This weekend is set to be one of the most interesting so far in the Premier League as several of high-flying face tricky ties. With games including Manchester United vs Liverpool, Tottenham vs Newcastle, Everton vs Chelsea and in-form Sunderland against Arsenal, it’s a weekend to get out of the cold and stay glued to your TV sets and radios.
Manchester United vs Liverpool (Saturday 12:45) 2nd vs 7th
Obviously this is the stand-out match this weekend, but it isn’t just the match everyone will be talking about at 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Will Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shake hands before the game? I hope the match makes the headlines for the right reasons. Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool a couple of weeks back and the Red Devils will be looking for revenge. With Liverpool achieving some impressive results and performances of late, and United having staged an incredible comeback at Stamford Bridge last week, it’s very difficult to predict how this one is going to go. However, I do see Wayne Rooney and indeed the controversial figure of Luis Suarez getting on the score sheet
Sunderland vs Arsenal (Saturday 15:00) 8th vs 6th
Sunderland are the form team in the division. The Black Cats could not buy a win under Steve Bruce before the Christmas period. But with Martin O’Neill at the helm they have turned their season around completely and are now looking at the prospects of Europa League football. O’Neill has won 9 of his first 13 matches in charge at Sunderland, losing to only Chelsea and Tottenham in that time. I see the Gunners being too hot to handle for O’Neill’s men on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners will be full of confidence from their 7-1 demolition of Blackburn Rovers last weekend, and this could be the start of Arsenal’s push for Champions League Football next year.
Tottenham vs Newcastle (Saturday 17:30) 3rd vs 5th
Yet another fascinating Premier League tie. It’s been a massive week for Harry Redknapp with his court case and now the rumours around the vacant England job, but has it been a distracting week? This is the sort of match Tottenham need to win if they stand a serious chance of winning the title this year. Newcastle are having an exceptional season themselves too, with Alan Pardew working miracles at St James’ Park (well, technically Sports Direct Arena). They are definitely in with a shout of Champions League football next year. Another tricky one to call this one, a score draw looks the best bet here.
Other PL Predictions
Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Wigan Athletic
Everton 1-1 Chelsea
Fulham 3-1 Stoke City
Swansea City 2-0 Norwich City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester City