Chelsea win title at West Brom as Arsenal keep hopes of top four alive: Premier League predictions
Chelsea can put an end to any more suspense with a win over West Brom this weekend. Graham Caygill predicts this and the rest of the matches. Click or swipe through for each match. All times UAE.
Everton 3 Watford 0
Why? Everton’s recent good form has come to an end with two successive losses, but they will be confident of getting back to winning ways against Watford. Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the 3-2 loss at Vicarage Road in December that Everton suffered, and with the Merseyside team having not scored in their past three games he will be expected to lead their goal threat as they bid to end the season in style.
West Bromwich Albion 1 Chelsea 2
Why? Before March this would have been expected to be a banana skin for Chelsea on their title run-in, but West Brom have not won since March 18 and had been on a five-game goal drought until their 2-2 draw at Burnley last Saturday. Chelsea though have found their form since their blip at Manchester United, and with Diego Costa back on the goal trail they should win the league title at the Hawthorns.
Manchester City 3 Leicester City 1
Why? City were superb in thrashing Crystal Palace last weekend, but Leicester are a much better side than Palace, and with Jamie Vardy in excellent form they will test City’s defence. But, City are much stronger with Vincent Kompany fit again and they should keep their charge up to ensure Uefa Champions League football next year.
Bournemouth 2 Burnley 1
Why? Both sides can be proud of ensuring their Premier League status with two weekends to spare. While Burnley finally ended their away win drought at Crystal Palace two weeks ago, Bournemouth are ending the season strongly, with Joshua King playing superbly, and they should prevail here.
Middlesbrough 0 Southampton 0
Why? Middlesbrough are relegated and Southampton’s form has cooled down since their strong spell in February and March where they should have won the League Cup. Southampton are the better side, but are struggling in front of goal, so a creditable point for Middlesbrough in their last home game in the top flight, for at least a year, will be a small consolation.
Sunderland 1 Swansea City 3
Why? Swansea showed their mettle last week as their win over Everton put them back in charge of their own fate in the relegation dogfight. With Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente scoring important goals, they should be too good for already relegated Sunderland.
Stoke City 1 Arsenal 2
Why? Stoke has not always been a happy hunting ground for Arsene Wenger and the Britannia Stadium could well be the venue where their hopes of another top-four finish comes to an end. But Arsenal have picked up since coming from behind to reach the FA Cup final, and beating Manchester United and Southampton this week has given them momentum.
Crystal Palace 1 Hull City 1
Why? Hull cannot afford to lose this game, and given their away form has been their weakness, it is not hard to blame Hull fans for being worried. But Palace’s form has also slumped at the worst time, and a draw will ensure the fight to stay in the Premier League goes to the last weekend of the season.
West Ham United 0 Liverpool 1
Why? The return of Winston Reid has given West Ham a new steel in defence as they have kept three successive clean sheets, the most impressive being the last one as they all but ended Tottenham’s title hopes with their 1-0 win over their London rivals. Liverpool’s goals have dried up of late, but they will hope to find the net at least once to maintain their status in the top four.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 0
Why? They are going to fall short of winning the title, but Tottenham have a lot to be proud of and Mauricio Pochettino has built an excellent side. They should have too much for United, for who Jose Mourinho is likely to be make changes to his line-up again following their Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo on Thursday.
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Updated: May 11, 2017 04:00 AM