home advantage will be the key in this one with Hull just sneaking all three points against Stoke, who will be one of the poorest sides in the league this season but will just manage to stay up.

Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United: United will put a halt to their losing run, only just though with a stagnant performance at Villa Park. United really need to buck their ideas up or they won’t even make Europe this season.

Norwich 2-2 Swansea: Norwich and Swansea will give the fans a treat at Carrow Road with a four goal thriller, a game that will prove that it’s not just the top teams in the Premier League who can create a classic.

Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool: Liverpool go to White Hart Lane to face a Spurs side who have been struggling lately, having said that I can’t see Spurs losing this game and think that they will grind out a draw.


Pacitto Predictions – Week Seven

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: ManchesterCity have been just far too formidable at home to ignore. Arsenal will go two games without a win for the first time this season, and lose grip at the top.

Cardiff 1-2 West Brom: Nobody has really picked up on Cardiff’s slide down the table, but they lay a mere point above Palace and Fulham. Their problems to become more noticeable with a home defeat.

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace: Easy as you like for Chelsea, they can beat the Eagles at a canter. Tony Pulis will not be focusing on games like this to get them out of trouble; it’s a damage limitation exercise.

Tottenham 3-1 Liverpool: Tottenham to come out like an absolute steam train and punish Liverpool in the first half, even Suarez is kept quiet. I’m still expecting the Uruguayan to score, but it won’t be enough.

Dembele (if he starts) and Lucas could be a key battle; who will come out on top?

Everton 2-2 Fulham: A rejuvenated Fulham go to Goodison Park and play out a cracker of a game, nabbing a point along the way. Meulensteen needs this honeymoon to last.

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton: Despite an excellent performance, the longest away trip in the League for the Saints should just prove too much for a Newcastle side in fine form.

West Ham 1-1 Sunderland: The Hammers & The Black Cats play out a six-pointer where nobody takes home more than one for themselves. A dreary game with a couple of tap-ins for goals, not what either manager needs.

Hull 1-0 Stoke: Two very mid-table sides, and Steve Bruce’s profile is rising all the time. Another efficient win here and I can’t see the Humberside club falling into trouble.

Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United: Goals only seem to get scored in Manchester United’s away games. They’ll pick up a win here against a Villa side that only have 6 home goals themselves this season.

Norwich 2-0 Swansea: Swansea, with their well-documented travel problems with getting to Switzerland, will suffer preparing for this game more than St Gallen. Easy enough win for Norwich.

Mystic Mawky – Week Six

It’s a busy one this week, as the Christmas fixture list starts to kick in. Who will triumph, Pacitto Predictions or Mystic Mawky?…

Arsenal 3-1 Hull: Arsenal will beat Hull comfortably at the Emirates, Hull will have given everything in their win over Liverpool at the weekend and getting a result away at Arsenal will just be a bridge too far.

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: Liverpool will get back to winning ways a Anfield by turning over an average Norwich side, they will just have too much firepower for the Norwich defence.

Even without Sturridge, Liverpool could have too much for Norwich.

Even without Sturridge, Liverpool could have too much for Norwich.

Manchester United 2-1 Everton: David Moyes’ old club visit Old Trafford and have surprised quite a few people with their performances in the league this season. Having said that I expect United have a bit too much and grind out an unspectacular win here.

Southampton 1-0 Aston Villa: High flying Southampton will just about edge a tight game at St Mary’s against mid table Villa. Southampton’s aggressive defending style of pressing teams high up the pitch will see them through here.

Stoke 0-0 Cardiff: Two of the league’s average sides take on each other at the Britannia stadium and I can see a very boring game with few chances and goals being unlikely.

Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea: Sunderland have beaten Manchester City and Newcastle at home in the league this season but I expect them to come unstuck here against a Chelsea side who have too much firepower up top.

Swansea 1-1 Newcastle: Four straight wins on the bounce for Newcastle now but we all know that winning runs don’t last forever. However, I expect them to get a point in South Wales in an evenly matched contest.

Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Fulham’s poor run of form will continue at home and they will be beaten by Spur’s side who will show a much greater threat going forward than they have this season against one of the league’s poorer sides.

West Brom 1-2 Manchester City: Standard victory for City, who should win this one at a canter despite their away form being very poor by their high standards so far this season.

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle: Newcastle’s unbeaten run will come to an end at Old Trafford, in one of those away performances, where they just don’t seem to show up.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Cardiff: Tony Pulis will continue the Palace revival by taking a point at home to Cardiff who are faring slightly better than there opponents this season. Will it be enough at the end of the season? Time will tell!

