Another intriguing round of fixtures in the Premier League will guarantee plenty of action. There are only eight games this weekend as Chelsea and Spurs will take part in the League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
Last weekend, Louis East correctly predicted three results with no correct scores in a difficult week. Lewis Addley turns to the crystal ball as he tries to correctly call all eight of this weekend’s games.
Saturday, February 28th (all kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace (12:45)
A London derby which shouldn’t disappoint. Both sides have been scoring and conceding goals frequently this season. Neither side can afford a slip up with the Hammers chasing European football and Crystal Palace just five points above the relegation zone. As we are now at the stage where every game is pivotal we could be in for a treat.
Prediction: West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Swansea City
Burnley will be feeling good ahead of this game after their well earned 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend. We can expect a tight, cagey affair with the Swans needing Bafetimbi Gomis to start filling the void left by the departure of Wilfried Bony. Burnley have to start picking up points consistently now to avoid the drop as they sit in the relegation zone with just 22 points.
Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Swansea City
Manchester United vs. Sunderland
Manchester United have to finish in the top four at least for their season not to be claimed a failure, and after last week’s shock 2-1 loss to Swansea City they have to bounce back here. The Red Devils currently sit 4th in the table on 47 points, just one behind Arsenal, and they are in a strong position. Sunderland have only four wins all season and manager Gus Poyet has come in for some criticism from the fans of late. This should be a routine United win.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa
The appointment of Tim Sherwood at Villa looks like a final attempt to save them from the drop. Sitting second bottom on just 22 points, the task is looking nearly impossible to save them. With just 13 goals in the league this season Villa are the league’s lowest scorers and they only have four away from home. Newcastle have to bounce back after their 5-0 drubbing away at Manchester City. A tight game to be settled by the single goal.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
Stoke City vs. Hull City
Ten points is the difference between these two sides. Stoke have played some solid football this season and come into the game off the back of last weekends 2-1 away win at Aston Villa. Hull City have won their last two and should survive the drop, but will need to be at their best to take points in this game.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton
Champions League chasing Southampton will need to win the majority of their games in an incredibly tight race for the top four spots if they are to play in Europe’s elite competition next year. They will be disappointed with last weekend’s 2-0 home loss against Liverpool. West Brom have been performing well since the return of Tony Pulis, who has steadied the ship. The Saints should be winning this game in a tough fixture.
Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Southampton
Sunday, March 1st
Liverpool vs. Manchester City (12:00)
Liverpool will be tired after their European adventure was ended by Besiktas in Turkey on Thursday after extra-time as they lost on penalties. Manchester City also struggled in Europe this week against Spanish giants Barcelona, but can close the gap on Chelsea to just two points as they play in the League Cup final. This fixture is always jam packed with action and a certain Mario Balotelli will want to damage his former side’s title charge with another goal as he has found some form of late.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-3 Manchester City
Arsenal vs Everton (16:05)
Arsenal were run ragged by Monaco midweek while Everton were the only English side to win in this respective round of European football across both competitions. Arsene Wenger needs his side to respond and please fans as their season is entering a real crunch period. Roberto Martinez’s men will fancy their chances and will feel they could have the upper hand despite a very poor season as far as they’re concerned.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Everton
What do you think will happen in Gameweek 27 in the Premier League?