Mark Young also predicts Manchester City will get their title challenge back on track this weekend and victory for Bournemouth but does former West Ham United man Jack Collison agree?
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Bournemouth 2-0 Norwich
The Cherries have been one of the busiest clubs in the January transfer window so far, with new boys Lewis Grabban, Benik Afobe, and Roma loan star Juan Iturbe all vying for starting spots against Norwich.
Former Canaries striker Grabban, who had a turbulent time at Carrow Road, could come back to haunt his old club but he will likely need to make an impact off the bench as ex-Arsenal kid Afobe should start up front.
Bournemouth and Norwich are both looking to bounce back from 3-1 midweek defeats by West Ham and Stoke respectively but since Alex Neil’s men have struggled on the road this season, I reckon Eddie Howe’s side will win here.
Jack Collison’s Prediction:</strong Bournemouth 2-1 Norwich
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
In-form Romelu Lukaku is another player coming up against an old club as Everton make the trip to face Chelsea. Roberto Martinez’s men will be looking to build on their draw with title challengers Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
New Blues boss Guus Hiddink is finding the job difficult after taking over from axed Jose Mourinho and while he has managed to get some results, they still have a soft centre that the hosts can exploit.
Chelsea are likely to come out of the traps quickly again but I’m tipping Belgian striker Lukaku to snatch a share of the spoils.
Jack Collison’s Prediction:</strong Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester City’s title bid hit a bump after they drew a blank for only the fourth time in 99 Premier League fixtures at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Alan Pardew was not impressed with Crystal Palace’s performance during their narrow defeat at Aston Villa and while the Eagles have a good away record this season, they will have to beware the threat of a wounded City.
Gaffer Manuel Pellegrini’s hoping for an immediate response when they welcome Palace so his men can claw back some ground on current leaders Arsenal and high-flying Leicester.
Jack Collison’s Prediction:</strong Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United
The Merseysiders will be buoyed after snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat against Arsenal, thanks to Joe Allen’s 90th-minute equaliser on Wednesday.
Liverpool gaffer Jürgen Klopp has put Kolo Toure back at the heart of their defence and the Ivorian could be paired with QPR loan star Steven Caulker against United but the Reds are facing a resurgent Wayne Rooney, who netted a double against Newcastle on Tuesday night as Louis van Gaal’s men also drew 3-3.
Both sides were poor defensively but fantastic going forward in their midweek outings and I predict another high-scoring stalemate this weekend.
Jack Collison’s Prediction:</strong Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United
Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal
After Stoke’s midweek win at home to Norwich City, Mark Hughes’ side have suddenly found themselves in European contention as Tottenham are only four points above them in fourth place.
This has become one of the league’s classic fixtures and the hosts will be boosted by the knowledge that the Britannia Stadium is not a happy hunting ground for Arsenal. The Potters have not lost at home to Arsene Wenger’s men since May 2011.
The Gunners looked superb going forward against Liverpool but after they conceded three goals at Anfield, I think Stoke will edge this one.
Jack Collison’s Prediction:</strong Stoke City 1-2 Arsenal
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