This is the greatest League in the world, and if you don’t believe me take another look at the results from midweek! If that was anything to go by, best prepare for yet more thrills and spills as another round of League action kicks-off on Saturday afternoon!
EGGHEADS is back with their predictions and game previews, read on to see who they are backing…
Tottenham v Newcastle
Spurs came from behind to record another 2-1 victory against a rather upbeat Watford side. The Hornets led for the most part of the game before goals from Son-Heung Min and Fernando Llorente turned the game around for the Coys.
Newcastle will come into this game on the back of an unbelievable result against City; it was a disciplined performance from the Magpies, who now jump to 14thplace in the League. Rafa Benitez – give the man a new contract right now!
Newcastle will be up for the game but I don’t back them when on the road, I think a low-scoring Spurs win is on the cards at Wembley.
Everton v Wolves
Everton have been incredibly inconsistent in recent weeks, I agree they look brilliant at times but overall they’ve been underwhelming. Wolves have been exciting to watch this season and their 3-0 drumming of West Ham was their biggest Premier League win since promotion.
Wolves will definitely have a go at Goodison, but on their patch Everton have been decent. The Toffees have lost just 2 games from 9 at home and whilst Marco Silva will be concerned about his defensive ability, I think they can take something from this one.
Brighton v Watford
I think Brighton has reason to panic a little bit, losing to United and Liverpool aren’t all that serious but a 2-4 reverse to Fulham is disappointing. The Seagulls looked secured in the mid-table places at the turn of the year but they are beginning to tease those relegation places again.
Watford can be disappointed with their Spurs result, of course losing the game wasn’t something entirely unexpected but the manner in which the loss occurred would have disappointed Javi Garcia and their travelling support.
The Hornets have a brilliant attack while Brighton have struggled to keep clean sheets. If you pushed me for a winner I’d go with Watford, but Brighton have enough quality to cause some problems so I’ll settle for a draw.
Chelsea v Huddersfield
Wow! Who saw Bournemouth absolutely manhandle Chelsea coming? That 4-0 hammering was their worst League defeat in 22 years. That defeat was so damaging to their goal difference, that they were replaced in the top 4 by Arsenal.
Nothing seemed to go right for Mauricio Sarri. His new signing Gonzalo Higuin was largely disappointing and was rightfully replaced in the 65thminute. Sarri will want a response from his side, and probably would have played Huddersfield if he could have picked the fixtures himself.
Burnley v Southampton
This is a massive game for both of these sides, they are both flirting with the relegation zone and the outcome here could be pivotal for League survival.
Burnley seem to have steadied the ship, unbeaten in their last 5 League games – they will be full of confidence. They managed to pull off some crucial results against fellow strugglers but points like their 1 at Old Trafford could prove vital come May.
Southampton won’t be a walk in the park though, their newly found attacking threat has seen them only fail to score twice in their last 11 games. The downside, however, is that they conceded in all but 1 of those games and that shaky defence will be given gears once again on Saturday.
C Palace v Fulham
Palace will desperately want to win this game, as a win will put some serious distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Their draw at Southampton was hard-fought but their greatest disappointment will definitely be Willy Zaha’s second yellow card. Their performances without Zaha has been well documented and whether they’ll admit it or not, until they recently beat Leicester, they didn’t win a game for 2 years without Zaha in the team.
What a result for Fulham, 2 goals down at half time before turning it all around in the second 45. I think King Claudio will get his first away win as manager at Fulham come Saturday afternoon.
Cardiff v Bournemouth
Finding a regular route to goal has proved to be a serious issue for Neil Warnock and Cardiff. Their recent 0-0 home draw to Huddersfield really did feel like a wasted opportunity, an opportunity to gain some real traction in the quest for survival.
Bournemouth will be absolutely buzzing after their result against Chelsea and that pacey front line will run ragged against a rather lethargic Cardiff City back 4.
Leicester v Manchester United
Interesting game this one, Leicester put a slight dent in Liverpool’s title challenge at Anfield, holding Jurgen Klopp’s men to a 1-1 draw. Sadio Mane gave the hosts the lead before Harry Maguire levelled the contest just before the end of the half. In all honesty the Foxes could have snatched all 3 points had they been a little more clinical on a very snowy Merseyside pitch.
Is Ole time a thing yet? United rescued a point coming back from 0-2 down to draw the game 2-2 – scoring 2 goals within just 5 minutes. United’s defence is nowhere near where it should be but their attacking threat is very real and the belief they have is very obvious.
I’ll back United to edge a close game.
Manchester City v Arsenal
What a cracking fixture, one that could not only affect the title but also the race for a top 4 finish. City’s faltering grip on their league title loosened slightly with a shock defeat to Rafa’s Newcastle.
I don’t think Pep can have any complaints though, they were beaten by a more tactically disciplined side – simple as that.
Arsenal have been disappointing away from the Emirates. They haven’t won a League game on the road since November; but whilst their performances on a whole have been questionable, they have been consistent in front of goal. I think we are yet to see the best of Alexandre Lacazette and P.E Aubamayang. I just wish they played together as two out and out strikers, as opposed to one of them going out wide…
West Ham v Liverpool
This could turn out to be a rather entertaining fixture, the Hammers will look to put an end to their three-match losing run whilst the Reds will want to get back on course with their Premier League challenge.
West Ham will be low on confidence ahead of the table toppers, but I don’t think Liverpool are indestructible…especially when teams have a bit of a go at them.
Nevertheless, I think Liverpool will have too much quality and (as much as I wouldn’t mind being wrong – for the sake of league excitement of course) subject the home side to yet another loss. A win for Liverpool – at a canter!