Both teams to score
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur 2-1
Spurs travel to Goodison Park after enduring another 90 minutes of torment in their 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United. This means Spurs have won only one of their last five matches, and away from home, the form book doesn’t read much better. They’ve won just three of their last ten on the road, so you’ve got to think that another defeat here could mean trouble for Jose Mourinho.
Everton themselves are in the middle of a poor run. Injuries have played their part, but the fact of the matter is that the Toffees are winless in their last four in the Premier League.
You get the feeling that something has to give. Admittedly, Everton have an inconsistent record on home soil, however, the problems at Tottenham seem to be more mental than anything else, and that’s difficult to overcome in the short-term.
I think this will be tight, but I reckon Everton will just shade it.
Newcastle United v West Ham United 1-1
West Ham’s incredible season continued as they won their crucial match against Leicester at the London Stadium. Their dream of playing Champions League football next season is very much alive, however, first they must overcome a Newcastle side that will feel there is light at the end of the relegation tunnel.
The Magpies have shown some grit in the last few weeks, and back on home soil, I think they’ll have enough to take another big point.
Wolves to win to nil
Wolves v Sheffield United 1-0
With players playing for pride more than anything else, you can’t help but feel that Sheffield United’s season is petering out with a whimper. Manager Paul Heckingbotham will already be planning for next years campaign, and with doubt about the future of many of his players, it makes things slightly tougher for the man in charge.
They welcome a Wolves side that despite not reaching the heights many predicted they would this season, have shown to be more than capable of beating the teams in and around them.
I don’t think this will be a classic, but I do expect Wolves to come through in a low scoring affair.
Arsenal half time, full time
Arsenal v Fulham 2-0
After making such a fight of it since the turn of the year, it’s looking more and more likely that Fulham will be playing Championship football next season.
The Cottagers’ have lost their last four Premier League matches and they take on an Arsenal side that despite their frailties, still have the quality to brush aside teams at the bottom end of the table.
With that in mind, I predict another afternoon to forget for the visitors. It’s 2-0 to the Gunners for me.
Manchester United -1 goal on the handicap
Manchester United v Burnley 2-0
Despite going a goal down, Manchester United produced another memorable victory on the road last weekend, defeating Spurs 2-0.
It was a typical United performance, and although I still think there is room for improvement at Old Trafford, the visit of Burnley should present itself as another opportunity to gain maximum points.
The Clarets simply aren’t scoring enough goals and if it wasn’t for the poor form of those in and around them, their concerns of falling out the Premier League would be a real possibility.
As I mentioned, United have been much better on the road, but on this occasion, I think they’ll come away with all three points.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Leeds United v Liverpool 1-2
Matchday one seems long ago now, however, it sure did set the tone for Leeds’ season when they went down fighting in a 4-3 win for Liverpool.
Fresh from victory at the Etihad, belief will be sky-high within the Elland Road ranks. One positive for them is that Liverpool have played midweek in Europe, as that definitely worked in their favour in their victory at City.
That said, there has been a bit of an improvement in Liverpool’s recent performances, especially on the road domestically.
With that in mind, I’m siding with the Reds’ to carve out a narrow victory.