Wins predicted for Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham while it could be almost curtains for Reading and QPR after defeats this Easter weekend.
Here they are…
Sunderland v Manchester United: 1-3
Martin O’Neill knows that his Black Cats side are still in a relegation scrap and the news that main goal-scorer Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole will both be out for the rest of the season.
The last thing he wants is to face the champions elect Manchester United this Saturday lunch-time. However that is the case and with Sir Alex keen to wrap up this title surely they will come away with the three points at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal v Reading: 2-1
We all know that a new manager can truly galvanise an outfit no matter how out of shape they might be.
However Nigel Adkins has already tasted defeat at The Emirates once this season and I can’t see him fairing any better on this occasion.
Man City v Newcastle: 2-2
I really think Newcastle will give this a good go at The Etihad and no matter what Mancini says about City still going until the end I can see them giving up more ground to United this weekend.
Southampton v Chelsea: 1-1
Mauricio Pochettino has managed to get his Southampton team to raise their game for the big teams in his short reign at St Marys and you have to feel he will do the same this weekend.
Will it be enough to beat Chelsea; probably not but should be enough to pick up a valuable point.
Swansea v Tottenham: 0-1
I know people are talking about the blip at Spurs and the pressure of trying to hold on to their Champions League hopes but I can’t see them dropping the ball.
A win at The Liberty Stadium could start the recovery.
West Ham v West Brom: 1-0
West Ham should be safe this season but would like to ensure their safety sooner rather than later. A win against West Brom should see them clear.
Wigan v Norwich: 2-1
A big game near the foot of the table and you just get a feeling about Wigan around this time of the season.
Norwich generally don’t travel well so a massive win could be in store for The Lactics at The DW.
Everton v Stoke: 1-0
Everton are without Steven Pienaar and Maraoune Fellaini which should worry Everton fans but Stoke have been poor in 2013.
If Everton play anywhere near the level they achieved against Manchester City in their last Premier League outing this should be a game they win.
Aston Villa v Liverpool: 2-2
Villa’s biggest result of the season before last weekend was the win at Anfield. Liverpool have come a long way since then so should lose at Villa Park.
It all really depends on which Aston Villa turn up.
Fulham v QPR: 1-0
I think the dream is over this Monday. Defeat at Craven Cottage should see QPR well and truly out of the picture in terms of safety.
What are your predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures?
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