It’s all to play this weekend as it feels like the make or break moment for the clubs aim for different things. With Spurs taking on Man City (again), Everton welcoming Man United to the Goodison Park, we sure have massive games this weekend as we gear towards the end of the season. Here is my preview on the ten games of the first part of the Double Game week.
Manchester City vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm).
City now have to win this game, don’t they? After Wednesday’s events, the scenarios are changed already. Man City will certainly want to win the league now more than before. They also know it will require winning all five games they have left, there’s zero room to drop even a point. Spurs also know they still have to finish in the top four because being in the semis of the UCL doesn’t mean you’ve won it, things can still go south. I just think they will be a little short on strength than on Wednesday which will allow Man City take the win. I don’t think the blue side will be as open as they were in the last game especially if Fernandinho returns to the side. I’m aware to the fact that Spurs could spring another surprise here and I don’t want to completely dismiss them but even if Pep rotates here, they will still have more quality to win the game.
Prediction: Man City to win 2:1. (Sterling to score).
Bournemouth vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm).
I think Fulham had one of the most surprising result last week. They had a good day beating an in-form Everton and also keeping a clean sheet. Bournemouth beat Brighton by five goals too, that’s remarkable. I expect Bournemouth to continue that way here regardless of Fulham’s last week result. The cottagers have an awful away record. I also think there will be a couple of goals too.
Prediction: Bournemouth to win 3:1. (Wilson to score).
Huddersfield vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm).
I think Watford could have gotten a result against Arsenal on Monday, you won’t notice they were 10 men for the most of the game with the way they played. The goal they conceded was such a bad goal to give away. With the aim of finishing as high as possible still in mind, I think they will do well against Huddersfield even without their skipper Troy Deeney. If Huddersfield really sets themselves well and go for it, they could take something from the game, otherwise it’s an away win here for me.
Prediction: Watford to win 1:0. (Gray to score).
West Ham vs Leicester City (Saturday, 3pm).
Leicester losing last week show they play better when teams try to have a go at them, it gives them the chance to play on the counter which they are more suited to. Newcastle didn’t give them that game, West Ham most likely will. The Hammers will be more opened and it could cost them. On the flip side, if they play as good as they did at Old Trafford last week and they take their chances, they could win. Both teams are also trying to end in the seventh spot, a win here would help either of them and I feel the home side would win to snap their recent embarrassing form.
Prediction: West Ham to win 2:1. (Antonio to score).
Wolves vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm).
Brighton have to pull together now and pump some confidence into themselves. It’s never easy in the fight to staying up in the Premier League because every loss counts and every game now is a cup final for them. Wolves will mostly likely make it harder for them this weekend at the Molineux. Wolves are also in the hunt for a 7th placed finish and they know they also can’t drop points. If the Seagulls can rally round and go for it, they might be able to get something but I think it will be difficult.
Prediction: Wolves to win 2-0. (Jota to score).
Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday, 5:30pm).
These teams know one more win will surely guarantee them another season in the Premier League. So, I think they’ll both go for it with little or no pressure. I expect Newcastle to be more expansive than normal here which might allow Southampton grab something from the game. This will be good game to watch and I’ll give the home side the win here.
Prediction: Newcastle to win 2:1. (Rondon to score).
Everton vs Manchester United (Sunday, 1:30pm).
Everton were starting to look the part and then went to Fulham to get beaten, shocking. They will be comforted with the fact that the United team they are facing now are not in great shape either. United really doesn’t have the luxury of the Merseyside’s inconsistency. They have to win every game to ensure a place in the UCL next year. Goodison is really a hard place to go and I’m not convinced either team will get the three points.
Prediction: 1-1 Draw. (Richarlison to score).
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4pm).
Palace will try and pose a threat to Arsenal’s top four bid this weekend. Although the Gunners were a bit poor in their against Watford last week, they still managed to win, games like that help the course. They must continue with their good home form and get the win here as their top four chances are still in their hands. It’s a must win game for Arsenal and I think they will.
Prediction: Arsenal to win 2-0. (Lacazette to score).
Cardiff vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm).
Cardiff needs points to stay in the league, Liverpool needs points to win the league. What a contrast in needs. I think Liverpool will take all the points here though. Cardiff might not make all that easy because they are usually tough to play at home. It was a massive win for them at Brighton during midweek but they will want to quickly get this match out of the way so they can focus on getting points in realistic games.
Prediction: Liverpool to win 2:0. (Salah to score).
Chelsea vs Burnley (Monday, 8pm).
The blues are also seeking for a place in the top four spots. This game looks like a routine win but could be harder than expected especially if Burnley decides to have a go. Chelsea know they have to keep getting these three points to achieve their aim even if they have the Europa League win option to get into the Champions League next year.
Prediction: Chelsea to win 2:0. (Higuain to score).
So there you have it, what are your thoughts? Kindly leave your feedback in the comments and don’t forget to share & subscribe.