Every Premier League game now has huge implications for sides at both ends of the table as Swansea and Everton kick the action off on Saturday lunchtime at the Liberty Stadium, while Manchester City face Manchester United in the local derby for the biggest game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
Last time out, Louis East correctly predicted two results and two perfect scores. Now it’s time for Ben Ashton to try and call what the outcome will be of all ten games this week.
Saturday, April 11 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)
Swansea City vs. Everton (12:45)Embed from Getty Images
Swansea and Everton will both be full of confidence coming into the game as the Swans have won two on the bounce, while the Toffees have recorded their best run of the season with three consecutive victories. These are both sides that like to play good football, so we should see goals in an entertaining draw.
Prediction: Swansea City 2-2 Everton
Southampton vs. Hull CityEmbed from Getty Images
Southampton have struggled for goals of late having scored just five from their last nine games, but they have been so solid at the other end of the pitch that it hasn’t been entirely detrimental. This is a massive game for Hull who desperately need every point they can get now in an extremely difficult run-in as they look to avoid the drop – they’ll struggle to get anything out of this one against tough opposition though.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Hull City
Sunderland vs. Crystal PalaceEmbed from Getty Images
Sunderland picked up their first win in nine games last weekend as they beat local rivals Newcastle 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and it also marked the first victory for new boss Dick Advocaat. Crystal Palace have been superb under Pardew and are flying after three straight wins. We should see a tight, hard-fought game in the North-East.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Crystal Palace
Tottenham vs. Aston VillaEmbed from Getty Images
Tim Sherwood returns to White Hart Lane to face his old club with Aston Villa and he may fancy their chances after Tottenham’s abject performance at Burnley last Sunday. Spurs were disappointing and need to bounce back if any small hopes of Champions League qualification are to remain. Villa are still in a huge relegation scrap and they could knick a point here, but it will be tough.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa
West Brom vs. Leicester CityEmbed from Getty Images
Tony Pulis will be furious with his side after they were thrashed by relegation strugglers QPR last weekend. By stark contrast, Nigel Pearson will be over the moon with Leicester’s most recent performance as they picked up a vital three points against West Ham. The Albion should recover to some extent and the Foxes will be confident, but this Midlands derby will probably finish all square.
Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Leicester City
West Ham vs. Stoke CityEmbed from Getty Images
Sam Allardyce is under huge pressure as West Ham’s season has been in freefall since Christmas – the Hammers have only won two of their 14 games from Boxing Day onwards and confidence will have been rocked after defeat to the bottom side last weekend. Stoke have lost three games on the bounce so Mark Hughes will be looking for some sort of response. With no relegation worries or European hopes for either side, it could be a stalemate.
Prediction: West Ham 0-0 Stoke City
Burnley vs. Arsenal (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
Burnley have been playing well this season, but they’ve struggled to score enough goals and that could represent a problem as they come up against the Premier League’s form side when they welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor in the Saturday evening game. The Clarets will make it very tough for the Gunners but Wenger’s men should make it eight wins on the bounce.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Arsenal
Sunday, April 12
QPR vs. Chelsea (13:30)Embed from Getty Images
A trip to Loftus road is a potential banana skin for Chelsea as they look to close in on the Premier League title. The Hoops will be buoyed by their performance at West Brom last weekend as well as an important point in the thriller at Villa Park in midweek. Chelsea will be overwhelming favourites to win this, but their performances haven’t been entirely convincing as they’ve edged out games narrowly – the hallmark of potential champions some would say. It’s one of those games where you have a niggling feeling that it won’t be as easy as some may think and for that reason, I’m going for a draw.
Prediction: QPR 1-1 Chelsea
Manchester United vs. Manchester City (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
It’s the Manchester derby and it’s set to be fascinating. United come into it ahead of their rivals in the table and will fancy their chances of getting at a City side that have really struggled with just four wins from 11. Louis Van Gaal has found a system that’s working for the Red Devils and he will pile more misery on Manuel Pellegrini and his team.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
Monday, April 13
Liverpool vs. Newcastle (20:00)Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool host Newcastle in the Monday night game and it’s just the type of fixture Brendan Rodgers would’ve hoped for after back-to-back Premier League defeats. The Reds will be delighted to have qualified for the FA Cup semi-final after a 1-0 win at Blackburn in the quarter-final replay on Wednesday and they should return to winning ways in the league against a Newcastle side who probably cannot wait for this season to be over after a run of eight games with just one win (D2, L5).
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
What do you think will happen in gameweek 32 of the Premier League season?