Week 35 of the Premier League has arrived and it is time to throw out some predictions for the 10 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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Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN)
Chelsea know victory at home on Sunday will clinch the PL title in front of their own fans. Do they need any more motivation? The Blues owe Palace one after they lost at Selhurst at the tail end of last season to dent their title hopes. Expect an easy home win as the procession begins.
Swansea 3-1 Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
The Swans have gained their best-ever points tally in the PL and are trying to climb up to seventh spot. They struggled a little bit at the back against Newcastle last week but expect them to create plenty of chances at home against a Stoke side who are robust but have been lacking a little bit of creativity since Bojan went down. Home win.
Manchester United 4-1 West Bromwich Albion – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on CNBC)
Two defeats on the spin for the Red Devils but they will expect to win this one handsomely. West Brom are hard to break down, as they proved in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool last time out, but United should prevail rather easily.
Hull City 1-3 Arsenal – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Yes, Hull beat Liverpool on Tuesday which was a marvelous result and marks two wins on the spin for Steve Bruce’s side for just the second time this season, but don’t expect that winning spree to stretch to three. Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to finish fourth and had second place in hi sights. Away win.
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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester City – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
City have lost four on the spin away from home and surely that run has to end. Both teams look a little suspect at the back so I’d expect City to shade this one as they possess more attacking weapons than Spurs. That said, if Harry Kane scores early then who knows…
Leicester City 1-1 Newcastle United – (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
After losing to Chelsea on Wednesday, there’s been plenty of intrigue at Leicester following Nigel Pearson’s bizarre rant at a journalist. The focus will now be back on the pitch and Newcastle side who has lost seven on the spin come to the King Power. If the Foxes are going to stay up, they need to win this. I expect the Magpies to dig in and take a draw back to the north east with them.
Sunderland 1-2 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
Saints hammered Sunderland 8-0 at home earlier this season. Don’t expect a repeat. Dick Advocaat and Ronald Koeman know each other well and this will be a tight game as Sunderland fight for their lives and aim to get out of the relegation zone. I can see Saints just nicking this one, but it could well be a draw.
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Liverpool 1-2 QPR – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Okay, this one is a long shot (hence why it’s in this section) but QPR need a miracle and as long as they have Charlie Austin up top and Robert Green in goal, they can pull it off. Austin missed a crucial PK last week, but I expect him to make amends. Liverpool have had a bad week with a draw at West Brom and defeat at Hull. I don’t think it is going to get any better for Brendan Rodgers.
Aston Villa 2-1 Everton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The batter of the American goalkeepers will see both Brad Guzan and Tim Howard in plenty of action. Villa almost stunned Man City last week and have a fired up Christian Benteke ripping apart opposition defenses, while Everton are the form team in the league and haven’t lost in their last six. The Toffees beat Man United 3-0 last time out, but I can see Guzan bouncing back from his mistake and helping the Villans to a huge win as they continue to battle relegation.
West Ham United 1-2 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
It’s do or die for Burnley and the fact of the matter is, they need to win at least three of their final four matches to gives themselves a chance of staying in the Premier League. After the disappointment of losing to Leicester at home, can Sean Dyche’s men bounce back? West Ham have won once in 11, so this is the perfect chance for the Clarets to pounce.