Premier League Preview and Predictions (Game-Week 18)
Leicester City vs Crystal Palace
Venue: King Power Stadium
Leicester City, the Premier League second in form team with a run of four successive wins, are home to Crystal Palace in a game which promises to produce excitement.
The arrival of Claude Puel has propelled Leicester City from relegation strugglers to eight-place, losing just a solitary game to Tottenham Hotspur in that time and apparently reviving the career and form of Riyad Mahrez.
Palace impressively are off the bottom, scoring goals more regularly, a trend which should continue at the King Power Stadium, aided with the excellent performance of Wilfried Zaha. We expect the Foxes to clinch a fifth successive league victory.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Venue: Saint James Park
Arsenal should get arguably their easiest three points of the season when they host a struggling Newcastle United team.
The Gunners are down in seventh-place, winless in three successive league outings and should be desperate to earn maximum points and a big score line against the Magpies who are without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey.
Arsene Wenger must get the best out of his team and decide if Alex Iwobi deserves a place in the starting lineup. We expect Newcastle to penetrate an often suspect Arsenal rear guard.
Brighton vs Burnley
Venue: American Express Stadium
High riding Burnley in sixth-place are away to a Brighton who are beginning to feel the intense pressure and demands of playing in the top flight, as the Seagulls are winless in their last six successive games.
A team high on confidence can be expected to do just about anything, hence we expect Burnley to secure a fifth away league win of the season.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Third-place Chelsea are home to Southampton in a fixture which could go either way, based on the champions less than impressive start to their title defence.
Antonio Conte praised the effort of the team in a rather one-sided away win at Huddersfield Town. The real test is still ahead, but against a Southampton team who are winless in four successive games and memories of last season’s six-goal thriller at the Bridge, where Diego Costa put in a commanding performance enroute a league triumph, we should expect Chelsea to just do enough and earn the win.
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Venue: Bet365 Stadium
Stoke City bravely battled in their midweek away loss to Burnley, succumbing to a late winner against the Clarets. The Potters have a date to keep with West Ham United, a team who have impressively kept clean sheets in successive league games and earned four points in that time.
Mark Hughes is quite aware his job could be on the line if the result does not go his way, while David Moyes should fancy conjuring his magic to earn yet another result. Marko Arnautovic returns to his old stomping ground with the Hammers and we expect both teams to share honours even at the end of proceedings.
Watford vs Huddersfield Town
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
Watford are home to Huddersfield Town, a game which pitches two teams level on same number of goals conceded, 29.
Watford have found wins difficult to come by in recent games, winless in four successive games and this could represent a great opportunity to earn a long overdue win.
After the disappointment of losing away at Crystal Palace, Watford are condemned to win against a Huddersfield Town who have failed to score in successive away league games.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Etihad Stadium
League leaders Manchester City conclude Saturday matches with a potentially explosive clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
This fixture in the past two seasons was always projected to be key, but in light of recent events, both teams are miles apart in terms of quality.
Tottenham Hotspur have looked very ordinary this season, playing games without any total conviction like the previous season. The loss of form of Dele Alli and an over reliability on Harry Kane should make it easy for Manchester City to stroll to a 16th successive league win.
West Brom vs Manchester United
West Brom’s struggles this season is expected to get even worse with a home tie against second-place Manchester United at the Hawthorns.
The Reds Devils haven’t convinced in recent games but we have to fancy an away win against the Baggies who are winless in 15 successive Premier League matches.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth and Liverpool meet at the Vitality Stadium, a game which sees two teams desperate to earn a win confront each other. Last term, this game was one of the fixtures of the season, Bournemouth completing a sensational turn around to earn the win, Nathan Ake the hero.
Liverpool’s inconsistency this season has seen them win just two games in their last five league outings. The Reds should fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways, after two successive draws, an outcome which could take them back into a top four placement and sink Bournemouth below their current 14th position.
Everton vs Swansea City
Venue: Goodison Park
Monday night football returns at Goodison Park when a vastly improved Everton take on rock bottom Swansea City. The arrival of Sam Allardyce has seen the Toffees finally playing to their potential, a potential worry for Paul Clement and the Swans.
It should be an emotional game for Gylfi Sigurdsson who faces former teammates for the first time since his summer departure from Swansea City. We expect the game to be a comfortable one-side victory for Everton.
Disclaimer- Predictions are just for fun, based on analysis. We do NOT sell or guarantee results.