West Ham vs Fulham
West Ham will enter this match as strong favourites, given the struggles that Fulham has endured this season. It’s going to be very difficult for Ranieri to keep them up now, and although they enjoyed a brief resurgence in which they secured some decent results, the number of goals they concede will likely be the deciding factor in them going down.
I think given West Ham are at home, they will have too much for Fulham and their defensive fragility. It’s been a problem they’ve had all season, and although Calum Chambers has done well sitting in front of the back four, they’ve just been leaking far too many goals. That said, they’re still fairly good going forward and I can see them nicking one themselves.
Cardiff vs Watford
Cardiff have been brilliant at home and have given themselves a real chance of staying up this season. Neil Warnock has done an unbelievable job and if they do stay up, he should get manager of the year, without a doubt.
That said, Watford can go into this game in decent form and off the back of a good FA Cup win against QPR. If Cardiff can get anything from this game it’ll be seen as a good result and with their home form as good as it is, a draw is definitely achievable.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane is back in training, which is a huge boost for Spurs; he’s undoubtedly their main man and will be raring to go! However, Tottenham have been brilliant in the past few weeks and coped ever so well in his absence. They were amazing against Dortmund in the Champions League, which was a fixture many thought Spurs would lose and you shouldn’t rule them out of the Premier League title race just yet.
We all know how Sean Dyche likes to play and Burnley will make it difficult for Tottenham but I think the way Spurs are playing at the moment, they will be hoping to keep the pressure on both Liverpool and Man City, and will have too much fire power for The Clarets.
West Brom vs Sheffield United
It’s really hotting up at the top of the Championship, with only three points separating the top four. Darren Moore’s West Brom have driven themselves right into the mix with a brilliant win midweek against QPR.
The Blades are also having a very good season and top scorer Billy Sharp has been lethal in front of goal but I think Jake Livermore’s last-minute winner will have done wonders for the Baggies confidence, and with them being at home, I can see them winning.
Arsenal vs Southampton
Arsenal are probably going to have to rely on the Europa League now if they want Champions League football next season, as the top four is looking like a bit of a tall order. If they are to mount a genuine challenge, then nine points from their games against Huddersfield, Southampton and Bournemouth are a must.
Southampton will look to play on the break and could definitely force a goal but in the end, I think Arsenal will have a bit too much.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea was amazing and it wasn’t just the way they scored the goals but also the discipline they had and the way they defended at times. It was a very good performance all round. They all trust the manager and the manager trusts them and I think now it’s only a matter of time before Solskjaer gets given the job on a permanent basis; a result against Liverpool won’t harm his chances in any way!
Given what’s at stake for both sides, tensions will be running high and a draw on the road would be a good point for Liverpool, especially given the form of Man Utd. It could be a cracking game but I think they’ll end up cancelling each other out so a draw is the most likely outcome.
Well, first and foremost, Chelsea fans will be praying for a better performance than in the league a couple of weeks ago, and when speaking to a few, it’s clear in their eyes what Sarri has to do in terms of changing the system. Whether it’s two in midfield, three at the back, or moving Kante back into his best position, I just feel he’s too stubborn to go against his philosophy and because of this, they are in danger of losing heavily again and Sarri could completely lose the support of the fans.
When City get going, they are almost unstoppable and if they score early it could get very dicey for The Blues and with it, the security of Sarri’s job. In short, if nothing changes tactically, I can’t see Chelsea winning that game.