Matchday 25 Preview

Leicester vs Chelsea

Both Leicester and Chelsea have designs on making it to next season’s Champions League and with the two outfits meeting this Saturday lunchtime, it does mean that at least one of them will drop points at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester are once again in the winning groove after making light work of West Ham, while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will look to bounce back after sharing the points with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Who will come out on top in this one?

Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

Liverpool vs Southampton

There’s no doubt that Liverpool are going to win the Premier League this season, it is just a case of when and after playing their game in hand in midweek against West Ham, this Saturday sees them play host to Southampton.

Southampton got the better of Crystal Palace in their last league outing and if this current trajectory of impressive form continues, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will be clear of any potential relegation battle come the end of the season.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Bournemouth vs Aston Villa

The Vitality Stadium hosts another relegation ‘six-pointer’ this weekend as Bournemouth play host to Aston Villa and with both teams winning their last outing, they will be keen to build on such a positive result.

Bournemouth picked up a spriit lifting win at home to Brighton, while Villa left it very late to get the better of fellow strugglers Watford. A win for either on Saturday will be of absolutely huge importance.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Aston Villa

Newcastle vs Norwich

Newcastle seemingly continue to defy the critics and after an incredible comeback draw against Everton last week, Steve Bruce’s men will be looking to earn another all-important three points at home to Norwich.

The Canaries lost to Tottenham in their last outing and in their last two games have only managed to score from the penalty spot, the hope this week is that they can once again score from open play.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Norwich

Watford vs Everton

Watford lost to Aston Villa in dramatic circumstances last week and it is results such as that, which could end up determining whether the Hornets stay up at the end of the season. This Saturday sees them play host to Everton, who themselves were caught up in some late drama.

After going 2-0 up against Newcastle, it looked as if the Toffees were plain sailing with the clock ticking down. However, two injury time goals from the Magpies meant that somehow three points turned into just one.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Everton

West Ham vs Brighton

Since West Ham were reunited with former manager David Moyes there has been slight improvement in East London. However, you get the feeling that some bigger steps are needed, in order for the Hammers to pull clear of the relegation zone.

This weekend sees them play host to Brighton and with the Seagulls being heavily beaten by Bournemouth last week, another awayday may once again prove fruitless for Graham Potter’s men.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Brighton

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United

Crystal Palace have not won any of their last five Premier League outings and although that does sound like a disastrous run, there is the slight caveat that they have drawn four of that quintet and it was only defeat to Southampton last week which acts as the only pointless performance.

They will look to finally return to winning ways this weekend, when they play host to Sheffield United and after giving a good account of themselves against Manchester City, Chris Wilder will hope that any positive showing is this time converted into league points.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Sheffield United

Manchester United vs Wolves

All is not well in the red half of Manchester and although United start the weekend lying in fifth place, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that a league win will be required and especially after suffering back to back defeats.

However, that is going to be no easy task, as Wolves provide the opposition and if they perform as they did against Liverpool last week, this could be a long evening for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Manchester United 0-2 Wolves

Burnley vs Arsenal

Just when you thought it was safe to write off Burnley, they make everyone look silly by beating both Leicester and Manchester United and with those two games chalked off, Sean Dyche’s men will be confident of making it three straight league wins.

That said, opponents Arsenal will also have grown in stature as of late, especially after picking up a hard-fought point against Chelsea and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in the side, anything in possible.

Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Arsenal

Tottenham vs Manchester City

Tottenham put an end to their run without a league win last week, as they got the better of basement side Norwich and although three points were no doubt welcomed, you would have to say that the North London outfit certainly had to work for them.

This Sunday sees them play host to Manchester City and if Spurs don’t up their game considerably, it could be an afternoon where both Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne end up having quite a lot of fun.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester CIty

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