Week 36 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 2-0 Liverpool – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN)
Liverpool may well give Chelsea a guard of honor as the newly crowned champions walk out onto the pitch on Sunday. In return, expect the Blues to give Liverpool a lesson in how to defend and spring counter attacks. Home win for Mourinho’s boys.
Arsenal 3-1 Swansea City – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
The Gunners will keep on rolling against the Swans. We saw against Hull last week that when thinks click, Arsenal are right up there with the best in Europe. Expect Arsene Wenger’s side to keep pushing for second spot.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
It will be a lively atmosphere down in south London and Palace may give United a few scares early on. That said, Louis van Gaal will be hoping for a reaction from his side after three-straight defeats. He will get it.
Hull City 2-0 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Tigers were humbled by Arsenal on Monday but expect them to see off Burnley. Defeat or a draw for the Clarets means relegation. They will go for it, and that means plenty of space for Hull to expose.
Manchester City 2-0 QPR – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, CNBC)
Man City ground out a really good away win at Spurs last week and they’ve all but secured their top four spot. The Citizens will relegate QPR if they win on Sunday and although the R’s will go for it, expect Aguero and Co. to be too much for the west Londoners to handle.
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Stoke City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
A shock, of sorts, could be on the cards at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke beat Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane earlier this season and Mark Hughes’ men match up well against the high-pressing style of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. I fancy the Potters to sneak this one…
Leicester City 1-2 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Leicester’s resurgence has been remarkable but this may be a bad time to play Southampton. Despite a few injuries hampering Ronald Koeman’s side in the final few weeks of the season, they know a win will greatly enhance their chances of finishing in the top six and European qualification. The Foxes’ charge may be halted at home to set up a nervy final two matches in the race against relegation.
Everton 2-1 Sunderland – (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN)
The Toffees should probably just shade this one, but Sunderland is desperate. Dick Advocaat’s side are in the bottom three and have Arsenal and Chelsea to play away from home in their final two games. Horrendous. The Black Cats need something at Goodison but I think Everton will triumph.
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Newcastle 2-1 West Bromwich Albion – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
This is it. Newcastle will finally win. John Carver believes he is “the best coach in the Premier League” (steady on, John) but he was lucky to hang onto his job as interim boss as Newcastle has lost eight-straight matches. The Magpies are just two points off the bottom three but I expect them to dig deep and bag their first win since February to paper over the cracks. Just.
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Tim Sherwood’s gilet is dusted off and ready to go once again. Despite Villa’s win over Everton last weekend the are still only two points off the relegation zone with three games left. West Ham have little to play for but Big Sam’s men are always tough to play against. I’m going for the PL Player of the Month for April, Christian Benteke, to tormed the Hammers’ defense. Home win, as safety is within touching distance for the Villans.