Previews and Predictions for this weekend’s matches
Let’s be honest. In soccer, we all like to think that we can predict what the scores will be and take unrivaled joy in correctly guessing the outcomes of the biggest games. That sentiment is echoed by the soccer writers here at SQ, so we have decided to put our claims to the test with a weekly competition in which we will try and predict the scores for all of the Premier League games.
The outcome of each week’s predictions will be decided in a points format with a subsequent rankings table that will run until the end of the season to see who is the best predictor. The scoring system is as follows:
No points - for failing to guess the correct result. (Example, you pick Chelsea to win against Aston Villa, but the match ends in a win or draw for Aston Villa. Likewise, if you pick a draw and one of the sides win)
One Point - for correctly guessing the result without the score line. (Example, you pick Chelsea to win 3-0 but they win 4-0 instead, or you pick a 2-2 draw but it finishes 1-1 etc.)
Three Points - for correctly guessing the result and score line. (Example, you pick Chelsea to win 3-0, and they win 3-0)
Banker - Doubles any points scored in the chosen match. (Each participant gets to use one per week)
Game of the Week
Stadium: Emirates Stadium, London.
Kick-Off: Sunday 4pm (GMT), 10am (CDT), 11am (EDT), 7am (PDT)
Head-to-Head Record: Arsenal - 78 wins, Tottenham - 55 wins, Draws - 48.
Last Season: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (Sep. 27, 2014)
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Feb. 7, 2015)
Form: Arsenal: LWWWWW - 15 Points. Tottenham: WWDDWW - 14 Points.
Top Scorers & Assists:
League Position: Arsenal (2nd) - 25 Points. Tottenham (5th) - 20 Points.
Last Week: Swansea 0-3 Arsenal Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
This fixture has produced more goals than any other in Premier League history with 131 finding the net in 46 meetings. That’s an average of 2.8 per game.
Arsenal have scored more goals against Tottenham than any other side since Arsene Wenger took charge of the club.
Harry Kane has scored 21 goals in the Premier League during 2015. That’s three more than any other player over the same period.
Tottenham are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (10 matches) after not being defeated since opening day at Manchester United.
These sides currently share the best defensive record in the league this season, conceding just eight goals apiece.
Since making his debut in September 2013, Mesut Ozil has more assists than any other player in the league (22), while Olivier Giroud has scored the most headers (15) since his debut in August 2012.
Prediction: North London Derbies are usually packed with incidents and entertainment and hopefully this weekend will be more of the same. Spurs have only won once at the Emirates and struggle to beat their arch-enemy away from White Hart Lane. But their rapid improvements on the pitch, especially in defense, lend hope to the outside chance of pulling off a famous win. If they have any chance of that then they will have to keep an in-form Mesut Ozil quiet and hope that the chances for Giroud and Sanchez dry up. It will be interesting watch, but I think both sides will cancel each other out and share the points.
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
Winner: Noah Thomas (12 Points)
Last year’s winner Noah continues to move his way up the leaderboard after coming out on top of a particularly high-scoring week for the predictors. He correctly guessed Newcastle and Stoke’s drab 0-0 draw and Southampton’s comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth, as well as wins for Leicester, Man City, Arsenal, Everton and Spurs. His prediction of a draw between Crystal Palace and Man Utd added the week-winning point.
Mark becomes the first player to hit 100 points this season, and in doing so stretches his lead to 10 points over second placed Luke. Cementing his position in third is Lucas; who had another strong week with an eleven point haul, while Noah leapfrogs PJ into fourth. Max, Orion, and Leutrim are still on the coat-tails of the leading pack and will need a few big scoring weeks to be in contention.
Think you can do better?
We here at SQ want to know what you think. Send us your predictions for all 10 Premier League games in the comments section below, and we will add your name to the rankings table and weekly scores. Go head-to-head with our writers to earn the title of “SQ Predictor Champion.”
The overall winner at the end of the season will win a Premier League jersey of their choice! Send us your predictions each week to be in with a shout!
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