Predictions

PL Wednesday 1st February

Tonight sees three tasty Premier League matches as the top four race heats up with both Manchester City and United in action alongside Everton.

 

West Ham vs Man City

 

West Ham might of lost their last meeting with City 5-0 in the FA Cup, but will be a vastly improved team tonight.

 

The Hammers are set to hand Robert Snodgrass his first start as a West Ham player and Jose Fonte is set to come in for Angelo Ogbonna. Cheikhou Kouyate won’t feature after returning from international duty.

 

Manchester City have a full squad to choose from with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho back from a knock and suspension.

 

Tonight’s match should be competitive with Slaven Bilic’s side in impressive form of late and have the advantage of having not played at the  weekend. They however face the inconsistent Citizens, who are unpredictable away from home but should have enough to see off the Londoners.

 

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Manchester City

Result: West Ham 0-4 Manchester City

 

Manchester United vs Hull City

 

These sides meet again, just a week after Hull won 2-1 in the second leg of their League Cup semi final.

 

Jose Mourinho has a full squad to choose from after resting numerous players in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic. Zlatan Ibrahimović is expected to start along with   Paul Pogba and Antonio Valencia.

 

Hull will be without Curtis Davies due to a hamstring injury. They are also still missing Ryan Mason and Moses Odubajo but new signing, Andrea Ranocchia could start at the back.

 

The Tigers will be confident of causing an upset after beating United last week at the KC Stadium but face a tougher test this time against the Red Devils. Both teams rested players in the FA Cup so tonight should be competitive and tight given that this is their third meeting in less than one month.

 

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Hull City

Result: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City

 

Stoke vs Everton 

 

Mark Hughes could hand Saido Berahino his home debut since signing from West Bromwich Albion but fellow strikers, Wilfried Bony and Mame Biram Diouf aren’t expected to feature tonight after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

 

Everton will be without Idrissa Gueye despite also seeing his Africa Cup  of Nations finished early. Joel Robles will start in goal for the Toffees.

 

This match got the hallmarks of a proper battle after both clubs had the weekend off due to their early FA Cup exits. Stoke will be keen to push on after seeing their last league game end in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United but Everton will be a stern test for the strong Potters.

 

Ronald Koeman will be confident of getting an away win with a rejuvenated side after the additions of emerging talent in the youth academy helped them to four consecutive wins in January after the cup exit.

 

Everton might of won their last two head to head meetings  but the Britannia Stadium has been a bogey ground for them so expect a draw here.

 

Prediction: Stoke 1-1 Everton

Result: Stoke 1-1 Everton

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