The Semi-Final second legs of the Champions League were incredible. This year’s CL has really stepped up! Chelsea got knocked out at home by Atletico Madrid while Real Madrid dominated Bayern Munich at home to set up a CL Final Madrid derby. Some will use this for their La Liga vs EPL arguments … either way, the Premiership is nearing its close and so are our predictions. It’s going down to the wire!
Here’s a reminder of last week’s scores and a recap of how we stand. Its still not a guaranteed win for Bernie! As usual, a correct outcome warrants a point, while a perfect score gets three points:
Saturday May 3rd:
Westham Vs Tottenham:
Bernie: West Ham fans want Sam Allardyce out. When the season is over they may just get their wish. They aren’t going to get relegated but they want to see their team play better football. Spurs are in decent form so don’t expect much reprieve for the Hammers. Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor should be good enough to create problems for Allardyce and co. I have a feeling that Big Sam’s days are numbered and Spurs will help him on his way. 1-0 Spurs
Mohaned: West Ham are just about safe from relegation and won’t be too disheartened if they don’t come away with points against Spurs. Meanwhile, with fourth place out of the question, Tottenham are eyeing fifth spot after a few slips from Everton has left the door open. They need to get maximum points in this one to put pressure on Everton and I believe they will. Adebayor and Eriksen look capable of doing the damage in this derby, resulting in a 2-0 Spurs win.
Rishay: London derby day. Tottenham have been remarkably rigid in the last couple of weeks and fighting until the end for that Europa League spot. West Ham have had to deal with questions over Sam Allardyce’s future and have nothing to really play for. In terms of who wants it more, I think Spurs will edge it. 2-1 Tottenham.
Manchester United Vs Sunderland:
Bernie: The last time these two teams played United won 2-1. However, this was the second leg of the Capital One Cup and the game went to penalties where United showed how British a team they really are. Gigg’s men will be buoyed by their last home win but Sunderland will be full of confidence. Poyet’s side are close to pulling off the great escape and a relegation scrapper is a team to be feared. Will the good times under Giggs’ continue? I think they will. 2-1 Man United
Mohaned: Both teams have their reasons to feel refreshed for the last couple of games of the season. Sunderland’s form of late with wins at Chelsea and Cardiff has really lifted the gloom, with the players and fans alike starting to believe that they can survive for at least one more season. As for Man Utd, well, it’s the understated news of Giggs taking the job. He will be looking to get a second win out of two in what seems like a potential routine home win ( though that was also said when Sunderland visited Stamford Bridge). I’ll go with a 3-0 home win.
Rishay: We saw the good side of United last week, and fickle football fans were quick to judge Ryan Giggs to be the next Pep Guardiola! What!? Relax man….seriously. Shut the hell up. In other news, Sunderland are on an inspired end of season run and have climbed off the bottom and into 17th place. They will be optimistic about their chances and high on confidence going into this one. Will Giggs and his band of not-so-merry men from the Class of 92 have it in them to end the season with a perfect record? It’s all to play for at the Theatre of Dreams. 3-2 United.
*Game of the week: Title Decider 2.0*
Everton Vs Manchester City:
Bernie:The game of the week for sure. Everton will come out the gates flying and City will need to watch out. The Toffees need to beat City and hope Arsenal drop points to sustain their unlikely Champions League push. Chelsea did City a favor last week by beating Liverpool. Win all their games and City will be champions. What more incentive do they really need? This will make for an explosive match at Goodison Park. Unfortunately City have the bigger and better weapons so this should end 2-1 City.
