Saturday 2nd March 2013
Chelsea vs West Brom (15:00)
Chelsea have had a bad run in the league recently, winning only 2 of their last 6 games, with 2 losses also happening. Pressure will be on the team and manager in this game, due to getting pushed into 4th last weekend, and being only 2 points off Arsenal in 5th. West Brom won their last 2 league games, but I feel their luck has run out, and a Chelsea team full of world class players should comfortably win here.
Everton vs Reading (15:00)
Both these teams are fighting for something major this season, the only difference being the end of the table at which the fight is happening. Everton are desperate to put their 3 game winless run behind them, and to push on for 5th place, Reading on the other hand are trying to pick up any points to remain in the division next season. I expect this game to be scrappy, with neither team performing to their best. Everton will edge it though.
Man Utd vs Norwich (15:00)
Norwich’s safety in my opinion is guaranteed, so they won’t be as worried in their remaining fixtures. Had it not been for the fact that Man Utd have a hugely important Champions League fixture midweek meaning they will play a second team in this game I would have predicted a very heavy loss. As it stands Norwich have a chance here, albeit a small one.
Southampton vs QPR (15:00)
This is a big game in the relegation battle, one that QPR desperately need to win. Southampton’s home form has been pretty good compared to other teams fighting to stay up, so this may push the game in their favour. I however believe that the home fans urging on their team to win the game will give QPR great chances to attack on the break which, given their players, will be very dangerous.
Stoke vs West Ham (15:00)
Stoke are one of only four teams to lose less than 2 games at home all season, so coming to the Britannia will be very tough for West Ham. This coupled with two demoralising losses in their last league outings means only one thing in my eyes.
Sunderland vs Fulham (15:00)
Sunderland have lost their last three games, and are having major problems scoring. Fulham are looking good and with Berbatov scoring a great goal in their last game I expect them to use their new-found confidence to win here. This game I believe will be a dull one, so don’t expect too much excitement.
Swansea vs Newcastle (15:00)
Swansea’s players will be overjoyed with their recent cup success and confidence within the team will be high. The home side also score lots of goals at home, so this will add to the game. Newcastle are looking good with their recent signings, and I expect them to put up a good fight! They also know how to score, as they demonstrated in their last game, so I fully expect goals in this match.
Wigan vs Liverpool (17:30)
The late kick off on a busy Saturday sees 17th take on 8th, in what should be an entertaining game. Wigan desperately need points, but with Liverpool’s recent league form, I don’t believe this will be a fruitful game for them. Liverpool are playing attractive football, and their forwards are looking great, this said Wigan did win 3-0 in their last game so they could try target something here.
Sunday 3rd March 2013
Tottenham vs Arsenal (16:00)
This London derby should be everything we ask for in matches: fiery, exciting and full of goals. With Arsenal practically out of the Champions League they need to try finish the season well, and Tottenham are doing fantastically with the in-form Bale banging in loads of goals. With there being an average of 3 goals in League games this season involving one of these teams, this will quite possibly be the most exciting game of the weekend.
Monday 4th March 2013
Aston Villa vs Man City (20:00)
Aston Villa’s recent form has been reasonable and they have been able to score a few goals, however their main problem is being able to hold on to a lead and once one goal is conceded often the flood gates open. Man City have dropped points in 3 of their last 4 games but they looked back on form in the recent convincing win over Chelsea. With a 12 point gap to close on rivals Man Utd a win is definitely on the cards here. The real question is how many goals will they win by?