The Premier League returns this weekend after the FA Cup quarter-finals took over last weekend and all 20 teams will play in what is another pivotal gameweek. It starts with Crystal Palace against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday lunchtime and ends with Liverpool and Swansea on Monday night, while there is lots to look forward to in between.
It is now down to a member of the MLSGB team to try and correctly call the results of all ten games. Last time out Lewis Addley predicted four perfect results from the eight games in a good showing and now it’s time for Jamie Ives to try and better that. So here are this week’s predictions:
Saturday, March 14 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers (12:45)Embed from Getty Images
Palace is the stronger of the two sides this year. Alan Pardew has instilled confidence into the side and they look like they will avoid the drop. It’s hard to see them being beaten at home by a struggling QPR. Home win.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 QPR
Leicester City vs. Hull CityEmbed from Getty Images
Leicester are the most unfortunate side in the league and thats probably why they still lie at the foot of the table. Hull at home is a winnable fixture for the Foxes but Hull have only lost one of their last five. Score draw.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Hull City
Sunderland vs. Aston VillaEmbed from Getty Images
Sunderland and Villa will both see this as a must win but form suggests that Villa will edge it. Having won twice on the bounce against West Brom in the league and FA Cup respectively, I expect them to continue winning under new boss Tim Sherwood.
Prediction: Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke CityEmbed from Getty Images
As stated before, two losses on the bounce to rivals Aston Villa will see West Brom gunning for revenge. However, Stoke are a tough team to beat and that’s proved by their position in the table in eighth. A score draw seems most likely.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Stoke City
Arsenal vs. West HamEmbed from Getty Images
Arsenal have been excellent at home this season, winning their last seven at the Emirates. I’m not expecting that to change, providing Arsene Wenger doesn’t rest anyone for the Champions League trip to Monaco in the week. Home win looks inevitable.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
Burnley vs. Manchester City (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
With Manchester City facing Champions League elimination this week, this is a must win game. They are already five points off leaders Chelsea and if that gap increases they can write off the title. Burnley need to pick up points as well, but I expect City to take the points here.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester City
Sunday, March 15
Chelsea vs. Southampton (13:30)Embed from Getty Images
The two best defences in the league go toe-to-toe on Sunday so this should be low scoring. Chelsea’s dramatic midweek Champions League exit means they can prioritise the league now. Home win for the league leaders.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
United come into this off the dismal display at home to Arsenal, which saw them exit the FA Cup last Monday. Without key players like Robin Van Persie and Angel Di Maria, I see Spurs as favourites. They have won at Old Trafford the past two seasons and that although this one is hard to call, I’m going with an away win.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham
Everton vs. Newcastle United (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
Everton’s Europa League hangover curse could be in full effect once again. It seems like their European success has come at a price this season. But I cant see them losing at home to Newcastle this week. Score draw at Goodison Park.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Monday, March 16
Swansea City vs. Liverpool (20:00)Embed from Getty Images
The final game of the weekend sees the team of the moment, Liverpool go to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea. The Reds looked strong in their win against Man City two weeks ago they should see this as a routine win. Swansea have little to play for and Liverpool need the points as they chase Champions League football once again.
Prediction: Swansea 0-2 Liverpool