I’m always there or there abouts with my predictions and 7/10 last week wasn’t a bad effort at all!
I’m going to start off with an ‘itty-bitty’ game, where I think ‘Boro will struggle at Bournemouth. The Cherries have the home advantage and will have a little too much for the visitors. It won’t be a complete walk over but I just can’t see Middlesbrough getting anything out of this one, so I’m going for a 2-1 home win.
Marco Silva hasn’t lost a home match in the league at any club since March 2014 – what a stat! I think his record is still safe when Watford visit on Saturday. It’ll be a close game but Hull always score at home which can be a very hostile place and sitting in seventeenth place, they could do with the points. It’ll be a close one again, but I think Hull will have to much going forward.
Stoke travel to Swansea who play well at home, and like the two fixtures I’ve just mentioned, anyone can beat anyone here. This is another very tight game but Paul Clement has got some great home results since he’s come in and the Swans aren’t too far off safety which might give them some extra motivation tomorrow, so I’m going to go for another home win here.
West Ham v Everton will be a good game. I like Everton; they’re a decent team but if I’m honest I expected more from Koeman this year in terms of building a stronger Identity and style of play, but to be fair they’ve had their fair share of injuries and have brought in a lot of youngsters, but unfortunately, I still think they’re better than West Ham. This will be a good game and it’ll be tight, so I’m going with a score draw here: 2-2.
The late Kick-Off on Saturday is the first FA Cup semi-final where Chelsea play Tottenham at Wembley. After watching the way they’ve played all season, I fancy Chelsea. They might have had a little slump in recent weeks but they’ll be fine. I can see Spurs scoring, but when it comes to the crunch Chelsea will be too much and I think they’ll do the double, giving John Terry a great send off.
Looking at Sunday then, and I don’t think It’ll be a complete onslaught when Manchester United go to Turf Moor. If Burnley concede in the first fifteen minutes then it could be, but the longer they hold out then the greater chance they have of getting something, but I fancy a comfortable Man United win.
My watch of the week is Liverpool v Crystal Palace and I think there will be plenty of goals. Palace will give them a good go and will play well, but at home, I think Liverpool will be too strong for them. The problem with Palace is that they’re great going forward, it’s just defensively, they’re a bit suspect and with the talent that Liverpool have, Palace will get opened up.
Arsenal v Man City is the second FA Cup Semi Final of the weekend and Man City will be too strong here. When you look at Arsenal, they’re frail, there’s no bite, their name goes before them and they’re just not the Arsenal of old. When they come up against Man City they’re going to get found out.
These games are so tight and it’s so hard to call because anyone really can beat anyone, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep up my good run of form!
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