Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22
After a brief pause for the FA Cup, the Premier League returns this weekend with the gap at the top of the table now down to four points. Will Man City manage to pile some pressure on Liverpool in the title race?
Here are our Premier League Predictions for Gameweek 22 in the Premier League.
West Ham vs Arsenal, 13:30
Case for the home side: An early goal for the Hammers could make a huge psychological difference in this one with Unai Emery making some erratic in-game decisions in away games during recent weeks as he looks to turn around Arsenal’s away form.
Case for the away side: West Ham have experienced a turbulent week in the transfer market and the uncertainty surrounding Marko Arnautovic’s future at West Ham may just allow Arsenal to capitalise.
Verdict: Arsenal to get back on track away from home. 1-2
Brighton vs Liverpool
Case for the home side: Never write off Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Several of the ‘Big Six’ have found the Seagulls a tricky proposition on their own turf – and Liverpool are heading into this game with a makeshift defence.
Case for the away side: Liverpool’s recent wobble might just be the motivation Jürgen Klopp needs to re-focus minds as his side bids for a maiden Premier League title. Expect them to come flying out of the traps.
Verdict: A test of character for Liverpool, but one they can come through with a little patience. 0-2
Burnley vs Fulham
Case for the home side: The old Burnley are back. After uncharacteristically shipping goals over the first few months of the season, the Clarets have rediscovered their inner resolve. Expect another tight result here.
Case for the away side: For all their flaws, Fulham are a side that can create chances. They have the capability to punish Burnley if they can make this an open game at Turf Moor.
Verdict: Some relief at last for Ranieri. 1-2
Cardiff City vs Huddersfield
Case for the home side: Neil Warnock’s side has looked far more up for the battle when it comes to Premier League survival compared to their opponents this weekend. The veteran manager will have few better chances to put maximum points on the board.
Case for the away side: Could what looks to be an insurmountable eight-point gap counter-intuitively take some of the pressure off the Terriers and allow them to relax with their fate looking all but settled?
Verdict: Another huge win for the home side. 1-0
Crystal Palace vs Watford
Case for the home side: Slowly but surely, Roy Hodgson has got the Eagles moving in the right direction – helped by unexpected wins over Man City and Leicester. A win here would start to take them out of the relegation equation.
Case for the away side: Watford have shown they are no pushovers on the road this season – catching teams including Wolves and West Ham cold when three points looked unlikely. Palace can be slow starters at Selhurst Park which the Hornets could potentially exploit.
Verdict: Palace to be stung at Selhurst by a sucker-punch. 1-2
Leicester City vs Southampton
Case for the home side: With no cup as a distraction any more, Claude Puel will now be judged on just how far up the table he can guide his hit-and-miss Foxes side. The pressure will be on at the King Power after a limp FA Cup defeat to Newport – will his decision to rest key players last weekend pay off?
Case for the away side: Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side might still be languishing in the relegation zone, but the Austrian has show signs of curing their soft underbelly. The recent away draw with Chelsea suggests they might have enough about them to keep the Foxes in check.
Verdict: Narrow home win. 2-1.
Chelsea vs Newcastle, 17:30
Case for the home side It’s been a lean month in terms of results for Maurizio Sarri but he has been presented with the perfect fixture to start rebuilding momentum. Chelsea’s goalscoring problems haven’t gone away, but their opponents this weekend are finding life even tougher on that front.
Case for the away side: Southampton managed to frustrate the Blues last time out in the Premier League, and Rafa Benítez will be more than happy to follow suit. Expect Newcastle to work hard to keep Chelsea chances to a minimum.
Verdict: No danger for Sarri from a toothless Magpies side. 2-0
Everton vs Bournemouth, 14:15
Case for the home side: The Cherries are looking increasingly leaky at the back, and for all their inconsistency, Everton are a side that has enough individual talent to exploit moments of weakness.
Case for the away side: Eddie Howe is a man who always seems to steal an important win just as doubts start emerging about his side. It would be typical of Bournemouth to turn around their recent poor run with a slick performance at Goodison.
Verdict: Two out-of-form teams could end up cancelling each other out. 2-2
Spurs vs Man Utd, 16:30
Case for the home side: Spurs didn’t put in a vintage performance against rivals Chelsea in midweek but grinded out an important win. They now look like a side that can regularly out-gun their rivals with the minimum of fuss.
Case for the away side: After such a promising start, this game is really something of a free hit for Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer. He’s unlikely to park the bus like his predecessor – will that freedom rub off on his players?
Verdict: The first blot on Ole’s copy book. 1-0
Man City vs Wolves, 20:00
Case for the home side: Yes, it might have been in cup competitions, but 16 goals in two games – added to that all-important win against Liverpool – mean confidence is sky-high again going into a potential banana skin fixture.
Case for the away side: Wolves are the stuff of ‘Big Six’ nightmares this season – and they actually relish mixing it with the elite over scrapping it alongside the 13 other sides. Can they be a thorn in the side of City for a second time this season?
Verdict: A tough evening could be on the cards, but City should have enough. 2-0