Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 36
It’s advantage Man City in the race for the Premier League table after they comfortably came through the Manchester Derby in midweek. Next up, they face another tough test away at a Burnley side that has all but secured safety, while nearest rivals Liverpool will look to steal a march on Friday night with victory over Huddersfield.
Elsewhere, this could be a defining weekend at the bottom of the table as Brighton host Newcastle and Cardiff travel to already relegated Fulham looking to build the pressure on the goal-shy Seagulls.
Here are our Premier League predictions for Gameweek 36…
PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Liverpool vs Huddersfield, 20:00
Case for the home side: Shut out all the noise, and all Jürgen Klopp can do at this stage is ensure his Liverpool side keep winning in their relentless tussle with Man City for this year’s Premier League trophy. Don’t expect chat of record points tallies for runners-up to play on the Reds’ minds given they have been handed the opportunity to build some early pressure with a Friday night game against one of the poorest Premier League sides of recent seasons.
Case for the away side: Given their measly points return, it could be some time before Huddersfield make a return to this level, so Jan Siewert will be hoping a ‘Free Hit’ mentality here helps lift his players. Could they add one final twist to the title race by pulling off an unlikely result at one of the Premier League’s finest away days?
Verdict: Liverpool to put a marker down for City to chase. 3-0
Saturday’s games – 15:00 kick-off unless specified
Spurs vs West Ham, 12:30
Case for the home side: Spurs have a flawless record at their new stadium and haven’t really looked like conceding as they adjust to life back in familiar territory. Getting a win over the line here would also surely allow them to fully focus on reaching a dream European final.
Case for the away side: Could Manuel Pellegrini exploit the fact Spurs’ minds might understandably be elsewhere with a huge Champions League semi-final on the horizon? In a middling season, the Hammers have tended to lift their game against better opposition.
Verdict: Spurs to keep up their perfect start at their new home. 2-0
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Case for the home side: In his typically understated style, Roy Hodgson has quietly guided his Eagles team calmly away from relegation danger. With a top half finish not out of the question, can he help them match their best-ever finish of 10th with another win here?
Case for the away side: Marco Silva’s side has unquestionably picked up in the second half of the season, but fans can still be left scratching their heads as to which side turns out. In the right mood, this side could run riot against a Palace team that is often shaky on home soil.
Verdict: Palace to build on their win at Arsenal. 2-1
Fulham vs Cardiff City
Case for the home side: A win here, and the job will surely be Scott Parker’s to lose with the former midfield man managing to engineer a positive end to a season that won’t live long in the memory for Fulham fans. Can Cardiff cope with a midfield and attack that looks to be clicking just a little bit too late in this campaign?
Case for the away side: Cardiff look up for the battle and don’t look afraid to have a go at their opponents, particularly in comparison with nearest relegation rivals Brighton. If the first goal here falls for Neil Warnock’s side, that could have huge ramifications in the race to avoid relegation.
Verdict: The Bluebirds to pile the pressure on Brighton. 1-2
Southampton vs Bournemouth
Case for the home side: In truth, Saints look to have the points they need to start planning their summer holidays. A win here would allow them to officially start booking the flights.
Case for the away side: The Cherries are poor away from home but won 5-0 on their last outing at a South Coast club. How they would love a repeat of that scoreline here against a team they have traditionally struggled against.
Verdict: Saints to end any sniff of relegation danger. 1-0
Watford vs Wolves
Case for the home side: Home advantage could be key here with the winner of this one likely to be in the box-seat to claim seventh place and a European adventure in 2019/20. The underrated Javi Gracia will not want to allow that opportunity to slip from his grasp.
Case for the away side: Revenge is a dish best served cold, and after a few weeks to reflect on just how his side managed to throw away a place in this year’s FA Cup Final, back the determined Nuno to set his side out to right that wrong and set Wolves up for a grandstand finish to their debut campaign back at this level.
Verdict: Nuno to turn the tables on Watford after FA Cup disappointment. 1-2
Brighton vs Newcastle, 17:30
Case for the home side: Depending on the result from Craven Cottage earlier in the day, Brighton will at least have the bonus of knowing exactly what will be required from this one – but a win by any means really needs to be the primary goal given their strong goal difference advantage over Cardiff. Will Chris Hughton change the habit of a lifetime and encourage his side to attack from the start?
Case for the away side: A Rafa Benítez side is not one you’d want to face if you desperately need to start creating chances. If it’s another slow start for the Seagulls at the Amex, expect a Magpies side with plenty of pace in attack to capitalise on any mistakes.
Verdict: The agony to go on for Albion fans. 0-0
Leicester City vs Arsenal, 12:00
*Case for the home side: *Brendan Rodgers’ strong start to life in the East Midlands has stalled a little with a defeat and a draw in his last two games. A marquee win against a misfiring Arsenal side could help get his project back on track.
Case for the away side: Bar defeat in this fixture last season, Arsenal have enjoyed a consistently strong record against the Foxes in Premier League competition. After a poor return on the road recently, Emery will be hoping history repeats itself.
Verdict: Unai Emery’s away-day woes to continue. 2-1
Burnley vs Man City, 14:05
Case for the home side: Sean Dyche lives for games like this. With City fighting Liverpool all the way in one of the greatest title races of all time, neither of the big two would welcome a trip to Turf Moor as one of their final few fixtures. Expect City to be made to work for their win against one of the game’s shrewdest organisers.
Case for the away side: The stats don’t lie. Man City’s recent run in the Premier League has been formidable, and they’ve come through every test so far with flying colours. There’s little to suggest that should change Sunday.
Verdict: Pep’s boys to get the professional job done. 0-2
Man Utd vs Chelsea, 16:30
Case for the home side: Ole Gunnar Solksjaer badly needs a win, and an improved performance and all three points here would settle some of the doubters and get his fledgling managerial career back on track. Will he stick or twist with some of his underperforming stars?
Case for the away side: With everyone slipping, fourth spot might just go to the one team that manages to hold things together enough to be sitting in the hotseat after Gameweek 38. At the moment, the table favours Chelsea, and if they can escape unscathed here, they’ll be in strong position to grab that vital final Champions League spot.
Verdict: Two under fire managers to settle for the point. 1-1
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