The Premier League title race was blown wide open last week, and with the action already started, it’s time for football gambler to bring you our Premier League Match Predictions for Matchweek 27.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it would appear we have a title race again.
In a crazy matchweek 26, we saw Manchester City drop points, and Liverpool close the gap at the top of the Premier League to just 3 points.
If anybody had told me last weekend that Spurs would beat Man City at the Etihad, and that Burnley would pick up 6 points in four days, I would have thought they had gone mad.
By a twist of fate, or whatever you want to call it, Liverpool has no Premier League fixture this weekend. They face Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
Does this work in their favour though? I’m not sure, is the answer.
Pep’s City face Everton in the Saturday evening kick-off, and victory will see them reopen the 6 point gap. Albeit having played a match more. I'm not sure that will affect Liverpool really, as they know they are capable of winning the league.
On the flip side though, does it add more pressure onto Manchester City?
They now go into the match at Goodison Park against Everton, knowing a win is a must.
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Despite the gap only being 3 points, the bookmakers still overwhelmingly favour Pep’s City.
I'm not sure they're the greatest value at those odds, even given their 3 points lead.
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Right, on with this weekend's match predictions. Apologies for missing last night's Southampton vs Norwich match.
I would have gone with a Saints win, as they have a great home record this season.
I did think Norwich gave a good account of themselves away at Liverpool the previous week, but away at Southampton is a tricky fixture for anyone.
Only Wolves have won at St Mary’s this season, and that was back in September.
Leeds vs Spurs - Saturday 12.30pm
Any regular readers will know I gave Spurs no chance of beating Man City last Saturday.
I'm still not sure where that performance came from, especially when you look at how Antonio Conte's team followed it up against Burnley.
As for Leeds, they've shipped 10 goals in their last two matches. Yes, they were playing Man Utd and Liverpool, but it's the manner they play and concede in that makes them at risk of going down.
Leeds were awful at the back against Man Utd on the opening weekend of the season, and nothing has changed since.
I see this as the ideal fixture for Spurs to get back to winning ways.
- Verdict - SPURS WIN
Brentford vs Newcastle - Saturday 3pm
I regard these next three fixtures as difficult to predict.
Brentford stopped the rot by holding Crystal Palace to a draw two weeks ago. But they were back to losing ways against Arsenal last weekend.
Newcastle played in the lunchtime kick off last Saturday, and got a good point away at West Ham.
They were probably disappointed not to win to be honest.
I don't think Newcastle lose this one, famous last words, I'm just not sure if it's a draw or an away win.
I do think the Bees will be up for this match though. They know they can't afford to lose, and will see a home match against Eddie Howe's team as winnable.
I'm going for the draw though.
- Verdict - DRAW
Brighton vs Aston Villa - Saturday 3pm
Both these teams suffered unexpected defeats last weekend.
In the case of Brighton, their 3-0 home defeat to Burnley could have been partly down to playing with 10 men at Old Trafford for well over half an hour the previous Tuesday.
As for Villa, their 1-0 defeat at home to Watford could go down as just one of those days.
Since the turn of the year though, Villa have only picked up 5 points from six games.
With the exception of Man Utd, they've not had the most difficult run of fixtures either.
I do think they are playing better than their results are suggesting though, and I can see them leaving the Amex with a point.
- Verdict - DRAW
Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Saturday 3pm
Another tricky match to call. Palace had been stuttering a bit, and were - similar to Villa - playing better than their results had been suggesting.
Against Watford on Wednesday, they finally got a result that reflected their performances, when they won 4-1 at Vicarage Road.
As for the Clarets, we'll, what a week they've just had.
To pick up 6 points from matches at Brighton, and at home to Spurs would have been beyond their wildest dreams.
I'm sure Sean Dyche would have happily settled for 4.
Can Burnley make it three on the spin? I think they're playing well enough, but to take 9 points in a week is a vert tough ask for most teams.
So I'm sitting on that fence again.
- Verdict - DRAW
Man Utd vs Watford - Saturday 3pm
Ahead of Man Utd's trip to Vicarage Road last November, I did predict an easy victory for the Red Devils.
I'm not predicting that this time around, but I do think that United will win.
I expect Watford to sit back and make things difficult. It's what they do, and it's the sort of tactics this United side struggles against.
I don't see Watford holding out though. I think it will be an attritional watch, but I see Man Utd getting the job done.
- Verdict - MAN UTD WIN
Everton vs Man City - Saturday 5.30pm
Everton are in a hole. Wins for Newcastle and Burnley, along with a home defeat here would see the Toffees in the bottom three.
And Everton don't strike me as a team who may fight their way out of such a position.
The best chance Everton has of staying up is by keeping well out of the relegation scrap.
Sadly for them, they could be right in the middle of it tonight, as I can only see them losing today.
City do give up chances, and as we saw last Saturday, if you take those chances, you can get success.
Everton obviously doesn't have a player of the calibre of Harry Kane though.
- Verdict - MAN CITY WIN
West Ham vs Wolves - Sunday 2pm
Even though this isn't the most eye catching match, it is a significant one for both of these teams with regards to the top 4.
Man Utd are likely to beat Watford, so the loser of this match is going to be at least 7 points behind them in 4th place.
I thought West Ham were a bit fortunate to get a point last Saturday against Newcastle, although I'm sure their fans would disagree with that.
And the Hammers overall form of late has been a touch inconsistent.
As for Wolves, they were 8 minutes away from a great win over Arsenal last Thursday, only to somehow lose the game.
Will that defeat affect them both physically and mentally? I think it will, and I'm going for a home win.
- Verdict - WEST HAM WIN
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