The Premier League is back again this weekend and we even have some Friday Night Football. As usual I will offer my predictions and preview the games.
West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur
An interesting clash to start off the weekend’s football with title challengers Spurs visiting the London Stadium. I fully expect Tottenham to keep pace with Chelsea. Tottenham to win 2-0.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
City will be looking to push on with their charge to finish in the UEFA Champions League spots. Big Sam’s men have been pushing away from the relegation zone slowly with their recent form. I fancy Palace to put up a good fight but I fully expect City to take all the points. Manchester City to win 3-1.
AFC Bournemouth vs Stoke City
Bournemouth will be on a real high after confirming the relegation of Sunderland last week and they will be looking to follow up on that. Stoke themselves have been on a mixed run as of late and with Eddie Howe’s side looking to turn a corner, I expect this game to be a very even affair. I predict a 0-0 draw.
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley finally claimed their first away victory of the season last time out and it will surely help that they have one of the best home records in the Premier League as they face a struggling West Brom side. Tony Pulis’ men haven’t won in 4 games and they’re going up against side with a great home record. Burnley win 1-0.
Hull City vs Sunderland
Hull are still fighting for survival in the Premier League meanwhile Sunderland’s relegation was finally confirmed. So this could either be a case of Sunderland have no more pressure on them so they’ll come out flying or we could see a deflated side with no motivation. I feel like with all the pressure now on Hull we’ll see a better Sunderland. Sunderland to win 2-0.
Leicester City vs Watford
The Champions finally returned to winning ways last weekend, and with Watford only having 1 win in their last 4, there is only one way this game can go for me. Watford don’t exactly have a great defence either so this is an easy one for me. Leicester City to win 3-0.
Swansea City vs Everton
Swansea will be on a massive high after last weekend’s events at Old Trafford, rescuing a point in a game they maybe should’ve done a lot better in. They will be looking to capitalise on that momentum and turn last weekend’s draw into a win here this weekend. Everton were on a club record run before being stopped dead in their tracks by Chelsea last weekend. Everton took a pounding last weekend and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond but we have seen many improvements at Swansea since Paul Clement’s appointment. That is why I fancy Swansea to steal it late on. Swansea City to win 1-0.
Liverpool vs Southampton
Following a stunning goal of the season contender from Emre Can on Monday Night Football, Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this one knowing winning all their remaining games will see them back into the UEFA Champions League next season. Southampton are struggling at the moment as they’re without a win in 3 games but Liverpool have won 3 of their last 4 in the League. Southampton will come up against a number of former players in the Liverpool side so in theory they should know how to take them out of the game. Providing Puel gets his tactics right, I can see The Saints taking the points. Southampton win 2-1.
Arsenal vs Manchester United
A huge game for both sides on Super Sunday as both sides are outside of the top 4, sitting 5th & 6th respectively. Arsenal fans as ever are undecided over Arsene Wenger, the FA Cup Semi Final win surely brought some doubters back on side. However, losing the North London Derby is sure to be deemed unacceptable by the vast majority of Arsenal fans. Meanwhile, United are still somehow on this magnificent unbeaten run. Although, almost half of the run is draws you still have to look at it as some form of achievement. Both sides know that a win here will go a long way in helping them break in to the top 4. I feel like Arsenal, aren’t really motivated by Wenger anymore. They seem to play whenever they feel like it. Whereas, Mourinho’s men seem to be galvanised by him, yes they can’t finish games off but they do dig deep and show a spirit reminiscent of the Alex Ferguson years. Manchester United win 2-1.
Chelsea vs Middlesborough
Chelsea know that winning their remain games will help secure the Premier League title in remarkable fashion. At one point, they led by 10 points now its only 4 so they’re constantly watching their backs at Tottenham. Although if results go their way they can ease up some of the pressure this weekend with a win. On the other hand, there is also a lot of pressure on Steve Agnew’s Middlesborough side as failure to win would surely confirm relegation for themselves. It’s going to be a very tense Monday Night Football. I can’t see anybody stopping Chelsea now for the title. Chelsea win 4-1.
Southampton vs Arsenal
A second game for both sides this week, after their massive games on Super Sunday, Southampton and Arsenal go head to head. Both teams will surely be feeling the effects of Super Sunday regardless of the results. I can’t see both managers fielding their absolute best sides either with games coming next weekend also. I have a feeling both sides will cancel each other out so that’s why I can’t pick a winner. 1-1 Draw.