Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 28
There’s a full midweek fixture list to enjoy in the Premier League on Tuesday and Wednesday night with the tension rising as the season enters the final stretch.
With crucial games at both ends of the table, will the state of the title and relegation races be any clearer after Gameweek 28?
Here are our Premier League predictions for the midweek action…
PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Cardiff City vs Everton
Case for the home side: Neil Warnock needs a reaction after Watford’s 5-1 demolition of the Bluebirds on Friday night. He might just get it against a Toffees side that rarely looks suited to a war of attrition.
Case for the away side: Despite a disappointing campaign, Everton’s record against the sides currently mired in the relegation scrap should give them cause for optimism as Marco Silva bids to turn his side’s faltering season around.
Verdict: An unsatisfactory point apiece. 1-1. (0-3)
Huddersfield vs Wolves
Case for the home side: It’s hard to find much fault with Wolves’ efforts this seasons, but a tendency to switch off against the ‘lesser sides’ might be their one main frustration from a season that has delivered so much promise. That could give the Terriers a chance – after all, their win in the reverse fixture was arguably their one high point of the campaign.
Case for the away side: With Wolves more than happy to patiently wait for the right moment to pick teams off, one goal might be all they need for an easy evening’s work against the notoriously shot-shy Terriers.
Verdict: The wait for a win goes on for Jan Siewert. 1-2 (1-0)
Leicester City vs Brighton
Case for the home side: The toxic atmosphere around the King Power has been lifted now the unpopular Claude Puel has been moved on. Will some of the Foxes’ underperforming stars now raise their game against a Brighton side currently spiralling towards relegation?
Case for the away side: Away form remains the Seagulls’ major Achilles heel, but they have played well in patches on the road – taking 2-0 leads against both West Ham and Fulham recently before fading badly. If Brighton can make another flying start and rediscover their defensive discipline, they could exploit the current uncertainty in the East Midlands.
Verdict: Brighton left to rue the timing of Puel’s departure as the Foxes rally. 2-0 (2-1)
Newcastle vs Burnley
Case for the home side: Inch by inch, Rafa Benítez’s pragmatism is yet again dragging the Magpies towards Premier League safety, and the arrival of Miguel Almirón already looks a game-changer for their survival prospects. A win here would take them over the 30-point mark with 10 games to play – a massive psychological boost for any relegation-threatened side at this stage of the season.
Case for the away side: Whisper it quietly but have Burnley regained the aura of invincibility that helped Sean Dyche’s side power themselves to the European places in 2017/18? No Premier League side will fancy facing them at the moment. The job isn’t done yet, but on current form the Clarets can start planning for their summer holidays long before May.
Verdict: Two improving sides, nothing to separate them. 1-1 (2-0)
Arsenal vs Bournemouth
Case for the home side: Unai Emery will be able to look back at a solid if unspectacular first season in charge at Arsenal this summer (Europa League glory depending), but for all the occasional flaws that haunt this team, Arsenal just don’t lose these kinds of Premier League games at home.
Case for the away side: The Premier League’s most Jekyll and Hyde outfit can never be written off, and if any side outside the top six can head to the Emirates and put on a show, it’s Eddie Howe’s cavalier Cherries.
Verdict: No surprises at the Emirates. 2-0
Southampton vs Fulham
Case for the home side: This could be a season-defining game for a Saints side starting to stutter at just the wrong moment. Ralph Hasenhüttl will know a win here will be a huge morale boost after two Premier League defeats in a row, while a defeat could send them into a tailspin. Back the Austrian to set his side up to win ugly with three points the only thing that matters at this stage.
Case for the away side: Claudio Ranieri’s side has already been read the last rites with even the most optimistic of Fulham fans already looking up potential trips to Luton – but could lowered expectations actually play in their favour and help finally put an away win on the board at a nervy St Mary’s.
Verdict: It’ll be a tense evening, but Saints to grab a priceless win. 1-0
Chelsea vs Spurs
Case for the home side: Putting the extra-time drama between goalkeeper and manager to one side, Chelsea actually upped their game against Man City in the EFL Cup final. If the Blues keep calm heads this week, they can take plenty of confidence heading into this one.
Case for the away side: Mauricio Pochettino must surely realise it’s last-chance saloon in midweek for Spurs’ title chances. A win here, however scrappy, would keep them bang in the race.
Verdict: Spurs to heap more pressure on Sarri. 1-2
Crystal Palace vs Man Utd
Case for the home side: The fixture gods have been kind on Palace with this one as they take on a walking-wounded Utd side. Can Ole Gunnar Solksjaer patch up his squad in time for a banana-skin tie at Selhurst?
Case for the away side: Nothing seems to have phased Ole so far during his hugely impressive caretaker stint in charge of the Red Devils, and his side coped with plenty of reshuffling against Liverpool. The first goal here will be key.
Verdict: The Utd curse to continue for a much-improved Palace side that has never beaten the Red Devils in the Premier League. 1-2
Liverpool vs Watford
Case for the home side: Anfield is not a happy hunting ground for the Hornets, who have been downed 6-1 and 5-0 on their last two outings on Merseyside. Current form suggests the Reds are unlikely to hit those heights this time, but any win will do as their tussle with Man City continues.
Case for the away side: 40 points, a place in Europe within their sights, and nothing to lose. Watford probably couldn’t have picked a better time to play a Reds side that currently looks a little off-colour, particularly in attack. Anfield could be anxious if Liverpool fail to make an early breakthrough in this one.
Verdict: No vintage performance, but a handy win for Klopp’s side. 2-0
Man City vs West Ham
Case for the home side: Man City sealed the first part of their deal on Sunday as they look for a complete clean sweep in all competitions with penalty shootout success in the EFL Cup. Pep Guardiola won’t want to let that momentum slip after title rivals Liverpool dropped points at the weekend.
Case for the away side: The Hammers look home and hosed in the race for safety, so this game is a complete free hit for them. Will a relaxed attitude help Pellegrini record a famous win against his former side?
Verdict: Another comfortable win at the Etihad for City. 3-0
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