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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

IN FORM: Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas

MATCH DAY 15 of the Premier League takes place this weekend. Bournemouth are in trouble at the foot of the table but can they add to Chelsea's season-lomg woes? Eddie Howe's men play good football, and bearing in mind the Blues' soft centre, may well fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge. Junior Stanislas has been in great form for Bournemouth, he bagged two goals against Everton last week, and he'll have to be at his sharpest again if his team are to leave west London with anything come 7.30pm.

Saturday, December 5

Stoke - Manchester City
It's hardly a fortress up at The Britannia Stadium but what Stoke can boast about their recent form at home this season is that the last three points they earned there came against the current champions. While beating Chelsea this year isn’t as tough a prospect as it was 12 months ago, Mark Hughes will still be buoyed by the fact that no matter who the opposition, if his team are up for it anything is possible. Manchester City may have more of a focus on their upcoming Champions League game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, which may bode well for The Potters. Home win.

Arsenal - Sunderland
Sunderland just don’t win at the Emirates, its as simple as that. In fact, you have to go back to the 2009/10 season to find the last time the Black Cats took three points against Arsene Wenger’s charges in the Premier League. The whole world knows Sam Allardyce has a big job on his hands but its hard to see him getting any joy this weekend. The smart money would be on the home team making further inroads on the title they covet. Home win.

Manchester United - West Ham
The last away game West Ham played ended up with the east London side being spanked in the derby match against Tottenham Hotspurs. Slaven Bilic’s side come up against a Manchester United team capable of subjecting them to a similar fate if they don’t start the game properly. Say what you like about the tactics employed by Louis van Gaal, his side are unbeaten at Old Trafford this season and are chipping away despite not playing their best football. Home win.

Southampton - Aston Villa
If you're an Aston Villa fan every fixture must look like an uphill struggle and this weekend’s game against Southampton represents a similar challenge. On the whole Ronald Koeman’s team had a good November and sit mid-table in the Premier League primed for a positive second half of the season. They will be welcoming a Villa team that capitulates under the slightest of pressure. Home win

Swansea - Leicester
This Swansea team are better than the showing they have been able to muster thus far and will be itching to prove it against one of the form sides of the Premier League this season. Leicester City won’t fear facing the Swans in their own backyard. Their counter attacking threat is well documented now and with their goal thirsty striker Jamie Vardy always lurking, they have every chance of nicking the win. Score draw.

Watford - Norwich
Of the two teams Watford have probably adjusted to life in the Premier League a little better than their visitors this weekend. The home side will fancy this game and more importantly manager Quique Sánchez Flores knows this is three points they simply have to take if they are to maintain their place amongst nation’s elite. They won’t have it all their own way though, as Norwich won both home and away in this fixture last season. Draw.

West Brom - Tottenham
This game is likely to be just as lively on the terraces as it is on the pitch. Listen out for good banter between the two sets of fans on the Saido Berahino transfer saga that clogged up the column inches of national newspapers during the transfer window. Spurs went to the Hawthorns and won 3-0 in January so they will be confident of doing it again. Expect Tony Pulis to have something up his sleeve for this game. He’ll appreciate just how good Tottenham are at the moment and will no doubt employ some form of spoiling tactic. Away win.

Chelsea - Bournemouth
Despite their unpredictable form at home this season you would expect the Blues to nick all three points this weekend. Bournemouth will be game and will show the spirit that got them into the Premier League in the first place but the disparity in quality between the two teams will be the deciding factor. Chelsea will want to make light work of this game ahead of their last group G Champions League game, also at Stamford Bridge against FC Porto. Home win.

Sunday, December 6

Newcastle - Liverpool
Boss Jurgen Klopp seems to be pressing all the right buttons at Anfield since he got to the club and all the signs point to the German restoring the Reds to their former glory. The same can’t be said of Steve McClaren, however. Devoid of the resources required to propel Newcastle upwards, this campaign could be a very difficult one for the former Derby County manager. That said, the haphazard nature of their results this year doesn’t rule out a Newcastle win, although honours even is the more likely outcome. Draw.

Monday, December 7

Everton - Crystal Palace
You get the sense that Roberto Martinez is beginning to really enjoy his time at Everton and he’ll relish the prospect of pitting his exuberant team against Crystal Palace on Monday night. Only a few points separate the two sides but both have goals in them, both like to go forward and both will be looking to start their December fixtures with a win. A good run for either team during the month of Christmas would help their ambitions for the start of 2016. Draw.

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