Week 33 of the Premier League has arrived and it is time to throw out some predictions for the seven PL matches taking place this weekend.
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I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…
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Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
Tony Pulis will be returning to south London for the first time since he walked out on Palace on the eve of the season. He will likely get a hostile reception, but Alan Pardew’s men haven’t got much to be feeling glum about as they continue to soar up the standings after five wins from their last six. Another win here could see them go into the top 10. Bolasie, Puncheon and Zaha have too much for the Baggies to handle. Home win.
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Okay, City have to snap out of this. With Vincent Kompany perhaps missing until the end of the season, four defeats from their last six and coming off a huge defeat in the Manchester derby last weekend, the only way is up. Manuel Pellegrini seems to be fighting for his job and City’s talented squad have gone from title contenders to barely holding onto a top four spot. The good thing for City is that West Ham have been woeful in recent weeks with just one win in their last 10.
Stoke City 1-3 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Ronald Koeman has said his Southampton side must win all six of their remaining games to have any chance of clinching a top four position. With Tottenham at home and Man City away on the final day the only tough fixtures left, that’s doable. Saints have had Stoke’s number this season with a 1-0 win at home and a 3-2 win away in the League Cup. Expect a rejuvenated Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane to give Stoke a tough afternoon at the Brit. Stoke’s Geoff Cameron is expecting a great atmosphere at the Potters’ home.
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Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
United are on a six-game winning streak, while Chelsea is limping towards the title. Jose Mourinho will not want to give up his sides unbeaten home record to Louis van Gaal, or any momentum for next season, but United go into this in fine form and on the back of a derby victory. That said, they also have an injury crisis with four key defenders missing, while Chelsea is without Diego Costa once again. A key matchup with be Fellaini vs. Matic in the middle as these bitter rivals will clash in west London.
Everton 2-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
So tough to call this one. Everton is hardly setting the world alight as they continue to chug along in midtable, while Burnley is scrapping for every point they can get their hands on. Tim Howard may be busy with Danny Ings sniffing around but I expect the Toffees to nick all three points as the Clarets continue to battle against the drop.
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Newcastle United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, CNBC)
In their 2-0 defeat at Liverpool I was rather impressed with Newcastle until the final third. They had some decent chances they squandered and could have had a penalty kick. Spurs are stumbling a little of late and Mauricio Pochettino’s boys are running out of a little bit of steam as their top four hopes are extremely faint. Wouldn’t be surprised if they blow this and the Magpies end their run of five-straight defeats.
Leicester City 2-0 Swansea – Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
No Bafetimbi Gomis spells big trouble for Swansea. He is the Swans’ main attacking threat and the Frenchman will likely be out for a few weeks with a hamstring issue. As for Leicester, the Foxes are flying and have won two-straight games. Nigel Pearson’s men believe they can stay up and a fired up King Power Stadium will see another Leicester win this weekend. That could see them climb out of the bottom three depending on other results.