Gameweek 35

Manchester City v Spurs, what a way to get the weekend underway. After their incredible Champions League tie the other night, this could be yet another thriller. Elsewhere in the League Everton clash with United whilst Cardiff prepare to battle Liverpool in Wales.

Read on to see what Ryan Liberty thinks…

Manchester City v Spurs 

I know Spurs managed to bring to an end City’s hopes of a quadruple, but I can’t see past a City win here. That Champions League game would have taken a lot out of that Spurs team and they now find themselves in a rather interesting predicament. 

It isn’t every day you get into the final four in Europe’s elite club competition and so surely Spurs rest players come Saturday afternoon? 

Prediction: 3 – 1

Bournemouth v Fulham

What a result for Fulham against Everton last time out, Bournemouth also got a confidence boosting win against Brighton so this should make for a rather interesting game. There isn’t much to play for here other than the club’s pride so I really hope both teams just simply have a go! 

The Cherries have gone a little wayward recently but after giving Eddie Howe a reason to smile away from home they will want to put on a show for their Vitality faithful. 

Prediction: 3 – 1

Huddersfield v Watford

Huddersfield have had a shocker of a season and rightfully find themselves in rock bottom of the table. Although there is no chance of escaping the drop the Terriers will want to go into the Championship with as much confidence as possible. Watford haven’t had the best results recently but I think they should have too much for this Watford side.

Prediction: 1 – 2

West Ham v Leicester 

West Ham will feel hard-done-by after coming away from Old Trafford with nothing to show for it. The Hammers have go their inconsistency to thank for a rather lack lustre season, it isn’t good enough to give a top team a real game on one day and then on the other slump to defeat by the likes of Cardiff. 

Leicester are in brilliant form for the most part, I know they went down to Newcastle last time out but I think you can put a line through that performance and look rather to their improvements under Brendan Rodgers. 

Prediction: 1 – 2

Wolves v Brighton

Although Wolves failed to come away with any points last time out, they will know that 7th place is still within their grasps and with it comes a potential place in Europe next season. Brighton know that this is a must-win game, they are back in the relegation scrap (after just flirting with it) and with Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City still to come in the League, things aren’t looking all that positive. 

Prediction: 2 – 1

Newcastle v Southampton 

Newcastle find themselves in a respectable 15th position coming into this game, and although it wouldn’t be what the club would have wanted prior to the season, it think they can be pleased considering the Magpies failed to win any of their first ten games this season. 

Southampton are another club who has had a rocky season, the Saints have been good on the road but I think Newcastle will want this win more – especially in front of their home fans.

Prediction: 2 – 1

Everton v Manchester United 

United need to win this game if they want to ensure they remain competitive for Champions League places, I’m not incredibly confident they’ll get it if I’m honest but I don’t think it’s over for them either! Some of their results have been somewhat fortunate and its becoming clear that Ole’s honeymoon period is over. 

Everton have been incredibly inconsistent though, one week they are ripping Arsenal apart and the other they are shipping goals against a side who’d forgotten what scoring felt like…

Prediction: 1 – 2

Arsenal v C Palace 

A friend of mine recently tweeted that after Arsenal limped over the line against Watford that they would definitely get top four as the win at Vicarage road would give them the confidence required to kick on…now although I respect the belief, I can’t reconcile myself with his line of thinking.

Arsenal just know how to slip-up against the ‘so-called’ mid-table sides, and whilst I think they will have too much for Palace here I wouldn’t be surprised to them drop points. 

But you’ve got to go with the home win. 

Prediction: 3 – 1

Cardiff v Liverpool

I know that on paper this looks like a straightforward Liverpool win, but after the fight Cardiff showed to get the win against Brighton – keeping their survival hopes alive – you’ve got to believe that they will give Liverpool a game here. 

If Cardiff can keep this game level for a significant period of time, or worse score, Liverpool will feel the pressure and then all of a sudden it becomes exactly the type of game Cardiff want: scrappy – where anything can happen. 

Prediction: 0 – 3

Chelsea v Burnley

I think Chelsea maul Burnley here. The clarets will want to sit really deep in their own half and try and remain compact, but giving a player like Eden Hazard that type of space and time will only end badly…Chelsea win: simple as that. 

Prediction: 3 – 0

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