Saturday 13th April 2013
Arsenal vs Norwich (15:00)
Apart from a slip up against Tottenham, Arsenal have won their last six games, all of which have been against relatively weak sides. This game will be one where Arsenal look to improve their goal difference in the race for the top 4 as Norwich will pose no threat here. Norwich have only won one game away from home all season, and in the 16 away games they have played, they have only scored 12 goals conceding 32. Easy fixture for Arsenal.
Aston Villa vs Fulham (15:00)
Aston Villa have won three of their last four games, and their young inexperienced side have looked good in the process of doing so. Fulham’s away form isn’t their strong point, and they lost their last away game. Christian Benteke, Aston Villa’s saviour, has been given a 25 million valuation by manager Paul Lambert, but will hopefully continue to perform despite this new fact which could make the youngster nervous and feel under too much pressure.
Everton vs QPR (15:00)
QPR’s task of winning five or six out of their last six games, to avoid relegation is too much to ask, however saying this, the players will still be fired up and going into this all guns blazing. Everton continue to push for the top 5 and will try to use this game to put pressure on those above them.
Reading vs Liverpool (15:00)
Liverpool dominate possession in most of their matches, but quite often fail to make this count, their last match against West Ham is a prime example of this. Reading are candidates to finish rock bottom of the league, and their run of seven losses in a row is only going to extend here. With Suarez being in such good form and Liverpool’s possession dominance in most games, unless Reading defend for their lives here, this will be a high scoring game.
Southampton vs West Ham (15:00)
One more win for either of these clubs should keep them safe from relegation, so I expect this to be a lively affair, with both teams going at it from the start. Southampton have had a fantastic last three games, this coupled with them being the home side makes me believe they will come out of this victorious.
Sunday 14th April 2013
Newcastle vs Sunderland (12:00)
Sunday’s early kick off sees Sunderland face Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby, this game should provide excitement and fire. Sunderland are dangerously close to the relegation zone, and unless their abysmal form picks up soon (three points in nine games) they will be relegating. Newcastle’s side has potential, and with a win in their last league game they will also have the belief that they can beat their rivals here, which may help a little towards overcoming the disappointment of being knocked out of Europe midweek.
Stoke vs Man Utd (14:05)
Stoke, alongside Sunderland, have also slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone due to a bad run of results recently (one point in six games). Man Utd will be disappointed with losing to rivals and fellow title contenders Man City in their last game but their twelve point cushion at the top will give them the confidence to win here and to go on to clinch the title in the next few weeks.