As the Premiership season draws ever closer to its conclusion the games become more important than ever, as you’d expect points are desperately needed by clubs at both ends of the table. Here’s my guess at who’ll be enjoying Match of the Day and who’ll be drowning their sorrows.
Arsenal v Chelsea: A vital game in the race for Champions League football. Chelsea are sure to be buoyed be an excellent defensive display in their midweek win over Barcalona, and when Drogba wasn’t on the floor he again showed signs of being somewhere near his best.
I’d expect Chelsea to be forced to rotate a few players after a tough week of fixtures and this could give Arsenal an edge. With the distraction of cup football long gone for the Gunners they should be fresh for this game. I expect a strong reaction to the defeat at Wigan and expect Wenger’s boys to grab the three points and edge closer to a top four finish. Score: 2-1
Aston Villa v Sunderland: Once you look past Villa old boy Ashley Young’s dive Villa were awful, really awful at Old Trafford last week and must put on a better showing in the remaining games this season if their to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.
Sunderland have recently being playing like a team who’s minds are already away on their summer holidays. A dire draw could be on the cards. Score 1-1
Blackburn v Norwich: Blackburn have lost their last five and are hitting another patch of bad form at just the wrong time. Norwich competed well with City for at least the first half last time out and should still be busting with confidence after such an impressive season.
Clearly Blackburn need the points more than Norwich do but I’m struggling to make a case for them to win. Score 0-2
Bolton v Swansea: Having played two less games than most of their relegation rivals Bolton have sunken back into the relegation zone and to beat the drop they need to do one thing and that’s win. Swansea finally ended their recent run of defeats with a win over Bolton’s relegation rivals Blackburn.
Swansea’s pass and move football is likely to be too much for a poor Bolton side. Score: 1-3
Fulham v Wigan: Despite rumours of dressing room unrest Martin Jol’s side are enjoying an excellent season, Clint Dempsey in particular has been superb this season. Lactic’s fans can only dream of where they’d be in the league if their side had produced 36 other performances similar to those against United and Arsenal.
This weekend Wigan face a Fulham side who are very strong at home and will need to reproduce their form of late to get any kind of result. Score: 2-2
Newcastle v Stoke: Newcastle renewed form of late could yet lead the Toon to the Champions League, while Stoke are enjoying yet another successful Premiership campaign. The goals Cisse has brought to The Sports Direct arena since his January move have made a real difference of late, in contrast Stoke’s season is starting to fizzle out.
Newcastle’s push for a Champions League place is not likely to come under threat here. Score: 2-0
QPR v Tottenham: Harry Redknapp will be looking for a strong reaction from his side to their 5-1 battering in the FA Cup, not even the phantom goal could distract from the poor quality of Spurs’ defending.
QPR have Cisse back from suspension to aid their attempts to stay in the top flight, if he manages to stay on the pitch for any length of time he could prove a real threat. However Bale, Modric and Adebayor look tooo much for Hughes side to contain. Score:1-4
Manchester United v Everton: The first of Sunday’s game sees United continue their pursuit of a twentieth league title against an Everton coming off the back of FA Cup disappointment.
The prospect of gaining some kind of revenge over Liverpool by finishing above their local rivals in the league will be a motivating factor for the blue side of Merseyside but this is unlikely to be enough to stop United producing their now typical late run of form. Score: 3-0
Liverpool v West Brom: FA Cup final places are now on the line with each Liverpool performance and that should be enough to spur Dalglish’s men onto a good end of season run. Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Andy Carroll’s weekend winner will be the start of things to come, and a goal at Anfield wouldn’t go a miss for the £35 million man.
Roy Hodgson will be eager for his team to impressive at a ground where his Liverpool team failed to, but even after a decent showing last weekend I still expect them to lose. Score: 2-0
Wolves v Manchester City: Wolves are all but relegated while City are in danger of actually continuing their title challenge despite Mancini suggesting otherwise. Tevez is playing as though he’s never been away and is forming a productive partnership with Aguero.
Wolves have only pride to play for and they’ll be keen to put on a performance for their suffering fans but the class of City will be too much. Score: 4-0Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!