Premier League Predictions – Confident Chelsea to beat West Ham, Rooney to lead Manchester United and QPR to cause Arsenal upset?

By Mark Young.

We have a treat for Premier League fans this week, with a bumper edition of top-flight predictions. Chelsea face a trip to West Ham after picking up the first silverware of the season, while there’s another London derby as QPR host Arsenal.

Manchester United go to St James’ Park, Tottenham welcome Swansea and Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis go head-to-head. This week Mark is up against The Offside Rule’s Lynsey Hooper.

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West Ham 0-2 Chelsea

Table-toppers Chelsea lifted the Capital One Cup and are eyeing more silverware in the shape of the Premier League trophy. They now sit a huge five points clear with a game in hand on their Manchester rivals.

West Ham’s season has taken a nosedive of late: they were two goals in front at White Hart Lane and also leading Manchester United, but pegged back both times.

Injuries are taking their toll on Sam Allardyce’s men – who were outplayed in their 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace – and they could do without Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa visiting. I reckon Jose Mourinho’s men will pile on the misery for Hammers.

Lynsey Hooper prediction

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

My feeling is this will be goalless for much of the game. West Ham will set out for it to be that way and Chelsea will be still riding the wave of success at Wembley. I predict Chelsea will score a late goal to gain an 8 point advantage over Man City in the title race.

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United

Louis van Gaal’s side silenced the critics with a solid performance against Sunderland, with Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney combining well.

Match-winner Rooney has a knack for scoring against the Geordies, just to show them what they missed out on when he snubbed St James’ Park for Old Trafford. Although John Carver’s men beat Aston Villa, they have been toiling recently, and are the perfect team for LVG’s men to face right now.

I predict the England captain will lead his team to a comfortable victory away at Newcastle and keep their hopes of getting back in the Champions League alive.

Lynsey Hooper prediction

Newcastle 1-2 Man United

This will be another result Man United will grind out. Van Gaal is likely to stick with Rooney up front and I think that could be the difference. United to come from a goal down and Rooney to score at least one.

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Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

The fate of Aston Villa and West Brom could come down to who hired the better manager in the battle to survive relegation midway through the season. But Tony Pulis is leading the way at the moment.

The Baggies boss has made them hard to beat and pack a punch in attack when they need to. Joleon Lescott has been a leader and goalie Ben Foster keeps mistakes to a minimum.

Tim Sherwood failed to take anything from two winnable fixtures, while Pulis’s men defeated Southampton 1-0. The Baggies look likely to back that up with the same scoreline at Villa Park – and put the hosts under even more pressure.

Lynsey Hooper prediction

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

West Brom go in to this fixture with real breathing space from relegation worries following their victory over Southampton at the weekend. With Villa and Hull both on the receiving end of 1-0 defeats it’s clear Villa have much more to play for in this fixture.

They don’t have as much quality and organisation as West Brom but I can see them going all out and scoring in the first half. It’s the least Sherwood can hope for in front of an expectant home crowd. Hanging on to a lead is another matter though and I fully expect West Brom to take away a point.

QPR 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal bounced back from their midweek humbling by Monaco with a routine victory over Everton at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud was back on the scoresheet, with under-fire Mesut Ozil assisting both goals.

But they face a team that are well-rested and capable of causing an upset in QPR. They are hurting from their defeat to Hull and will fancy their chances against the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s men are third in the table and playing well in the league but a Loftus Road trip is tough, and could leave them empty-handed again after a midweek fixture.

Lynsey Hooper prediction

QPR 0-2 Arsenal

Now that Liverpool have applied some pressure for fourth spot, I fully expect Arsenal to go all out at Loftus Road. They will cause QPR’s defence too many problems.

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Tottenham 1-1 Swansea

Tottenham could suffer a cup and European hangover against Swansea after missing out on the Capital One Cup and being dumped out of the Europa League by Fiorentina.

Garry Monk’s side come into this match full of confidence after beating Burnley and completing a league double over Manchester United the previous weekend.

I reckon the hosts will take an lead early but run out of steam, and former Spurs ace Gylfi Sigurdsson could come back to haunt his old team with an equaliser.

Lynsey Hooper prediction

Tottenham 2-2 Swansea

Spurs need to pick themselves up after a disappointing week exiting European competition and losing out to Chelsea at Wembley in the Capital One Cup. They have home advantage but they will show signs of fatigue which Swansea can exploit.

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