The fight for the title, the European qualification race and the battle to avoid relegation is hotting up in the Premier League, which means it’s time for a member of the MLSGB team to put their knowledge to the test by predicting the results of all 10 games.
Last time out Zack Walford called four correct results and one exact score. Ben Ashton now has the task of calling what will happen in gameweek 24 of the Premier League.
Saturday, February 7 2015 (all kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal (12:45)
Tottenham and Arsenal are both on a fine run of form going into this crucial North London derby and any result is always a possibility. A draw seems most likely with both sides desperate to avoid defeat, but that could leave the door open for either side to knick a winner. I fancy Arsenal to edge it by a narrow margin.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Arsenal
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
Aston Villa are a club in turmoil as it stands after not scoring in seven of their last eight Premier League games, as well as being torn to pieces by Arsenal last time out. Chelsea are five points clear at the top and I don’t see that gap being bridged this weekend.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
Leicester are rooted to the foot of the table and had a brief three-game run without defeat before losing to Stoke and then Manchester United, which has undone their good work in that spell. Palace seem to have removed themselves from the relegation talk and will be confident of a positive result.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Manchester City vs. Hull City
Manchester City have recorded just one victory from their last five games, so they desperately need a win to get back on track in their hunt to retain the Premier League title. Hull have lost ten of their last 14 games and are struggling to stop the rot. Comfortable home victory.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Hull City
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton
QPR played well in the second-half of their game at Stoke last weekend and can count themselves unlucky not to have got anything from the game. Southampton suffered their first defeat for six games when they lost 1-0 at home to Swansea and need to show that cracks aren’t starting to appear as they aim to cling on to a top-four spot.
Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Southampton
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Swansea will be beaming with confidence after their performance at Southampton last weekend and they stopped a mini-run of four games without a win. Sunderland are at a delicate stage of the season, and their next few results will decide whether or not they face a relegation scrap come the end of the season.
Prediction: Swansea City 1-0 Sunderland
Everton vs. Liverpool (17:30)
The Merseyside derby is always one to look forward to, and normally form goes out of the window in these encounters. However, Everton have been particularly inconsistent this season despite winning at Crystal Palace last weekend. Liverpool are in a great form and that should be the key.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 Liverpool
Sunday, February 8 2015
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion (12:00)
Burnley’s home form will be crucial if they have any hope of surviving, and it’s certainly something they’re capable of. They can’t afford to throw the game away as they did in their last fixture at Turf Moor. West Brom should pick up enough points to keep them safe.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City (14:05)
Both sides will now be full of confidence going into this game after they each recorded three goals and three points last weekend. It should be a tight game and the home advantage could make the difference.
Prediction: Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City
West Ham United vs. Manchester United (16:15)
West Ham have struggled recently with just one win in six and their bid to qualify for European football is fading. Man United’s form on the road isn’t convincing and their win at QPR last weekend was just their third victory away from home this season.
Prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Manchester United
Who will enjoy a successful gameweek 24 in the Premier League?