It's felt like an age since we last saw a Premier League game doesn't it? With FA cup football taking over at the weekend, we think it's hard to believe that the last ball kicked in the league was Kyle Walker-Peters smashing the ball over the half-way line. Ralph Hassenhuttl sunk to his knees in floods of tears, his Saints side pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the season.


Remember? That was January the 4th just before we learned England were going into a third lockdown. Yet, that's all in the past. We are looking forward to the round of Premier League games which take place tomorrow.


Like every week, we will be giving you our weekly predictions. We admit that we don't always (almost never) get it right. But we are feeling pretty confident this week.


Pikked HQ predictions


Tottenham to beat Fulham


This game has been arranged at the last minute. Tottenham were due to play Aston Villa, however, COVID 19 has ravaged The Villains side meaning that they cannot fulfil a full side. Fulham have therefore stood up. This game was meant to take place in game week 16, but The Cottagers had similar issues to Villa. Fulham, unfortunately look doomed for this game. Languishing in 17th position and having the most leaky defence in the league Spurs will be looking to capitalise. Fulham have been called into this game at the last minute, meaning less time to prepare. Tottenham were unforgiving in the FA cup and Mourinho won't want anymore slip ups if Spurs are going to be title contenders. Tottenham to run riot!


Manchester City to beat Brighton


City finally look to have their mojo back. Their performance against Chelsea in the last round of the Premier league was arguably the most impressive from any side in the league thus far. Notwithstanding, the blues of Manchester smashed their derby rivals in the semi-final of the league cup. De Bruyne and company will want to repent their poor start. The next four games for City look winnable and will propel them into the top three if results go their way. This could be the start of a turnaround at home to Brighton.





Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace


The youngsters at Arsenal seem to be the way forward for Mikel Arteta. Smith-Rowe and Saka are being relied on and seem to be more than up for the challenge. Alexandre Lacazette has found his shooting boots and this could be problematic for Palace. Roy Hodgson's men have been inconsistent this season, yet, they have proven to be a bogey side for Arsenal over the last few seasons. Nevertheless, Arsenal are hitting form at the right time and needs to start heading north in the table.


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Good luck in this weeks game week and let's all keep our fingers crossed that COVID doesn't ruin our fun.


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Following David Moyes' inspired summer picks from the Czech top-flight, the West Ham transfer focus shifts momentarily to outgoings.


Robert Snodgrass has headed to the Midlands and joins West Bromwich Albion in their hunt for survival. It could prove a shrewd signing by Sam Allardyce if he can get a tune out of him. The Scotsman possesses quality in abundance in form, has proved apt in dead-ball situations and wide areas in the Premier League, and is reportedly a pivotal figure in the dressing room.


Vacating West Ham with Snodgrass is Sébastien Haller. The forward has failed to impress on the whole whilst in the capital. It was a record fee which captured Haller at £42m just two years ago. The Ivorian will likely score a hatful in the Eredivisie, for his new club, Ajax, as he did for FC Utrecht - 41 goals/14 assists in 82 league appearances.


The Dutch powerhouse sanctioned the £25m fee to clinch Haller's services and now have him available to feature in their Europa League knockout fixture, away in Lille in February. =

It's a shame West Ham never saw the type of form the Bundesliga witnessed during his Eintracht Frankfurt spell. Haller and Luka Jovic ran rampant for the German outfit, both attracting suitors. Interestingly, Jovic's career has taken a similar path, as he acts as understudy to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

A Potential West Ham Transfer This Window?

Haller still had three years left on his West Ham contract, but The Hammers will be pleased to recoup a large fee considering his output produced in England. The offer to take Haller away from West Ham was sudden, and it seems that Moyes may be scrambling for the next steps. However, Pikked understands there is a shortlist in place. Now the race against time is on for Moyes who will desperately need to bolster his attacking options.

Michail Antonio is crucial to West Ham, but you won't get 38 games from him. His playing time needs managing, and therefore an incoming is imperative to share the workload.

The rumours emanating from the club suggest Joshua King of Bournemouth, Watford's Ismaila Sarr, and Boulaye Dia of Stade Reims are on Moyes' radar. A return for Marko Arnautovic was presented, although that is reportedly wide of the mark.

Boulaye Dia has been scintillating in Ligue 1, recording 12 goals in 16 starts. The 24-year-old's form has ushered his name into the conversation in boardrooms throughout Europe. In his third season in France's flagship competition he has improved his returns year on year; 18/19 - 3 in 8, 19/20 - 7 in 21, and now his impressive tally halfway through the current term.

The Stade Reims striker fits the mould of what West Ham need. He stands head and shoulders above Sarr and King, both extremely competent and effective at how they operate for their respective clubs. West Ham requires someone to put the ball in the net consistently. If his current season is anything to go by, The Hammers' attention should hone in on the Ligue 1 talent.

Dia, Sarr, and King would all add vibrancy to the West Ham attack which Moyes has sculpted impressively in his short stay with the club. The recruitment of Jarrod Bowen last January and most recently, Saïd Benrahma, suggests the club are no longer panic-buying on impulsivity.

