The Bulldog was back to his best last week, getting eight out of ten correct results, including Crystal Palace’s win over Arsenal! Here he is with his Premier League predictions for the Easter weekend…
You can start calling me ‘Mystic Jim’ from now on… 8/10 correct results last week – what did I tell you: goals galore and net rash for keepers across the Premier League!
The early Kick-off on Saturday is Spurs at home to Bournemouth and this is has got a Spurs win written all over it. I can see Bournemouth getting a goal but I think over ninety minutes Spurs will be too good for them.
How good is Dele Alli? He’s so intelligent on the ball and is proving himself to be a proper goal scoring midfielder. He’s scored forty Premier League goals before his twenty-first birthday. Beckham got twelve, Gerrard thirteen and Lampard scored fifteen at the same age – that shows just how good he is and I think he’ll run the show against The Cherries. The only chance Bournemouth would have would be if they were at home and I think they’ll get ‘Spurs-ed’ off the park.
Crystal Palace v Leicester is a big game for both sides and whoever wins will feel that they’re safe from the drop. Leicester like space in behind, which they’re not going to get at Palace and you’ve also got to remember that they played away against Atletico mid-week, so I don’t think they’ll have the legs or the energy of Palace.
Wilfred Zaha is an absolute powerhouse and he’s on fire at the minute, Yohan Cabaye has found a bit of form as well, so although I think it will be tight, Palace will have too much for The Foxes.
Everton v Burnley…Burnley are an alright side, but when they come up against a very good team, which I think Everton are, they’ll have to be at their very, very best to get anything and their away form isn’t great either, so I’m going for an Everton win and Lukaku to score.
Stoke v Hull is a DISGUSTING game to call! Hull will feel like they need the points so could give Stoke a game. Stoke have some good players and the home advantage – they may want to be playing for prize money in terms of their final position in the table, giving them extra motivation, so I think Mark Hughes’ boys will have the edge.
West Ham will turn Sunderland over at The Stadium of Light. Sunderland rely far too much on Jermain Defoe with one up top and the other two forwards don’t look like getting up there to help. I don’t like anything about this Sunderland team: I don’t like the manager, they’ve got no identity, defensively they’re a shambles and I don’t like the way they play – they’re powder puff – that’s what I’d call them. They’re bottom, four points adrift from the next league position and are already down.
It should be a good game at Vicarage Road when Watford play Swansea and it’s a hard one to call. Watford are decent at home and I like their forward line of Deeney and Capoue. If they shored up their midfield and defence Watford would be a top eight team, because they’re always getting balls in the box, always creating chances and always creating aggro for the opposition. I’m going for a Watford win here. 2-1.
Saturday’s late Kick-off is Southampton v Man City. The Saints are a class outfit and I like their new Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini, but they remind me of a Man City youth team in all honesty – they play nice football but City will over power them. They’ve got a light-weight midfield and Virgil van Dijk is a big miss for The Saints. I think City will be too strong and will win 3-0 comfortably.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s matches and the first game between West Brom and Liverpool could be interesting. This could go either way and will be a good game. West Brom are good at home and are horrible to play against, so it won’t be easy for Liverpool who’ll need to be up for it to win, but if push came to shove I’d back Liverpool.
The big one this weekend is the 4pm Kick-off at Old Trafford, where United host Chelsea. Tottenham will be hoping Chelsea slip up against Jose’s boys but I reckon it’ll be a comfortable win for Chelsea and I think they’ll be too good. United will always have a chance at home and Zlatan could do some damage, but I don’t see United causing too many problems. If Chelsea can put this one to bed at the weekend, then it’s game over for the League title.
If Middlesbrough want to play Arsenal, then it’s now. I will feel so sorry for Wenger if Arsenal lose on Monday night – what’s his team talk going to be? What are his players doing?! What has happened at Arsenal?! But against ‘Boro, surely, SURELY Arsenal are too much for them? Well I hope they are anyway!!!
Enjoy the four day weekend and best of luck as always!
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