English Premier League Previews and Predictions (Game-Week 35)

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was Southampton’s hero against Manchester City. Can he rise up to the occasion once more for the Saints at Old Trafford on Monday night?

Norwich City vs. West Ham

Date: 11/7/2020

Venue: Carrow Road

Time: 12:30pm

Bottom club Norwich City’s Premier League status could be sealed when they host West Ham United, who are equally involved in the season-ending relegation scrap.

The Canaries have lost all five matches following the restart of the Premier League season and their body language asides the poor results in that period appears to indicate a team that have given up all hopes of redeeming a turbulent season and have accepted reality.

Boss Daniel Farke might decide to hand young forward Adam Idah a start in place of misfiring Teemu Pukki in attack.

We expect the Hammers’ quality to be too much for the Canaries to handle as West Ham earns an away victory which takes them six points clear off the drop zone and seals Norwich’s relegation.

Prediction: Norwich 1 – 2 West Ham                                       

Watford vs. Newcastle

Date: 11/7/2020

Venue: Vicarage Road

Time: 12:30pm

Watford faces Newcastle United at Vicarage Road as they are presented with a massive opportunity to win a second Premier League game in four days, six points in that period, a massive step towards securing safety.

The Magpies were brought back to reality after a five-game unbeaten run as they suffered a humiliating defeat at Manchester City, a rather unsurprising outcome. They face a Hornets’ side who have being  far from their best this season, relying on Danny Welbeck’s sensational strike to beat bottom club Norwich City in the penultimate round.

We tip both teams to score in this fixture and just like the last two successive league meetings between both sides; a score draw should settle this game.

Prediction: Watford 1 – 1 NUFC    

Danny Welbeck with a sensational acrobatic match-winner for Watford against Norwich City on Tuesday

Liverpool vs. Burnley

Date: 11/7/2020

Venue: Anfield

Time: 3:00pm

Champions Liverpool are massive favorites to extend their perfect Premier League home record as they host Burnley at Anfield.

The Reds earned a record-setting 30 league wins from 34 matches, the fastest team to achieve that feat in the division’s history away at Brighton on Wednesday and they should comfortably deal with the threat of Burnley in the afternoon kick-off.

In the likely absence of Jordan Henderson, who went off injured at Brighton, James Milner is expected to start in midfield, while for the Clarets, Chris Wood might pair Jay Rodriguez in attack, a potential physical and aerial test for the Liverpool defence.

We predict Liverpool to win by an identical score line just like they did in the reverse fixture played at the end of August at Turf Moor.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Burnley

Sheffield vs. Chelsea

Date: 11/7/2020

Venue: Bramall Lane

Time 5:30pm

Chelsea faces a stern test as they travel away to play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday evening. The third-place Blues are aware that a win against a side nine points behind on the table opens up a four-point lead against closest challengers Leicester City, who are in action 24 hours later.

Considering Sheffield’s brilliant game-management this been this term, the big results they have earned in a remarkable season including an impressive away draw in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s shaky defence, the Blues could be in for their biggest test yet since the league’s restart.

In the expected absence of N’Golo Kante, a major blow to Chelsea, they should be further exposed in midfield and at the back but the quick feet’s of Willian and Christian Pulisic should launch rapid attacks for Frank Lampard’s team.

We predict a rare high scoring fixture on this ground, both teams to score, over 3.5 goals and yet another narrow Chelsea victory secured only by the skin of the teeth.

Prediction: Sheffield 2 – 3 Chelsea                                                              

Brighton vs. Man City

Date: 11/7/2020

Venue: Amex Stadium

Time: 8:00pm

Saturday’s fixtures conclude with Brighton hosting Manchester City in a game which by all accounts should be high scoring.

The Citizens have blown hot and cold since the Premier League’s restart, notably losing on their last away trip to Southampton but responded with a big win at home to Newcastle United.