Mohaned: This is the most exciting match of the weekend with the title as well as the final Champions League spot up for grabs with two games to go. If Everton fail to capture maximum points then their quest for fourth will be all but over. As for the title race, it’s in Man City’s hands now with a superior goal difference over Liverpool and Pellegrini will surely demand -as Gerrard did – that “this doesn’t slip”. The return of Aguero bolsters City’s offensive potential even more, and it might just be too much for Everton. 3-1 City
Rishay: I’ve probably said this every weekend for the last four or five match days in a row, but this is the game that will see if City are truly worthy of the title. Everton have hit a skid in the last couple of weeks and seen their Champions League hopes dashed. Will they have the confidence to stop City? Or, will they make sure that their Merseyside rivals Liverpool miss out on their first title in 24 years? I have a feeling City will edge a thriller. 3-2 City
Sunday May 4th:
Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Albion:
Bernie: West Brom are another team on the brink of a great escape BUT they are playing a re-energized Arsenal. With Ramsey and Ozil back in the squad Arsene must be thinking “what if?”. Their season could have been oh-so-different if they were fit. Same story, different season. West Brom for all their effort and industry should not be a match for Wenger’s boys. 3-0 Arsenal.
Mohaned: A home win here and the race for fourth will be over in Arsenal’s favor. The Gunners’ squad looks refreshed with the return of the influential duo of Ramsey and Ozil who were sorely missed during Arsenal’s latest slump. Coming off a crucial home win against West Ham, West Brom are a healthy four points away from relegation and any points gained here will be a welcome bonus. Ramsey may get on the score sheet in this one in what looks like a comfortable 3-0 Arsenal victory.
Rishay: Good back to back wins for Arsenal to make their grip on Champions League qualification stronger. I haven’t been hearing much from Pepe Mel in the media recently….I might have even forgotten that West Brom were still in the top flight..well, here they are and I think Arsenal will obviously beat them. 3-1 Arsenal.
Chelsea Vs Norwich:
Bernie: Chelsea have had a very weird week, to put it mildly. They surprisingly beat the league leaders Liverpool 2-0 with their “weakened” team. Three days later they lost 3-1 at home with their “stronger” team to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semis. Where will their confidence be? Do they believe they can still win the league? The good thing is they are playing Norwich at home and Norwich are absolutely useless. 2-0 Chelsea.
Mohaned: Chelsea seemed to have the title in their grasp until recent losses to both Crystal Palace and Sunderland see them in it with an outside chance. A midweek Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid means that Mourinho’s first season at Chelsea appears likely to end trophy-less but we all know what they say about Mourinho’s second. At the opposite end of the table, Norwich have been putting in decent performances lately but with little to show for it. Playing the top four in the last four games of the season is not easy and another loss this weekend will see them jump to six in a row. Chelsea should win this, I predict a 2-0 home win.
Rishay: Mourinho’s home record has been comprehensively shattered by teams wearing red and white stripes. In that sense, Norwich have no chance. They were also destroyed by a newly energized United side last week and low on confidence given their horrendous end of season fixture list! I think Chelsea might make it hard for themselves and be low on confidence after their loss to Atletico (deserved), but it will be business as usual now with Norwich bringing their bus into town. 2-1 Chelsea
Monday May 5th:
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool:
Bernie: Liverpool need to get their title fight back on track. They are on top although City have a game in hand. After losing to Chelsea last week they won’t need any motivation to get up for this game, Gerrard in particular. Crystal Palace are safe so Tony Pulis and his players may not be as aggressive as they have been in the last few weeks. That being said, Palace are a tough team to beat and Liverpool will need to be at their absolute best to navigate the Eagles. 2-0 Liverpool
Mohaned: Crystal Palace find themselves in 11th place after a stunning turn around of results since the arrival of Tony Pulis. This may play into Liverpool’s hands who come off a damaging home loss to Chelsea last weekend. They must capture the 3 points and hope that Man City slip up. Or, manage at least a 9-0 away win if Man City win their game at Everton. Either way, three points is a must. Suarez has found it difficult against the top teams this season and may recapture his form in this one. Liverpool should win this one and I’ll go for a 2-1 away win.
Rishay: After watching Atletico classily destroy Chelsea’s parked bus, in stark contrast to Liverpool’s attempts in the previous league encounter, you have to say that Liverpool are still not quite there yet. You wouldn’t be too far off either, given that they have played fewer games than Sunderland this season! Their massive cash injection from Champions League qualification could breathe fresh life into a squad so thin you can’t believe they aren’t butter. This season’s form could carry on and see them become a consistent contender for the title. Could this yet be their year? 3-1 Liverpool