We have all the Premier League sides back in action this weekend after the EFL Cup Final last Sunday.
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth
With United on a high after their EFL Cup victory last weekend you can fully expect them to keep steam rolling the competition given that they’re on this unbelievable unbeaten run which currently stands at 16 Premier League games. Also with home advantage, on their side this should be an easy win for Mourinho’s men. They will no doubt be helped by the fact that Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth haven’t won in their last 6 Premier League games. I think this will be a victory for Manchester United 2-0.
Leicester City vs Hull City
Here we’ve got a massive clash at the bottom of the Premier League. A win for the Champions could see them continue their recent resurgence and put more space between themselves and the relegation zone. However, a win would also massively benefit Hull as the 3 points would see them out of the relegation zone. Last time out, we saw the Leicester of last season who were fiery, won the ball back and hit their opponents with quick counter attacks. I fancy the Champions to continue their turnaround and climb steadily back up the table with a 1-0 victory.
Stoke vs Middlesborough
With Stoke looking to bounce back from the 4-0 hiding at the hands of Tottenham last week, I fear for Aitor Karanka’s men in this one. Boro are the lowest scorers in the league with just 19 goals in 26 games. Mark Hughes will definitely be looking for an improvement after an unacceptable and embarrassing result last weekend. With Boro losing to Palace last weekend, they desperately need the points to pull away from the relegation zone. They do struggle to score but they can also be a tricky side to break down at times. That being said, I think this one is a 1-1 draw.
Swansea vs Burnley
Swansea welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to the Liberty Stadium. Swansea have seen an improvement in form since the arrival of Paul Clement. Whereas, Burnley who’ve been so solid at home at Turf Moor this year have been dreadful on the road. Last time out in the draw with Hull, Burnley picked up only their second away point of the season. Swansea have won 3 of their last 5 games in the Premier League, a run that has seen them move away from the relegation zone. I feel like it’s going to be another tough away day for Clarets fans as Clement’s side look to push on and remain in the Premier League. Swansea win 3-1.
Watford vs Southampton
Southampton will be looking to bounce from their late defeat in the EFL Cup Final last week. The Saints played really well in the Final and were unlucky not to win the Cup. Claude Puel’s men have lost 6 of their last 8 Premier League games and really need to stop this rut before it’s too late. The deadline day signing of Manolo Gabbiadini has surely boosted the team with the Italian in red hot form. Watford on the other hand, have only lost 1 of their last 6 Premier League games. I’m going to go for an away win for Southampton 3-0 & Gabbiadini scores.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace
Palace finally got a win last week albeit their first win in 6. However, beating Middlesborough will surely be a spring board for momentum given they beat another team alongside them in the bottom 3. West Brom on the other hand, have only suffered 1 defeat in their last 6 Premier League games, winning 3 and drawing 2. I fancy The Baggies’ good run to come a halt in this one though as I believe Allerdyce’s team can really push on now that first win is out of the way, Crystal Palace win 2-1.
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Liverpool’s dismal start to 2017 continued last week after they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Leicester. With just the one win in 2017 Jurgen Klopp really needs to turn this run around before the board turn on him just like Leicester did Ranieri. Arsenal aren’t in the best form either, but they certainly have more to show for it than Liverpool do. With this massive encounter taking place at the Emirates, I fancy Wenger’s men to heap further misery onto Liverpool. However, I don’t see Arsenal being able to get a win either I can see this one ending in a 2-2 draw.
Tottenham vs Everton
Fresh off the dismantling of Stoke, Spurs seem to have recovered from their European Nightmare. They currently sit 2nd in the table and are the only team who can realistically attempt to catch Chelsea in my opinion. However, unfortunately for Pochettino’s side, Ronald Koeman’s Everton haven’t lost in 6 games in a run that includes a 4-0 battering of Manchester City. This one is going to be an exciting one for all fans as it pits Harry Kane vs Romelu Lukaku. I think it will come down who has the better goalkeeper and I firmly believe Hugo Lloris is among the top 10 in world football. Tottenham win 4-2.
Sunderland vs Manchester City
The relegation threatened Black Cats led by David Moyes come up against an extremely dangerous Manchester City team managed by Pep Guardiola. City are full of goals lately, how can anybody forget that AS Monaco game. Sunderland sit rock bottom of the Premier League. Sunderland have a terrible recent record against Manchester City losing all five of their last five games. I can’t really see this changing with City looking clinical at the top of the pitch. Manchester City win 4-0.
West Ham vs Chelsea
Title favourites Chelsea take on West Ham in this London Derby. Conte’s runaway leaders hold a 10 point gap over 2nd place Tottenham. So a little slip shouldn’t affect them all that much, which is exactly why I fancy The Hammers to steal a home win in this tie and take all 3 points with a 1-0 victory.