Liverpool managed to extend their unbeaten streak before the international break as they drew 1-1 away to Manchester City, following on from victories against Burnley and Arsenal in the Premier League.
This marks a resurgence for Jurgen Klopp’s team after a dreadful start to 2017. Prior to their win against Arsenal at the start of March they had won just two of their 12 games in all competitions in 2017 and just one of their seven Premier League games.
This has put an end to Liverpool’s Premier League title ambitions, with them now sitting 13 points adrift of Chelsea and having played a game more than them. They are only four points above Manchester United in 5th as well, and the chasing team have two games in hand. If they want Champions League football they will need to keep their run of form going.
Everton are in fantastic shape at the moment though. Romelu Lukaku, despite his refusal to sign a new contract, bagged another brace last time out against Hull to make it eight wins, three draws, and just one defeat in their last 12 Premier League outings.
The big Belgian forward has now scored 21 Premier League goals for the season and has netted nine in his last six appearances, only failing to score in one of these matches. Considering his recent form, odds of 7/5 for him to score anytime look fantastic value for our goalscorer predictions.
Away from home The Toffees have only won two of their last six league games though, mainly due to their decreased competency at the back. They have conceded in nine of their last 12 on the road, but have scored themselves in ten of their 14 away from home, including six of their last seven.
EVERTON WIN 2-1
Manchester United managed to get a rather comfortable 3-1 win away to Middlesbrough before the international break, keeping their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League alive. This followed on from their 1-0 win at home to Rostov which puts them through to the Europa League quarter finals, so it could still turn out to be a successful season for Jose Mourinho.
The hosts come into this match having won two, drawn two, and lost one of their last five games in all competitions, sitting in 5th position with a four point deficit on Liverpool in 4th but with two games in hand on their arch rivals.
Manchester United haven’t lost a Premier League game since their 4-0 loss to Chelsea in October, but the victories haven’t come so easily to them. They have only won ten of their 18 league games since then, and at home their record is even worse. Old Trafford has seen them win five and draw seven of their last 12 games there.
West Brom managed a well deserved 3-1 victory over Arsenal last time out, putting their consecutive losses to Everton and Crystal Palace behind them. They have now won four, drawn two, and lost two of their last eight outings in the Premier League.
This has pushed them into a very impressive 8th position. They are seven points adrift of Everton above them, but they have a seven point lead on Stoke in 9th and look well on track for their best ever Premier League season.
Away from home they tend to struggle to win, but they are still a difficult side to beat. They have won three, drawn five, and lost six of their away days this season, but have only lost by more than one goal twice all season.
UNITED WIN 2-1
Leicester’s decision to sack Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri may not have been popular with the footballing world, but it has certainly had the desired effect on the players at Leicester.
Their first match without Ranieri saw them beat Liverpool 3-1 at home, and they followed that with an identical win against Hull before overturning their Champions League first leg deficit against Sevilla with a 2-0 win. They made it four wins on the bounce last time out with a 3-2 victory away to West Ham.
This has boosted their chances of Premier League survival enormously, taking them to 15th in the table with a six point cushion over the relegation zone. The fact they have hit a spell of good form is a huge point as well, and with matches at home to Stoke and Sunderland coming up they will feel optimistic about their chances of picking up some points.
The visitors predictably lost at home to Chelsea last time out to make it two wins, three draws, and three defeats in their last eight games in the Premier League, putting them in a respectable if unspectacular 9th place in the Premier League.
The vast majority of their success comes from their form at the bet365 Stadium though, because away from home they are looking very poor at the moment. They managed an impressive goalless draw with Manchester City in their last trip away, but they have lost five of their last seven on the road and have only managed three league victories all season.
The Potters have conceded 17 goals in their last seven away matches, and whilst this has been against top quality opposition, that defensive record will still prick the ears of Jamie Vardy. The Leicester striker bagged for England last weekend and is Leicester’s leading scorer with eight league goals. Backing him to score anytime at 6/5 looks a good choice for our goalscorer prediction
LEICESTER WIN 1-0
Hull looked to be mounting a resurgence following Marco Silva’s appointment of manager, but that looks like it could be over now. They were beaten 4-0 at Everton last time out to make it two wins, two draws, and four defeats in their last eight outings in all competitions.
This has included a few tough fixtures, but it doesn’t change the fact that they now occupy 18th position in the Premier League, three points from safety and only four above bottom of the table Sunderland.
In fairness to Hull they have been rather impressive at the KCOM Stadium. Their last match there was a 2-1 win over Swansea, a victory which makes it seven games unbeaten there in all competitions and with five wins to their name during this run. They have only lost one of their last 12 matches at home.
