Complete Gameweek 21 Preview, Teams and Bets

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The pundit has made it big on Twitter, but how does he go writing articles? Bloody well is all I can say, it’s a massive step up from Seags;) (who will be back in 2 weeks). If you have an hours spare [probably closer to the truth than you think] then sit back and enjoy a complete preview of Gameweek 21!

West Bromwich Albion VS Fulham 

Predicted team sheets;

West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Brunt; Dorrans, Odemwingie, Long; Lukaku

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Karagounis, Sidwell, Frei; Ruiz; Berbatov

Recent form [last 6 fixtures]

West Brom: LLDWWL

Fulham: LWLLDL


With Martin Jol’s boys currently laying 14th in the league and drastically struggling for form, they can take confidence in the return of Bryan Ruiz, who will surely begin to create chances for the White’s.

The Baggies, however, can take great comfort in their almost-perfect home-record this season. Having lost only twice this season at home, Steve Clarke’s boys will be looking to capitalise on Fulham’s poor run of form with a comfortable win.

The Baggies have recently been hit with a whole host of injuries which include: Goran Popov, Jonas Olsson, Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob and Youssoff Malumbu. However, they appear to have enough capable depth and strength to cope with the demands the Premier League is throwing at them.

Martin Jol will assess the fitness of Damian Duff and Diarra ahead of the game; the latter has struggled with a knee injury.

Score prediction: 3-1 home win.

Betting suggestions: 3.5+ goals total and Berbatov anytime scorer.


Manchester City VS Stoke City

Predicted team sheets;

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Garcia, Barry, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whelan, Adam, Etherington; Walters, Crouch

Recent form [last 6 fixtures]

Man City: DLWWLW



The history books show that Stoke City have only been victorious against Manchester City SEVEN times in their last FIFTY meetings – Jinx? I think not.

With Manchester City trailing the Premier League leaders [Manchester United] by only SEVEN points at the halfway point of the season, Mancini and his boys have vowed to kick-on and kick-back at their noises neighbors.

They’ll have to do this without the services of Samir Nasri, who was shown a red card against Norwich for an attempted head-butt on that little fella, Sebastien Bassong.

Balotelli is set to return to the bench after a spell of illness; Tevez will probably start from the bench after both Dzeko and Aguero scored and performed well together in their last game; Garcia and Sinclair should feature due to Mancini’s rotation methodology.

Tony Pulis will be happy to welcome back Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron from their one-match-suspensions; they were evidentially missed against Southampton on Saturday.

Charlie Adam is set to make a return to the starting line up after a short spell on the sidelines. Peter Crouch also looks set to stake his claims after a brief appearance against Southampton on Saturday. Cameron ‘wonder goal’ Jerome will be back on the bench.

I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win, with Manchester City more than capable of breaking down that solid Stoke defence.

Score prediction: 2-0

Betting suggestions: Under 2.5 goals. Silva anytime scorer.


Swansea VS Aston Villa

Predicted team sheets:

Swansea: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Tiendalli; Hernandez, De Guzman, Agustien, Routledge, Dyer; Graham

Aston Villa: Guzan; Bennett, Clark, Lowton, Lichaj; Albrighton, Ireland, Holman, Bannan; Benteke, Weimann

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]

Swansea: WLDDW

Aston Villa: WWLLL


The Swans, undefeated in 3 Premier League matches and one without their top scorer, Michu, will no doubt be rubbing their hands at a deflated Villa team visiting the Liberty Stadium on New Years Day.

Danny Graham is set to remain as the lone-striker for this game as Laudrup gives more time for Michu’s swollen ankle to heel. [see what I did there?]

Gerhard Tremmel will more than likely keep his place between this sticks after a stunning performance against Fulham on Saturday; Vorm demoted to the bench.

With all this positive talk about the Welsh side, Paul Lambert’s crippled Aston Villa side have lost their last 3 Premier League, conceded 15 goals and have scored an astonishing….. ZERO goals.

Benteke, the off-side extraordinaire, will no doubt have had a classroom lesson on ‘the off-side rule’ by Lambert’s coaching staff; time will tell.

In theory, Swansea should win this game comfortably, but, something is telling me that this deflated Villa side are good enough to stay in this league and will therefore, sooner rather than later, start churning out some vital wins.

Score prediction: 1-2

Betting suggestions: AVOID!


Tottenham VS Reading

Predicted team sheets:

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton; Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Dempsey; Defoe, Adebayor

Reading: Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Morrison, Harte; Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Guthrie, Kebe; Pogrebnyak

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]

Tottenham: LWDWW
Reading: LLLDW


With AVB’s YIDS sitting pretty in 4th with a 3 point gap between them and their London Rivals, Arsenal, they’ll be looking at this game with watering mouths and an appetite for goals.

Reading, on the other hand, will have gained some confidence from their 1-0 win against West Ham on Saturday and will look to gather some momentum going in to the New Year.

The twinkle-toed Welshman will miss this game through a one-man-ban which he obtained by picking up his 5th yellow card of the season against Sunderland, in their well-fought 1-2 victory on Saturday.

