It is a bid weekend both for the teams at the top and those at the bottom of the table. Manchester United welcome Liverpool in a battle for the second place, while Newcastle play game against Southampton in a game which would decide who’s going down.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
I think that Liverpool are the better side this season as they play exciting offensive football. In the second part of the season they have managed to improve their defensive performances and the Reds looks much more stable now. The front three Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah can open any defence and score against any team. Liverpool aren’t that in the midfield, however. There is still a lot of room for improvement there.
United looks like a very balanced team but they look very predictable despite having top players in their squad. If Mourinho wants to win this game and to finish second, his side needs to be much more aggressive and unpredictable.
Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion
It didn’t took a long time for Sam Allardyce to turn Everton – one of the historically top 6 English teams – into a Sam Allardyce side. The Toffees do not play well under their current manager, but what is more important, they don’t get results as well. On paper, they should win this home fixture against Brighton. However the Seagulls are a good side and I would not be surprised if they grab a point of even three at Goodison Park. Still, it is time for Everton to win a game.
Everton to win: 2:1
Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City
Both the Terriers and the Swans need to get 3 points from this fixture and i think that both team will play to win it. Both deserve to be in the Premier League next season and this game looks unpredictable to me. Swansea are more experienced team, but Huddersfield look very good in the Premier League this season, despite being newcomers.
Newcastle United vs Southampton
Southampton are capable of drawing or even winning this game, but I think that Newcastle will win it. The Magpies play a very good football and considering the very limited financial resources that Rafa Benitez has bee given to buy players, he has done a great job. I think if there is a new club owners who back Benitez, Newcastle could finish easily in the top 8 next season.
Southampton have been having a strong teams within the last 3 seasons despite the constant change of their managers and selling their best players. However, it looks like the way that the club is managed, has brought troubling times to the Saints and they’ll need to work very hard to keep their Premier League status.
Newcastle to win: 2:1
West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City
West From seem to be doomed and I think that Leicester will win on their visit to The Hawthorns. The Baggies are total mess and they will need to revamp the whole squad next year in the EFL Championship.
Leicester is a good team and Claude Puel could even improve them next season. With few good transfers, they will be a genuine top 6 contender next season.
Leicester to win: 1:2
West Ham United vs Burnley
Unlike the Baggies, the Hammers will not get relegated this season, but they would either back the David Moyes philosophy and give him the players he needs or to replace him. The problem with West Ham is that they have fantastic supporters and after moving to the London stadium the plan was the Hammers to become the next big thing in the Premier League. Things aren’t going by the plan, however. West Ham are involved in the relegation battle.
Burnley have been enjoying this Premier League season and I think there are still a lot of points for them to win, starting at London stadium.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
I don’t think that Chelsea can avoid another slip and they should grab all the points this weekend. There’s no comparison between them and Crystal Palace, who haven’t managed to get anything from their home game against Manchester United last weekend, despite that by halftime they have been leading by 2:0.
Chelsea need to win to boost their confidence and are capable of winning this fixture.
Chelsea to win: 3:1
Arsenal vs Watford
This is a game that Arsenal should win on he back of a good result against Milan in San Siro. The Gunners welcome a very good Watford side, however. So, if they don’t put a strong performance it would be another weekend full of frustration for the Arsenal side. There one thing that the Gunners should have in mind, however. Arsenal needs to focus on UEFA Europa League, having lost the chances to qualify for the Champions League through a top 4 finish in the domestic league. So, now it is time for Wenger to be brave and to give chances to more young players in the Premier League. It would pay off next season.
Arsenal to win: 2:1
AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have been taught a lesson by Juventus during the Midweek. At some point after Spurs opened the scoresheet, they look like a Champions League quarter-finalist. It looked like that their players thought they have done the job and they got it all wrong. If any team have allowed themselves to think that they have eliminated Juventus from a tournament with 30 minutes to go, they deserve what happened to Spurs.
Now, the only thing that Mauricio Pochettino’s men could do is to show that they are angry and determined to finish is high as possible in the Premier League, which means second, third or fourth. Spurs are 4 points short of the second place at the moment and 3 points won at Dean Court, would be a good response.
Bournemouth still need to win at least 8 points to keep their Premier League status and they will try to get 3 against a Spurs side who might not be that confident. This would end up as draw.
Stoke City vs Manchester City
I would be surprised if Stock City get anything out of this game. It is not like that they could not surprise City, but it looks to me that the Pep Guardiola’s player want to secure the Premier League title as soon as possible and I don’t see how this Stoke side could stop them.
Man City to win: 1:3