A midweek schedule awaits fans in Week 14 of the Premier League.
Any dreams that this week would go as predicted were shattered in Tuesday's lone affair. Not only did Crystal Palace climb out of the cellar with a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park over West Ham, but Marouane Chamakh of all people also scored the game's lone goal.
If Chamakh is going to net a goal, anything can happen.
I'm going to try to predict the unpredictable for all of Wednesday's matches, and then I'll offer a little more insight into three of my selections.
|Schedule and Predictions for Week 14|
|Sunderland vs. Chelsea||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||0-2|
|Liverpool vs. Norwich City||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||3-1|
|Arsenal vs. Hull City||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||2-0|
|Southampton vs. Aston Villa||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||1-0|
|Stoke City vs. Cardiff City||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||1-2|
|Swansea City vs. Newcastle||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||2-1|
|Man United vs. Everton||Dec. 4||7:45 p.m./2:4.5. p.m.||2-1|
|Fulham vs. Tottenham||Dec. 4||8 p.m./3 p.m.||1-2|
|West Brom vs. Man City||Dec. 4||8 p.m./3 p.m.||1-3|
Manchester United 2, Everton 1
This is a big match for Manchester United. After beating Arsenal 1-0, the Red Devils have had draws in their last two matches, and both came against teams lower than them on the table. Both of those, however, came on the road.
The Red Devils will be returning to Old Trafford for this contest, and they will do so knowing a win will place them a point ahead of Everton.
There is a big question mark hanging over this match, and that is the fitness of Robin van Persie:
Obviously, my victorious prediction for the Red Devils is far more likely if the Dutch striker is on the pitch, but even without him, I like United.
Everton are enjoying a good campaign and have allowed just 13 goals on the year. However, the defense is vulnerable against teams with firepower. Since the start of October, Everton have allowed three goals in a match to Liverpool and three in a match to Manchester City.
Wayne Rooney will be able to victimize that back line even if van Persie is not available.
Arsenal 2, Hull City 1
On the surface, there is little concern for front-running Arsenal in this match. They are hosting 10th-place Hull City. With the likes of Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle waiting on the schedule before it hits 2014, however, the Gunners could easily look past this match.
After their 3-1 win over Liverpool, Hull City cannot be overlooked.
Still, Arsenal have been consistent all year, and there is no sign of that trend stopping. After falling 1-0 to Manchester united, the Gunners have won their two Premier League matches by the combined score of 5-0.
I expect Hull City to come out strong with the confidence from their victory over Liverpool pushing them to inspired play. Arsenal, however, will wear that confidence right out of them and earn another win.
West Brom 1, Manchester City 3
Manchester City are an absolute monster at home. In their last two home Premier League matches, the Citizens have won by the combined score of 9-0.
In their last two away Premier League matches, the Citizens have lost all three and scored just one goal.
That trend is fairly typical for their season, but it won't last forever.
The Citizens have way too much firepower to continue to struggle to score goals on the road. Facing West Brom this week, they won't.
West Brom have been struggling on defense and have allowed 16 goals. They've allowed two goals in each of their last three Premier League matches.
Sergio Aguero and his mates will make allowing two goals seem like a good proposition in this match.