West Brom (3-8-2, W-L-T) at Stoke City (4-7-2): Two of EPL’s worst meet at West Bromwich Saturday morning (10ET/7PT)in this match. Both clubs were shut out last weekend against respectable opponents with West Brom falling to Chelsea (3-0) and Stoke City being blanked by Manchester United (2-0).
West Brom finds itself on the bottom of the EPL table (standings) and is last in the league in goal differential (-14) and in goals scored (10), but Stoke City is no bargain, and has the second-worst goal differential (-11) in EPL and has 13 goals.
The key statistic here is that West Brom has just one road win while Stoke City haws four wins and two losses on its own pitch. Edge to the home team in this one. Prediction: STOKE CITY 1 WEST BROM 0.
Fulham (5-5-2) at Liverpool (10-1-2): My favorite team as well as John Lennon’s, Liverpool just doesn’t lose at home, tying once (Stoke City 0-0) and yielding just four goals on the home pitch so far this campaign. The Reds, along with Chelsea and ManU, look like the class of the EPL, and won’t lose to a club like Fulham, which has tallied just 12 goals in its first 12 matches.
Last week Liverpool blanked host Bolton, 2-0 and has now allowed just two goals – both at Tottenham Nov.1 – in its last five games. Fulham edged the aforementioned Tottenham, 2-1 last Saturday and should be competitive, for a while, against Liverpool, but will find it nearly impossible to find the back of the net against Rafa Benitez’s squad here. Prediction: LIVERPOOL 2 FULHAM 0.
Newcastle United (3-6-4) at Chelsea (10-1-2): The best team in the EPL this season, Chelsea and Didier Drogba boast an unbelievable goal differential of +28 (32-4)! That’s right chap, the Blues – who set a Premiership record for clean sheets (shutouts) in 2004-05 blanking opponents for nine straight games – and goaltender extraordinaire Petr Cech (seven SO’s in 2008) simply don’t let the opponents even sniff the goal. And with Newcastle still winless on the road (0-4-2), this game handicaps itself. And expect Chelsea, which saw its record 86-game unbeaten streak at home come to an end when Liverpool beat them earlier this year, to start a new winning streak on its own turf. Prediction: CHELSEA 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0.