On Brighton’s part safety appears to have been secured and they played some brilliant football in intervals during the loss to Liverpool on Wednesday, emerging right-back Tariq Lamptey catching the eyes once more with his fine display.

We expect Brighton to extend their record of scoring against the big teams at home this season (bar Manchester United), but would ultimately succumb to a 14th Premier League defeat of the campaign.

Prediction: Brighton 1 – 3 Man City      

Wolverhampton vs. Everton

Date: 12/7/2020

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Time: 12:00pm

Wolverhampton and Everton kickoff Sunday’s matches with a potentially mouth-watering fixture at the Molineux Stadium.

The Wolves have suffered two straight losses on the bounce, equally failing to score in those matches, while Everton have only slightly fared better in that period, picking up a point.

The fact that both teams are set-up to attack possibly gives an indication that we could have a very open game here. We expect goals at both ends, over 3.5 goals and a draw the final outcome.

Prediction: Wolves 2 – 2 Everton                         

Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace

Date: 12/7/2020

Venue: Villa Park

Time: 2:15pm

Relegation-battlers Aston Villa welcomes Crystal Palace to Villa Park. Villa’s fate appears to have been sealed as they lost to Manchester United and their cause wouldn’t be helped by a very unpredictable Palace side.

Villa’s major hurdle has been an inability to successfully the numerous scoring chances, asides of course defensive worries.

We expect Palace to run out winners here, over 1.5 goals, a fourth straight game without a goal for Villa and Wilfried Zaha to get on the score sheet.

Prediction: Villa 0 – 2 Palace                                                                 

Tottenham vs. Arsenal

Date: 12/7/2020

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Time: 4:30pm

Tottenham Hotspur are certainly not in the best of form as they welcome Arsenal in the north London on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners head into the historical fixture in much better form than their fierce rivals who have surprisingly struggled all season and were only saved from the embarrassment of losing away at lowly Bournemouth by a VAR decision in their favour.

The Gunners impressively have picked up after successive defeats at the restart of the league, earning 10 points from four games, while Spurs have been far from playing at their maximum capacity and with Harry Kane still struggling to find his best form, this could mean more worries for Jose Mourinho.

We tip Arsenal to earn a fourth victory from their last five matches to continue their late surge for a European ticket, a 12th league defeat for Spurs, rather unsurprisingly.

Prediction: Spurs 1 – 2 Arsenal                                                                                         

Bournemouth vs. Leicester City

Date: 12/7/2020

Venue: Vitality Stadium

Time: 7:00pm

Leicester City are away to Bournemouth in a crucial game for both teams in Sunday’s final Premier League match. The Foxes are aware they could be four points behind Chelsea, who play 24 hours earlier and they will be desperate for a win at a struggling side aided by the goals of the league’s top scorer Jamie Vardy.

On their part, the Cherries are aware a fifth defeat in three weeks could mean one step away from sealing their fate and confirm a return to the Championship but based on current form they appear helpless from preventing that from happening.

Prediction: Bournemouth 0 – 2 Leicester   

Premier League top goals scorer Jamie Vardy is in the hunt for his 23rd goal of the season

Manchester United vs. Southampton

Date: 13/7/2020

Venue: Old Trafford

Time: 8:00pm

Manchester United are on course to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions when Southampton visit Old Trafford on Monday night.

The Red Devils are the league’s form team, scoring over 2.5 goals or more in four successive games, the first time that has ever happened in the Premier League and they will be confident of continuing that terrific form against a Saints team who they are on an eight-game unbeaten run in this fixture.

We expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain his tried, trusted and tested starting line-up, over 2.5 goals for the hosts and a comfortable Manchester United victory which possibly takes them into the top four bracket if either or both Chelsea and Leicester City fails to win at the weekend.

Prediction: Man Utd 3 –1 Saints

Disclaimer- Predictions are just for fun, based on analysis. We do NOT sell or guarantee results.

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