Would you believe there are only nine weeks left in the 2013-14 Premier League?!? Brings a tear to my eye.
But there’s no time for being sentimental with this stuff. Need to buck up. Be strong. And continue my appalling string of Premier League predictions.
Enjoy the matches!
Hull City v. Manchester City (Sat 8:45am ET on NBCSN; The KC Stadium)
Crashing out of the FA Cup to Wigan and the Champions League to Barcelona have cut down City’s (farfetched) hopes of a quadruple to a (potential) double. But to make that happen the Citizens need to win the Premier League. No easy feat, especially when you’re nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea with three matches in hand.
So expect Pellegrini’s side to be all business come Saturday morning. Deepest sympathies, Hull.
Hull City 1 Manchester City 4
Everton v. Cardiff City (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; Goodison Park)
Everton is playing for its Europa League life. Cardiff is playing for its Premier League life. The motivation favors the (red) Bluebirds but the football favors the Toffees.
Everton 3 Cardiff City 0
Fulham v. Newcastle United (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; Craven Cottage)
Last placed and four points adrift of safety, it’s make-it-or-break it time for Fulham. Fortunately none of the squad will have to worry about being head-butted by the opposition manager.
Fulham 2 Newcastle 1
Southampton v. Norwich City (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; St Mary’s Stadium)
Sneaky, Norwich City. Never easy to tell when the Canaries might strike.
Southampton 1 Norwich City 1
SQUEAKY BUM TIME
Stoke City v. West Ham United (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)
Big. Bold. (Not) beautiful.
Stoke 1 West Ham 0
Sunderland v. Crystal Palace (Sat 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Stadium of Light)
Your relegation 6 pointer, served in one boiling hot mess.
Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 1
Swansea City v. West Bromwich Albion (Sat 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Liberty Stadium)
Anelka: I quit.
West Brom: You can’t quit, you’re fired!
If Albion isn’t a sinking ship, I don’t know what is.
Swansea 2 West Brom 1
Aston Villa v. Chelsea (Sat 1:30pm ET on NBCSN; Villa Park)
Villa seem to be getting their act together: They’re healthy. They put in a good shift last week. And Benteke’s got that look in his eye.
But Chelsea are in a title-chase. ;’Nuf said.
Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2
Manchester United v. Liverpool (Sun 9:30am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)
Oh, how the times have changed. For ages it’s been Liverpool chasing United but now it’s the Red Devils looking to play the role of spoiler. Ain’t gonna happen.
Manchester United 1 Liverpool 3
Tottenham Hotspur v. Arsenal (12:00pm ET on NBCSN; White Hart Lane)
Hard to give either side the edge here. Spurs are licking their wounds from the Benfica throttling they took on Thursday while Arsenal are banged up and still sulking over the poor refereeing from Champions League.
Dramacidle up in this piece.
Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1