Premier League Gameweek 22 Predictions
Sheffield Utd 1-1 West Ham
Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 2-1 Burnley
Everton 2-0 Brighton
Leicester 3-1 Southampton
Manchester United 3-1 Norwich
Wolves 2-0 Newcastle
Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
Bournemouth 1-0 Watford
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester United and Everton are in must-win situations this weekend, with a Double on both paying out £270 from a £100 stake. Manchester United remain as inconsistent as they’ve been since 2013, except Solskjaer seems to have less experience and ideas than all the previous managers we fired. We were probably better off seeing things through with Van Gaal. United should absolutely get past bottom place Norwich, but even they are likely to penetrate the United net- with Maguire sidelined for up to a month. Meanwhile, Everton are coming off their worst loss of the season -a humiliating FA Cup loss to Liverpool’s youth team – undoing all the goodwill that from remaining unbeaten in their previous 6 games.
Moving on to the rest of the games, Southampton go up against Leicester, the team who blasted them for 9 just 2 weeks ago. Elsewhere in the top, Chelsea host Burnley, while City travel to Aston Villa. All three should pick up wins, and even if they don’t, there is little or no pressure coming from the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham or Arsenal. The relegation battle of the week sees Bournemouth host Watford, where a win for Watford would see the two sides trade places in the league- something that would’ve unthinkable 4-6 weeks ago.
Games of the Week: Tottenham vs Liverpool
No point taking about Li-VAR-Pool anymore, so we will primarily focus on Tottenham. Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period at Tottenham Hotspur is well and truly over now, with one win in five in all competitions, and with Harry Kane ruled out until mid-April.
Jose’s men are sitting 6th in the Premier League, six points adrift of Chelsea in 4th and having dropped eight points in their last four games, it’s difficult to see how Liverpool don’t make things even worse this weekend.
The combined XI adds little weight to the argument for Spurs, with just 4 players featuring in the team, although Harry Kane obviously would’ve featured, had he been fit.
Spurs have won just one of their last 14 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, losing nine of them. With Liverpool averaging two goals per away game and winning each of their last three EPL meetings with Spurs 2-1 scoreline, and that seems to be a logical way to go once way. Liverpool are going to press a jittery Spurs team high up the pitch and win the ball back constantly. They will always utilise space and the quality of the pitch at the Tottenham Stadium. Liverpool win this game, and are actually solid value at 3/4.