It’s time once again for the ZiFM Sports weekend football predictions. Before we look at this weekend’s fixtures, let’s take a look at the previous weeks round of action to see how our expert did. If you missed that post, you can read it here.
Our expert was a perfect four out of four when it came to predicting the winners of the FA Cup ties, after taking Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City to win their games. On the flip side, he was he only got two out of four correct predictions correct in the Premier League, after Hull and Everton picked wins in games he bet against them.
With last weeks results in mind, let’s take a look at this weekend’s Premier League action.
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
Arsenal will enter this game with a sense of urgency. They know that a top four spot is no longer guaranteed and will likely come fired up for this game.
Verdict: Arsenal to Win
Crystal Palace v Watford
Crystal Palace will be looking to further themselves from the relegation zone when they take on Watford. The proximity to the bottom three will give them the impetus to win this tie.
Verdict: Crystal Palace to win
Everton v Hull City
Both these teams mucked up our punters predictions last week, so it was almost written the stars that they would face off against each other. Everton are value for money in this game, they’ll have too much fire power for Hull to deal with.
Verdict: Everton to win
Stoke City v Chelsea
This should be a fairly straight forward victory for Chelsea; they have too much momentum to be slowed down by Stoke.
Verdict: Chelsea to win
Sunderland v Burnley
Burnley will look to put last week’s defeat to Liverpool behind them with a win over relegation threatened Sunderland.
Verdict: Burnley to win
West Ham United v Leicester City
West Ham is in the midst of a dry spell that a resurgent Leicester City, fresh off a Champions League victory, will look to exploit.
Verdict: Leicester to win
Bournemouth v Swansea City
Swansea has found a new breath of life since firing Bob Bradley, but they face a difficult task to win away at Bournemouth. The home side have only lost 5 times at home this season, and both team will likely cancel each other out.
Middlesbrough v Manchester United
This match couldn’t have come at a better time for Manchester United. Already without leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović, who serves the second of his three game ban, they will be thankful to face a club in turmoil after Middlesbrough sacked Aitor Karanka. Expect the Red Devils to pick up a much needed win.
Verdict: Manchester United to win
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Tottenham face a stern test against Southampton without leading scorer Harry Kane. While Delli Alli has proven he can help with the scoring burden, this game will probably be a stalemate, since Spurs are missing a key component of their attack.
Manchester City v Liverpool
Liverpool will look to continue their dominant form against top six opposition with a victory over Manchester City. The Citizens are reeling from a midweek Champions League exit, which doesn’t bode well for them going into this game. Expect Liverpool to be the more dominant team.
Verdict: Liverpool to win
Bonus: CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup
Ngezi Platinum v C.R.D Libolo
Platinum did well to get an away goal in Angola, but that likely won’t serve them well, since they have a worrying lack of options going forward. They’ll put up a good fight by Libolo will be to strong to overcome
Verdict: Libolo to win
CAPS United v TP Mazembe
CAPS managed to sucker punch continental powerhouse Mazembe in the first leg by grabbing a 1-1 draw. The Green Machine will need to hold firm in defence if they have any chance of progressing. Mazembe are still heavy favourites, and CAPS will have to be on alert and get an early goal to win the tie.
Verdict: CAPS United to win
Do you think you can beat our expert? Leave your predictions below and have your say!