There are only five Premier League games this weekend due to the FA Cup quarter finals. Watford, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Wolverhampton, Manchester United and Brighton are the Premier League teams to fight for places in the FA semi-finals.
AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United
Three more points will guarantee Newcastle United’s place in the Premier League. Bournemouth have never had any relegation worries are they have been solid enough and played like a team who sits in the middle of the table. However, The Cherries haven’t been at their best in 2019 and Eddie How’s main objective now should be to finish the season in a good form and to win as many games as possible.
Rafael Benitez has managed to improve the Magpies in the second part of the season and to get the best of his squad. Now, Newcastle aren’t playing under stress and I believe that they will put a solid performance against Bournemouth.
Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook are out for Bournemouth, but the Cherries don’t have any new injury worries.
Newcastle will be without captain Jamaal Lascelles (knee), who joins Sean Longstaff and Rob Elliott on the sidelines. However, Ciaran Clark is back in contention.
Burnley vs Leicester City
Burnley’s Steven Defour will not be playing. Aaron Lennon is also unlikely to feature due to a knee problem.
Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton are out for Leicester.
Burnley are only 2 points above Cardiff City and are the most relegation endangered team outside the bottom three. They welcome Leicester City led by the ambitious Brendan Rogers, who knows that if he does not win games, the Thai owners will not keep him at King Power stadium for a long time.
Burnley have won their last two Premier League home games against Leicester and will be looking forward to win another one. The Foxes are a good team and I think that they will get a point at Turf Moor.
West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town
Being a de facto relegated side make Huddersfield unpredictable. Despite that West Ham is a solid team at the moment I would not rule out a draw in this game that Hammers should be winning.
Andy Carroll have and an ankle problem which may end his West Ham injury-plagued carrier. Marko Arnautovic and Fabian Balbuena are about to start after recovering from injury, however.
The long terms injuries Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid are not available for West ham.
Kongolo might be given a start for Huddersfield. Durm is doubtful, while Laurent Depoitre, Adama Diakhaby, Isaac Mbenza, Demeaco Duhaney, Jonathan Hogg and Danny Williams were all still out.
West Ham to win: 3:1
Fulham vs Liverpool
Liverpool are on high after they have knocked out Bayern Munich in the Champions League. After qualifying for the Quarter finals, they have reestablished their claim to return as one of the European football’s powerhouses. However, the Reds are still a work in progress as they are still about to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp. It is a good moment for them to get 3 points and to return at the top of the Premier League.
Like Huddersfield, Fulham is also already a EFL Championship side, which means that they now play only for the fans and will be dangerous against the Reds. I think that Liverpool will win that one, but it will be a tough one.
Liverpool to win: 1:2
Everton vs Chelsea
The Everton’s boss Marco Silva spoke to SkySports and told them that he knows that his team ‘cannot achieve important things without consistency”.
“Everton signed 12 or 13 players last season. This season we signed seven more. Twenty new players. Some of the players signed last season aren’t here now. Twenty months and four coaches also. It’s so many changes for one football club.”
Silva is right. Unfortunately for him there is a problem about mentality at Goodison Park. Everton is one of the traditionally top six English teams, but within the last 20 years the club has loss its status of one of the best in the league. The club needs both to make significant investment in buying players, which the Everton owner in fact did and to change the mentality of the supporters and the players which would be the most difficult thing.
Chelsea have had ups and downs under Maurizio Sarri, but it looks to me that he know what he is doing and we can see that in the UEFA Europa League.
Kurt Zouma is not unavailable to play against his parent club. Phil Jagielka is still not ready to play.
Gonzalo Higuain is available to play for the Blues, but Olivier Giroud might be given a start after scoring a hat-trick in the Europa League clash against Dynamo in Kiev.
Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho and Eden Hazard are expect to play against Everton.
Chelsea to win: 1:2