After Newcastle fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, I wouldn’t say I was worried, but, I had the worst feeling that we could slip to a second, and then third loss in our next games.
What has happened in the interim, however, has given me hope.
Manchester United aren’t they’re usual best, and defensive lapses cost them midweek – putting them in a position where they could potentially end up in the Europa League whilst Chelsea conceded two late goals against Bayer Leverkusen putting them in the same position as Man Utd. Things over the next few weeks may well stay on the up.
My second set of predictions gave me another 2/3 result:
Stoke – 1-3 Win (Prediction: Draw)
Everton – 2-1 Win (Prediction: Win)
Man City – 3-1 Loss (Prediction: Loss)
Week %: 66.6
Overall %: 66.6
Now looking ahead to our next three games:
Today – Man Utd (a)
Old Trafford has been a bogey ground for us. But we head to Old Trafford with our heads held high following our first defeat in the in 12 Premier League games. Gabriel Obertan returns to his old ground with a point to prove, and all of our boys will want to bounce back with a bang. United have hit a bad patch this week, only winning 1-0 at Swansea, and then drawing midweek with Benfica. Newcastle travel there with nothing to prove, whilst it is up to Man Utd to get themselves out of this rut and stay in touch of their rivals. I dare say if things go well for us tomorrow we could pick up the 3 points, but because it’s Manchester United, I’m predicting a draw.
My prediction: Draw
Saturday 3rd December – Chelsea (h)
Back to the Park, after a two week spell in Manchester. Chelsea come to us suffering their worst start for 10 years – 4 defeats in 12 games. Andre Villas-Boas is coming under fire following a string of poor results, and his team are being exposed all over the park. Their old stars are not performing as well as they have done in the past, coupled with a number of defensive lapses at the back.
Being at home, we’ll want to play attacking football and really get at them. With Jonas Gutierrez enjoying his best spell of form since he arrived, and the possibility of Leon Best returning to the side, we’ll have a very powerful attacking threat. Our pace down the wings will prove key, if we can get crosses and through balls going for most of the game, we’re in with a chance of another win at St. James’.
My prediction: Win
Saturday 10th December – Norwich (a)
Back on the road, our team takes on 2011/12 new boys – Norwich. At the time of writing they are 11th in the League, and have tough games against QPR and West Brom before we tackle them. The Canaries haven’t won in four games, but picked up a deserved point at Liverpool a few weeks ago.
If our form continues, there is no reason why we can’t expect another victory on our travels. Like with every team in the League, our success will depend on keeping our players fit. Cheik Tiote will be back in the side, and our strike force should be running at 100%. If we pick up some points in the build up to Christmas it puts us in a promising position going in to the New Year.
My prediction: Win
Summary: 7 points, if our players stay fit and we have a little bit of luck on our side I think we can do it. Depending on results around us, we’ll be anywhere from 2nd to 7th in the League. This will put us in a position to really fight for a European place for the rest of the season and definitely finish in the top half of the table.
Our games after that: Swansea (h), West Brom (h) and Bolton (a)