Liverpool 3-1 West Ham: Another game where Suarez will get Liverpool over the line, West Ham have been poor this season and really seem to be missing Andy Carroll. Just can’t see them getting a result at Anfield.

Southampton 1-1 Manchester City: City’s suspect away form will continue this season against a Southampton side that just look unstoppable at home. I think City’s away form will be what lets them down this season and their title challenge will falter as a result.

Stoke 0-2 Chelsea: Stoke are poor and I really don’t rate Mark Hughes as a manager, Chelsea will just have too much quality for them, even away from home.

West Brom 1-1 Norwich: Just can’t separate these two sides and think they will cancel each other out at the Hawthorns in one of those games.

Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham: Struggling Sunderland will take a point away from this game against a Tottenham side that will turn out another of their indifferent performances that have become an all too regular occurance this season.

Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa: Fulham and Villa will play out an entertaining draw at Craven Cottage that will see Fulham claim another point towards survival and Villa consolidate their place in the mid table.

Arsenal 1-1 Everton Everton will claim an unlikely point at the Emirates as Arsenal put in a uncharacteristically poor performance at home, Everton will play an excellent team game a miss a couple of vital chances to win the game.

Pacitto Predictions – Week Five

Aston Villa 1-0 Sunderland: Sunderland are terrible on the road, severely lacking in goals; it won’t be a classic but a solid three points for Villa.

Cardiff 1-3 Arsenal: The North Londoners ease to a win to keep the chasing pack at bay. A spirited second-half display from Cardiff comes too little, too late.

All eyes will be on Aaron Ramsey as the Arsenal star returns to Cardiff.

All eyes will be on Aaron Ramsey as the Arsenal star returns to Cardiff.

Everton 1-1 Stoke: A decent point for Stoke but two points dropped for Everton; a shocking performance in a game they would have expected to win comfortably.

Norwich 0-0 Crystal Palace: The Tony Pulis “revolution” begins with a dreary game with no goals, which is more the fault of Norwich than anything.

West Ham 1-1 Fulham: The biggest London derby of the lot ends without a winner, with both sides still languishing near the relegation zone.

Newcastle 2-0 West Brom: A West Brom side with lots of injuries is unable to keep out an in-form Newcastle team, who sweep them aside early on.

Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United: A repeat of last season’s result, as neither side gets the points needed to gate-crash the top four, yet another dull game for the White Hart Lane faithful.

Hull 1-2 Liverpool: Hull like to keep things tight, it’ll be tough for Liverpool to break them down, but a quick flurry of goals gives them the points.

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton: Southampton fairly shown up away to Chelsea, easily their worst performance of the season. Chelsea making it easier than it perhaps should have been.

Man City 3-1 Swansea:  Swansea suffer the “Europa League hangover”, Manchester City cutting them apart but not quite replicating last week’s hammering.

Mystic Mawky – Week Five

Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland: A closely fought game at Villa Park but one which will see the hosts come out on top, after they came back from two goals down against West Brom, on Monday night.

Cardiff 1-1 Arsenal: South Wales is proving to be a tough trip for all the teams challenging for the title so far and I don’t expect it to be any different here. Arsenal to take the lead but will not be able to see the game out.

Everton 2-1 Stoke: Everton have been doing well under Roberto Martinez and I expect them to continue their good form with a win over a very indifferent Stoke side.

Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace: Palace will be riding on something of a high, after beating Hull away last week and new manager, Tony Pulis has never been relegated in his managerial career. I’m backing them to take a point from Carrow Road against a Norwich side that have enough problems of their own.

Having beaten Hull, Palace seek their first back to back win.

Having beaten Hull, Palace seek their first back to back win.

West Ham 1-0 Fulham: Both of these sides are battling relegation but I think that home advantage will be enough for West Ham, to take all three points against a Fulham side, that need a change in management to stand a chance of avoiding the drop.

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom: Newcastle head into this game on the back of a three-game winning streak and even though I don’t think they are any more than a mid-table side, I think they will beat West Brom at St James’, just!

Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United: Two teams who have been performing below expectations in the Premier League this season, and I just can’t see either one of them being good enough to win this game.

Hull 1-2 Liverpool: Liverpool will avoid a potential banana skin by having just too much quality up-top for Hull. Suarez and Sturridge will be unstoppable!

