Manchester United and Chelsea were in Champions League action midweek. The former came away with a draw against arguably the best team in Europe, while Jose Mourinho lost the plot against PSG in the last 30 minutes of the game as Chelsea conceded two late goals. Both these teams are back in action this weekend in the Premier League but the game of the week is definitely Everton vs Arsenal, who are both fighting it out for fourth spot. Check out our predictions.
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 April 5th:
Man City vs Southampton:
Bernie: This could be a tricky tie for City. Southampton won’t sit and you know they can put on a good attacking show. City will need to use their power and pace to get past the Saints. They should manage to come through this tie but you never know. A slip up here and the title race becomes even more interesting. 2-1 City.
Mohaned: City will aim to maintain their good run of form this weekend against the Saints. Depending on which Southampton team show up, it could turn out be a routine home win for City or a tight affair as it was earlier in the season at St. Mary’s. This looks to be one of the games of the weekend with both teams preferring to play on the attack. With City eyeing the title and Southampton sitting comfortably in mid-table, I’ll go with a 3-1 City win.
Rishay: Two crucial games in hand that could make all the difference for the Sky Blues! Complacency will do them no good against this Southampton outfit. The final stretch of the three horse race has begun. A spirited performance from the Gunners thwarted their attempts to consolidate their grip on the title race, but they will be buoyed by a home crowd that can smell blood. Southampton will put up a spirited fight but to no avail. 3-1 City
Newcastle vs Manchester United:
Bernie:The Magpies came to Old Trafford and won the match thanks to the now-departed Yohan Cabaye. Ever since he left, Newcastle have been a team in shambles. Pardew won’t be on the touchline (maybe that’s a good thing). United will be buoyed by their draw with Bayern Munich and need to build on that result. I feel they will. 2-0 United
Mohaned: You never know what you’re going to get with Newcastle, but St. James’ Park is never an easy place to go. Although their chances of a top four finish are non existent, United will look to build on last week’s home win against Villa. Newcastle don’t have much to play for in mid-table, but will aim to at least take a share of the spoils in front of their home fans. 1-1.
Rishay: What has happened to the Magpies since Cabaye’s departure? The 1-0 reverse result in December now looks like a fluke. Manchester United have put in some spirited performances recently and will be the favourites going into this one, which hasn’t been the case during many of their recent fixtures! 3-0 United
Chelsea vs Stoke City:
Bernie: Wow! Who would’ve thought that Mourinho would come into a game on the back of two successive losses? Crystal Palace and PSG have put Chelsea in a bad position in the league and Champions league. He won’t let a third game go by without a win. Stoke are woeful away from home anyway, so Jose may have just caught a break. 2-0 Chelsea
Mohaned: Losing twice in the space of a week is hardly what Mourinho envisioned after the 6-0 win vs Arsenal. The loss at Palace dented Chelsea’s title bid and a win here is vital to remain in the title race. Stoke city find themselves well placed in 10th after three wins in a row and will head to the Bridge with nothing to lose. Hazard will score in a 2-0 Chelsea win.
Rishay: Mourinho is absolutely fuming at his team’s defensive performance during their trip to Paris this week, and you can expect a good response from his squad here. Stoke will not score, and Chelsea might score a few. Plaudits must go to Eden Hazard in particular, as he has been one of the more consistent cogs in Chelsea’s lineup for the entire season. 4-0 Chelsea
Sunday April 6th:
*Game of the Week: The Battle for Fourth*
Everton vs Arsenal:
Bernie: This is the big one! This game will have a direct effect on the holder of 4th place and that vital Champions League spot. Everton are at home and in good form. Arsenal’s form has been disappointing. However, form always goes out the window when there’s so much on the line. I expect Wenger’s men to be determined and their experience in these situations to take them over a very motivated and fluid Everton side. Arsenal will win it but barely. 2-1 Arsenal
Mohaned: A hugely important game for both outfits with the final Champions League spot up for grabs. An away win for Arsenal coupled with a friendly end of season run-in would see them grab a commanding lead in the race for 4th. A home win would give Everton the advantage with their game in hand. Arsenal will be hoping for the return of Aaron Ramsey to provide a timely boost while a win for Martinez will undoubtedly take Everton into uncharted territory. 2-1 Arsenal.
Rishay: A thrilling fixture in the making! Arsenal have had some seriously difficult fixtures in the past several weeks and they have shown that once again, they do not have the extra 10% in the tank, much to the disappointment of their fans. Can they now show that they can finish strongly? Everton are within striking distance of Arsenal’s league position and if the Gunners are not careful, the Merseysiders may find themselves in the prized fourth place position. Could it happen? 2-2 Draw.
West Ham vs Liverpool:
Bernie: The hammers are safe and Sam Allardyce deserves all the credit in the world. Brendan Rodgers’ team are mounting a serious title challenge and he deserves even more credit. Luis Suarez is chasing the all-time Premiership scoring record for a season and he could break it against the Hammers I feel. Liverpool have so much confidence that they won’t be held. 3-0 Liverpool
Mohaned: Liverpool are simply unstoppable at the moment. Coming off the 4-0 win against the Spurs (9-0 aggregate), they have become serious title contenders and with their attacking quartet performing admirably, it is no fluke that they are in the race. Big Sam appears to have kept West Ham in the league for another year, albeit with some fans unimpressed with his playing style. Andy Carroll will be hugely important for West Ham if they do manage to get a result, but Liverpool will be too strong for them. 3-1 Liverpool win.
Rishay: Liverpool are the most in form team in the league at the moment and they deserve their standing for now. Can they pip their rivals to the title and achieve one of the more fairy tale seasons in recent history? It would require a win at West Ham, which, at this point doesn’t look like a challenge. 3-0 Liverpool
Monday April 7th:
Tottenham vs Sunderland:
Bernie: I don’t like predicting Tottenham games. I know I’ve said it before but they are so bad and Tim Sherwood is a laughing stock. Sunderland’s form hasn’t been good recently and they are in the relegation fight. This should make for a good watch. One team needs to save face and another needs to survive. I’m going for a draw here 1-1
Mohaned: Sunderland are desperate for points at the moment and travelling to White Hart Lane seems a daunting trip for Gus Poyet and his men. With their interesting cup runs bearing no fruit and currently sitting at the foot of the form table, Poyet knows that its “squeaky bum time” as put by Sir Alex. We have probably said this many times this season, but Sherwood will once again look for a response from his team as their chances of a top four finish are diminishing by the week. Spurs should win this one and I’ll go with 2-0 Spurs.
Rishay: Not my game of the weekend, to be honest. I do not care for Tim Sherwood, as I know he will be gone before I know it and Tottenham will finally be a proper team again. The question is, will they finish in a Europa League spot or not? A rejuvenated Manchester United hot on their tails might end up taking over that spot if there are any slip ups! Sunderland are definitely going to be a bogey team in this fixture. 1-1 Draw.