This weekend there are only six Premier League games as other Manchester United and Tottenham play in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Both The Red Devils and Spurs played in the midweek. Leicester City and Southampton have also clashed in a midweek game.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Manchester United
Leicester City 0 – 0 Southampton
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup Semi-final)
Both teams need to go into a final this season and to win a trophy. This FA Cup semifinal should present us with a classic football clash – the defensive minded football of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United against the offensive minded Tottenham. I have a lot of respect both for Mourinho and for the Red Devils and honestly thing that they are the better team. However, Spurs are not afraid to attack. The Mauricio Pochettino’s side play an exiting football and are a team which entertains the football fans.
Spurs to win: 2:1
West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool
I think that Jurgen Klopp should give a chance to his reserves to prove themselves capable of winning games for the Reds. West From are getting relegated and now their players should prove to the fans and to anyone that the Baggies have been a bit unlucky this season. The reason they got relegated is actually different – it is that the club has not been managed properly and have failed with its recruitment policy.
Liverpool should win this game, at leas on paper, but they do not have enough quality on their bench. At the same time the Reds must focus on their Champions week clash against Roma. So I fancy West Brom to get a point.
Watford vs Crystal Palace
Three points at Vicarage Road would mean that Crystal Palace will stay in the Premier League. Watford, despite playing a good football have had their ups and downs and are still very close to the relegation zone. If we need to compare how both sides play, Watford look to be the better team. However, Crystal Palace look to have momentum and I think they will keep going.
Arsenal vs West Ham United
As Arsene Wenger has announced that he is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, both him and the players have one clear goal – to finish on high. This means Arsenal to win the UEFA Europa League. For that purpose the clash with West Ham is quite insignificant for the Gunners. All they need to do is not to loose it. The Hammers are nota good team this season and that’s way they are close to the relegation zone. They have become a more stable team under David Moyes, but that’s all they were able to achieve. it is a season of survival for them.
The Gunners can afford to rest some players, but their new striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not eligible to play in the EUFA Europe League against Atletico Madrid. So, despite that Wenger considers to play the same side that will face the Spaniards, I think that Aubameyang will start. If he does, that means goals for the Gunners.
Arsenal to win: 2:1
Stoke City vs Burnley
The Premier League and the fans worldwide prepare to say goodbye to team who has never meant to be in the relegation zone, but who fully deserve to play in the Championship next season. Stoke City’s management have made bad judgement and fired a manager who knew how to develop the Potters and how to keep them competitive in the Premier League. Now they will bare the consequences.
Burnley to win: 2:1
Manchester City vs Swansea City
If Swans manage to get a point at Etihad, they will keep their Premier League status. But they could stay up even if they loose against a Manchester City side who will want to celebrate the Premier League title, by entertaining their fans.
Man City to win: 4:1
Everton vs Newcastle United
It is unbelievable that Everton who have splashed a lot of money on players this season and who have always been expected to have a stable defence have recorded so far this season a negative goal difference of -17, while Newcastle who have had various issues in their team, including in their defensive formation are on -7. What’s makes the difference? Well, the answer is that the Toffees are managed by Sam Allardyce, who is experienced and smart, but at the same time an average football manger, while Newcastle have Rafael Benitez who is one of the best in the game. What makes Benitez one of the greatest managers is that he has never been appointed in charge of a football club and given the money that other top football managers have always got. Benitez have always developed his team without being able to splash money and he still have won trophies.
All this will not matter a lot in this particular football game, which Everton could win. I will fancy Newcastle to get a point.