The Premier League script keeps on being re-written as we head down the final stretch of games. Every game now counts for certain teams; they are either battling relation or scrapping it out for a top four place. As always, it’s time to dole out predictions for this weekend’s games in the world’s most exciting league!
Saturday 8 April
Tottenham v Watford
Tottenham are in the form of their lives at the moment. Many doubted their ability to withstand pressure after leading goal scorer Harry Kane went down to an injury, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been finding a way to win games without him, most notably against Swansea in where they came from behind late on to win the game. This doesn’t bode well for Watford, as Tottenham’s run of form will likely trump anything the hornets have to throw at them.
Verdict: Tottenham to win
West Ham v Swansea City
Both teams will be desperate to pick up point’s following disappointing midweek losses. Swansea have been in the relegation dogfight for most of the season, while West Ham will now be looking over their shoulders with concern. Only five points separate them, with Swansea sitting on the first relegation spot. Expect West Ham to use their home ground advantage to edge their rivals.
Verdict: West Ham to win
Stoke City v Liverpool
Liverpool have had many brilliant moments counteracted with abysmal performances this season. While Wednesday’s draw against bogey team Bournemouth wasn’t exactly abysmal, it did once again shine a light on Liverpool’s poor defensive record, particularly against set pieces. That will be music to Stoke City’s ears, as they’ll be hoping to exploit Liverpool’s weakness. This should a close affair, but the Reds should have more motivation to win, with a top four place at stake with every result.
Verdict: Liverpool to win
West Brom v Southampton
West Brom will still be smarting from a 2-0 defeat to Watford, and they’ll have to pick themselves up quickly as they face a Southampton, who are fresh off a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. As with any Tony Pulis team, expect solid defending form the Baggies, who’ll likey face an onslaught from Soto should they feel like attacking. Both sides may just cancel each other out here.
Middlesbrough v Burnley FC
Middlesbrough just can’t seem to catch a break. Ever since they fired AitorKaranka, the club has tumbled down the table on a one way journey back to the championship. Burnley on the other hand got a much needed win over Stoke in their mid-week fixture, and there should be no reason why they can’t start a winning streak when they visit Middlesbrough.
Verdict: Burnley to win
Manchester City v Hull City
The pressure is now well and truly on as City’s defeat to Chelsea ruled out an unlikely title challenge, to shift the focus back to a top four scrap. They now face a tricky team in Hull City, who ever since they appointed new manager Marco Silva have been picking up points against more favoured teams. However, expect Pep Guardiola’s charges to get maximum points at home, thanks to their latent offensive options.
Verdict: Manchester City to win
Bournemouth v Chelsea
Chelsea march to another premier league title will take them away to Bournemouth, who seem to grow in confidence with each game. Bournemouth fought hard to secure a draw against Liverpool, while Chelsea also showed their mettle with a victory over Manchester City. Chelsea are heavy favourites to win this game, but they should be cautious, because if there’s one thing anyone can take-away from this season, it’s that no one should take Bournemouth lightly.
Verdict: Chelsea to win
Sunday 9 April
Sunderland v Manchester United
This is a make or break tie for both teams. For Sunderland, a defeat should just about all but confirm relegation. For Manchester United, any more dropped points will likely end their chase for a top four finish depending on other results. Goals have been hard to come by for both teams, so expect a fairly low scoring affair, with Manchester United the more likely side to get a result.
Verdict: Manchester United to win
Everton v Leicester City
This game has the potential to be the most exciting game of the weekend. Leicester new found form will have them in a confident mood when they travel to face Everton, who almost narrowly drew 1-1 in their midweek fixture against Manchester United. Mark this down on your to do list this weekend, a must watch for any neutral supporters!
Verdict: Leicester to win
Monday 10 April
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Make no mistake; there pressure that both teams will be facing will be immense. Depending on other results, Crystal Palace could slip further down the table towards the relegation zone, while Arsenal may find themselves watching a top four spot inch further away before the match even begins. Arsenal are the type of team Sam Allardyce loves to go up against, so expect resolute defending and direct football from the home side.
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