Matchday 26 Preview

With the EFL Cup Final this weekend we only have 8 games this week in the Premier League

Chelsea vs Swansea

Paul Clement takes his Swansea side back to where his coaching career all began. The Swans have seen somewhat of a turnaround since the Englishmen’s appointment. Conte’s men are flying high at the top and I can see running away with this one the likes of Costa and Hazard will be too much for Swansea to handle. Chelsea have a pretty much fully fit squad for this one with no major absentees. However, Swansea will be without wingers Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero.

Chelsea to win 4-1.

Crystal Palace vs Middlesborough

Sam Allerdyce’s men welcome Aitor Karanka’s Boro. Big Sam has yet to be relegated from the Premier League, however that could change if the Eagles don’t get their act together. Boro are also fighting to survive in the Premier League, with Palace in 19th position a win for Karanka’s men would do a great deal in ensuring survival this season. Palace will be without Scott Dann, Bakary Sako, Loic Remy & Mathieu Flamini. Middlesborough could be without Antonio Barragan, Callum Chambers & George Friend.

Boro to win 2-1.

Everton vs Sunderland

The Toffees’ take on the bottom side in the Premier League. Ronald Koeman takes on David Moyes in what should be an interesting match with Moyes going back to his old stomping ground. Everton are on an 8 game unbeaten run whereas Sunderland have lost 3 of their last 5 matches. Top Scorer Lukaku returns for the home side and his physicality and superb finishing should be enough to see Everton win this one.

Everton to win 3-0.

Hull City vs Burnley

Marco Silva’s men come into this one off the back of a controversial defeat at the hands of Arsenal. They welcome Burnley to the KCOM Stadium. Burnley have a superb home record in the League but they will be the visiting team coming off the back of their upset loss to Lincoln City in the FA Cup. Can Dyche’s men battle back or can Silva’s Tigers make it 3 consecutive home wins?

2-2 Draw.

West Brom vs Bournemouth

West Brom come into this unbeaten in their last four whereas their opponents Bournemouth are without a win in their 5 Premier League games. The Baggies could be on course for their highest ever finish in the the Premier League this season. With Bournemouth trying to avoid a relegation scrap late on a win for both sides would go along way to achieving their respective targets.

I fancy West Brom to carry on their unbeaten run and get the 3 points at home.

West Brom win 3-2

Watford vs West Ham

Walter Mazzari’s men welcome West Ham to Vicarage Road. Last time out, the hosts lost to EFL Cup Finalists United. West Ham’s recent record in the League has seen them turn around their fortunes of late only losing one of their last 5. The visitors could be missing Andy Carroll up front. The Hornets will be continuing with Gomes in goal who had a cracking game last time out. With The Hammers in hot form I fancy an away victory here.

West Ham win 2-0.

Tottenham vs Stoke City

Following yet another disappointing European night in Wembley for Pochettino’s side he will surely be looking to ensure his players don’t lose ground in their race for a top 4 finish. Despite their dismal European outings, Spurs are the only team left in the League who are unbeaten at home this season. I feel that the record will remain intact however I don’t think it will be an easy task to beat a near full strength Stoke side.

Draw 1-1.

Leicester City vs Liverpool

The first game at the King Power Stadium since the shocking and quite frankly disrespectful sacking of now former manager Claudio Ranieri. Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare will lead The Foxes out for this one. Leicester’s dream run in the Champions League hit a big roadblock in midweek as they lost 2-1 to Sevilla. Leicester have lost all of their last 3 Premier League games and I don’t see that getting any better for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Liverpool win 3-0.

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