After the official announcement of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United’s new long term manager, Ray Parlour looks at how the battle for a Top 4 finish is shaping up and gives his predictions for this weekend’s featured games.
It would be an incredible finale for the Premier League if the title race and the Top Four battle both went to the last day of the season. I think because it’s so tight right now that they could do.
Manchester United vs. Watford
Solskjaer has done a great job at United since he took charge and for me it was no surprise to hear he’s been given the job full time. That could maybe given United another boost ahead of the run in and help them clinch a top 4 spot.
Old Trafford will be bouncing on Saturday and while Watford have been very impressive this season, I can’t see anything other than a home win. The Hornets will probably have half a mind on the FA Cup Semi Final as well so I’ll go with Man United to win and keep a clean sheet.
Cardiff City vs. Chelsea
This is obviously a big one at both ends of the table. Cardiff keep digging in and you’ve got to give them and Neil Warnock great credit. They’re still alive and Neil will have his team up for this one for sure.
Chelsea are so hit and miss, especially on the road but with the attacking options that they have in the likes of Hazard, Higuain and Pedro, I think they’ll have a bit too much for Cardiff.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur
A massive game for both sides. With Manchester City playing on Saturday lunchtime against Fulham, Liverpool will be expecting to go into this one a point behind their title rivals in the table.
Arsenal went to Anfield and got hammered. I think this one will be closer and Spurs will know if they can get a point it could be huge in their own Champions League battle. But I fancy Liverpool to sneak it.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal might be playing catch up a bit on Monday night with some of their rivals having won over the weekend but I still think they’ll get all three points against Newcastle.
I watched Newcastle when they went to Bournemouth a few weeks back and they were probably a little fortunate to get the point they did. They’ll set up to be strong defensively at the Emirates but with Aubameyang and Lacazette in good scoring form, I can’t see them holding out.