Manchester City are out of the Champions League after Real Madrid’s dramatic comeback on Wednesday, but will that defeat affect their Premier League title chances? Also with so few fixtures remaining in the league, how will the table look come the final day? Now is the time for teams to fight bravely for the top four places and Premier League survival. Below are my predictions for the 10-weekend fixtures.
|Brentford v Southampton||2-1|
|Burnley v Aston Villa||1-1|
|Chelsea v Wolves||2-0|
|Crystal Palace v Watford||1-0|
|Brighton v Man Utd||1-1|
|Liverpool v Tottenham||2-1|
|Arsenal v Leeds||3-0|
|Leicester v Everton||0-1|
|Norwich v West Ham||0-2|
|Man City v Newcastle||3-1|
Brentford v Southampton
Predicting the outcome of this fixture is definitely a tough one.
Both these sides have got 40 points from 35 games and have been inching towards Premier League survival, although they both lost last weekend.
I don’t see either side going down now, but they probably both need another win to be absolutely sure of staying up.
I am going with Brentford to win it here, as Southampton have only won one of their past eight league games. Brentford’s form has been much better and I think the Saints have lost their way a little bit as of late.
My prediction: 1-2
Burnley v Aston Villa
Burnley fully deserved their late comeback to beat Watford last week, which was their third win in a row.
Most people are expecting the Clarets to win this game too, and I’m fully convinced their players will go into it full of confidence.
Since Sean Dyche’s departure, Burnley seem to have been approaching every game as if it is their last chance of survival. For whatever reason, the shackles have come loose, and it just looks like a happy place to be.Embed from Getty Images
Villa got their first win in a while when they beat Norwich last week but still have something to prove to manager Steven Gerrard. There is no way they will roll over at Turf Moor.
I hate to burst their bubble, but I don’t think Burnley will just keep on winning. Even a point would maintain some of their momentum though.
My prediction: 1-1
Chelsea v Wolves
I thought Chelsea were bullied a bit in their defeat by Everton last weekend, which was strange to see. Thomas Tuchel’s side is usually physically strong and difficult to play against, but that was not the case at Goodison Park.
I am expecting this to be a much easier afternoon for the Blues, however. Wolves have lost three games in a row without posing much of a threat, and it appears they have signed off for the season.
My prediction: 2-0
Crystal Palace v Watford
It’s nice that Watford boss Roy Hodgson is going back to Selhurst Park in the week that he has announced this will be his final season in management.
He will get a great reception but it won’t go as far as Crystal Palace allowing him to leave with the points.
The Hornets have lost their past five games and are on the brink of going back down to the Championship. It’s just a matter of when their relegation will be confirmed.
My prediction: 1-0
Brighton v Man United (17:30 BST)
Brighton have had some impressive results this season but they struggle to win at the Amex Stadium – only Norwich and Watford have picked up fewer points than them at home.
Despite this I still reckon they will get a point against United.
However, they are not under any pressure now their hopes of a top-four finish are basically over. They can play with a bit of freedom here, like they did against Brentford on Monday. But they’re form is just so hit and miss and this is the sort of game that they seem to drop points in.
My prediction: 1-1
Liverpool v Tottenham (19:45 BST)
It’s been another great week for Liverpool.
After coming from two goals behind against Villarreal they showed remarkable desire and character to come out in the second half and bounce-back from a superhuman effort from the Spanish side.
Now the Reds have two more cup finals to look forward to this season, and I think they will see off Tottenham too, maintaining their challenge.
An afternoon kick-off under the Anfield lights will help boost the atmosphere, but the main reason I am backing Jurgen Klopp’s side here is due to Spurs unconvincing performances on the road.
This is a big game so I think Spurs will be up for this one, and cause Liverpool’s defence some problems, but not as many as Mohamed Salah & Co will cause them at the other end.
My prediction: 2-1
Arsenal v Leeds (14:00)
By the time they play, Arsenal will know how Tottenham got on at Anfield the previous day and whether a win would send them five points clear of Spurs before the north London derby on Thursday.
Whatever Spurs do, though, Arsenal have just got to look after themselves from here on in. The derby doesn’t matter yet – for now, this game against Leeds is their biggest game this season.
Leeds have also got plenty to play for, because they have been dragged right into the relegation scrap. They certainly haven’t been short of effort since Jesse Marsch took over, but Arsenal showed against West Ham last week they can scrap for the points when they have to.
My prediction: 3-0
Leicester v Everton (14:00)
Leicester have had a difficult season, playing Thursday-Sunday for most of it because of their European involvement, but they have only just dropped out of the top half of the table.
It is injuries to key players that have affected the Foxes the most during this campaign, and that’s the reason they have been so inconsistent.
They don’t have much to play for in the league now, so I just have a feeling Everton will nab the points here, despite having the worst away record in the top flight in 2021-22 with just one win and three draws from 16 games. All Toffees manager Frank Lampard has to do is tell them before kick-off is ‘same as last week’. If they play like they did against Chelsea, they will win this game too.
My prediction: 0-1
Norwich v West Ham (14:00)
Norwich were relegated last week and I strongly believe they will just roll over and get embarrassed in front of their own fans.
West Ham won’t have their strongest team out after Thursday’s Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt, but whatever side David Moyes puts out they will be difficult to beat.
My prediction: 0-2
Manchester City v Newcastle (16:30)
There will be an absolutely cracking atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium for this game.
There is no way the City fans will let their team be down about what happened to them against Real Madrid – plus the title is still at stake and their full focus is on that now.
As good as Newcastle have been to climb into the top-half of the table, there is still a gulf in class between the two teams. I’m expecting City to win comfortably.
My prediction: 3-1
So, what do you make of my predictions this time around? Have I got it absolutely spot on? Or have I been deluded in my viewpoints of the fixtures? Let me know in the comments below!