Wingman’s Match Day 28 Premier League predictions

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It was one of those days for Manchester United, who were unable to score in their second straight away match on Sunday.

United lost to Newcastle 1-0, who won their first home match in about four months. The Toon army were full value for the win, although United missed three or four golden scoring opportunities.

Jose Mourinho after the game said it was one of those games where his side could have played for 10 hours without scoring. He’ll get no argument from the Wingman about that obvious assessment.

Mourinho, Aka the Boring One, can’t seem to get his personnel decisions, or tactics, right. Paul Pogba needs to be let off his leash, with either Nemanja Matić or Ander Herrera sliding in as the side’s the sole defensive midfielder.

Until Mourinho contradicts his very nature,  United won’t ascend to the heights many people expect, even with an excess of star power and overpaid talent.

Who will win on Match Day 28

The Wingman was a missed Charlie Adam penalty away from predicting another correct parlay last week. Regardless, he has still correctly predicted seven of his last nine picks and is looking to improve his winning percentage on Match Day 28.

Coming off the big victory at home, Newcastle travel to Bournemouth in an important match on the south coast. The Wingman likes Newcastle for the win, even with the Toon Army sitting at massive +275 underdogs. After a great run of form, Bournemouth got thrashed by Huddersfield on the weekend and will experience a slight dip in form, which includes impending defeat to Rafa Benítez’s side.

For his second pick, the Wingman focusses his attention on the match between Burnley and Southampton.

Both sides are struggling dearly, completely devoid of confidence. This match has draw written all over it, as both teams cannot afford to lose, particularly as the plot thickens at the foot of the Premier League table.

Tottenham look to break almost three-month away winless streak

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Spurs’ faithful never thought this would be a bridge they’d have to cross at Christmas, but here we are, with Tottenham needing a wing to leapfrog Burnley in the standings.

Other than the FA Cup, a top four place is now Tottenham’s sole domestic focus. Spurs, after being played off the pitch by an indomitable Manchester City, sit three points adrift of fourth place Liverpool.

The Lilywhites form away from home is most disconcerting. Falling to seventh in the away form table, Mauricio Pochettino’s men haven’t won in five matches away from Wembley, a record that dates back almost three months. Their last away win, on Sept. 30, came at Huddersfield, where Spurs scored for fun in the 4-0 victory.

It feels like an eternity since the lads walked away from an inhospitable environ with their heads held high, proud of an outstanding day at the office. That sense of overwhelming and all-encompassing unrest currently plaguing the Tottenham camp needs a swift injection of Christmas cheer.

Spurs have their work cut out for them at Turf Moor

But that desired festive feeling won’t come easy at Turf Moor, a football ground known for making life miserable for unwelcome visitors. Burnley have conceded a miserly two goals in their last eight home matches, a defensive record the best teams in the country would be proud of. Currently, Burnley are on the cusp of being included in that élite bracket so Spurs will wholly understand the formidable task ahead.

In the last four months, Arsenal are the only team who have walked away from tormenting Turf Moor with all three points. Burnley currently lay claim to the eighth best home record in the top flight, a single position better than last season’s ninth place ranking.

A draw is not good enough for Tottenham, who must end their almost three-month away winless streak when they invade Turf Moor on Saturday. Under Pochettino’s reign, Tottenham rarely endure two miserable outings on the trot.

I expect a character building, bounce-back effort from a Spurs team facing the most adversity they have in over two seasons on the domestic front.

Anything other than a win doesn’t bear thinking about; if the unthinkable happens, Spurs supporters worldwide will be able to relate to how forlorn and affronted the Grinch feels at this time of year.

(This piece originally featured on Tottenham HQ. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)