The League returns on Friday when Liverpool entertain Huddersfield, Watford and Wolves lock horns in what will be an FA Cup semi—final replay and then on Sunday United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in a top four showdown! What a weekend of Premier League football awaits, so much to talk about, read on to see what Ryan Liberty thinks…
Liverpool v Huddersfield
Liverpool have been efficient in how they have gone about undoing sides recently; they beat an upbeat Cardiff side 2-0 (dubious might some of the calls have been) and continue to try and apply pressure to City.
I can’t see anything past a comfortable Liverpool win here.
Prediction: 3 – 0
Spurs v West Ham
Spurs left it late this past week, but the fact remains the crucial three points are in the bag. They have had an incredible start to life in their new stadium and for their sake, long may it continue.
I think Mauricio Pochettino rests a couple players here ahead of their Ajax clash on Tuesday, and with the form West Ham are in I think they could afford to. West Ham don’t have much to play for and so I fancy Spurs to just want it more really.
Prediction: 2 – 0
C Palace v Everton
Both sides come into this game on the back of some impressive performances! The Eagles managed to win 3-2 away to Arsenal whilst Everton hammered a toothless United side 4-0. This could either way, but Palace this season seem to perform better away from home. Funny enough only Huddersfield have a worse home record to Roy Hodgson’s men and Everton will want to take advantage of that statistic.
Prediction: 1 – 2
Fulham v Cardiff
I think if I was a Fulham fan, I would be furious with the club, why is it that suddenly they can challenge sides and manage to win football games in the League? All they have to play for is pride and possibly confidence going into the Championship and yet they are producing an almost pseudo-fight.
The Bluebirds are still in with a shout with three games to go and at the time of writing sit just three points adrift from safety. I’m going to back them to bag the three points here.
Prediction: 0 – 1
Southampton v Bournemouth
Southampton fans and players will know that victory here secures their place in the topflight for another here and with that in mind I expect a very clinical performance from the Saints.
Ralph Hasenhuttl can then focus on rebuilding for next season and without any disrespect to what Eddi Howe and Bournemouth have achieved I think the home win is a straightforward selection.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Watford v Wolves
I know all the focus this season is on who will win it between Manchester City and Liverpool but another rather interesting battle is that for 7th place in the League. Watford managed to claim victory when these sides met in the FA Cup, but Wolves are no pushover and will be hungry for revenge.
I’d love to see a really attacking game from both teams and I think that’s exactly what we’ll get on Saturday afternoon.
Prediction: 2 – 2
Brighton v Newcastle
I felt for Brighton in midweek, they defended valiantly and still walked away with nothing after a late goal clinched the win for Spurs. Brighton are now without a win in six games and have failed to find the back of the net in any of those defeats – wow!
Rafa Benitez has guided Newcastle to five wins from their last nine games and I fancy him to make it six wins from 10. I know they haven’t been great on the road but their recent performances give reason to be optimistic of a strong end to their domestic campaign.
Prediction: 0 – 1
Leicester v Arsenal
This could become the most entertaining game on Sunday afternoon. Leicester have had an up and down season thus far and as a result haven’t got much to play for until the season comes to an end. Arsenal on the other hand will be looking to redeem themselves after a shocking midweek performance resulted in them losing 3-1 at Molineux.
I think Arsenal will want to win this more than the home side – and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do – but I think there is great value in going with the home side to get something out of the game. Especially if Jamie Vardy has anything to say about it.
Prediction: 2 – 2
Burnley v Manchester City
Burnley managed to steal a point from Stamford Bridge on Monday and while that draw does extend their unbeaten run to four games, I think it comes to an end on Sunday.
Don’t get me wrong, Burnley have all the makings of causing the upset on their day, I just don’t think they will be able to survive the onslaught that is Manchester City’s attack.
City win this but I don’t think it’s by miles.
Prediction: 0 – 2
Manchester United v Chelsea
United’s poor form continued in midweek as they ‘did their part for world peace’ and prevented City dropping any points. It seems like that memo extended not just to the Red half on Manchester but indeed to the rest of the top four contenders as Chelsea and Arsenal subsequently dropped points in midweek.
I think United will want to give their fans and their Champions League ambitions a reaction this weekend and coupled with the fact that Chelsea have lost all four of their away games to fellow big six sides in the League I think the home win offers much value.
Prediction: 2 – 1