Manchester United: Bold Predictions for ManU's Next 13 EPL Matches

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2012

Manchester United: Bold Predictions for ManU's Next 13 EPL Matches

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    Manchester United has 13 matches ahead in the English Premier League and the players' performance must be at its highest if they want to have a shot at winning their 20th title.

    Two of the toughest meetings will be against Tottenham and Manchester City, each of which the Red Devils will play away.

    Without further ado, let's take a look to these 13 bold predictions.

Win vs. Norwich City

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    Manchester United will win this match despite Antonio Valencia's absence due to injury. Norwich City has only won five times in Carrow Road and sits eighth at the general Premier League table.

    The last time Manchester United faced Norwich City was in October, when the Canaries visited Old Trafford and lost 2-0.

Draw vs. Tottenham

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    Manchester United will have a tough time at White Hart Lane, but this doesn't mean that Sir Alex Ferguson's team will lose it's string of undefeated matches.

    Antonio Valencia's absence will become a factor, plus David de Gea's performance. Tottenham has a deadly offense, commanded by Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, who are well supported by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

    The Spurs have only lost once in their turf this season.

Win vs. West Brom

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    After two matches away from home, Manchester United will not only play at Old Trafford again, but will also continue with its winning ways.

    West Brom will be a worthy rival as it has shown improvement by winning two of its last three meetings as visitor, but it still won't have a real shot against United.

Win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    Molineux Stadium will receive Manchester United on March 18. Taking the victory home shouldn't be a problem for the Red Devils, as the Wolverhampton Wanderers haven't won in their turf since December.

    Furthermore, they are close to relegation and have only grabbed four out of 18 points available from January to February. The last time United fell short against the Wolves was last season when they lost 2-1.

Win vs. Fulham

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    By March 26, when Manchester United receives Fulham in the Theatre of Dreams, Antonio Valencia may well be back from the hamstring injury he suffered and has kept him away for a month.

    United will continue its solid pace toward the title and will defeat the Cottagers in style. Expect a score as big as 3-0.

Draw vs. Blackburn Rovers

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    A tie will be a fair result. Manchester United will struggle against Blackburn, a team that's seeking to stay away from the bottom of the table and avoid relegation.

    The Rovers will take advantage of playing home and will make the Red Devils feel very uncomfortable by defending fiercely and not giving away space.

Win vs. Queens Park Rangers

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    Queens Park Rangers received Manchester United last December and couldn't stop the Red Devils offense, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat. When visiting Old Trafford, QPR won't have luck and will fail to grab points.

    United will be confident and may score more than three goals, taking into consideration that the squad should be complete, with no major injuries.

    Plus, they'll have to keep up the good work, since they'll only have six more matches ahead to seal the deal and become the first team to conquer 20 Premier titles.

Win vs. Wigan Athletic

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    Wigan Athletic is seeking to leave the bottom of the Premier League table, but it doesn't seem like they will succeed. The Latics will receive Manchester United at the DW Stadium hoping to surprise them, but won't do it.

    The Red Devils will display a strong offense, which will take advantage of Wigan's weak defense—they concede 1.9 goals in average per game. 

    So add three more points for Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

Win vs. Aston Villa

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    Manchester United will defeat Aston Villa without hesitation. The Villains will try to stay away from relegation but visiting Old Trafford won't help their cause.

    Aston Villa will play its heart out, but the lack of continuity—only three games won as visitor—won't allow them to stop United.

    By this point of the season (mid-April), the Red Devils will be poised and very close to clinching the title, so they won't give an inch to their rivals.

Win vs. Everton

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    This is a match in which Manchester United shouldn't have a problem. The squad will receive Everton and will try to continue the undefeated streak.

    Furthermore, the Toffees haven't defeated United since February 2010, but they accomplished the feat at Goodison Park. The last time the Red Devils lost to Everton in their own turf was in the 1992/1993 season (Premiership).

Win vs. Manchester City

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    This will be the key match for the title. Manchester United will visit archenemy Manchester City hoping to defeat them in their own ground, and they will accomplish the feat in a very tough and suffered match.

    United went to Etihad Stadium last January and defeated the Citizens in the FA Cup, but in the Premier League the Red Devils lost 6-1 at Old Trafford in the ninth meeting.

    Now, United will bring its A-game to secure the title once and for all.

Win vs. Swansea

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    Manchester United will receive Swansea in May and will add another three points to its count, thanks to the momentum of the previous match.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's team will be more synchronized and united than ever, so a heavy defeat is not out of the picture.

    The Swans will try to stop the Red Devils, but they'll fail in the attempt. Nevertheless, they will manage to stay in the Premier League after a discreet campaign.

Win vs. Sunderland

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    The icing on the cake for Manchester United will be a victory against Sunderland as visitors. Sir Alex Ferguson's boys will continue its dominance over the Black Cats.

    The last time the Red Devils lost to Sunderland was at the 2000 Carling Cup. In that match, Manchester visited the Stadium of Light. However, the Black Cats haven't defeated United in the Premier League.

    This shouldn't be a tough game, and we will surely see several reserve players.