Chelsea 2-1 Southampton: Chelsea’s home-form is near enough invincible and even though Southampton have been performing well above expectations this season, I still expect them to come up short at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City 3-1 Swansea: After demolishing Tottenham last week, City won’t even have to be at their best to see off Swansea. If they can sort their away form out, the Blue side of Manchester could well be celebrating come May.

Mystic Mawky – Week Four

Everton 1-1 Liverpool: A closely-fought game at Goodison Park with both teams cancelling each other out in the end, Everton are pretty solid at home and despite Liverpool’s recent good form I just can’t pick a winner!

Arsenal 2-1 Southampton: A good game at the Emirates, which will be close but in the end, Arsenals quality will prevail. Southampton will run them close though and give them a game.

Fulham 1-1 Swansea: Fulham will take a point at home against an average Swansea side. An uneventful draw between two team’s struggling for form. Should Fulham lose, I don’t see how Martin Jol can keep his job.

Martin Jol will be praying star striker Berbatov can dig him out of trouble.

Martin Jol will be praying star striker Berbatov can dig him out of trouble.

Hull 2-1 Crystal Palace: Palace’s woes will continue with their trip to the recently crowned UK City of Culture, Hull will comfortably beat them but they will manage a consolation.

Newcastle 3-1 Norwich: Newcastle will take all three points at St. James’ Park against an underperforming Norwich side who could be in serious trouble if they don’t start picking up points from somewhere.

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland: Two struggling sides meet at the Britannia Stadium and as usual with any game involving Stoke, it won’t be pretty. Forgettable 1-1 draw.

West Ham 1-3 Chelsea: Mourinho’s Chelsea team haven’t set the Premier League alight as many expected, and the honeymoon period for Jose’s second spell in charge is most definitely over. Abramovich is a chairman who demands results but Chelsea should get one here, winning comfortably at Upton Park against a West Ham side who are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Manchester City 3-1 Tottenham: Two teams who aren’t quite performing to expectations this season. Having said that City’s forward line is formidable and that will be too much for a Spurs side that have been terrible to watch this season.

Cardiff 0-2 Manchester United: United continue their revival with a tricky trip to South Wales, that being said, I think they will have too much for Cardiff and should win reasonably comfortable with two second half goals.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa: One of those mid-table games where both teams cancel each other out and it fizzles into a draw. 0-0 snorefest.

Mystic Mawky – Week Three

Aston Villa 2-1 Cardiff: Home advantage will be the key when Villa take on Cardiff at Villa Park. It will be a tight game but I predict Villa to come out on top.

Chelsea 4-1 West Brom: Stamford Bridge is a tough place to go for any team and wins over Manchester City recently and Schalke in midweek will ensure Chelsea confidence is high, making it all the more tougher for West Brom. Easy Win for Mourinho’s side.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Everton: Having lost their last seven league games and being without a manager, the crisis at Palace continues and Everton should come away from Selhurst Park with a comfortable win.

Liverpool 3-0 Fulham: Fulham are another side struggling for form near the bottom of the league and a bad result here could seal Martin Jol’s fate as manager. Having said that Liverpool should walk it, Suarez and Sturridge will have too much class for Fulham’s defence.

Southampton 1-1 Hull: Two sides who have both overachieved so far this season with both sitting in the top-half of the table. I think this will be a typical mid table clash with both sides cancelling each other out in a boring stalemate.

Norwich 1-0 West Ham: Norwich have struggled so far this season and pressure is growing on manager Chris Hughton, however I can see them pulling off a performance and emerging victorious at Carrow Road.

Tottenham 0-0 Newcastle: A clash at White Hart Lane between two sides who are bad to watch, I can see it being another boring game with both sides cancelling each other out and playing  a game of football chess.

Sunderland 1-3 Manchester City: Despite beating Newcastle in Tyne-Wear derby, Sunderland remain firmly rooted in the relegation zone and Manchester City won’t even have to be at their best to beat them.

Aguero and Manchester City have been scoring for fun.

Aguero and Manchester City have been scoring for fun.

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal: A game which could go either way, United have underachieved so far this season while Arsenal have been in outstanding form. A trip to Old Trafford will be another test for them and if they win they’ll have proved everyone wrong who said they would falter in November. A win for United will reignite their title challenge. However, I can see the game petering out into a draw as both sides will be desperate not to lose.

Swansea 1-1 Stoke: A standard clash between two sides in the bottom-half, I think struggling Stoke will take a valuable point away from the Liberty Stadium.