Premier League preview MD24
With match day 24 approaching for all 20 Premier league clubs we look ahead to a busy weekend of action where we can sit back and enjoy the action
Brighton V Chelsea
With an early kick off, Chelsea will have the chance to put pressure on Manchester United and Liverpool by going joint second in the table, only behind United on goal difference. However, with three consecutive 0-0 draws will Chelsea really be looking up the table or over their shoulders? Spurs, who are fifth, are only three points off Chelsea and I’m sure Antonio Conte and his men will be prioritising a top four finish. But first they must get back to scoring ways and over come a Brighton side that have been proven tricky to beat at home this season taking 15 points from 11 games.
This is a game that will certainly frustrate Chelsea the longer they don’t score but they should over come this and get back to winning ways, just!
My bet for this one is Chelsea to win and under 2.5 goals (21/10)
Everton V West Brom
You can imagine its been a very long week for an Everton side who simply got outclassed last weekend at Wembley with very little to offer. They still seem to be in trouble despite their mini turn around under Sam Allardyce. But without a win in five league games and only scoring one goal, that is quite simply relegation form. With a few additions though, I think their fortunes can turn around quickly and they can settle for a top 10 finish this year. As for the visitors, Alan Pardew seemed to be a relived man last weekend getting his first win since taking charge of West Brom but they are still under serious pressure of the drop and come 3:00pm on Saturday it will be over 5 months since they last won an away premier league match, again you would think it’s relegation form.
Verdict: I can’t see anything other then an Everton win here. Sam Allardyce knows they need to start picking up points fast, and they will want to keep the fans off their backs. With the addition of a striker, finally, they will be playing with a bit more confidence that they can score goals, and this is the game they can do it in.
My bet here is Everton handicap -1 (4/1)
Leicester v Watford
When these two teams meet, it always seems to be a cracker, ever since that play off semi final second leg match five years ago which will bring back happier memories for Watford I’m sure. But Leicester have had the happier times when they have last met at the King Power Stadium with the 2-1 last season and 3-0 win the season they won the premier league. Too more present times now though and Watford can’t seem to buy a win at the minute after their incredible start Marco Silva and his men must have felt un-stoppable but now I’m sure he is scratching his head praying the next win is just around the corner. Leicester have gone opposite ways, with a fairly poor start to the campaign, Claude Puel has come in and done an incredible job to make them look a really good team once again.
Verdict: here they will be goals and the home side should edge it, just.
My bet is Leicester to win and both teams to score. (13/5)
Arsenal V Palace
Arsenal welcome Roy Hodgson’s men in a tasty London derby this Saturday where all eyes are on Arsene Wenger and the starting XI. You can’t hide away from the speculation around the club about potential protests against Wenger and it seems all the pressure will be on the home side in North London this weekend. Palace will be looking to continue their good current away form, without a defeat in their last 5 away league games and they could also make It 3 wins out of 3 in the league with a win here.
Verdict: I expect Arsenal will get back to winnings as I think the home advantage will play a huge part here, as they seem to struggle more away from home. But with a leaky defence I expect goals at the Emirates this Saturday.
My bet is Arsenal to win and both teams to score (19/10)
West Ham v Bournemouth
Here we have two teams both unbeaten in there last four matches which has really heled them lift away from the danger zone, for now at least. West Ham were impressive last week with a huge win over Huddersfield and you can really start seeing the improvements David Moyes has been working really hard on. Bournemouth deserve a lot of credit for their last outing which piled more misery on Arsenal, but take nothing away from Bournemouth they played well, didn’t panic when behind and really took their chances when needed.
Verdict: I think the fans at the London stadium are in for a treat with this one. I expect goals from both teams and in all honesty, I can’t call a winner.
My bet is over 3.5 goals 13/5
Burnley v Manchester United
Despite surprising us all with an incredible start to the season, Burnley have now come crashing down back to earth and find themselves without a win in 7 matches in all competitions. They seem to be missing Robbie Brady since he had that nasty knee injury, he was a huge part of their early season success. Whereas United have a great opportunity to pile more pressure on their neighbours City, who don’t play until Saturday evening. Jose’s Men looked very comfortable on Monday night where they dominated stoke from start to finish. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do the same here.
Verdict: I think Pogba will once again be a massive influence here and United will simply outclass Burnley here.
My bet for this one is United to win to nil. 13/10
Stoke V Huddersfield
Paul Lambert will have his first game in the dugout since becoming stokes manager here. The appointment didn’t seem to go down too well with some Stoke fans on social media, but all it takes is a few positive results and I’m sure they will be chanting his name. David Wagner’s side will be looking to make sure they don’t make it three consecutive league defeats, but they don’t seem to offer to much going forward at the minute and I think they may need to invest a bit of money in this transfer window if they are going to stay in this division.
Verdict: I wouldn’t get too excited for this one, I just can’t see where the goals will be coming from.
My bet here is correct score 0-0 (15/2)
Manchester City V Newcastle
Now to the Saturday evening fixture where Newcastle could be the first team to beat Manchester City at the Etihad in 13 months. City will know that they need to get back to winning ways to build back some confidence which could have been lost in their recent draw against Crystal Palace and last week’s defeat at Anfield. I think Newcastle could have a go at city early on to try and get an early goal like they did against Manchester United and Chelsea, but they must stay strong at the back and try and keep Debruyne, Aguero and Co quiet which Is close to impossible.
Verdict: I am sure City will get back to winning ways here and fairly comfortably too.
My bet here is Manchester City to win both halves (Evens) (NAP)
Southampton V Tottenham
Struggling Saints welcome Spurs on Sunday with both teams fighting for points at opposite ends of the table. Southampton have struggled this season and Pellegrino is a man under pressure. In the opposition dugout Pochettino will know his side haven’t had the season of dreams so far, but with the champion league and FA Cup still to play they still have a chance to turn it around.
Verdict: I’m not sure this game will be something overly special, but Tottenham should still the business done, piling more pressure on the Southampton boss.
My bet is Tottenham to win to nil (15/8)
Swansea v Liverpool
Carlos Carvahal has given the swans some new belief since taking over and you can’t deny he has got them playing better football. However, they have a huge few weeks facing Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester is not going to be easy for any team let alone the team at the foot of the table. As for Liverpool, what a win at Anfield last Sunday they simply blew Man City away in the five minute spell where they score three goals. For them to be a threat next year they really need to buy one or two signings in the summer and they could go all the way. For this to happen they need to attract new players with the champions league, so the hard work starts now, finish in the top 4 this year and who knows what next year holds?
Verdict: Liverpool will be far to superior here, although there is always a question of Liverpool’s defence and goal keeper, they will be able to score more than the Swans here
My bet for this one is Liverpool to score 3+ goals (5/4)