With Antonio only a few games away from a purple patch of form shown on multiple occasions, a clinical hitman to compliment him and replace the departing Haller will excite fans. If supporters continue to trust the developing working relationship between Moyes and the recruitment team, they should anticipate someone to come in and impress.

Tomáš Souček for £21m and Vladimir Coufal for only £5m, alongside Bowen and Benrahma, offer a very stable platform to continue with in terms of West Ham transfers during Moyes' reign.


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Expect movement at West Ham, because they'll be drastically lacking numbers in the final third without it. If they can get this one right, they may secure a top-half finish in no time.

Updated: Jan 12





Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and an injury-prone Joel Matip won't cut it at central defence if Liverpool want to compete on all fronts. Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips can step in and perform to a desirable level, but to win a league title, or clinch a European crown, Anfield needs something more.

Injuries have ravaged Jurgen Klopp's squad, and it's starting to take its toll. With away form mirroring those in the second half of the table, it is a wonder they still sit pretty at the top of the tree. It wouldn't be remiss to highlight how Liverpool are a Fabinho injury lay-off from a very, very difficult period. Klopp is a genius, but there's only so much he can do without the necessary tools. We see difficulties panning out now - St Mary's the most recent location, downed by a delectable Danny Ings lob.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's dip in form, the main culprit for Ings' winner, is no coincidence. Not having a Virgil van Dijk type figure next to him has been detrimental. The same can't be said about the Scotsman on the opposing flank with Andrew Robertson's output heading in the other direction. However, he'd likely be performing even better with a familiar centre-back pairing to his right.

In the distance, a match-up with Manchester United lurks poised to act out the most significant game of the season. The result may lay the foundations for which way the Premier League pendulum will swing in 2021. It feels like a throwback. United and Liverpool battling it out at the head of the table.

Reinforcements won't be found in time for the United fixture, but Liverpool's recruitment team do need to get the show on the road - and fast.


Sven Botman to Liverpool

Sven Botman, Lille's Dutch centre-half, has been closely linked with Liverpool over the festive period.

The 20-year-old arrived from Ajax in the summer and has been a storming success in Ligue 1. Have these links been fabricated due to the apparent lack of options at the heart of the defence, or are they genuine? Well, James Pearce moved to rubbish the rumours to Botman over the weekend, claiming that Liverpool officials were baffled with the news. Nevertheless, rumours are circling, and the 6"4 defender was suggested to be on Liverpool's radar.

Regardless of the truth in the rumours, expecting someone to arrive in the Premier League without any experience in England is a daunting task. Touching down in a new country, amid a defensive injury crisis, and lack of a stable centre-back partner is another ball-game entirely.

It is a tricky juggling act for Klopp. He will have to weigh up whether any permanent incomings can rival Gomez in the immediate future to partner Van Dijk. Simultaneously, he will not want to thwart the Englishman's progress. To find someone of that ilk to rival existing talents and be willing to play second fiddle could prove a struggle.


Loan Market

Despite their status and recent success, Liverpool are not awash with money to inject into the transfer market. The extension of Anfield's main stand, coupled with the pandemic's imposing shadow suggests that encouraging defensive solutions to Liverpool could take shape as a loan deal.

Perhaps a loan with an option to buy would suit all involved parties for an out of favour defender, or for a team desperate for an injection of cash before the summer. Such an agreement would provide the chance for a six-month introductory stay under the microscope in Klopp's side. A permanent decision could then be cast upon season completion on the individual's long-term role at the club with the returning Gomez and Van Dijk.

Browsing closer to home than Lille in northern France, there are Premier League options experiencing a lack of minutes. The loan market rarely offers the chance to sign the biggest names in Europe, but that doesn't mean there aren't options to positively aid Klopp's squad.

Fikayo Tomori

The young Englishman is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and is way down Frank Lampard's central defensive pecking order. Not likely to turn heads of the top six given his lack of experience, could Liverpool look to take a punt on the Chelsea man? Leeds United and Newcastle United are interested in his services, with both clubs lacking in that department with Robin Koch and Jamaal Lascelles' absences.

Tomori racked up 22 appearances for Chelsea last campaign as the Blues' youth took the mantle amidst a transfer embargo. Comparatively, the centre-back has registered only 45 minutes this term. An inspired Kurt Zouma and an astute signing from Paris in Thiago Silva has kept Tomori firmly at arm's length. Bar an injury crisis similar to what Klopp is dealing with in Liverpool; that is unlikely to change.

A loan move for a young, hungry Englishman to bolster Klopp's back-line could prove a shrewd move for the remainder of the season. It would be perceived as somewhat of a risk given his lack of stature and experience in the Premier League. Still, he did impress enough in England's top-flight to warrant international selection against Kosovo just over one year ago.

Whatever Klopp's approach in January, supporters and backroom staff alike will be hopeful of a solution to present itself. The season could depend on it.

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