Week 37 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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Quick reminder: At 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, NBCSN presents a special Relegation Breakaway featuring RedZone-like live look-ins on the best action from relegation-threatened 16th-place Sunderland vs. 15th-place Leicester City, Tottenham vs. 18th-place Hull City and Queens Park Rangers vs. 17th-place Newcastle. Tension is in the air as the relegation battle heats up.
I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…
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Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
Steven Gerrard will get the fairytale ending his career deserves. Expect a home win for the Reds to see their legendary captain off in style.
Tottenham 3-1 Hull City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Spurs have struggled of late but expect Hull, who need a win to boost their chances of staying up, to go at Tottenham and pay the price. I just can’t see the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane not exploiting gaps in the Tigers defense.
Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Swansea were compact and defended superbly away at Arsenal to grab a shock win last time out. At home against Man City they will push higher and try to force the issue and with Sergio Aguero in this kind of form, I expect a City win.
Manchester United 2-0 Arsenal – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN)
The Red Devils are looking a little shaky at the back but Arsenal’s offense fired a blank against Swansea and with both teams desperate to finish third instead of fourth to avoid the Champions League playoff, expect the home side to edge this one.
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West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Chelsea – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
Jose Mourinho will give plenty of kids a run-out at the Hawthorns so expect this game to be a lot closer than it looks on paper. That said, Chelsea’s stars of the future will get the job done.
Burnley 1-1 Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Battling Burnley are down but they will continue to give their all and they host Stoke at home on Saturday. This might not be one for the purists.
Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa – (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN)
The Saints have had a marvelous season but have dropped off in recent weeks. A win against Villa is a must if they want to finish in the top six. Tim Sherwood’s side need three points to be safe of relegation. Expect both teams to go for it.
West Ham 1-2 Everton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
A mid-table battle, this could resemble a preseason friendly. Not much resting on this game which usually means one of two things: it will either be a goalfest or a boring draw. I’ll go for the Toffees to sneak a win.
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QPR 2-1 Newcastle United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
QPR are down but they may drag Newcastle with them as the Magpies haven’t won in nine game and that will turn into 10 as the R’s finish off their home schedule with a flourish.
Sunderland 2-1 Leicester City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Massive. Huge. Monumental. This game is the epitome of a relegation six-pointer. The Black Cats have won two on the spin, while Leicester has won six of its last seven. Both teams are bang in form but Sunderland needs the three points more with tough games against Arsenal and Chelsea remaining. Home win.