Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 37
After nine long months, a whole season’s work is coming down to just two games in the Premier League as we reach the penultimate week of the season.
With the title, Champions League qualification and relegation matters still to be settled, it could be a nervy weekend for several clubs.
Here are our Premier League predictions for Gameweek 37…
PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Everton vs Burnley, 20:00
Case for the home side: It’s taken all the way to the dying weeks of the season, but Goodison Park has finally become a fortress again – three big wins on the bounce against Top Six opposition should ensure Everton start this game full of confidence.
Case for the away side: Burnley are back to their tough, no-nonsense best. With the pressure off, expect Sean Dyche to set his side up to punish any hesitation in the Toffees defence. An expectant home crowd could also play into the Clarets’ hands if they keep things quiet in the early stages.
Verdict: A low-key start to a bumper weekend of football. 1-0
Saturday’s games – 15:00 kick-off unless specified
Bournemouth vs Spurs, 12:30
Case for the home side: The Cherries remain a curate’s egg at Premier League level – world-beaters one week to no-hopers the next, but remain more than capable of running riot if the mood suits – as Chelsea discovered to their cost earlier this season. If Spurs switch off at any stage, back Eddie Howe’s side to pounce.
Case for the away side: Mauricio Pochettino will be frustrated his jaded Spurs side failed to seal the deal last week at home to West Ham, but nevertheless Spurs remain in the box-seat outside the top two to claim a Champions League finish. Against a Cherries side that still has a tendency to ship goals, they will have plenty of chances to put things right.
Verdict: Spurs to stutter on the South Coast. 1-1
West Ham vs Southampton
Case for the home side: The Hammers continue to entertain and frustrate in equal measure, so it’s perhaps little surprise that they became the first side to stifle Spurs at their new home. With both sides on the beach, it’s likely to be an open game, but West Ham’s greater attacking threat should eventually pay dividends.
Case for the away side: Phase one of the rebuild job is complete for Ralph Hasenhüttl but now the Austrian has successfully dragged them across the line, he has a couple of welcome ‘free hits’ to experiment with his makeshift squad as he starts planning for his first full campaign at the helm. Players will be out to impress.
Verdict: The Hammers to sign off at home in style. 3-1
Wolves vs Fulham
Case for the home side: A European finish is within touching distance for a Wolves side that it’s easy to forget only got promoted to the Premier League a little over nine months ago, and three points here would effectively settle any doubts about which side will be finishing best of the rest.
Case for the away side: It’s a case of ‘what might have been…’ for Fulham after rallying impressively under Scott Parker over the last few weeks. A fourth win in a row for the 38-year-old would surely make the calls to appoint him permanently irresistible.
Verdict: Nuno negates Fulham’s recent bounce. 2-0
Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace, 17:30
Case for the home side: Neil Warnock’s side is like the boxer who suffers plenty of painful right hooks without falling victim to a knockout blow. Don’t rule against them giving themselves one final round by grinding out a spirited win against an Eagles side with little to fight for.
Case for the away side: Cardiff’s survival hopes could rest on whether Roy Hodgson’s side are in a clinical counter-attacking mood. They have the pace to trouble home sides – as they demonstrated recently at the Emirates.
Verdict: The Eagles to bury the Bluebirds. 1-2
Newcastle vs Liverpool, 19:45
Case for the home side: A game that all Premier League romantics look out for, the Rafa Benítez factor, and the freedom for the Magpies to play without lingering relegation fears – this fixture has all the hallmarks of a game where the home side can inflict terminal damage on the Reds’ title dreams. Memories of Messi’s free-kick will also be hard to brush off for the visitors.
Case for the away side: Counter-intuitively, that Barcelona result may be all the motivation Liverpool need to re-group as they look to channel their energies into securing their most important win of the season. With their Champions League dreams effectively lying in tatters, the Reds’ season could all rest on this result.
Verdict: A nervy night for Klopp. 0-1
Chelsea vs Watford, 14:00
Case for the home side: Maurizio Sarri knows two wins will be enough to drag Chelsea over the line and stem some of the criticism that has come in his direction this term. After all the talk, a fourth-place finish and a potential Europa League Final would look like a credible return for the under-fire Italian in his first season in England.
Case for the away side: Perennially dangerous opponents just when pundits are prepared to write them off, Watford have more than enough attacking pedigree to cause Chelsea problems if the home side starts slowly at Stamford Bridge.
Verdict: The Hornets to give Sarri something to think about. 2-1
Huddersfield vs Man Utd, 14:00
Case for the home side: It’s been a joyless season for Terriers fans, but they can still live in hope of a surprise win this weekend given they claimed victory in this same fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium in 2017/18. A repeat would at least show the players are fighting for Jan Siewert as he continues to plan for life in the Championship.
Case for the away side: The 1-1 draw against Chelsea was a frustrating missed opportunity for Utd – not least due to the fact Chelsea’s goal came from a goalkeeping error from David de Gea – but Utd showed signs of reaching the heights of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s early reign at Old Trafford in the first half. Despite a difficult run, they should still prove too strong for the Terriers.
Verdict: A morale boost at just the right moment for Ole. 0-2
Arsenal vs Brighton, 16:30
Case for the home side: Arsenal couldn’t have asked for better opponents to help halt their stuttering end to the Premier League season. With Brighton unlikely to offer much in attack, an early goal for the home side at the Emirates could open the floodgates.
Case for the away side: The Seagulls’ approach to this one all depends on Cardiff’s result the previous day. If Chris Hughton’s side is already safe from relegation, they can play with the handbrake off and deviate from their standard defensive set-up.
Verdict: Emery’s men to get back on track. 2-0
Man City vs Leicester City, 20:00
Case for the home side: Victory in a tricky game away at Burnley has put City in a commanding position in the title race, and Pep will have his City side fired up to move one step closer towards a rare domestic treble.
Case for the away side: The Foxes have been a thorn in City’s side before. Under the adventurous Brendan Rodgers, expect Leicester’s young guns not to settle for sitting back.
Verdict: The penultimate test passed for Pep. 2-0
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