A look back at the weekend’s Premier League games from Matchday 33:
Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Bournemouth
Tottenham won this one as predicted, however I went with 2-0 when Spurs actually won 4-0. I expected an easy win for title contenders Spurs, but I didn’t think it was going to be that easy. I mean even Vincent Janssen managed to score a goal. Son continued his goal scoring form as Harry Kane netted to continue his return from injury. This win sees Pochettino’s men remain 2nd, however they are now only 4 points behind League leaders Chelsea.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City
This was an interesting one between two teams whose seasons couldn’t have been more similar, Palace recently escaped the relegation zone and Leicester’s good run of form has seen then fly up the table and close in on a top half finish. I had predicted The Foxes to win this one 2-1 and continue their ascent up the table. However, a fight back from Sam Allerdyce’s Crystal Palace was enough to deny Craig Shakespeare’s men the victory as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Crystal Palace move upto 15th and Leicester drop down to 12th in the League.
Everton vs Burnley
To no great surprise, Burnley once again failed to win away from home. I had predicted Everton to win 3-0, so when they won 3-1 I was happy that I got the correct winners and also the correct number of goals Everton had scored. I really didn’t expect Burnley to do anything here so their goal was a bit of a surprise. Everton have now set a record for consecutive Premier League games won, Everton’s new record now stands at 8 games. Yet another win for Everton however they remain 7th. This latest defeat sees Burnley drop to 14th in the Premier League.
Stoke City vs Hull City
Well safe to say I got this one very, very wrong. I predicted a 0-0 bore draw here and I was miles off when the game ended with a 3-1 victory to Stoke City. Shaqiri stole all the headlines in this one when he scored an absolute worldie of a goal. This victory sees Mark Hughes men move upto 11th and the loss for Hull keeps them 17th just 2 points above the relegation zone.
Sunderland vs West Ham
Wow! Again another prediction that was miles off, I went with a dominant West Ham 3-0 victory. Sunderland dramatically came back in the dying minutes to claim a 2-2 draw as Fabio Borini scored a 90th minute equaliser with his first touch. The draw did nothing to help Sunderland as they remain rock bottom of the Premier League, 9 points from safety. The draw helped West Ham a little as they moved up to 13th.
Watford vs Swansea City
I finally got another one right, and I got this one totally spot on. I had predicted a 1-0 win for Watford and that’s exactly what happened. A goal from midfielder Etienne Capoue ensured a 1-0 win for Walter Mazzari’s men and was enough to guarantee the win and 3 points. The victory here sees The Hornets remain in 10th position as Paul Clement’s Swansea remain stuck in the relegation zone in 18th position, 2 points from safety.
Southampton vs Manchester City
Not a very good week for myself, I predicted a 3-1 win for Southampton. I had hoped that The Saints could pull a fast one over Pep Guardiola’s men. Unfortunately, for myself that wasn’t the case as Manchester City let rip after a very even first half and scored all three of their goals in the second 45. A real Captain’s goal when his side needed it most as Vincent Kompany scored on his return from injury to spark a second half blitz from The Blues that led them to a 3-0 victory. Manchester City and Southampton remain 4th and 9th in the Premier League, respectively.
West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool
Well I got the correct winners in this one, however I did get the wrong scoreline. I had predicted a 2-0 win for Liverpool but they only managed a 1-0 win on the day. A goal on the stroke of half time from Brazilian Roberto Firmino sealed the win in a very boring, lacklustre affair. Liverpool and West Brom remain 3rd and 8th respectively.
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Well I somehow, got this one perfectly right. I went with a 2-0 win for Manchester United and that is exactly what happened on Super Sunday. A changed United side that was without Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he was benched for this one when Jose Mourinho opted to go with the traditional classic 4-4-2 playing young lads Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard up front together. Ander Herrera took all the plaudits in what had to be the weekend’s main event. Herrera had Hazard in his pocket all afternoon and locked him out of the game. It really was a classic Mourinho Masterclass as Herrera assisted the first goal scored by Marcus Rashford and even added to the scoreline when he scored to seal the victory. Chelsea were dreadful it has to be said as for the first time in over a decade, they failed to register a single shot on target. This result keeps Chelsea top of the League, however their lead over Tottenham has now been reduced to 4 points. Antonio Conte will not want his side to scrap for the title in the dying weeks of the season when they’ve led so comfortably all year round. They’re going to need to be very careful to ensure they don’t slip up again. Chelsea remain 1st and Manchester United remain in 5th position.
Middlesborough vs Arsenal
So a week after their surprising defeat to Crystal Palace, Arsenal return to Monday Night Football. I had predicted Arsenal to dominate this match and win 4-0. Even though I got the winners right, I’m disappointed for the Arsenal fans amongst you that it was a 2-1 victory. Wenger also changed things up this week, probably took some inspiration from Jose Mourinho’s antics over on Super Sunday as he opted to play a 3-4-3 formation. Although Boro did play well, they still came up short as goals from Sanchez and Ozil meant the gamble paid off for the under pressure Arsene Wenger. The victory for Arsenal sees Arsene Wenger’s men remain 6th as Middlesborough are still in the relegation zone, 6 points from safety in 19th position.
So my predictions weren’t that great this week although of 10 games, I got 6 correct winning teams but only 2 correct scorelines. We saw new tactics from veteran managers this week. Will Wenger stick with 3 at the back? Will 4-4-2 make a return for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United? We saw Chelsea slip up again this week, are they becoming complacent? They surely can’t afford that with the form title rivals Tottenham are in with the gap now being just 4 points. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be an interesting and exciting end to the Premier League season.