It’s a vital weekend at the top and bottom of the league with huge games at either end. Can Spurs cling onto the coat tails of a resurgent Arsenal by over turning fellow Champions League hopefuls Chelsea? Can Bolton recover from a nightmare week to drag Blackburn back into the mire? Can Terry Connor’s Wolves stop embarrassing themselves?
Chelsea vs Tottenham
All too often throughout the season we’re pummeled with cliche’s such as “HUGE SIX POINTER” and “MUST WIN GAME”. Unfortunately this fixture does nothing to dispel these over the top summations, in fact it enforces them to such an extent that fans of the London side’s will be feeling the heat themselves as the encounter approaches. The loser of this one could see their season collapse around them. After all, a semi final defeat at the hands of Barcelona won’t do much to appease Roman Abramovich’s men if they find themselves poncing about in the Europa League next season. Prediction: 2-2
Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Arsene Wenger has done a spectacular job over the past few weeks, so good it nearly banishes the memory of his ineptitude prior to his side’s unforeseen hot streak. If the Gunners can keep it going and finish in the coveted top four positions, they’ll have a real chance of re-building the side to the required Arsenal standard come next summer. There’s not much to say about Villa, they are extremely average and have a terrible manager. Prediction: 3-0
Bolton vs Blackburn
Another big one this. Steve Kean has some how turned it around so much that i’m actually starting to believe he might just be a real manager. Bolton on the other hand got a vital if fortunate result at home to QPR a couple of weeks ago, but since that day their fortune has not so much deserted them, but kicked them in the crotch and ran off. It’s been an unbearable week for the Trotters, and this relegation battle could go one of two ways depending on the reaction Owen Coyles men can conjure. Prediction: 1-1
Liverpool vs Wigan
Consistently disappointing and a shadow of their former selves, it’d be one of the games great mysteries if Liverpool were to somehow achieve a domestic double this season. Underwhelming and incoherent going forward, Liverpool find themselves only 3 points above Swansea. Though at times they come through with a half decent display, at home to Everton for example, they all too often stumble against meek opposition when under pressure. Kenny Dalglish stated he didn’t know how to describe his sides 10 minute circus act at Loftus road, and quite frankly I can’t began to describe why he’s one of the safest managers in the league. Are they really any better than last year? Is the £75 million spent on Carroll, Downing and Henderson one of the most ridiculous things to happen to this formerly great club?
The answers to those questions couldn’t be more different. As for Wigan, they’re still within touching distance of achieving one of the most remarkable survival acts in Premier League history. Their squad is littered with awful players, and they can’t score, but they have an extremely loyal and determined manager at the helm. Prediction: 2-1
Norwich vs Wolves
Norwich have been nothing short of brilliant this season. Paul Lambart seems destined for greater things one day, having transformed the likes of Anthony Pilkington, Steve Morison and Grant Holt into top level performers. As for Wolves, one might be inclined to think Terry Connor’s career might just via off into a slightly different direction to his counter parts. His side at this moment are about as useful as Peaches Geldof, hindered by one of the most shambolic defences ever seen at this level. Prediction: 2-0
Sunderland vs QPR
Sunderland are still one of the most in form teams in the league, with fans still loving their side’s post Bruce Boom. QPR’s season looked to be heading for the bin, but a sterling comeback midweek and an undoubtedly talented squad might just turn things around. This game has goals written all over it. Prediction 2-2
Swansea vs Everton
Having seen Swansea quite a lot this season, I had confirm that they really are incredible. They pass the ball better than pretty much anyone in the league, and in Brendon Rodgers they have a level headed and honest manager desperate to continue his side’s meteoric rise. Players such as Sigurdsson and Allen really stick out as top level performers, whilst the likes of Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham continue to improve tremendously. Everton have again done well since the turn of the year, but will be looking to bounch back after two defeats on the spin. Prediction: 1-0
Stoke vs Man City
I’d love to credit Tevez for the manner in which Manchester City overturned Chelsea’s lead mid-week to win 2-1, but I don’t want to. City will prey they have Vincent Kompany available after an ill-timed injury, whilst Stoke will look to get some sort of consistency back in their game. For City however, going to the Britannia knowing you have to win every game from here on in is a huge task. But if Wednesday’s anything to go by, I think they’ve got what it takes to get through it, Tevez or not. Prediction: 0-1
West Brom vs Newcastle
The Baggies good run of form has stuttered in recent weeks, after being well beaten by United and out played by an impotent Wigan side. But they have a good spine to their team, with Roy Hodgson once again proving to scousers everywhere that he isn’t an absolute joke. Newcastle have done well to grind out results recently, even though their form is nowhere near what it was a few months ago. Prediction: 1-1
Man United vs Fulham
Having been humiliated by just about every European opposition they’ve faced, United have continued to dominate on these shores. With the likes of Hernandez, Rooney, Valencia and Young all coming into form at just the right time, you’d be a brave man to bet against them retaining their lead until the seasons end. Depending on which Fulham side show up, this game might be a little tricky. But having won four on the bounce Martin Jol’s men have lost their last two. Prediction: 2-0Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!