It looks like that the bottom three of the Premier League would be Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Cardiff City with the latter having chance to go above Southampton in the table. On the top Manchester City have taken the lead and there will be very few chances for Liverpool to reclaim the top spot. The most interesting battle now is the one between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea for a top 4 finish. It looks like Spurs are also now more involved into this group, rather than the two teams who find for the title.
Cristal Palace vs Brighton
Both teams need to continue picking up points to avoid being involved in a relegation battle. Brighton have never looked like they might loose ther Premier League status. It looks like Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff City are simply not good enough and this will make the last 9 games a bit easier for Brighton.
Cristal Palace have already picked up 33 point and need just two more wins to guarantee their top flight status. I think that both teams aren’t under huge pressure and could allow themselves to play a good football.
Crystal Palace to win: 2:1
Cardiff City vs West Ham
I’m very sympathetic to Cardiff City, but unfortunately for them, they have been both unlucky this season and at the same time not very well prepared to keep their place in the Premier League. This does not mean that they cannot beat West Ham and go above Southampton in the table, however.
The Cardiff City’s central defender Sol Bamba is out and this is a bad news for the Bluebirds as he has been one of their best players this season.
Manuel Pellegrini has managed to create a very competitive West Ham team, who can finish at 7th place in the Premier League. If the Hammers continue pick up points, this could be one of their best seasons in the history of the Premier League.
Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Winston Reid are sidelined for the Hammers while Fabian Balbuena and Aaron Cresswell are also doubtful.
West Ham to win: 1:2
Huddersfield vs Bournemouth
This game is a good opportunity for Bournemouth who has recently didn’t play very well against some of the best teams in the league, to show their qualities and to close the gap to top 10. They go to Huddersfield to meet the Terriers team who already knows their fortunes and now play for their pride and for the fans.
The Huddersfield captain Tommy Smith is banned, while Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre, Demeaco Duhaney, Adama Diakhaby and Isaac Mbenza are injured.
Callum Wilson has returned to training and Eddie How might decide to include him into the match day squad. Steve Cook, Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislaus are sidelined for Bournemouth.
Leicester City vs Fulham
Brendan Rogers has been considered as successful manager at Swansea before moving to Liverpool where his wrong tactics and mismanagement of the squad and approach to players, have have cost the Reds the title in season 2013/14. For those who have forgotten, Rogers has moved Steven Gerrard to play as holding midfielder, despite that Gerrard’s best position was to play number 8 in the midfield, to operate between defence and strikers and to control the Liverpool’s game. This is not a mistake made due to ignorance. RigersRogers is well prepared as football coach. this was a mistake a result of overestimating one’s own abilities to manage the game.
Leicester are obviously a bigger club than Swansea and a lesser one than Liverpool, despite that unlike the Red they have won a title in the Premier League era. Rogers will probably be successful there. I think he is off for a good start as Fulham aren’t competitive enough and for that reason are returning to the EFL Championship.
Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey. The club’s talismanic striker Jamie Vardy is fit to play.
Marcus Bettinelli, Alfie Mawson and Andre Schurrle are out for Fulham.
Leicester to win: 3:1
Newcastle United vs Everton
I don’t have the feeling that Everton have been progressing under Marco Silva. Their season have been on ups and downs and they failed to produce consistent performances. For that I think that this season will not be remembered at Goodison Park even if the Toffees manage to finish 7th or 8th at the end of the season.
Newcastle look like they will keep their Premier League place, but the Magpies still need to win 2 or 3 games to ensure they will be in the top-flight next season.
Everton have won on their last two visits to Newcastle by 0:1 and are comfortable playing against the Magpies.
Southampton vs Tottenham
Spurs boss said that Tottenham aren’t obviously ready to win the league if they cannot get 3 points at Burnley when they need them. I looks like that Jurgen Klopp has recently felt the same, so Pochettino isn’t alone. Now his Spurs need to go and play against Southampton side which fights to avoid relegation and even a point would’ve something f for them.
Dele Alli could return to the Tottenham squad. Harry Winks faces a late fitness test while Kieran Trippier isn’t expected to play.
Danny Ings will out for Southampton. Mario Lemina is back in training, but the Spurs visit comes t nearly for him.
Manchester City vs Watford
Watford have conceded 7 goals on their last 3 Premier League visits to Etihad and score only once. The good news for them is that they are now visiting side, because within their last 4 home games against the Man City, the Hornets have conceded 16 goals and scored only 3.
I don’t think that Watford, who are play and offensive entertaining football are expected to get anything out of this visit to Manchester.
Manchester City to win: 3:0
Liverpool vs Burnley
Liverpool haven’t lost their chances to win the title, but they now depend on Manchester City and should hope that the Pep Guardiola’s side will make mistakes. Unlike its who have lost 4 games this season, Liverpool have lost only once. However, their striker’s inability to convert the situation the team creates into goals, have cost them a lot of points – 2 against Leicester City, 2 against West Ham, two against Manchester United and another two against Everton. They needed to pick up only those of those, to stay on top of the table.
Now Reds welcome Burnley who need points to make sure that they will stay in the Premier League. Such Burnley side will be dangerous and very effective as the Sean Dyche’s men will be good to win a point, which will probably end the Liverpool chances to win the Premier League title.
Liverpool to win: 1:0
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
With a game in hand compared to Man United. Arsenal and Tottenham, Chelsea look in a comfortable position to attack the 3rd position in the league. I watched them playing at home against Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday and looked good. Now the Maurizio Sarri’s led side welcome a team who play a very attacking football.
Wolves can ruin the Sunday afternoon for the Blues, if Chelsea choose a wrong tactics against the Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. However, if the Sarri find a way to block Wolves in the midfield while allowing them to attack, Chelsea’s fast strikers could demolish the visitors.
Arsenal vs Manchester United
I don’t know what to think about Arsenal’s loss again Rennes in the Uefa Europa League. Arsenal have conceded 3 goals after opening the scoresheet. Considering their status in the European football they should have either won or drawn this fixture. It looks like Unay Emery has a long way to go to return the Arsenal’s status of a powerhouse in the European football. In the Premier League he is very close to achieve on this target and to return the Gunners into the Top 4.
Arsenal have an unique opportunity to win one of the so called six-pointer games and to go above Manchester United in the league table. There are three main obstacles that Gunners need to overcome, however. Their defence is obviously not good enough, they will be a bit tired as they have played on Thursday evening and on top of that they welcome a vitalized Manchester United team who has just managed to go pass Paris saint-Germain in the Champions League.