This is largely thanks to their increased attacking output on home soil. They have failed to score just once in the last 12 games at home, but defensively they still suffer. Hull have only kept two clean sheets in these 12 outings, resulting in seven of them having at least three goals scored.
West Ham aren’t exactly a low scoring side either. They have netted eight goals in their last five games, but with such a poor defensive record they don’t have much to show for it. They have conceded 11 goals in the same period of time, drawing twice and losing three times.
The Hammers have only won three of their last 12 games in all competitions, keeping just one clean sheet in the process. They have scored in eight of their last nine games and have drastically improved going forward, but their defence just seems incapable of keeping the opposition at bay. This has left West Ham 12th in the table.
HULL CITY WIN 2-1
Chelsea kept their Premier League title train rolling on last time out with a 2-1 victory away to Stoke, making it five wins on the bounce in all competitions and 12 games unbeaten, with ten of those ending in victory.
This puts them ten points clear of 2nd placed Tottenham in the Premier League title race and into the FA Cup semi finals, so a debut season double for Antonio Conte is still well on the cards.
At home they have been even better. Their last defeat at Stamford Bridge was a 2-1 loss to Liverpool in September, and since then they have won an incredible 13 matches on the bounce, scoring 39 goals and conceding just six at the other end. They have kept eight clean sheets during this run, which marked the start of Chelsea’s almost impenetrable back three setup.
Crystal Palace looked down and out a few weeks ago, but the Sam Allardyce effect finally seems to have taken hold at Selhurst Park. They beat relegation rivals Middlesbrough 1-0 at the end of February and have since picked up consecutive wins against West Brom and Watford.
Four wins in their last six Premier League games has lifted them out of the bottom three and into 16th position, with them now holding a four point cushion over 18th placed Hull. Their next six fixtures do consist of matches against Chelsea, Southampton, Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool, and Spurs though, so they are nowhere near guaranteed safety yet.
Away from home The Eagles have won two, drawn two, and lost six of their last ten in the league, and whilst Allardyce has finally managed to make an improvement on their back line, they are coming up against a formidable attacking outfit here.
Chelsea have won ten of their last 13 home games by at least a two goal margin, and this is largely thanks to the talents of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. Costa is always a goal threat, but at Stamford Bridge Eden Hazard thrives on the increased space that he gets. He has scored eight of his 11 Premier League goals at home this season, and odds of 6/5 for him to score on Saturday look the best value for our goalscorer predictions.
CHELSEA WIN 1-0
Watford fell victim to the resurgent Crystal Palace before the international break, with that 1-0 defeat making it four games without a win for The Hornets and pushing them down to 14th in the Premier League. They should be safe with seven points between them and the relegation zone, but they are still nine points off the crucial 40 point marker so they need to pick up soon.
At home they do fare better, winning three, drawing three, and losing just two of their last eight games in all competitions. They have only lost three of their last 13 home games, and considering they have three very winnable home games coming up they will feel optimistic.
This match is probably the most winnable of the lot. They come up against bottom of the table Sunderland who couldn’t manage to take three points off a Burnley side who had lost all but one of their trips away this season.
This extends The Black Cats winless streak to four matches since that freak 4-0 win at Crystal Palace, and they have now won one, drawn three, and lost seven of their last 11 games in the Premier League.
Sunderland are left 20th in the table and some seven points from safety. They do have a game in hand on a couple of the teams above them, but without picking up points those games in hand are useless.
Away from home Sunderland really struggle to pick up points. They have won twice on the road this season, drawing once and losing the remaining ten in the Premier League. This includes six defeats in their last seven away games, with them conceding a total of 16 goals in this period.
WATFORD WIN 1-0
Burnley picked up a very rare away point last time out when they played out a goalless draw at Sunderland, extending their winless streak to seven matches in all competitions. To be fair to them they have had to face the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool during this period, and with five away games in that run they were never likely to get much.
At Turf Moor it’s a different story entirely. They have lost just three times there in the Premier League all season, and their 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea last time out makes it six games unbeaten for them. They have won seven of their last nine league games on home soil, and that’s taken them to a respectable position in the table, despite them losing all but two of their away matches.
Burnley come into this game in 13th position, just one point adrift of 10th placed Southampton and a comfortable looking eight points clear of the relegation threatened Hull. They do have to face Spurs and Manchester United at home, but their hostings of Stoke, West Brom, and West Ham are definitely winnable so they have a very good chance of avoiding the drop here.
Tottenham managed to get the win against Southampton in their last match despite the absence of Harry Kane, extending their unbeaten streak to six matches in all competitions and with them having picked up five wins in that period.
In the Premier League they have won four, drawn two, and lost one of their last seven games, taking them to 2nd in the table but some ten points adrift of the unstoppable Chelsea. They have a two point lead on Manchester City below them and are only seven points inside the top four as well.
