The big game of Matchday 25 in the Premier League this weekend is arguably Manchester City’s visit to Spurs in the late kick-off on Sunday.
Match to end in a score draw
Leicester City v Chelsea
Leicester have won eight of their 12 home league games so far this term, but I expect Chelsea to share the spoils at the King Power in this clash between the sides who start the weekend in the last two Champions League places in the table.
At the time of writing, it is unsure whether Frank Lampard will be able to call on the services of striker Tammy Abraham who was injured against Arsenal in the Blues’ last league game and missed the FA Cup tie at the KCOM Stadium, Hull at the weekend.
Irrespective of the Foxes’ League Cup semi-final result midweek, I think it will be a point apiece in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Villa to win
Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Bournemouth did pick up a vital three points at home to Brighton last week, but that was their first home win since November and I was disappointed with their performance back at the Vitality Stadium on Monday when they were flattered to lose just 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Premier League survival is the main objective for Dean Smith’s League Cup finalists, and I expect them to take all three points against the Cherries.
Sheffield United to win to nil
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United
Palace failed to muster a single shot on target when no match for Southampton in their last home league game and they are struggling for goals at present.
Indeed, there have only been 22 goals scored at Selhurst Park in the 12 previous league games so far this season and one goal might be enough to split these sides at the weekend. I think the Blades will cement their place in the top half of the division.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Liverpool v Southampton
At the time of writing, Liverpool have yet to meet West Ham at the London Stadium midweek, but we know they will have at least a 16-point lead at the top of the table when Southampton visit Anfield at the weekend.
The Saints have won 69shared four-goals at the Etihad in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but if there are four goals again in the capital on Sunday, I believe City will pick up the lion’s share.