Chelsea vs Newcastle
Chelsea has been in good form of late and will seek to solidify themselves in the top four. They will seek to capitalise on their remaining games for 2017, being the only team so far to play all of the top six. Newcastle has been struggling recently but has been a bogey side for Chelsea. Given the form book, Chelsea should run out comfortable winners.
Brighton vs Liverpool
This may seem a straightforward fixture on paper, but Brighton has been solid against top opposition. Liverpool is infamous for letting points slip against smaller teams. They should be able to overcome their recently-promoted opponents though.
Everton vs Huddersfield
Big Sam is back! He will be at home against a Huddersfield team, who got off to a great start but have now been brought back down to earth following a walloping at Arsenal. Everton will seek to build on their massive defeat of West Ham midweek as they seek to do some damage control and rise up the table. With a new manager at the helm, the home team should be favourites.
Leicester City vs Burnley
Burnley has been immense away from home this season. They managed to put behind them their disappointing injury time home loss to Arsenal last weekend by getting an away win midweek against Bournemouth. This fixture should be a draw given Leicester has been on the upward trend since Puel became the manager.
Stoke City vs Swansea
Both strugglers will seek to get points on the board in this fixture to move away from the relegation zone. Stoke being at home should be able to edge the Swans, who are very bad on the road.
Watford vs Tottenham
Spurs has hit a snag in their title challenge that has seen them plummet to seventh in the table. They will face an acid test against a Watford team at home that plays an attacking brand. Still without key defender, Toby Alderweireld, their defensive kinks will be severely tested on the road. In their favour, is that Watford has a penchant for conceding aplenty against better teams. They should edge the home team in a high scoring win.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson has brought some defensive stability to a previously leaky Palace side. They will seek to win against another team with a new manager in West Brom, as Alan Pardew will face his former team. The form book suggests a dull draw from two similarly dull teams with two similarly dull managers.
Arsenal vs Manchester United
The marquee fixture of the round will close out Saturday as two titans collide. In what was once a fixture that would determine who could be potential champions come season’s end, this has now been a battle to secure a top-four place. Nevertheless, this fixture is highly anticipated as two nemeses in Wenger and Mourinho meet. Arsenal has been on a good run, while United has put a bad run behind them. It’s also difficult to predict how both managers will approach this fixture, especially Jose. An anti-climatic draw could be the end result if the expected bus is brought by the latter and parked.
Bournemouth vs Southampton
Two south coast rivals will meet in this fixture. Southampton was a few seconds away from completing a hard-fought draw against champion’s elect Manchester City until a spectacular strike from Raheem Sterling ended those hopes. Bournemouth, having recently escaped the drop zone, will seek not to end up back there as another loss could do. A narrow win for the home team could be the end result.
Manchester City vs West Ham
Joe Hart would have liked to play in this fixture to show Guardiola what he is missing, but alas, being on loan will prevent that happening. It looks an easy fixture on paper and could well play out that way as a rampant City faces a beleaguered West Ham with David Moyes so far not making any difference to their fortunes.
Another look at Ryan’s picks for this week. Good luck!
|Stoke City||Swansea City||2-1|
|Manchester City||West Ham United||4-0|