Away from home things are quite a bit tougher for them. They have won just two of their last ten away games in the Premier League, drawing five and losing three. Now they come head to head with a defensively sound Burnley at the fortress that is Turf Moor. Burnley haven’t lost by more than a single goal at home all season, and I think they have a very good chance of getting something from this game.
SPURS WIN 1-0
Southampton fell to a predicted 2-1 loss away to Tottenham before the international break, leaving them 10th in the Premier League with just 33 points from their opening 27 games. This puts them just nine points clear of the relegation zone, and they are some ten points adrift of 8th placed West Brom and 18 points behind the top five.
The Saints’ defeat to Spurs makes it two wins and five defeats for them in their last seven games in all competitions, which is a huge disappointment. They are finally scoring goals though, with them netting 13 times in these seven games. Unfortunately for them their defence has suffered, conceding 18 times at the other end.
At home their form isn’t much better, winning three, drawing one, and loingt four of their last seven Premier League games. Their last four matches have had a total of 15 goals as well, making for some very entertaining football.
Bournemouth are no strangers to entertaining football. Their 6-3 loss to Everton in February was one of the games of the season, and they have seen at least three goals scored in ten of their last 14 matches in all competitions.
Generally it hasn’t gone well for The Cherries though. They have picked up wins against Swansea and West Ham recently, but they have still lost six of their last ten in all competitions. Away from home they have won one, drawn one, and lost seven of their last nine outings, scoring 12 goals and conceding a huge 24 at the other end.
Swansea may have looked a vastly improved side since Paul Clement took charge, but they are still in serious threat of relegation if they don’t start picking up points more regularly. They currently sit 17th in the Premier League, just three points above 18th placed Hull and only seven points off the bottom spot.
Their last two matches have been away from home, but they have faced two out of form sides and lost against both Hull and Bournemouth. Prior to this they had beaten Burnley at the Liberty Stadium, making it four wins and four defeats from their last eight outings in the Premier League.
Fortunately for Swansea they put in much more competitive showings back in South Wales. At home they have won their last three matches on the bounce, scoring seven goals and dispatching of Southampton, Leicester, and Burnley.
Now they find themselves coming up against another out of form side, only this time they have the home advantage. Middlesbrough lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United last time out to make it four losses in a row in all competitions. In the Premier League their winless streak extends quite a bit farther than that though.
Their last league win was a 3-0 win over Swansea all the way back in the middle of December, and since then they have drawn four and lost seven of their 11 games. Three of these four draws have come at home as well, and away from home they have lost six of their last seven. Their last away victory came in their very first away game of the season when they visited Sunderland.
This has unsurprisingly left Boro in relegation trouble, with them sitting second from bottom in the Premier League only ahead of north eastern rivals Sunderland. They are five points adrift of safety, and another loss on Sunday would leave them at least six points off the safe zone.
Fernando Llorente is a huge threat up front for Swansea, and he is the hosts’ leading scorer this season. What’s more, eight of his 11 league goals have come at the Liberty Stadium, and he bagged a brace against Burnley in their last game there, so he looks the best choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions at 11/8.
SWANSEA WIN 2-1
Arsenal’s season has gone from promising prospect to sinking ship in the last two months, and their only chance of silverware now is the FA Cup. Considering their recent form they will find it difficult to progress to the final in that as well though, but with their semi-final opponents being Manchester City we’ll know more about their chances after Sunday.
Last time out Arsenal disappointingly lost at West Brom, to continue their dreadful run of form. Arsene Wenger has been coming under enormous amounts of pressure, and it’s no surprise given they have won just three of their last nine games in all competitions.
Two of these three victories have come against non-league opposition in the FA Cup, with the other one being a home win against the relegation threatened Hull. Other than that they have lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich and lost to Watford, Chelsea, Liverpool, and West Brom. This has seen them drop out of the Premier League top four, with them now sitting 6th. They are six points adrift of 4th placed Liverpool but do have two games in hand.
Manchester City went through their own rough patch in the autumn, and whilst they’re certainly not the finished product yet they have improved since that poor spell. March has been tough for them though. Last time out they drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool just a few days after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in a thrilling contest which ended 6-6 on aggregate.
They have now won four, drawn three, and lost one of their last eight games, leaving them 3rd in the Premier League with a 12 point gap between them and champions elect Chelsea.
Away from home in the league they have won three games on the bounce, but they have only kept five clean sheets in their 14 away days this season and are facing an Arsenal side who have scored in all but one of their home games this season. Manchester City have scored in all but three of their trips away though, whilst Arsenal have only kept five clean sheets at the Emirates
ARSENAL WIN 2-1