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.

Where would Manchester United be in the standings without David de Gea?

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David de Gea is the top flight’s most overworked goalkeeper, and one of the main reasons Manchester United is second place in the the Premier League.

He has the third most saves in the League, behind only Jordan Pickford and Łukasz Fabiański. The other goalkeepers on the top five teams face far fewer shots, which is what you’d expect from elite teams.

Is that down to the boring, defence-first system Jose Mourinho employs on a weekly basis?

de Gea deserves all the credit in the world for keeping United within striking distance of Man City, though they would need a miracle to overhaul the runaway leaders. Could Alexis Sanchez be the miracle United are searching for?

At the very least, Sanchez’s presence in the attacking third should help increase United’s possession statistics, which could correlate into a lighter workload for de Gea.

So, where would the Red Devils be positioned devoid of their world-class goalkeeper? Rather than sitting pretty in second place, I wager to guess they’d be on the outside of the top four looking in.

It’s not a particularly farfetched presumption, especially considering de Gea’s consistent heroics. One match that springs immediately to mind is United’s 3-1 away win at Arsenal: de Gea was magisterial, making a number of otherworldly saves to secure all three points.

Premier League match day 25 predictions

The Wingman gives Everton one more chance to redeem themselves after drawing West Brom at home, with the Toffees looking to win their first in six against Leicester at Goodison.

Elsewhere, West Ham host Crystal Palace in a crucial London derby. Separated by a single point in the standings, neither team can afford to lose this match. Back the draw in this one, and expect a low-scoring, somewhat cagey affair.

 

Match Day 14 Premier League Predictions: Wingman’s Perplexing Play

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The Wingman this week focusses on Everton Football Club for the Perplexing Play of the Week, or the perplexing season thus far in Everton’s case.

Ronald Koeman was fired after nine matches, such is the state of disarray at the club.

The blue half of Merseyside spend over £140 million on signings during the offseason, many of whom have failed to impress so far at Goodison. The Wingman takes a look at what you could buy that kind of outrageous money, and you’ll want to see some of the items on his shopping list.

For the Premier League Pick of the Week, the Wingman dives into the weekend’s marquee matchup, between Manchester United and Arsenal. There is no love lost between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, which the Wingman poignantly points out.

Watch this segment to find out who the Wingman is backing in the massive contest at the Emirates.

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