Barclay’s Premier League: Gameweek 27 Preview

Chelsea v Everton

The lunch time game has everyone licking their lips in London as Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge. The Evertonians, who are in 6th on the EPL table will be looking to shock Chelsea who are residing in first place. The key player in this match will undoubtedly be Eden Hazard. The Belgian looks fresh and prepared to do some defending, as well as score goals. He will be the deciding factor in this match, so do not be surprised to see his name on the scoresheet.

Matchday Prediction: 2-1 Chelsea

Arsenal v Sunderland

Arsenal

Arsenal

After a grueling Champions League encounter to the reigning champions, Bayern Munich, Arsenal will be looking to bully Sunderland. Sunderland have been sitting in the relegation zone for a while, but they have recently turned results around in the past weeks. Over the last 5 matches, Sunderland have won 3, which is definitely a positive statistic for the Black Cats. With Arsenal’s dip in form, and Sunderland hitting a peak in their season, there could be an upset this weekend at The Emirates.

Matchday Prediction: 2-1 Sunderland

Cardiff City v Hull City

Time is running out for the recently promoted Cardiff City squad. They have acquired a new manager and loaned new players in to try and reboot the faulty system, but it is not working. All of the nuts and bolts to keep them above the relegation zone seem to disappear, which is terrible news. Hull City, with in-form Shane Long, will fire out of the block and put this game to bed early.

Matchday Prediction: 3-0 Hull City

Man City v Stoke City

After surprising the other side of Manchester a few weeks ago, Stoke will be looking to pull off a major upset in beating Manchester City. However, the Manchester City squad have been thriving under the bright Blue Moon at the Etihad this year. The goals have been flowing in, and no defense can mop it up. With the presence of Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Touré, and David Silva, Stoke City do not stand a chance away from home. However, the one thing the Stoke City faithful have in their favor is Manchester City played a challenging match against FC Barcelona in the Champions League. Possibly, City could be fatigued this weekend, but with a world class squad rotation, there will be no surprises.

Matchday Prediction: 4-0 Manchester City

West Brom v Fulham

It will be a true relegation battle this weekend at The Hawthorns. With four points between the two sides, there is no margin for error. With a win, West Brom would move seven from the bottom. That number is a comfortable cushion, but it certainly will not keep them safe. On the other hand, if Fulham win, it will bring them a step closer to safety. It can not be emphasized enough how important this game is for these two clubs. Expect the two squads to play for their lives tomorrow.

Matchday Prediction: 2-2 Draw

West Ham United v Southampton

The Saints will go marching into Upton Park looking to continue their incredible season. And with their star man, Adam Lallana, they should make the game a cake walk. Despite West Ham’s great form, the Saints have too much organization and creativity with their style of play.

Matchday Prediction: 3-1 Southampton

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

The reigning champions, Manchester United, have found this campaign very difficult. They have had poor result after poor result, and European football is extremely unlikely now. If anything, United have to go away from home and give 110% effort for the Manchester United supporters who have been in despair recently. Despite their disappointment, the fans have encouraged David Moyes by believing in him. Moyes knows that he and his team owe a massive win, but it does not seem likely. United have struggled to put goals in the back of the net this year, and Palace will protect their goal until the end. Although it is tough to say for the supporters, Manchester United will find themselves with a difficult fixture this weekend.

Matchday Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Liverpool v Swansea

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Liverpool are currently three points ahead in the battle for fourth place, and with eleven matches left, they can not afford a slip-up. Liverpool will certainly not slip-up, as this match against a weak Swansea squad will be routine. With their incredible home form at Anfield, Liverpool will let Suarez and Sturridge run riot on the Swansea defense.

Swansea have not been the same this year (notably due to the fact forward Miguel Michu is injured). They have gone from a Capital One Cup winning, top ten side into a team hovering above relegation. Although Swansea fans may not want to admit it, they are in the relegation battle too. Only four points separate seven teams, and Swansea is one of them.

Matchday Prediction: 4-0 Liverpool

Newcastle United v Aston Villa

Aston Villa are in the same group as Swansea; therefore, it is a must win match for the Villains. Their recent form indicates the need for a quick turnaround, which is something Christian Benteke could influence. After a great start to his second season at Aston Villa, Benteke has struggled to find the form he created earlier. Although he had an injury, expect a man of his quality to have an impact this weekend.

Matchday Prediction: 2-1 Newcastle United

Norwich City v Tottenham

It only seemed like yesterday when Gareth Bale shredded the Canaries defenses apart at Carrow Road. However, this year they will have to do it without the Real Madrid galactico. This has been a problem for Tottenham during the season, but since Tim Sherwood’s appointment as manager, Emmanuel Adebayor has emerged as a major contributor to the teams results. Now, they are only three points behind Liverpool, and will be looking to put pressure on them with a win this weekend.

Matchday Prediction: 3-1 Tottenham

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