Game week Thirty-Four Preview

This gameweek brings games that season defining for most teams. With strong European distractions, let’s how the top six teams will fare as well as all other teams as we approach conclusion to this Premier League season. Here is the preview to the ten games.

Leicester City vs Newcastle United (Friday, 8pm).
With four consecutive wins, the foxes are up to seventh place in the league and a surely on a row. They will welcome Newcastle to the King Power stadium knowing they can make it five wins in five. The Magpies still need a win or two to ensure safety and they have the strength to match Brendan Rodger’s team but I think three points here will be unlikely. They have a poor record on the road and I think it will show here once more.
Prediction: Leicester to win 3:1. (Maddison to score).

Tottenham vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm).
Any team loosing Harry Kane to injury will be affected but Spurs have to pick themselves up. They might not feel the impact on this game but long term, it’s a big blow. With a massive champions league coming during the midweek, it means they have to ensure they seal the points here early. Getting into the top four should also be part of their priorities, so I think they should still give this game their best. They will hope to make it three wins out of three in their new stadium as I don’t see Huddersfield coming close.
Prediction: Spurs to win 3:0. (Son to score).

Brighton vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm).
This is a massive week for Brighton, the two games they’ll play this week will serve as a determinant for them. They have to get a result in at least one of them and hope for favours too. They are probably playing Bournemouth at the right time, the Cherries are out of sorts and they’ve been disappointing in recent weeks, Eddie Howe spoke about how they have to return to basics and play with their identify, if they do that, I think they’ll be able to nick something out of the game. Brighton doesn’t have a good home record and can’t afford for that to continue. I’m going for a draw here and I think there will be goals too.
Prediction: 2-2 Draw. (Murray to score).

Burnley vs Cardiff City (Saturday, 3pm).
I think the Welsh Side are most disadvantaged team in the race against the drop. Massive week for them as well. They have to win the two games to stay up, especially the game against Brighton. The first hurdle anyway is beating Burnley at Turf Moof and this is almost impossible to see. The problem is they are the lowest scoring team away from home, without goals, you don’t win games. Burnley also have to win this to ensure the remain safe and I think they will.
Prediction: Burnley to win 2:0. (Chris Wood to score). 

Fulham vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm).
Everton is another form team currently in the league and I expect them to win again this weekend. Although they are play better at home but if they take that fast tempo and increased urgency to Craven Cottage they should be fine. Fulham are down already and there’s nothing left to play for except for Pride. They’re defending is so poor and it will cost them here again.
Prediction: Everton to win 2:0. (Richarlison to score). 

Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm).
Wolves will really feel undone being 2-0 up with eleven minutes to go and still losing the semi-finals. Southampton also could have been 2-0 up against Liverpool but Shane Long missed the chance, had he scored it, it could have been a different game. It will be interesting to see how Wolves will respond to their disappoint. They usually struggle when they play teams like Southampton and I’ll be siding the Saints to nick a win at home.
Prediction: Southampton to win 2:1 (Ward-Prowse to score).

Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm). 
United were well beaten in midweek and will have to do another unlikely miracle to progress in that competition. It makes this a must win game for them, they simply have to win to give champions league qualification hopes alive. I expect them to get past West Ham who are completely playing uninterested. The Hammers could be tough but United should hold them off.
Prediction: Man United to win 2:1. (Lukaku to score).

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm).
Match looks tricky but could end up being comfortable for Man City. They have to find ways to win early so they can focus on their champions league match on Wednesday. Palace have a poor home record and I maybe don’t see that changing here. They should give the champions a game as they did at the reverse fixture and who knows also give a twist to the title race. I still think City’s quality will carry them through.
Prediction: Man City to win 3:1 (Sterling to score). 

Liverpool vs Chelsea (Sunday, 4:30pm). 
Biggest game of the weekend. This is where Liverpool’s nerves will be tested. They have to get through this game with all the points. Chelsea’s line-up will play a role, if they go with their best team, then we’ll have a much closer game else, it might turn out to be really comfortable for the reds. European distractions could also be a factor but with Liverpool’s aggregate lead and having a little bit of rest, they could have a tad more in the tank than Chelsea. Tough game but I think Liverpool will win.
Prediction: Liverpool to win 2:1. (Mane to score).

Watford vs Arsenal (Monday, 8pm). 
Arsenal’s away form could be their own undoing and cost them a spot in the top four. They have four of their last six games away from home, they really have to do more on the road to ensure champions league qualification via the league. Watford will be buzzing after that spectacular that got them into the FA cup finals. I hope they don’t get carried away and stay switched on to finishing as high as possible in the league. The Europa League game with Napoli coupled with the away woes as said earlier, I think Arsenal might drop points here if Watford get into gear.
Prediction: 1-1 Draw. (Deeney 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.
Hugs, Masco.

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