Midweek we saw a Copa Del Ray Classico final which Gareth Bale decided with a sweet solo goal. In the Premier League, the mid-week games threw us some curve balls. Everton lost ground in their fight for a Champions League berth while some say Manchester City handed Liverpool the title. This weekend’s games will take us one step closer to the EPL curtain closer.
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 19th:
Tottenham vs Fulham:
Bernie: Are Tottenham finally stabilizing now that Sherwood is moving on? Probably not! A 94th minute equalizer from Cristian Eriksen definitely helped alleviate some pressure against WBA, but this team needs help. Fulham’s great escape is now officially on and they will come ready to play. However, I can’t look past the individual quality advantage that Tottenham have over the Cottagers. 2-1 Tottenham
Mohaned: Technically, this is a London Derby. Fulham arguably have more to play for here to secure their place in next year’s Premier League. Spurs are destined for a Europa League spot and might want to finish above Manchester United just for the sake of the history book. Like I’ve said many times, Spurs are the hardest team to predict games for. I’ll go with a 3-1 Tottenham win with Soldado to score 6.
Rishay: London derbies always have some surprise element attached to them and we could well see a surprise result here. Fulham are struggling to stay in the Premier League and Tottenham are extremely unpredictable. 1-1 Draw.
Chelsea vs Sunderland:
Bernie: Chelsea are the little horse in the title race and they need to start galloping, and fast. We know they don’t lose at home under Jose Mourinho so the worst they will get is a draw. That being said, Sunderland will be under the cosh from the first whistle. Jose must know they can win the league so he will go for this. 3-1 Chelsea.
Mohaned: Sunderland got a massive point (could’ve been three) against Manchester City in mid-week. They will want to keep up their form if they are to get off that bottom spot in the table. Chelsea on the other hand will be raring to go BECAUSE Man City lost points. Its almost as if Sunderland dug their own grave. 2-0 Chelsea.
Rishay: Sunderland just dealt themselves a huge confidence boost by drawing 2-2 against Man City, while also dealing the Citizens a huge blow to their title credentials. Can they do it again against Chelsea and effectively put Liverpool in pole position to win the title? The Blues have grit, and will in – all fairness – probably come out on top quite easily. 2-0 Chelsea.
Sunday April 20th:
Norwich vs Liverpool:
Bernie: Norwich are going down. Let’s just say it now. What can they possibly do to stop the Liverpool juggernaut? Answer: Nothing! Just get out of their way! Sturridge and Henderson may not play but it won’t matter one bit. I’ll make a final statement here – 4-0 Liverpool and I don’t think Suarez will get 4.
Mohaned: Suarez to score 4 goals!? I bet Bernie and Rishay mentioned this somewhere in their predictions as well so i thought Id get it out the way nice and early. Norwich, unfortunately, have no chance here whatsoever. The league seems to be in Liverpool’s hands now and Gerrard looks like he would kill anyone who gets in his way of achieving his long-lusted-for Premier League medal. 3-0 Liverpool.
Rishay: Liverpool have everything on their side at the moment and that belief is the most dangerous element of their lineup. Suarez put four goals past Norwich in the earlier fixture this season in sublime fashion. I would not bet against him this time around! Norwich just lost 1-0 to fellow relegation scrappers Fulham, and are making their final bid for survival. 3-1 Liverpool.
Hull vs Arsenal:
Bernie: Most Gooners are happy that they are in the FA Cup Final and finally won a game in the Premier League, albeit versus West Ham. Confidence was needed and that result against the Hammers will have done them a world of good. Now they go to the KC Stadium to face the Tigers. This will be tricky and it will be a preview of the FA Cup final. Arsenal must win and Hull will want to prove a point before the Wembley showdown. I think Long and Jelavic, if selected, will cause problems. Can’t separate them, 1-1 draw
Mohaned: With fourth spot now in Arsenal’s hands, they cannot afford to slip up anymore. They’ve done enough of that. With Arsene barely able to field 11 fit players in their natural positions, this will be a tough game for the Gunners. Regardless, they will need a repeat performance as the one against Westham; ugly but effective. 2-0 Arsenal.
Rishay: A preview to this season’s FA Cup final! Arsenal will probably be given an added boost by Everton’s loss and have some more belief to finish fourth. Hull are dangerous though, and Arsenal are shaky. 1-1 draw.
*Game of the week: Moyes Visiting Old Friends*
Everton vs Manchester United:
Bernie: When was the last time I predicted a United victory against a big rival? I don’t know but it’s probably more recent than I let on. Despite that, United are having a decent run of form at the moment. Everton have broken personal records under Martinez and are going strong despite losing to Palace. The Toffees must win to keep up their momentum for the CL spot and Moyes’s side must win too to qualify for the Europa League (how the mighty have fallen). Moyes must win to show that Martinez hasn’t done anything special (Moyes did finish 4th with Everton, remember). I see United winning, it’s a gut feeling. 2-1 United
Mohaned: Fellaini and Moyes will make up all the talking points. Both arguably less succesful this year than their previous employer. Everton will want to get the points here which they unexpectedly dropped against Crystal Palace. United are on a good run of form which coincides with RVP being out the side and playing Mata in his preferred position. Kagawa is also starting to have a positive impact. About bloody time. 2-2 Draw.
Rishay: Will Everton bounce back from their loss to Crystal Palace or will Manchester United’s 11-day rest after Bayern Munich give them the advantage in this one? United can solidify their bid for the Europa Leauge and it will be good to see that they have some
Van Nistelrooyhorsepower in the engine. 2-1 United.
Monday April 21st:
Manchester City vs WestBrom:
Bernie: What on earth has happened to Manchester City? They look ridiculous at the minute. Pellegrini should be doing better. Some of his tactical decisions have been shocking. The team with the highest wage bill in all professional sports should be beating everybody, including poor Sunderland. Pellegrini needs to get a response from his players or kiss the title goodbye. I think he’ll get it, 2-0 City.
Mohaned: Is Aguero back? Is Pellegrini going to go bezerk again and rest Silva? Is Kompany still playing the worst football of his City career? All these factors come into play for City’s game against West Brom. WBA have been the big scalp collectors this season and I wouldn’t put it past them to upset City. The game being at the Etihad gives the title-chasers the advantage. 3-1 City.
Rishay: City are bruised like an overripe banana, and will probably angrily destroy West Brom in this one. Not the first time that City have slipped from a position of advantage in the title race. This time round, their rivals might not be so forgiving. 4-0 City.