Matt Holland feels has predicted Swansea City to beat Norwich City, Bournemouth and Newcastle United to play out a draw and Sunderland to pick up a point at Southampton, he wrote for Marathon Bet.
It’s a huge weekend in terms of the race for Premier League survival as four of the bottom six play each other.
Norwich, winless in eight, travel to Swansea who head into the clash coming off the back of a 2-1 win at Arsenal and former Ipswich Town man Matt Holland can only see The Swans picking up all three points.
“In terms of form, I’m going to have to say Swansea. Norwich have been in really awful form lately, picking up little to no points and going into the game possibly without a toothless Brady doesn’t leave them on the best start. Everything that can go wrong for Norwich has. So a home win for Swansea,” Holland said.
A Norwich defeat would give Sunderland and Newcastle the chance to pull clear, and the latter have a huge game at St. James’ Park as fellow bottom six side Bournemouth visit the North East.
The Magpies have a decent home form and Steve McClaren is undefeated as manager against Eddie Howe, and Holland backs that run to continue though he feels the Cherries will earn a point.
“Newcastle will be glad to be back at home, their away form has been horrible. McClaren was right when he said they’re a frustrating side, you never know which team is going to turn up. A draw here!” He wrote.
Slip-ups for Newcastle and Norwich would be most welcomed by Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, yet the Black Cats arguably have the toughest fixture of those fighting to stay up.
The Wearside club travel to the South Coast to take on Southampton, with their last visit there culminating in a sensation 8-0 thrashing. Holland doesn’t envisage such an outcome this time, though.
He added: “Southampton were in great form until last week and have since picked up a couple of sticky defeats to Chelsea and Bournemouth.”
“Sunderland on the other hand are looking stronger lately, with quite a bit of fight in them. Allardyce signed well in the transfer window with Khazri and Kone and they’re performing well. Going for the draw.”
Should Holland’s predictions come true, then Sunderland will stay out of the bottom three while Swansea will pull eight points clear of the drop zone and all-but safe for another year.