Premier League Predictions – Midweek Special
With the Premier League sprinting towards its conclusion, several teams will be looking to make up lost ground as they play their games-in-hand on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Here are our Premier League predictions for the midweek action…
PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Tuesday’s games (19:45)
Watford vs Fulham
Case for the home side: The Hornets showed no signs of slacking off in an unlucky defeat to Man Utd, and Javi Gracia will want his side to claim a morale-boosting win ahead of a tough FA Cup semi-final this weekend against Wolves.
Case for the away side: It may just be a case of delaying the inevitable but avoiding defeat here is Fulham’s last shot at avoiding relegation… plus against a Watford side with one eye on Wembley, they surely won’t have many better chances to finally chalk up an away win and salvage a small crumb of comfort from a hugely underwhelming season.
Verdict: Farewell to Fulham as their short-lived stay at this level is confirmed. 2-0
Wolves vs Man Utd
Case for the home side: Wolves need little inspiration for this one after confidently dispatching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the FA Cup last month, and often look a team transformed when mixing it with the Premier League elite. It would be no surprise if they raised their game again here.
Case for the away side: Tottenham’s wobble means a Top Four finish really is up for grabs now. Both Utd and Spurs have games coming up where they could drop points, so a win here would be a real bonus going into the final straight. Can Ole’s side take advantage of a Wolves side that could be distracted by the dream of FA Cup glory?
Verdict: Wolves to continue to strike terror into the Top Six. 1-1
Wednesday’s games (19:45)
Chelsea vs Brighton
Case for the home side: Even when they aren’t playing at their best, and with all the scrutiny on Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea are still finding ways to win up against lesser opponents. It’s hard to see them finding too many problems against an away side as limited as Brighton, where one clinical moment should prove enough for all three points.
Case for the away side: Regardless of the late turnaround at the Cardiff City Stadium, the natives are restless at Stamford Bridge. If Chris Hughton’s side can keep things tight in this one, could a surprise result be on the cards?
Verdict: Brighton to keep it scrappy, but to no avail. 2-0
Man City vs Cardiff City
Case for the home side: With a quadruple on the cards, expect no let-up from Pep Guardiola’s side as they take on a Bluebirds outfit still reeling from a controversial late defeat to Chelsea.
Case for the away side: Funny results can happen at this stage of the season if a team fighting relegation is scrapping for their lives – as Huddersfield’s 0-0 draw at the Etihad late last season demonstrates. Man City had already won the title at that stage so the circumstances are slightly different, but Cardiff have shown plenty of discipline against several of the ‘Big Six’ this season that will surely help Pep guard against any complacency.
Verdict: City to regain the initiative at the top of the table. 3-0
Spurs vs Crystal Palace
Case for the home side: It’s party time in North London with Spurs making their long-awaited debut at their stunning new 62,000-seater home. Expect Spurs to forget all about their poor recent run and thrive under an electric atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Case for the away side: Palace are a better side on the road, and if any Premier League side can spoil the homecoming celebrations, it’s an Eagles side with plenty of counter-attacking threat.
Verdict: Spurs to start off in style at their new home. 3-1
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