Football Predictions

Premier League predictions: Spurs & Chelsea tipped to give Man Utd hope

By Squawka News

Published: 12:35, 2 May 2019

Another weekend, another crucial round of Premier League fixtures.

As the end of the campaign draws closer, the results seem to get more important. This weekend could be particularly decisive with Liverpool and Manchester City both desperate to avoid dropping points.

Liverpool face a tough trip to Newcastle United, while Manchester City welcome Leicester City to the Etihad.

Meanwhile, the race for the top four heats up with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arenal and Manchester United all in action.

And at the bottom, Cardiff City simply must win if they are to catch Brighton in the battle for survival.

We’ve had two of the Squawka team look at the fixtures and come up with Premier League predictions for this weekend.

Everton vs Burnley

Steve Jennings: Everton are still battling for seventh place and will be eager to continue their impressive home form. Burnley might be safe, but Sean Dyche proved he will give no team a pass with a resilient display against Man City last week. I still think Everton will edge it. Everton 2-1 Burnley.

James Richards: With Burnley already safe it is hard to see the Clarets going to Goodison Park and getting a result. This Everton side have hit form late in the campaign and probably wish the season could carry on a bit longer. Marco Silva’s side have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches and won each of their last three home games. These were against Manchester United (4-0), Arsenal (1-0) and Chelsea (2-0) which just shows how formidable the Toffees now appear to be. Everton 2-0 Burnley.

Player to watch: Richarlison will be looking to pull away from Gylfi Sigurdsson in the race to be Everton’s top scorer – both players have scored 14 goals in all competitions this term.

Bournemouth vs Tottenham

SJ: It looks like Tottenham need just two points from their final two games to finish in the top four. But injuries and the distraction of the Champions League semi-final could see their questionable league form continue against an unpredictable Bournemouth side. Bournemouth 1-1 Spurs.

JR: There is a lot riding on this game for Tottenham and Pochettino’s side will want to avoid needing a result against Everton on the final day to seal Champions League football for 2019/20. They will be up against a Cherries side that have had another fine campaign but one win in the last six suggests they are already on the beach… so just down the road in Bournemouth’s case. Bournemouth 1-3 Spurs.

Player to watch: After missing Tuesday’s defeat to Ajax through suspension, Son Heung-min will be eager to add to his 20 goals for the season.

West Ham vs Southampton

SJ: Both sides have nothing to play for other than their pride. West Ham will be looking to build on their impressive win at Spurs last weekend, but Southampton could find a way through to goal with the pressure off after finally securing their survival. West Ham 2-2 Southampton.

JR: These could both be sides to watch next season after strong finishes to the current campaign. West Ham will be pleased to have been the first side to beat Spurs at their new stadium in a fine away performance and Pellegrini will want to continue that effort into the last couple of games. Southampton have a very exciting manager in Ralph Hassenhuttl and losing just three of the last nine has seen them comfortably safe. West Ham 2-2 Southampton.

Player to watch: Shane Long has scored four goals in his last five Premier League outings so keep an eye out for the former Reading hot-shot in this one.

Wolves vs Fulham

SJ: Fulham’s results have ironically picked up since their relegation, but a trip to high-flying Wolves should prove too much for Scott Parker’s men. One more win could just be enough for the hosts to grab seventh place, and there can be no excuses against lowly Fulham. Wolves 3-0 Fulham.

JR: Wolves are clearly a club with ambition but also a solid plan of how to build for success over the coming seasons. Fulham are also ambitious but lack the kind of tactical foresight required to compete in a Premier League where bad defending gets ruthlessly punished. Wolves 3-0 Fulham.

Player to watch: Diogo Jota has scored in each of Wolves’ last three Premier League victories, including last weekend’s win at Watford.

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Cardiff vs Crystal Palace

SJ: Cardiff can move to within a single point of Brighton with a win. As a result, the atmosphere is likely to be electric for what could be the Bluebird’s final Premier League home game for some time. Neil Warnock will be determined to prevent that from being the case, and that could get the hosts over the line. Cardiff 1-0 Palace.