Scotty Parker will be fit for selection and will no doubt come on from the bench in the later stages of the game.

On paper and in theory, this should be a very comfortable win for the home side, but, with the shock-fixtures being produced this season, you just never know!

Score prediction: 4-1

Betting suggestions: Defoe 1st goalscorer and a 4-0/4-1 result.


West Ham VS Norwich

Predicted team sheets:

West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Reid, Tomkins, Collins, O’Brien; Jarvis, Noble, O’Neil; Taylor, Cole, Vaz Te

Norwich: Bunn; Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Johnson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Tetty, Hoolahan; Holt

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]

West Ham: WLDLL
Norwich: LWLLL


With the Caneries sitting in 11th and the mighty, bubble blowing Hammers in 12th, this fixture is set-up to be a good old fashioned mid-table scrap!

West Ham are  coming off the back of a sloppy 1-0 defeat to 19th spot Reading and will be looking to show their true potential against a struggling Norwich side.

Norwich, who got off to a great start his season, have lost 4 of their last 5 Premier League outings; two of those losses came against Chelsea FC and Manchester City respectively.

Brace yourselves for a battle!

Score prediction: 2-2

Betting suggestions: Score draw/BTTS


Wigan VS Manchester United

Predicted team sheets:

Wigan: Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce; McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Di Santo, Kone, Maloney

Man United: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra; Kagawa, Scholes, Carrick, Valencia; Hernandez, Van Persie

Recent form [last 6 fixtures]


Man United: WWWDWW


Sir Alex told the media that he would make significant rotational changes to his starting line-up over the festive period and my word, he has certainly done that!

The most significant change was that of  Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck replacing Robin van Persie and Hernandez upfront for their clash against West Brom on Saturday.

Risky, yes! Paid off? OH YES!

With RVP being brought on in the 61st minute and Paul Scholes in the 81st, Sir Alex clearly proved that his side has depth, strength and the ability to close-out a game.

Roberto Martinez’ Wigan side have yet to set alight the footballing world this year [sarcasm] but, with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa under their belt, confidence will be high as they look to cause an upset in front of their home crowd.

Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for a few more weeks whilst he recovers from an ankle injury which he picked up in training.

RVP and Hernandez are set to start up-front together whilst Carrick and Scholes control the central midfield. Kagawa had a fantastic game against West Brom and is set to keep his place in the starting XI.

A stubborn Wigan could make this a frustrating visit for Fergie’s men – Will the pace, class and spirit of United be enough to turn Wigan over? [Rhetorical question]

Score prediction: 0-3

Betting suggestions: RVP 1st goal scorer.


Southampton VS Arsenal

Predicted team sheets:

Southampton: Davis, Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Ramirez, Cork, Rodriguez, Lambert

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]
Southampton: DDLWL

Arsenal: WWWLW


“Hi, my name is Theo Walcott and I’m a centre forward” [Stan Collymore]

Where to start; Walcott bags a hatrick, assists a goal and picks up 3 bonus points. So, in the words of Andy Gray;


Moving on.

Arsenal have found themselves looking comfortable in 5th, only 3 points behind their arch-rivals Tottenham, but still have a game in hand [which will be played during Gameweek 23 against West Ham].

After watching them spank Newcastle 7-3 at The Emirates this weekend, it’s hard to oppose them against The Saints; even away from home.

Walcott, the star of the show, had the game of his life and was no doubt the instigator behind Arsenal’s thunderous attacking performance.

Southampton on the other hand are starting to pick up pace, with one win and two draws in their last 3 outings.

Nigel Adkins will take great confidence in to this game having draw against Stoke City at the Britannia this weekend.

Morgan Schneiderlin has done a fantastic job in the defensive-midfield role; protecting his back 4 extremely effectively and is sure to start against Arsenal.

Puncheon, Gaston Ramirez and Jack Cork should complete the midfield with Jay Rodriguez and Lambert playing as the centre forwards.

Per Mertesacker is reportedly suffering with a bout of man-flu and looks set to be sidelined for one more week. Kieran Gibbs looked extremely tired against Newcastle so Carl Jenkinson could get the nod.

Arteta and Wilshere  play in the deep midfield positions, thus allowing Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the freedom to roam forward and feed their star striker!

Theo Walcott is likely to keep his place up front after a superb hat-trick performance.

Score prediction: 1-3

Betting suggestions: Cazorla anytime scorer/3.5+ total goals.


Chelsea FC VS QPR

Predicted team sheets:

Chelsea: Cech; Cole, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Luiz, Mata, Hazard, Oscar; Torres.

QPR: Cesar; Nelson, Traore, Hill, Onouha; Taraabt, Hoilett, Diakite, Wright-Phillips; Cisse, Mackie.

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]
Chelsea: WWWWL


These two teams are heading in completely different directions. Whilst one is challenging for a Champions League place, the other is doing all they can to prevent relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Redknapp and his “overpaid” Hoops head across to Stamford Bridge off the back of a 3-0 drumming by the mighty [insert laugh here] Liverpool FC.

