The predictions are back! It’s been a crazy week of scores in the Premier League which included Chelsea’s mauling of Arsenal and City’s cruise at Old Trafford. On our latest podcast, we review all the scores from last week, as well as El Classico! La Liga is, for once, very competitive this season! ENJOY!
Previous Matchday Scores:
Here’s a reminder of last week’s scores and a recap of how we stand. As usual, a correct outcome warrants a point, while a perfect score gets three points:
Saturday March 29th:
Man United vs Aston Villa:
Bernie: Another crushing defeat to a rival and the United supporters are beginning to turn on David Moyes and the man who appointed him, Sir Alex Ferguson. Yet again, David Moyes has to pick up his troops and get them going again. How many times in a season does this have to happen before a man is sacked? Well, Moyes is here to stay but with next to nothing to play for, where will the morale come from? He has no defence and Benteke is coming to town. I also expect a good performance from Fabien Delph. If United play a 4-2-3-1 with Mata behind Rooney they will win but Moyes has never done the right thing at Old Trafford. 1-1 draw.
Mohaned: Man U will be looking to bounce back after a flat display against City. A year ago that result would have stirred up a much bigger fuss but by this season’s standards it seemed unsurprising. Aston Villa are playing good football with Benteke back amongst the goals but they similarly suffered a heavy defeat to Stoke last week. This is a tough one to call as both teams will be trying to recover from disappointing results. 3-1 Man U with Rooney flourishing in the absence of RVP.
Rishay: The team that can’t win at home plays at home against a Villa side that has been streaky recently, beating Chelsea 1-0 before losing to Stoke 4-1. Who knows which side will show up to Old Trafford, but we can be sure that they will be smelling blood. The wounded Red Devils have to face Bayern Munich immediately afterwards, and the season seems to be reaching a disappointing abyss. 2-0 United.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea:
Bernie: I know Crystal Palace are fighting relegation but Chelsea will take this game. I almost don’t want to write anything about it but I believe the pace and power of the Chelsea front players will be far too much for the Eagles. Tony Pulis’ side will battle and show commendable effort but they may get blown away here. 2-0 Chelsea.
Mohaned: Mourinho has got Chelsea playing the way he wants to for a while now. Sitting atop the table, they are solid at the back while maintaining their attacking threat through the likes of Hazard and Eto. One would think that the 6-0 drubbing of arsenal last week will only serve to grow their confidence. At the opposite end of the table is crystal palace who are desperate for points at the moment. Their honeymoon period with Tony Pulis is over and would give anything for a point in this. Chelsea will win this 3-0.
Rishay: One can be forgiven for forgetting that Crystal Palace were still in the Premiership. They are fighting against relegation and we already know what type of game to expect. Chelsea have come off a 6-0 crushing of Arsenal and something tells me Palace will keep it to a more respectable scoreline. 2-0 Chelsea.
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Arsenal vs Manchester City:
Bernie: I’m really looking forward to this game. If Arsenal win, they secure their grip on 4th place. Lose, however, and their confidence will be just a tad above Man United’s. The ‘Wenger Out’ mob is growing and the man needs to quieten them down. City need to keep winning to keep their title run ticking along. They swatted aside their local rivals and will feel confident in beating a team they already mauled 6-3. How do Arsenal combat Yaya Toure and Fernandinho’s pace and power? Alex thinks they need to sit deep and counter attack. Wenger would rather die than do that so this will be death by tiki-taka. It may be Arsenal’s death however. 2-1 City.
Mohaned: After a battering from Chelsea and a last gasp own goal against Swansea last week, I don’t think the mood in the dressing room can get any worse. On a positive note, the much awaited Kim Kallstrom made a decent 20 minute debut for the club and I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger sticks him in from the start in this. Coming off a professional 3-0 victory against their neighbors, Man City will prove to be another stern test for the gunners. If they can bag the three points at the emirates, it would be a huge step forward in the title race. I can’t see Arsenal’s depleted squad standing in their way. 3-1 City.
Rishay: The Gunners seem to have imploded completely, albeit unluckily, as Flamini might say. This game will be their last chance to have a say in how the teams finish at the top. City are on form and with Yaya Toure being almost untouchable, Arsenal will need to be more disciplined. This game ended 6-3 to City earlier this season, who knows what the score will be this time round? 4-2 City.
Saturday March 30th:
Liverpool vs Tottenham:
Bernie: This would be a contender for game of the week if Arsenal v City weren’t on. Well, maybe not because Spurs are a confused bunch of individuals. Liverpool finally look like the real deal, capable of pushing City and Chelsea all the way. Spurs don’t have a clue and if Michael Dawson thinks he’s going to stop Luis Suarez, well, he’ll have another thing coming. If they can bring on Paulinho to kick Suarez again but this time actually put him down for good, then Spurs have a chance. Other than that it’s going to be 3-1 Liverpool.
Mohaned: Liverpool can’t stop winning at the moment and have been incredibly consistent over the past couple of months. This put them straight back in the mix for the title and Brendan rogers would love it if they can further cement their bid with the three points at Anfield. Did anyone think that the SAS partnership would fade away as the season wore on? Well if you did then you were wrong. Sturridge and Suarez will once again be instrumental for Liverpool if they manage to record the win. As for our favorite manager Tim Sherwood, he must be hoping to create some momentum after the comeback win against Southampton. Another loss here and Spurs’ top 4 hopes will take a big hit and Sherwood will sure be in hot water. I’ll go with 3-1 Liverpool.
Rishay: As a neutral in this fixture, I would logically admit that given the 5-0 hammering the last time these teams met, Tottenham might be in for another thrashing. However, despite being slightly disorganized at times, Spurs have shown some commendable fighting spirit in the past few weeks and might surprise everybody yet again at Anfield. Liverpool on the other hand, are playing football like they have nothing to lose. 3-2 Liverpool
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