Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 29
There are storylines everywhere you look in the Premier League this weekend, with three fiery derbies to tuck into, and some huge games in the race to avoid relegation.
Could this be looked back on as a defining weekend in the 2018/19 season?
Here are our Premier League predictions for Gameweek 29…
PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Spurs vs Arsenal, 12:30
Case for the home side: Two damaging defeats have surely killed Spurs’ title chances stone dead, but defeat here would be unthinkable and could even bring their previously rock-solid Top Four credentials into question. Pochettino needs a morale-boosting win.
Case for the away side: The Gunners are on a good run of form, and victory here would do wonders for their Champions League credentials. The momentum is with them if they can exploit a Spurs side starting to look a little lethargic.
Verdict: With so much at stake, expect a cagey encounter. 1-1
Bournemouth vs Man City
Case for the home side: An away trip to the Vitality is the ultimate banana skin for any title-chasing side. Form suggests Eddie Howe’s side doesn’t stand a chance, but how often have we seen them suddenly move up a gear against top-level opposition?
Case for the away side: Free-flowing victories, great comebacks, and grinding it out – Man City have shown there’s more than one way to win in recent weeks… that suggests they will be prepared for anything the Cherries might throw at them.
Verdict: No shock on the South Coast. 0-2
Brighton vs Huddersfield
Case for the home side: The Seagulls are enduring a miserable 2019 – the last of all 92 teams yet to register a league win. However, they couldn’t have picked a better home fixture to try and turn that record around against a Huddersfield side still with only one away win to their name this season.
Case for the away side: Jan Siewert is finally up and running as a Premier League manager after a last-gasp 1-0 win at home to Wolves. Extra points on the board here will help build momentum as he looks to re-vitalise the club ahead of what could be a tricky 2019/20 campaign.
Verdict: Another horror show for Hughton. 0-1
Burnley vs Crystal Palace
Case for the home side: Defeat against Newcastle in midweek would have been disappointing for Sean Dyche, but that was a rare off-day in what has been an impressive 2019. Turf Moor will be their fortress in their ongoing bid for survival.
Case for the away side: Could Burnley be the ideal match for a Palace side with plenty of pace on the counter? If Roy Hodgson’s side can keep things tight in the first half, expect them to carve out at least a few decent openings.
Verdict: Burnley to get back on track. 1-0
Man Utd vs Southampton
Case for the home side: Niggling injury worries? No bother for a Utd side that look as if they can step up their game at a moment’s notice with the good times continuing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. An early goal could open the floodgates.
Case for the away side: The midweek win against Fulham will be a huge morale-booster coming into this game for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side, who can treat this game as something of a free hit given Utd’s recent form. A point isn’t beyond them.
Verdict: Just like old times at Old Trafford – routine home win. 2-0
Wolves vs Cardiff City
Case for the home side: As one of the Premier League’s best-prepared managers, Nuno will have been annoyed to see standards slip against Huddersfield as Wolves yet again fluffed their lines against weak opponents. Expect a reaction.
Case for the away side: Could Wolves meet their match when it comes to Neil Warnock’s uncompromising style of play? With every point precious at this stage, expect Warnock’s side to dig in and make life difficult for the home side at Molineux as they look to end a poor run of results.
Verdict: Nuno’s side to banish memories of midweek. 2-0
West Ham vs Newcastle, 17:30
Case for the home side: The Hammers acquitted themselves well against Man City, and were arguably unlucky not to escape the Etihad with a point. Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping a more open game at the London Stadium will play into his hands.
Case for the away side: Rafa’s side rallied from relegation trouble to a top half finish in the 2017/18 campaign, and history looks to be repeating itself this season. With Miguel Almirón settling in nicely, they also have a player who can turn a tricky away game in their favour.
Verdict: Two sides that look destined for mid-table, this could be a middle-of-the-road result. 1-1
Watford vs Leicester City, 12:00
Case for the home side: The shock therapy of a 5-0 defeat might be the thing Javi Gracia needs to bring his players back down to earth and re-focus as they aim for an unlikely tilt at the European places. The Spaniard won’t want his side to drift into mid-table mediocrity.
Case for the away side: Three little words: new manager bounce. New Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Watford’s confidence will have been knocked following their midweek hammering at Liverpool as he looks to make an instant impression.
Verdict: A point to build on for Brendan. 2-2
Fulham vs Chelsea, 14:05
Case for the home side: There has been very little to celebrate at Craven Cottage, but a local derby could bring fans and players on side after Claudio Ranieri’s short-lived reign in West London. Could a win here bring some small comfort from a season to forget?
Case for the away side: Maurizio Sarri’s power play in dropping Kepa during midweek paid dividends and allowed the speculation surrounding his future to go on the backburner for the time being. Could another clinical win here help him ride out the storm and enjoy an extended stay in English football?
Verdict: Another long afternoon for the Fulham faithful. 0-2
Everton vs Liverpool, 16:15
Case for the home side: Marco Silva needed a win to take the pressure off, and he got one in style in midweek against Cardiff as the Toffees finally rediscovered a ruthless streak after weeks of listless performances. A famous triumph here would start to help him restore his reputation amongst a sceptical Everton fanbase.
Case for the away side: Winning a Premier League title is a marathon not a sprint, and Liverpool looked to be hitting the wall before their emphatic win over an in-form Watford side. They badly needed to rediscover their goalscoring touch and Klopp will be happy his side managed to do just that ahead of one of their hardest away tests of the season.
Verdict: The Toffees to lift their Merseyside Derby curse – finally. 1-0
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