JR: Cardiff are all but down, needing to win their last two games to stand any chance of survival. They have played with passion and grit but lack the quality to really hurt teams this season. That said, Neil Warnock will demand that they take it to the last day. Easier said than done against a side that has won four of their last five on the road. Cardiff 1-1 Palace.

Player to watch: With nine goals and eight assists in the Premier League this term, Wilfried Zaha could break Cardiff hearts.

Newcastle vs Liverpool

SJ: It’s difficult to tell whether Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League will motivate or break them. Either way, they should have enough drive to see off Newcastle and put the pressure on Manchester City, who must wait until Monday to respond. Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool.

JR: With Liverpool fans praying that the Gods of Leicester City will shine down brightly on them, their own side have to make sure they get the win at St James’ Park. Newcastle have little to play for but they will want to end Liverpool’s title hopes if possible. Jurgen Klopp’s side were taught a footballing lesson in mid-week by Barcelona but should bounce back with three points here. Newcastle 0-2 Liverpool.

Player to watch: Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last nine league appearances for Liverpool.

Chelsea vs Watford

SJ: Watford will be aiming to get back on track after dropping points in their last two league games. They will be more than happy with a point at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side who could boost their Champions League hopes with all three points, but the Blues have sometimes struggled in this kind of match at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea 1-1 Watford.

JR: FA Cup finalists Watford travel the short distance south to play a Chelsea side who have to win their final two games to be sure of a top-four finish. The Hornets have performed well this season but two wins in the last six suggests that a top-seven finish will be a little too much to ask for. Chelsea 2-1 Watford.

Player to watch: Eden Hazard is without a goal since his double against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge last month.

Huddersfield vs Man Utd

SJ: Huddersfield’s Premier League journey is nearing its end with the club’s last home game. It could be a memorable occasion but Town’s lack of goals will make things difficult against a Man United side desperate revive their top four hopes. The Red Devils shouldn’t have too many problems here. Huddersfield 0-2 Man Utd.

JR: Huddersfield are already preparing for life in the Championship as they host Manchester United this weekend. There is talk of a mass clear-out at Old Trafford over the summer with United on a really poor run of form. Two wins in the last seven and four defeats in that time leave United having to win their final two games and hope results elsewhere go their way in order to finish in the top four. They should win this one but it will be the Europa League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season. Huddersfield 1-3 Man Utd.

Player to watch: David De Gea has made a host of errors recently. All eyes will be on the Spaniard, who hasn’t kept a clean sheet since United’s goalless draw with Liverpool in February.

Arsenal vs Brighton

SJ: Brighton are likely to do a similar job on Arsenal to the one they did on Tottenham last week. The Seagulls will sit back and play for a 0-0 draw, but Arsenal should have a little too much quality and will surely find a breakthrough eventually. Arsenal 1-0 Brighton.

JR: That point against Newcastle could end up being crucial for Brighton as they have Arsenal and Man City left to play. Is there a better time to play the Gunners though? This is an Arsenal side that has lost three in a row and four of their last five but you’d expect them to return to winning ways at home to the struggling Seagulls. Arsenal 2-0 Brighton.

Player to watch: Only Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane have scored more Premier League goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (19) this season.

Man City vs Leicester

SJ: Manchester City look unstoppable at the moment. Whether Liverpool win or drop points, Pep Guardiola’s side will have enough motivation to get through yet another home game. Although Leicester looked dangerous against Arsenal last weekend, City will simply have too much for the Foxes. Man City 3-0 Leicester.

JR:  Can Leicester City answer the prayers of thousands of Liverpool fans this weekend? Probably not, although five wins in the last seven suggests that Brendan Rodgers’ men are in the kind of form that is perfect for an upset. They were excellent in the win over Arsenal last weekend but Manchester City will be aware of their threats. Given City’s ruthless streak over the course of this run-in, it is hard to see them dropping any more points but they won’t have it all their own way against the Foxes. Man City 3-2 Leicester.

Player to watch: Jamie Vardy has scored 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League outings.