The Premier League is heading towards its finale with each game becoming more important by the day. The weekend’s action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium. The game of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon before Chelsea travel to Hull, while QPR host Everton to conclude a crucial round of fixtures.
It’s down to a member of the MLSGB team to try and correctly call the results of all ten games. Last time out Jamie Ives predicted five correct results, with no perfect scores. Zack Walford puts his neck on the line this week in an attempt to try and predict the outcome of every match. Here are this week’s predictions:
Saturday, March 21 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
Manchester City vs. West Brom (12:45)Embed from Getty Images
West Brom have been defensively sound since Tony Pulis has taken the reigns at The Hawthorns but I expect a backlash from Manchester City after going out to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. But not too many goals will be the difference.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Brom
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester CityEmbed from Getty Images
Leicester have had a lot of lows this season, but one of the few highs for the Foxes was a win at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup earlier in the year. But I expect Tottenham to beat Leicester this time round after their embarrassing display at Old Trafford last time out.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City
Aston Villa vs. Swansea CityEmbed from Getty Images
If Paul Lambert was still in charge, I would say Swansea would grab an easy win, but now Tim Sherwood is at the helm, the Villains have been playing with some confidence. Sherwood has got Christian Benteke scoring as he showed with his double away at Sunderland last weekend. A pacey attack could be too much for the Swans, but I expect a fight from Garry Monk’s men. I am going for a draw.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City
West Ham vs. Sunderland (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
Sunderland have a new head coach in charge with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in after Gus Poyet’s dismissal on Monday. West Ham haven’t quite hit the ground running since the turn of the year, after an excellent start to the season. I think Sunderland will get the charm a new man in charge quite often has and they will earn a vital away win to ease their relegation worries.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Sunderland
Stoke City vs. Crystal PalaceEmbed from Getty Images
Two teams that have looked great since the beginning of January. Stoke have a terrific home record against tough opposition having beaten Arsenal and drawing against Manchester United this year, but have slipped up against teams who are lower than them, including defeats to Leicester and Aston Villa. Crystal Palace have been good away from home in all competitions under Alan Pardew claiming a memorable win against Southampton in the FA Cup and beating West Ham at Upton Park. It’s too hard to call but I reckon Palace will just sneak it.
Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton vs. BurnleyEmbed from Getty Images
Just when you write Burnley off and say they are definitely relegated, they go and grab a draw at Manchester City then draw away at Chelsea. How many teams in the bottom half of the table can say they have done that? Southampton may not be a bridge too far. But a creditable draw last time out for the Saints at Stamford Bridge slowly puts them back in the top four mix. I think Southampton will just knick it.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Burnley
Newcastle vs. ArsenalEmbed from Getty Images
Newcastle haven’t managed to string themselves together since John Carver took over as interim head coach. Arsene Wenger has an impressive record against Newcastle to keep up. Also, Olivier Giroud likes scoring against the Magpies.
Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Arsenal
Sunday, March 21
Liverpool vs. Manchester United (13:30)Embed from Getty Images
One of the biggest fixtures in English football takes place on Sunday afternoon with both teams fighting for top four supremacy. Liverpool are the form team of 2015 and haven’t lost in the Premier League since the defeat at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture back in mid-December. Manchester United are confident after disposing of Tottenham at the weekend and have only picked up four wins away from home this season, which is a relatively poor return for the Champions of two years ago. I think Liverpool will get the better of the Red Devils.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
Hull City vs. Chelsea (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
Both teams are coming off a draw last weekend. For Hull City it’s all about survival and being able to play Premier League football next season, Chelsea have title ambitions. With Hull losing Nikica Jelevic out through injury it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from. I can’t see anything but an away win.
Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea
QPR vs. Everton (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
Queens Park Rangers are in a poor position in the league and Chris Ramsey hasn’t quite steered them to safety as he would have liked. This a fixture he will be hoping to hurt a vulnerable Everton who are coming off a defeat in Ukraine on Thursday night that saw their Europa League dreams dashed and will be looking to bounce back and try and charge up the table after quite frankly an underachieving season for the Toffees. I think QPR will do well to get a draw, but I have to back Everton.
Prediction: QPR 1-3 Everton
What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend?