@0riginalfooty takes a look at the weekend fixtures for the 33rd round of Premier League football. Last time out we got six out of ten predictions right and no correct scores. Will we do better this week?
Crystal Palace vs West Brom (15:00)
Alan Pardew’s team are in sensational form and should jump into the top half of the table this weekend; a magnificent achievement considering where they were when he took over. The Baggies are heading in the opposite direction and are in danger of being dragged in to a relegation battle. Normally playing a team in Palace’s position would be a blessing in disguise for West Brom as they have nothing to worry about in terms of relegation, sadly the Eagles are more concerned with finishing as high up the table as possible. Comfortable home win here.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom
Everton vs Burnley (15:00)
The Toffees have really picked up in recent weeks and have an outside chance of pushing for a top half finish but in truth they will just want the season to end as soon as possible. Burnley, meanwhile, are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table but there is just the sense that they can escape danger. If they were to get anything from this they would put themselves in a really strong position but I think Roberto Martinez’s side will be too strong.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Burnley
Leicester vs Swansea (15:00)
Nigel Pearson’s side have given themselves a real shot of staying in this division with back-to-back wins but they need to keep that momentum going. A win in this game would put them level on points with Hull in 17th and would give them belief that they will survive. The Swans won’t roll over easily, though, and have beaten most the teams in a similar position to Leicester in the last few weeks. This could go either way. The Foxes will be desperate to get a win but Swansea are so consistent at the moment and a draw seems more likely.
Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Swansea
Stoke vs Southampton (15:00)
This match has very little riding on it, although Southampton still have an outside chance of getting a Champions League place. Stoke have been as solid as ever this season and Mark Hughes has done a good job. The Saints have struggled to score a multitude of goals all season and have relied on being solid defensively and I just fancy Stoke to shut them out and end their faint hopes of competing in the Champions League next season.
Prediction: Stoke 1-0 Southampton
Chelsea vs Man United (17:30)
There is only one result in this match that could salvage a shred of interest in the title race and that would be a Manchester United win. Sadly, Chelsea have been very consistent over the season and look unlikely to surrender the title now. United have also improved recently and you get the feeling they will be challenging for first place next season. Mourinho always sets his side up well for the big games and I can’t see them losing.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Man United
Man City vs West Ham (13:30)
City are in big trouble of seeing their season spiral out of control and if they drop out of the Champions League spots then heads will roll. This is the perfect game to get back on track though as West Ham are on holiday already. Aguero returning to form last weekend was a boost and he should grab a goal or two here in a comfortable win.
Prediction: Man City 3-0 West Ham
Newcastle vs Spurs (16:00)
This is a bit of a nothing game for everyone involved and these are two sides that are ready for the season to be over. Newcastle are sliding down the table rapidly and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they didn’t pick up another point this season. Spurs look jaded and their European challenge is all but over but they should still win this.
Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Spurs