This is a defining Premier league weekend for the team at the bottom of the table. While at the top the main questions are could Chelsea be more lucky on Etihad then they were on Old Trafford last week, there are few bottom teams who’s season might be decided this weekend.
Burnley vs Everton
When the Clarets look back at the end of the season they should be satisfied of what they have achieved. A club with limited resources like Burnley are having a very good Premier League campaign. If they win few more games, the’d finish 7th. Everton are always a team who can win a single game against any Premier League team. Unfortunately, under Sam Allardyce they have become very pragmatic in the way they play and therefore are very boring to watch. This is not a good news for one of the historically top six English clubs. I can see Burnley winning this game, but the Toffees can also grab the 3 points.
Leicester City vs Bournemouth
It looks like that Claude Puel feel very comfortable at King Power Stadium and under his guidance the Foxes can become a top 8 team, which means that they would have chances to win another trophy within the next few years, either the League Cup or the FA Cup. Bournemouth will keep their Premier League status for another season which is everything the Cherries could achieve at this time. It is a good fixture for Leicester to win 3 points and I think they will not miss the opportunity.
Leicester to win: 2:1
Southampton vs Stoke City
Unlike the other Premier League teams, the Saints have been selling their best players and within the last three season and somehow they have always managed to get results. This only because they have many good players and have always managed to find good replacements for those who left. This season has bee a troublesome for them so far, but I think that they will find a way to win enough points and to keep their place in the Premier League.
Stoke City have bought some very talented players within the last few years, just to assemble a very average team to of them. It looks to me that they are going to get relegated, simply because all other teams above them in the table play better football that the Potters do.
Swansea vs West Ham
Swans have been playing attacking football ever since they have been promoted to the Premier League. It is good to watch their games, because unlike many other bottom table sides, they like to play with the ball and to attack. For that reason I really want them to stay in the English top flight. In order to do that they should win game like this one agains Hammers.
David Moyes improved West Ham a bit, at least they will avoid being relegated. His West Ham side is good enough to win against any team excluding the top 6 ones. The Hammers are going to the Liberty Stadium to get all the points and it will be very hard for Swansea.
Tottenham vs Huddersfield
In theory, in any other stage of the season Dave Wagner’s Terries could win on their visit to Wembley. However, Spurs are really focused at the moment as they have a chance to finish second and they want to be in the Champions League next season. SO it Looks to me that Huddersfield will loose this game.
Tottenham to win: 3:1
Watford vs West Bromwich Albion
West from are going down and only a win at Vicarage Road could possible prevent them playing the the Championship next season. Nothing went as the Baggies wanted this season. They have been unlucky even in the January transfer market. Alan Pardew has bought Daniel Sturridge, who is obviously not a striker to play for a team who fights to avoid relegation. On top of that Sturridge got injured again.
This game would look like a West From team, if Watford owners weren’t one of those who would sack their manager for loosing points in games like this one.
Watford to win: 3:1
Liverpool vs Newcastle
It will be emotional return for Rafael Benitez to a club he has managed to keep among the best in the game. Shouldn’t he led Reds to the memorable Champions League winner in 2005 and then to another Champions League final in 2007, Liverpool would be a second tier club in Europe and in the Premier League. Now Benitez is tasked to buy time for another important English club – Newcastle. He is doing a great job at St. James’s Park, despite the very limited financial resources the Magpies have.
This should be a win for Liverpool, but you never know with Rafael Benitez managed teams. The Liverpool fans will be happy to see Rafa at Anfield again, but would be a little bit worried that he might prevent Liverpool from winning this game. I think that Liverpool would still win it, but it is going to be a hard one.
Liverpool to win: 2:0
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal
I don’t know what to think about Arsenal. They are still good team who can play a quality football, but they do not score and it looks easy for any Premier League to score and eventually win against them. The Gunners looks like a Mess Ozil team – a lot of talent, not determination. Brighton are just the opposite. They don’t have a lot of quality players, but work hard as a team and fight for every ball. I saw that many fancied Brighton to win, but it is still Arsenal they welcome at the Falmer Stadium.
Manchester City vs Chelsea
It would an easy choice to project another win for the Pep Guardiola’s side. However, I think that Chelsea have a lot to play for and they are still a very good side. There is no need to analyze how both teams play as everyone knows that. Chelsea usually stay a little deeper and try to play on counter attack. However, I don’t think that this would be the case against City. The Antonio Conte’s team will try to keep the ball as much as possible and to prevent Man City from attacking. Is it interesting whether Chelsea will be able to stop the Sky Blues on the flanks.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
Palace need at least a point to make sure that they will keep progressing towards saving their Premier League status. They aren’t a bad team, but unfortunately Manchester United are too good for them. It is not going to be an easy win for United, but there aren’t easy games at this stage of he season.
Manchester United to win: 1:3