The week 34 Premier League matches include an extended set of games for Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, and Hull City to catch them up with the rest of the league. There are also a full set of eight matches being played on Saturday, making for a busy day of soccer watching.
The opening match of the weekend features Southampton hosting Tottenham with one point separating the two teams placed sixth and seventh in the table. Both teams have been struggling for form recently after starting the year hot. It’s difficult to say which team will show up and I’m pegging this one for a draw.
The midday/morning games have quite a few interesting match-ups. I’m expecting plenty of goal to be scored due to the number of teams that are desperate for results. The pick of the day is probably Burnley v Leicester City.
A draw does almost nothing for either team meaning that they should both be going for goals. Burnley has proved to be a difficult opponent at home while Leicester has been good recently with three wins in a row. I’m predicting a draw, but this could very easily go either way.
To be honest, all of these 10:00 kickoffs have something at stake. Crystal Palace could drop Hull into the relegation zone if they can return to their high scoring attack while Stoke could heap more pressure on Sunderland. QPR play host to the struggling West Ham and a win could push them up and out of the drop.
West Brom will be hoping to build on last week’s success, but face a Liverpool team that should be hungry for a win considering their dismal display in the FA Cup semifinal. Likewise, the last match of the day pits the in form Aston Villa against Manchester City in what should be an intriguing game.
|Saturday, April 25|
|7:45ET/12:45GMT||Southampton||1||v||1||Tottenham Hotspur|| 2 – 2
|10:00ET/15:00GMT||Crystal Palace||3||v||1||Hull City||0-1|
|10:00ET/15:00GMT||Newcastle United||0||v||0||Swansea City||2-3|
|10:00ET/15:00GMT||Queens Park Rangers||2||v||1||West Ham United||0-0|
|10:00ET/15:00GMT||West Bromwich Albion||1||v||2||Liverpool||0-0|
|12:30ET/17:30GMT||Man C||2||v||2||Aston Villa||3-2|
|Sunday, April 26|
|11:00ET/17:00GMT||Arsenal||1||v||1||Chelsea|| 0 – 0
|Tuesday, April 28|
|Wednesday, April 29|
With Everton travelling to Manchester United on Sunday to start things off, I’m predicting a return to winning ways for the Red Devils. Both teams have been playing well of late, but United’s attacking threat is deadlier than Everton’s, although they should not be underestimated.
The last match of the weekend will be an interesting one indeed. A win for Chelsea would put them 12 points clear of Arsenal with five matches left for them both and basically guarantee them the title. Arsenal has been in excellent form of late and will make it a good match. In the end I believe that Mourinho’s boring tactics will win out with either a win or draw. Hard to see Arsenal scraping a win, especially considering the fact that Wenger has never beaten Mourinho.
The midweek makeup matches feature Hull v Liverpool and Leicester v Chelsea. Liverpool should be able to win easily enough on Tuesday while Chelsea could have a tough test against Leicester City. Both Leicester and Hull are in dire need of points, but so far, only Leicester has shown the fighting spirit to get those points.
I’m still predicting a Chelsea win on Wednesday, but it will be a difficult one for a team that is looking ever more tired as the matches continue. I would not be at all surprised to see Leicester City walk away with all three points.
That wraps up another week of Premier League predictions and previews. Hopefully they can be of some use to you in setting up your fantasy Premier League teams for the weekend. Make sure you stay up to date with all of your FPL tips and follow on twitter.