Redknapp is very open with the media; suggesting a selection of his players are not showing enough love and commitment to the cause, but can a big away day at Stamford Bridge give them the kick up the gluteus maximus they really need?

The QPR team won’t look much different from their original line-up against Liverpool last Sunday.

With Bosingwa still out with a nasty back injury and only two fit strikers available to ‘Arry, QPR’s hopes of churning out a result against Chelsea looks extremely bleak and unrealistic.

Taarabt has continued to shine in QPR’s recent games; is it time for the creative play-maker to move on and find a bigger pond to swim in?

I’m pretty sure Rafa and his faithful Blues have got different plans for the Hoops on New Years Day.

With John Terry still side-lined through injury and no return date proposed, Cahill and Ivanovic will continue at centre back, with Cole and Azpilicueta down the flanks.

Rafa appears to be rotating his midfield ‘Mancini style’; but, can you blame him?  With the likes of Mata, Hazard and Luiz getting regular game time, it’s down to Oscar, Moses, Ramires and Lampard to take their chance when handed to them.

Leaving El Niño, all on his lonesome like a wounded deer in the wilderness. Fingers crossed he’ll have Falcao or Big Demba to keep him company in the new year.. [They could even share hair-band and product tips]

As a Chelsea fan myself, I shall take off my blue tinted glasses and try not to predict a score too high, but, I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win for the European Champions and a clean sheet [insert John Terry or Ashley Cole joke here]

At home, Chelsea should stroll to an easy victory to kick off the New Year with a bang!

“He’s just a fat Spanish Waiter….”

“Rafa out….”

Score prediction: 4-0

Betting suggestions: Over 3.5+ goals/Hazard 1st goal scorer.


Liverpool VS Sunderland

Predicted team sheets:

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson,Skrtel, Agger, Wisdom; Allen; Henderson, Gerrard, Downing, Sterling; Suarez.

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Kilgallon, Bardey, Cuellar; Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon; Fletcher.

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]
Liverpool: WLWLW
Sunderland LWWLW

A home advantage could prove decisive when Liverpool plays host to Martin O’Neil’s boys at Anfield on New Years Day.

Rodgers has close to a full list of players to choose from, with Fabio Borini (foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) the only casualties, while Sunderland’s John O’Shea will miss the match after being forced off during their 1-2 defeat  to Tottenham.

The in-form Luiz Suarez will certainly be the one to watch in this match, having scored two quick consecutive goals against a deflated QPR team last weekend and currently amongst the top scorers in the Premier League this season.

Steven Fletcher is likely to start after picking up a minor injury at the weekend. Enrique could be out for 6 to 8 weeks with a suspected torn hamstring and will therefore should be replaced by the young and talented, Andre Wisdom.

This match has the pedigree to be a good old fashioned grudge match, however, I can’t see anything past a comfortable home win for Rodgers’ boys.

Score prediction: 2-0

Betting suggestions: AVOID!


Newcastle VS Everton

Predicted team sheets:

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Perch, Coloccini, Santon; Bigirimana, Tiote; Cisse, Marveaux, Obertan; Ba.

Everton: Howard, Heitinger, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Osman, Fellaini, Gibson, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe.

Recent form [last 5 fixtures]
Newcastle: LLWLL
Everton: LWWDW
Newcastle have now lost two matches back-to-back over the Festive period and will be desperate to get back to winning ways against an Everton side who arrive on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea.
Alan Pardew’s side are littered with injuries which are evidently having a knock-on effect as Newcastle have lost 4 of their last 5 Premier league games.
David Moyes could welcome back Philip Neville from injury, whilst, Marouane Fellaini is set to make a return to the starting eleven after servicing his 3 man suspension for ‘bullying’ Ryan Shawcross a few weeks ago.
Speculation, rumours and controversy currently surrounds Newcastle Football Club as they struggle to hold-on to their star striker, Demba Ba. With his £7m release clause to due to be met, it’s just a question of which club will he want to go to – I’m sure he has had endless amounts of offers! [Sign him up Rafa]
In theory, you’d expect Newcastle to give Everton a good fight in this game in front of their home crowd, however, having watched Everton lose to Chelsea at the weekend, I think they’ll struggle to fend off the attacking combinations of Baines and Pienaar and Fellaini and Jelavic.
Score prediction: 2-2

Betting suggestions: Score draw.

Thanks for reading.

13 comments on “Complete Gameweek 21 Preview, Teams and Bets

  1. Dan

    Happy New Year all…all the best for

    Super article to start the new year with…amazing effort.

    Wondering why no Vertonghen in Spurs predicted lineup?? Is there an injury I’ve not heard of…was under the impression he was just rested last game?

  2. Joe

    No Cech for Chelsea, groin injury apparently. Either Turnbull or Hilaro for the start, Turnbull might be a good short term option at 4.2 until Cech is back but what do I know lately!

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