Saturday 30th March 2013
Sunderland vs Man Utd (12:45)
Man Utd currently are 15 points clear at the top of the table with 9 games left to go and so aren’t far away from wrapping up the title. Sir Alex Ferguson and all the Man Utd fans would like to see the title guaranteed sooner rather than later and a nervy end to the season is not what they want. Sunderland fans will be relieved to know that Man Utd have a cup game on Monday, so will most likely be fielding a weakened side. Even then, I believe the away side will be too strong for the home team who are on a run of 7 games without a victory.
Arsenal vs Reading (15:00)
Reading are involved in a bitter relegation fight, one which it seems they will lose. They have lost their last 5 games in a row, 2 of which were against other teams struggling to stay up. Arsenal are involved in a fight themselves, one for the final Champions League place. They currently sit in 5th place 4 points behind 4th place, but with one game in hand, so a win here against much weaker opposition is a must.
Man City vs Newcastle (15:00)
Newcastle’s recent form is looking good and they can be confident they have enough in them to avoid relegation, so there is no pressure on them here against the current champions. Man City on the other hand are under massive pressure to try close the gap on their bitter rivals Man Utd and to retain the League title. This could be quite a cagey affair, and I expect Man City to go behind, but then come back to win.
Southampton vs Chelsea (15:00)
Chelsea, like Man Utd, will probably be resting some players for their cup game on Monday, but once again this doesn’t mean they will be fielding a weak side. Southampton are very close to falling into the relegation zone, and will be really fighting for their lives till the end of the season. The win against Liverpool in their last game will give the home side a boost of confidence, but sadly for them I think Chelsea will knock them back down to reality.
Swansea vs Tottenham (15:00)
Tottenham and their star player Gareth Bale are having a fantastic season, but 2 losses in their last 2 games has seen their league momentum crash a little bit – had they won both those games, they would currently be in 2nd place. Swansea have also lost their last 2 games which sees them in 9th position, but they are only 10 points off 5th place. This means their season well and truly isn’t over yet, and I expect a strong performance in this game, the trouble is I don’t think it will be strong enough.
West Ham vs West Brom (15:00)
West Ham’s 5 losses in their last 7 games has seen them slip to 14th, this could be a worry, as they now are only 6 points above the relegation zone. West Brom are keeping up their good form and are only 6 points off 5th place. The obvious difference in quality between the two sides is noted from their league positions, but the style of play that West Ham have could hurt West Brom in more than one way. West Ham can be quite a physical and dirty side, and I think this will give them the edge here.
Wigan vs Norwich (15:00)
Wigan will be looking at this game as a must win fixture against a side who have managed only 1 win in their last 10 games. Norwich will also want to get something from this game against a weak side, as like quite a few teams there isn’t that much difference between them and the relegation zone.
Everton vs Stoke (17:30)
Everton have got back to winning ways recently, and managed to beat both Reading and Man City by a 2 goal margin in their last games. This is a great plus for the club, as their challenge to finish in a European spot is still on. Stoke have lost 7 of their last 10 games, but despite this I believe they will be safe, and will be in the Premiership again next season. They have a quality home record that will carry them, so here they can really get at Everton, and try to give them a hard time.
Sunday 31st March 2013
Aston Villa vs Liverpool (13:30)
This game produced a great 3-1 win to Aston villa earlier in the season, so Liverpool will be looking to get revenge. They will also look to get back to winning ways after their horrendous defeat to struggling Southampton. Aston Villa have won their last 2 games, which have helped massively in their relegation fight. They currently sit just out of the drop zone 3 points clear, but a loss here could see them drop back down if other results don’t go their way, due to having such an awful goal difference. This has the potential to be a tough game for both sides, and I expect their to be a few goals in it.
Monday 1st April 2013
Fulham vs QPR (20:00)
Fulham in my opinion are safe from relegation, but won’t climb in the league to European spot, so for them mid-table is likely, this might mean the players have dropped off the pace a little bit, although recent results would show otherwise. QPR have plenty to fight for, and with their squad they really should not be bottom of the league, I think a win here will continue their run of form, and will see them go on and comfortably climb to safety.