As the end of the season draws near, the drama at either end of the table is set to continue this weekend and so it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to turn to the crystal ball. This week Jamie Ives takes a look the fixtures and gives his opinion on how they will unfold.
Chelsea play Manchester United in this weekend’s standout Premier League game, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa are taking part in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley, so they will not play this week. QPR, Sunderland and Hull are also out of action as a result.
But there are still six games to enjoy and after Ben Ashton correctly predicted the outcome of six games with one perfect score last weekend, it’s time for Jamie to give his calls on where he sees the games going this weekend.
Saturday, April 18th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)
Stoke City vs. SouthamptonEmbed from Getty Images
With Southampton still pushing for a Champions League place it is important that Ronald Koeman’s team keep in touch with the pack.
Stoke have arguably nothing left to play for and that’s why I see Southampton edging this one.
Prediction: Stoke 1-2 Southampton
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich AlbionEmbed from Getty Images
Palace have looked like a team possessed under Alan Pardew, and their front three of Wilfried Zaha, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie have fired them onto a winning run of four now.
Tony Pulis’ West Brom have been dreadful recently, having lost three on the bounce, and I see form winning this one. Palace comfortable winners.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom
Everton vs. BurnleyEmbed from Getty Images
Everton have been a different side since crashing out of Europe and have all but guaranteed top-flight football next season despite some relegation whispers.
Burnley however, are picking up points here or there but aren’t doing enough to stay up so far. I think they could nick this one, however as the race for survival looks to take another twist.
Prediction: Everton 0-1 Burnley
Leicester City vs. Swansea City
Embed from Getty ImagesLeicester are in my opinion the unluckiest team in the Premier League this year, having played so well without getting enough points.
Swansea have been brilliant and even with the loss of Wilfried Bony, have produced results. Score draw at the King Power Stadium for me, not that it will help the Foxes too much.
Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Swansea
Chelsea vs. Manchester United (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
The hardest one to call this weekend. Man United have been sensational recently and Chelsea have been excellent at home so this is little to separate these two rivals.
A score draw seems fair but this one could go either way.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
Sunday, April 19th
Manchester City vs. West Ham United (13:30)Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City are the team everyone is talking about and for all the wrong reasons. Last Sunday’s derby defeat has all but sealed Manuel Pellegrini’s fate as the Citizens look set to finish way behind Chelsea.
With Sam Allardyce also being linked with a departure from his post, both sides need a win. I’m saying a City win in a high-pressure game.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Ham
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
The final game this weekend sees two teams who have not delivered sufficiently lately go head-to-head, with both having lost last weekend. Newcastle have looked lost under John Carver and need some fresh faces but still need to see the season out.
Spurs have all but lost the battle for a Champions League spot after defeat at home to Villa last weekend, but they should win easily on Sunday against a Magpies side that look lifeless.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Spurs