With less than a month left in the Premier League season, there are some major outcomes still to be decided. Our man Ray Parlour looks ahead to the weekend’s key clashes.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
This’ll be the third meeting between these two sides in a fortnight and I think it’s where City’s strength in depth will really show. With the injuries Spurs have got they can’t rotate their team too much whereas City could field almost an entirely different side to the one that played in the Champions League.
It should be a good game and its massive for both with their respective targets in the league but I expect City to get the win and put the pressure back on Liverpool ahead of their game on Sunday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
You really can’t see Brighton winning at the moment. They were really disappointing again against Cardiff during the week and now they’re well and truly in a relegation battle.
I think whatever happens they’ll stick with Chris Hughton because he’s done so much for the club but right now I worry for them. It won’t get any easier at Wolves either. They were poor against Southampton last weekend but should be back at it here.
Everton vs. Manchester United
Everton are so unpredictable this season, highlighted perfectly in the last two games where they’ve beaten Arsenal but then lost to already relegated Fulham. That will have really annoyed Marco Silva and I expect them to raise their game for this one.
As for United, they were well beaten by Barcelona and it wouldn’t surprise me if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a few words with the squad after that and reminded them what they need to do between now and the end of the season.
This will be a close game but I’ll go with Man United to get the win they need.
Cardiff City vs. Liverpool
Neil Warnock will have been delighted with how his team played at Brighton and now they’ve given themselves a real chance to stay up. Confidence will be high and they were unlucky against Chelsea the other week.
But that all being said, Liverpool look relentless right now and should be too strong in all areas for Cardiff. The title race looks like it’s going to go to the wire and Liverpool won’t slip up in this one.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace
Arsenal at home have been excellent all season. Away from home they’ve been very patchy but that win at Watford was a really good one for their top four chances and I expect them to follow that up with another victory at the Emirates.
Palace are a strange side who have been better on their travels than they have been at Selhurst Park and they’ve got the players to cause Arsenal some problems but I think they’ll leave empty handed on Sunday.
Chelsea vs. Burnley
Chelsea were too strong for West Ham in their last league match at Stamford Bridge and they should have enough to see off Burnley in this one as well. But I do think Sean Dyche’s men will cause the Blues a few headaches.
Burnley have picked up some good results of late and Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes can make life difficult for the Chelsea defence. That’s why I can see the Clarets scoring but ultimately going down to a defeat.