Premier League predictions with Steven Beacom: Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all in action
Every week I take on a reader trying to predict the scores for the Premier League games. It's three points for the correct scoreline and one for getting the result right. The top scoring reader wins a prize. Today I am doing battle with Glentoran great Scott Young, now a Business Development Manager for PHS Compliance.
The Predictions are back and following a few weeks off I'm feeling good about going on a winning run, after a tricky start to this campaign.
Mind you, I'll have to be on tip top form because my opponent this week is former Glentoran player and manager Scott Young, an outstanding midfielder for the east Belfast outfit who won everything the local game had to offer.
Check out our predictions below and my thoughts on the matches.
Newcastle United v Chelsea (today 12.45pm): Newcastle, after an excellent spell, have started to falter. Chelsea will ensure they aren't allowed to jump off that slippery slope. Jose Mourinho's men are so strong at present. Even when Diego Costa isn't playing, Didier Drogba scores crucial goals. He looks as excited to be back at the club as a teenage girl about to receive a One Direction concert ticket!
Beacom prediction: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2
Young prediction: Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion (today 3pm): It's amazing to think that no Premier League boss has been dismissed yet. One will surely get the sack sooner than Santa...quite possibly Baggies boss Alan Irvine if his side lose at Hull. Steve Bruce could do with a win too.
Beacom rediction: Hull 2 WBA 1
Young prediction: Hull 2 WBA 1
Liverpool v Sunderland (today 3pm): So, with big games coming up against Basel in Europe and Manchester United in the Premier League, can Brendan Rodgers afford to rest captain Steven Gerrard? Tough call. Gerrard inspired Liverpool's midweek win at Leicester. If he is left out perhaps Raheem Sterling, returning to form, might be the hero this time.
Beacom prediction: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1
Young prediction: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0
Queens Park Rangers v Burnley (today 3pm): Del Boy will be on again at Christmas. Yes, another repeat. Talking about all things down Shepherd's Bush way, QPR boss Harry Redknapp could do with a repeat of last week's home win versus Leicester against the other newly promoted side Burnley. Otherwise QPR fans are going to start thinking he's a right plonker!
Beacom prediction: QPR 3 Burnley 1
Young prediction: QPR 2 Burnley 1
Stoke City v Arsenal (today 3pm): With a bit more luck, Stoke could have left Liverpool and Manchester United with draws lately rather than what-might-have-been defeats. Things should turn for them against the Gunners though, in a fixture normally tougher than spending a few hours with Edwina Currie and your woman Kendra in that I'm a Celebrity Jungle. The brilliant Alexis Sanchez gives Arsenal hope but I fancy Stoke.
Beacom prediction: Stoke 2 Arsenal 1
Young prediction: Stoke 1 Arsenal 1
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace (today 3pm): Forget Tottenham's defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Spurs have such an inferiority complex against the Blues that Ron Harris and 10 Chelsea Pensioners would beat them! Recently against other opposition, Harry Kane and the boys have been doing alright. Palace will have a go but the Eagles won't be soaring this afternoon.
Beacom prediction: Spurs 3 Palace 1
Young prediction: Spurs 2 Palace 0
Manchester City v Everton (today 5.30pm): Big game this for City but not as massive as their Champions League encounter in Rome a few days later. If City have their heads right, they win. If not, Everton could take advantage. Expect a cracker.
Beacom prediction: Man City 3 Everton 2
Young prediction: Man City 3 Everton 1
West Ham United v Swansea City (tomorrow 1.30pm): Piece of advice for you all... if your other half wants to go Christmas shopping or the kids fancy a trip to see Mr Claus at his Grotto, this is the Sunday to do it, as the Sky games aren't much to write home about. Get your brownie points now and use them when the big games are on again. Got it?
Beacom prediction: West Ham 2 Swansea 1
Young prediction: West Ham 1 Swansea 1
Aston Villa v Leicester City (tomorrow 4pm): See above.
Beacom rediction: Villa 3 Leicester 1
Young prediction: Villa 1 Leicester 1
Southampton v Manchester United (Monday 8pm): The Saints need a victory to stem the flow of defeats. Well, two anyway. You know what? They might just get it.
Beacom prediction: Southampton 2 United 1
Young prediction: Southampton 1 United 1
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