It’s tough at the top and tight at the bottom of the Premier League . With fifteen games to go there are only six points separating the bottom eight teams and all to play for.
Some superb fixtures on offer again this week and hard games top predict as we move towards the business end of the season. Five out of ten last week was ordinary enough but as I said not too easy to get it right here. Anyway here goes.
Spurs v Arsenal
A cracking London derby to get the weekend off to a superb start. These two drew at the Emirates earlier in the season and I’m tempted to go that way again.
Harry Kane has been one of the stories of the season and with him in such form anything is possible for Spurs. Arsenal on the other hand are missing Alexis Sanchez because of injury and that certainly cuts down on their cutting edge. Neither of these sides will win the title but there is a Champions League place up for grabs and that will make this a fixture to watch and enjoy. Arsenal have won five in a row and in great form but Spurs too have been making their own decent headlines. Six games since a home defeat their confidence is high.
I think it will be very close. Draw.
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Who would be an Aston Villa Fan??? Sorry BBC’S Michael McNamee is one of those long suffering people and I expect him to suffer again this weekend. Chelsea are just too good against a side who haven’t scored a goal in six games and who haven’t won a match in eight.
What can you say. Away win.
Manchester City v Hull
I worry for Hull. They have momentum at this stage of the season but its all going the wrong way. They are struggling all over the park and this is not a fixture to get back on track. City have slipped a little and they will be glad to see Yaha Toure back but this is not a game I fell they should have any worries.
Home win with a few to spare.
Leicester v Crystal Palace
If Leicester are to have chance of survival they need to be getting points off teams like Palace. A few weeks back I think you could have confidence in predicting a home win here but now I’m not so sure. Palace have been walking on air since Alan Pardew has arrived and they can do no wrong.
Both do tend to concede goals all the same so this could be a goal rush choice for all the punters. I have changed my mind so many times on this one but I’m going for Alan Pardew to heap more misery on Leicester.
QPR V Southampton
QPR have very few points and now no manager with Tim Sherwood the man tipped to take over from Harry Rednapp. Harry left because of his health he said. I am not convinced. Something happened further on up the food chain at the club. The fact that no one of note was signed in the transfer window says it all.
QPR are a decent side at home and yet in their last three games at Loftus Road they have only taken two points. Forget about the away form. Rubbish. Southampton arrive here after losing at home to Swansea and how that happened no one knows. They should have been out of sight against Swansea but were mugged with a Shelvey goal. Southampton are still a more than decent side and I fancy them to win this fixture.
Swansea v Sunderland
Swansea robbed the points last week at Southampton and now they are facing into a Sunderland side who beat Burnley last time out and then won their Cup replay. They will arrive in Wales in good form. Jermain Defoe got his first goal for the club so they will be looking forward to this clash.
It won’t be pretty on the eye this one but I still think that Swansea are hard to beat at home.
Everton v Liverpool
The last time they met the Merseyside derby finished 3-3. I don’t see a repeat in this one. I expect this to be a close call all the way. Everton despite the win at Palace are still struggling and they cannot afford to lose at home especially against their city rivals.
Daniel Sturridge is back but with him in someone has to lose out. Interesting to see who that is in this one. Liverpool were fortunate in the cup mid week and you just wonder which Liverpool will turn up. I expect it to ne thje normal derby between these two with very little space and loads of attitude on and off the park.
Burnley v West Brom
The first of three games on Super Sunday in the Premiership and all three are hard to call. This will be a very close affair. Both sides lost last week and they will want to get things back on track. Burnley are decent at home but West Brom looked ok in defeat to Spurs. Neither side are brilliant in front of goal and that could be the key to a very tight game dominated by defences.
A draw for me.
Newcastle v Stoke
John Carver has been handed the Newcastle job until the end of the season so he hasn’t too much to lose. Stoke like Newcastle are up and down. Stoke struggle in front of the posts especially away from home and for that reason I’m going for the home side to have the edge.
West Ham v Man United
Quite a game to finish off the weekend. Man United are in the top four but under Van Gaal they just are cutting the mustard if you ask me. They have so many top class players and yet they still struggle under the new man. I just wonder was David Moyes any worse?
Anyway West Ham will relish this game. Sam Allardyce will lump the ball up to Andy Carroll to put the United defence under pressure.
A hard one to predict. Many people will think that United should win but then again how impressive have they been in recent weeks. A tight ground at Upton Park with the fans on your case for the full 90 minutes.
It’s six games since United tasted defeat away from home. I am tempted with that forecast but in the end I have to sit on the fence on this one.