Premier League Matchday 32: City can Move Closer to Title with Goodison Win9 min read
The Premier League returns at the weekend after the final international break of the season with the visit of Spurs to Stamford Bridge on Sunday the highlight.
Manchester City can also move to within one win of the Premier League title with victory against Everton at Goodison Park.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
You have to go back twenty years for the last time Liverpool did the double over Palace in the Premier League but I will be surprised if the Eagles prevent the Reds from taking the points at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah has scored in 20 of his 30 Premier League games so far this season and he is only one away from the record set by Robin van Persie (2012-13) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08). That statistic shows vividly what a tremendous impact he has had on the PL in just his first season as a Reds player.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
Brighton v Leicester City
Brighton have won their last three home league games at the Amex but I feel they may have to settle for a point against a Leicester side who put four past West Brom in their last away game.
Twenty of Leicester’s thirty PL games so far this season have seen both sides find the back of the net – more than any other side in the division – and I think we will see goals again at the weekend.
Both teams to score at
Manchester United v Swansea
United have already beaten Swansea twice so far this season and I think they will land the treble at Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku has 99 Premier League goals to his name and I feel he will join the 100 club against a Swans side who have won their last two league games against ‘big six’ sides albeit both at the Liberty Stadium.
Lukaku to score at anytime at
Newcastle v Huddersfield
Huddersfield have failed to score in their last three Premier League games and I feel they will struggle against a Newcastle side who have won their last two home fixtures in the league.
Dwight Gayle is the Magpie’s top PL scorer with five so far this season, which highlights the fact that United have struggled for goals this term, but they put three past Southampton in their last game and I expect the hosts to keep the points in a low-scoring contest.
Newcastle to win at
Watford v Bournemouth
Watford have only lost one of their last 16 home games against Bournemouth and the Hornets will be keen to put behind their five-goal defeat at Anfield last time.
— Watford Football Club #StayHomeSaveLives (@WatfordFC) March 27, 2018
The hosts have a perfect three from three home record under Javier Gracia and they have never lost to Bournemouth in five previous PL games between the clubs.
Watford to win at
West Brom v Burnley
West Brom have lost their last seven league games but I feel they can take a point at the Hawthorns against a Burnley side who have only conceded 14 times on the road so far this season. To put that into context only leaders Manchester City (10) have shipped fewer.
The Baggies have fond memories of Burnley, however, winning nine of their last 10 home league games against the Clarets. Albion are ten points from safety and look sure to be playing Championship football next term, but they will not lack for commitment and I feel they might take a point.
Game to finish in a draw at
West Ham v Southampton
This is a massive game near the foot of the Premier League table and Mark Hughes will have been delighted by the Saints win at Wigan in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.
Don't forget, it's #clocksforward tonight! ➡️
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 24, 2018
It is well-documented that West Ham have their problems on and off the pitch having lost their last three league games by a three-goal margin. It looks sure to be a tight, tense affair and if there is to be a winner, I feel the Saints might take the points.
Southampton Draw No Bet at
Everton v Manchester City
Everton won the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season and Manchester City have not actually beaten the Blues in their last four Premier League games, having picked up a point at the Etihad earlier in the season.
Pep Guardiola has never beaten Everton in three previous attempts as a manager but feel he will buck that trend at Goodison as City play the first of two very big games on Merseyside over the next week.
City to win and both teams to score at
Arsenal v Stoke City
Arsenal have won their last 15 home games against Stoke in all competitions and it is hard to see past another home win at the Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners have won their last 24 home league games against sides who started the day in the bottom three but if they beat the Potters at the weekend, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back in the league since November, which highlights their inconsistency this term.
Arsenal halftime/fulltime at
Chelsea v Tottenham
Chelsea have not lost at home to Spurs in the league since February 1990 a run of 27 games. Indeed, Spurs have never won at Stamford Bridge in the history of the Premier League – an unwanted record of 25 games and counting.
Sunday’s clash promises to be a quality, full-blooded encounter and I expect to see goals. Spurs have taken the lead but failed to hang on in their last two league games at the Bridge losing 2-1 last term and, famously, surrendering a 2-0 lead back in May 2016 – a result that went down particularly well in Leicester.
Both sides came through difficult FA Cup quarter-final away ties before the international break and this could be a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final in May, although Manchester United and Southampton will have much to say in the semi-finals.
A draw and both teams to score at
My weekend wager:
Newcastle, Watford and Arsenal at