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Everton vs Liverpool
Everton remain the underdog in this match after suffering a 1-3 thrashing in the hands EPL champions-elect Manchester city last week. With 40 points from 32 matches played, it is fair to say that the club is safe from relegation.
Liverpool goes into this game on the back of a 3-0 hammering of Manchester city in the UEFA champions League on Wednesday night.
Considering that they dispatched Man City off without the opponent having a short on target goes to show how they have improved in the league.
Liverpool is certainly favourite to win this match, but be reminded this is a Merseyside derby game between two neighbours.
The first leg between these two sides end in a 1-1 stalemate. I expect a close encounter again in spite of Liverpool’s current form.
Verdict: Home Win and under 2.5
Arsenal vs Southampton
Arsenal currently has 51 points after playing 31 matches, and it sits at 6th position in the League. Arsenal scored 58 goals and let in 41 goals.
Southampton is heavily involved in a relegation fight because of its return of 28 points after playing 31 matches this season. Its league table position is 18th and has a goal difference of -18. The club has scored a paltry 29 goals, but has conceded 47 goals.
Verdict: Home Win and Over 1.5
Score = (2-0)
Man city vs Manchester united
Manchester city go into this game with a low morale following the unexpected defeat they suffered in the hands of Liverpool few days ago. The question now is: can the run away premier league champions wrap up the title on Saturday evening? Or will the club be facing a mini crisis at the season comes gradually draws to a close?
Manchester united may have been encouraged by Liverpool’s performance against Man City, that game has shown that their blue neighbour are not invincible as such.
Manchester united may have conceded the title to their opponent, but they have their pride to play for here. A defeat will see City confirmed the champions of England for the 2017/2018 season. The gap between these two ssides is a whopping 16 points.
Verdict: “Away Win or Draw” and under 4.5
Score = (2-2).
Chelsea vs Westham
Chelsea has found life tough this season in spite of being crowned champions last year. Their season has been marred with internal conflicts between the board of directors and the Coach on the one hand, and the several key players and coach on the other hand.
Barring any last minute miracle, Chelsea is most certainly going to be away from UEFA Champions League football for the 2018/2019 season. Currently placed 5th in the league table, the club is 8 points behind Tottenham who is occupying the 4th position – last champions league slot allotted to English teams.
Westham sits in 14th position after picking up a low 33 point from 31 matches. Though the club is not yet safe from relegation, they are fighting on. But, I expect them to lose this battle this weekend.
Verdict: Home Win and over 2.5
Score = 3-1
Leicester vs Newcastle
Leicester sits in 8th position, with a goal difference of +4 after amassing 43 points from 31 matches. The club has turned its season around having been in relegation fight earlier in the season.
Having dispatched off Brighton last weekend by 2-0, they ought to record another victory here. But, they are without key midfielder Winifred Ndidi who is suspended for this game after picking up a red card.
Newcastle may have been disappointing to watch this season under Raphael Benitez, but they have gradually reestablished themselves in the league after gaining promotion at the end of the 2016/2017 season.
The club occupies the 12th position in the league with 35 points from 31 matches. It has scored 31 goals and let in 40 goals. Though, they are the bookies underdog, I expect them a record a narrow victory against their opponent.
Verdict: Away Win
Score = 2-3 or 0-1
West brom vs Swansea
Having enjoyed some stability in the English Premier League, it appears West brom may have to start making preparations for life in the Championship. The club is rocked bottom of the league after picking up only 20 points from 32 matches. The club is certainly going to be relegated, the question is: when will their relegation be confirmed?
Swansea is currently ranked the 15th best club in England based on its returns of 31 points from 31 matches played. Though the club is not safe yet from relegation, but they will certainly be enjoying themselves at the moment having been in relegation waters few months ago.
Verdict: DRAW and under 2.5
Score = (0-0)