What is a league weekend without Chelsea, Manchester clubs and Arsenal playing? twenty seven rounds gone already and Chelsea looked destined to be champions, everything is ticking in their favour and there’s no stopping them now. Manchester United bottled their chances of heading out of their customized sixth spot last weekend when they blew their lead at home to Bournemouth to draw for the seventh time on home turf, worse still, their talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for his reprisal attack on Tyrone Mings and will miss the big cup action against Chelsea. Arsenal are at their usual hole, same old same and the bottom trio have a chance to fight… There are only four premier league fixtures this weekend, FA Cup actions will take center stage but the matches that will go ahead will be interesting. Premier league predictions!
Saturday 11th March
Bournemouth vs WestHam
Bournemouth did the impossible last weekend, stopping Manchester United from wheeling out of sight before equalizing and standing their ground despite all odds. Every situation said no to the cherries but they labored hard, stood up and got counted, they were depleted by a very debatable sending off, had their manager out at first due to flu, the stand in manager, Tindall was sent off at halftime and Eddie Howe returned to the dugout. Westham struggled but really stood no chance at home to the run away leaders, their solitary late goal meant nothing but they could pick from there and take the fight to Bournemouth. It will be a great game.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Everton vs Westbrom
Everton labored in vain at White Hart Lane, young striker Romelu Lukaku fired them back into the game but too little too late as Harry Kane and co got too strong for them. Elsewhere, Westbrom ruined the beautiful script by losing surprisingly at home to Crystal Palace, how Tony Pulis and his men allowed such beats imaginations but it’s the round leather game, the EPL that has massive uncertainties. It’s a game of two teams that lost last weekend, two teams needing a win to restore confidence, the star men of the day would be the two defenses, caution is needed, but expect another Lukaku fire, Solomon Rondon has fired blank for ten straight games and counting, will he break the dock at Goodison?
Hull City vs Swansea
Hull have gone back to their cold days pre Marco Silva, not strange, having gone up at Leicester, the Tigers slumped to three Foxes goals and are back to their poor form, survival is increasingly looking difficult but with eleven games to play, nothing is impossible. Swansea have turned a corner, they won’t get relegated unless another terrible collapse befall them. Gylfi Siggurdsen keeps carrying the team aloft, a goal or an assist a game seems to be the standard now, Fernando Llorente is hitting the ground running too, two goals in their win over Burnley followed up his scintillating header at Chelsea, these kind of match winners are missing at Hull, something that should worry Marco Silva.
Verdict: Swansea to pick a point at least
Sunday 12th March
Liverpool vs Burnley
Liverpool have this strange penchant for sensational displays when the opponent has a big name, they suddenly lose their mojo on days you expect them to run riot, needless to emphasize why they’re called the Robin Hood of Soccer.
Liverpool numbed Arsenal last weekend, not a surprise of any kind, but which of the Liverpool sides would turn up against Burnley? Talking Sean Dyches’ team, their away record stands at an appalling arm, just two points on the road all season long, on paper, that should mean a real hammering in the hands of the reds but will Liverpool turn up? Winning at home means top four stability for Liverpool considering the fact that all the other contenders won’t play this weekend due to cup commitments, will they take their chances?
Verdict: Liverpool to win