Premier League Week 10 Predictions: Teams That Will Maintain Momentum
Getting back into the winning routine is always crucial following an international break. Players come back fatigued, injured and sometimes lacking in match practice. So those sides that can build momentum quickly regularly find themselves in an excellent position to get a run going and accumulate points. Others, by comparison, will really struggle.
After Week 9, there are a host of teams that have got right into their stride and look set to have an excellent run up toward the crucial, congested Christmas period.
Here are some teams that will continue their promising form as the Premier League goes into its 10th week.
The Toffees have won back-to-back games since the resumption of the Premier League.
They had to graft to secure a win against a pragmatic Hull City side, but a professional showing at Villa saw Roberto Martinez’s side run out deserved 2-0 winners.
Not only do the Toffees look like a huge threat going forward, but goalkeeper Tim Howard also looks to be coming into some form too. Against Villa he made a host of wonderful stops, including a superb penalty save from Christian Benteke.
Next up for Everton is Tottenham at Goodison Park. The Toffees have been imperious on their own patch this calendar year. They have not been beaten since December 2012 and have won three of their four home games so far this season.
Tottenham are a good side, but an in-form Everton and a rampant Romelu Lukaku will have too much for them in front of their own supporters.
After a draw at Old Trafford and a comprehensive victory over Fulham, things are looking good for Southampton.
Mauricio Pochettino has the Saints playing an attractive, high-octane brand of football, and they are well worthy of their position within the Premier League’s top four.
Week 10 sees the Saints visit the Britannia Stadium, where they will face Stoke City. Whilst the Potters also put in a solid performance away to Manchester United, they are struggling to score goals at home.
They are looking to implement a slight stylistic shift under Mark Hughes, and Southampton’s relentless pressing style will make it extremely difficult for Stoke to establish any kind of rhythm.
Southampton will boss possession and have a host of creative players who will create chances and see them win this one comfortably.
The relief was obvious for David Moyes as his United side overcame a robust Stoke City outfit. The Red Devils really needed a victory and were staring down the barrel of another defeat with 10 minutes to go.
But in typical United fashion, they scored two late goals to turn the game on its head. And if any side have established much-needed momentum going into next week, then it has to be United.
They take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol’s side have been struggling to gather any kind of impetus themselves. They won comfortably at Crystal Palace but were battered by Southampton.
United are going to hit form soon, and the Stoke City result could be a major catalyst for a good run of results. They will have too much for Fulham here, and the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could fill their boots against a ropey-looking Cottagers back line.
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