A full weekend of Premier League action means it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.
Last weekend saw Jamie Ives predict the correct result in two of the seven matches with one perfect score prediction.
It’s time for Lewis Addley to have a go and unravelling Gameweek 34’s action, as drama at either end of the Premier League table is set to continue this week.
Saturday, April 25th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:45)
Both these sides are still chasing a Champions League spot. The Saints have been solid at home this season and narrowly lost the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane. With just a point separating the sides in 6th and 7th, neither can afford to lose any ground in their push for Europe’s top competition.
Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley vs. Leicester City
Arguably the most important fixture of the weekend as these two will slog it out in their ongoing relegation battle.
Burnley are at the foot of the table, while Leicester are two points above in 18th, and a win for either of these sides would be a huge step towards safety.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull City
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Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United
The first of two London derbies this weekend. Sam Allardyce has done a fine job of keeping West Ham in mid-table this season and will be expecting another tough game this weekend. QPR are in the relegation slog and sit 19th, so Chris Ramsey needs his side to take all three points here. Loftus Road is never an easy place to go and this one could be fiery with so much at stake for The R’s.
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Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion vs. LiverpoolEmbed from Getty Images
West Brom look as if they have done enough to retain their Premier League status for next season. This game has far more importance for Liverpool and after their disappointing FA Cup semi-final performance last weekend at Wembley they have to keep the pressure on Manchester City in fourth if they stand any chance of playing Champions League football next season.
Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Liverpool
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (17:30)
Tim Sherwood has bought Villa back from the dead this season and has now guided them to the FA Cup final, which nobody would have predicted. He clearly has the dressing room behind him and looks as if he should keep this side up. By stark contrast, Manuel Pellegrini’s season has gone from bad to worse. His City side are now fighting to keep a Champions League place when they should be fighting for the title. Although this should be a City win it could be the surprise result of the weekend.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Vila
Sunday, April 26th
Everton vs. Manchester United (13:30)
Manchester United could finish the weekend in second place if Sunday afternoon’s game between Arsenal and Chelsea goes their way. Louis Van Gaal has got his side playing well and they will be force next season. Roberto Martinez’s side will be disappointed with their season and finishing mid-table is not what they would have been hoping for. The Europa League was clearly a distraction and we can expect to see a better Everton side again without it next campaign.
Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester United
Arsenal vs. Chelsea (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
This is the standout fixture of the weekend but we can’t be expecting too much from this game. Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger as Chelsea boss and given how defensive his side have been over the last few weeks we can expect them to set up not to lose. Any chance Arsenal have on challenging Chelsea for the title lays on this game, but it looks a little too late.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea