MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 30 – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea to win

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)

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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 City

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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 City

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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)

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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 Palace

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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. Burnley

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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. Arsenal

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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?

 

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MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 29 – Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool to win

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)

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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 City

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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 Villa

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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 City

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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 Ham

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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