Saturday 11th May 2013
Aston Villa vs Chelsea (12:45)
Aston Villa have completed what looks like being a great escape from relegation with two fantastic back to back wins against fellow struggling sides Norwich and Sunderland. The confidence of their young side should be sky high now, and I fully expect them to take the game to Chelsea in this the only game on Saturday. Chelsea will be looking to this game to pick up 3 points that would practically guarantee them Champions League football next season, and anything other than a win will put massive pressure on their side in their final game against high-flying Everton.
Sunday 12th May 2013
Stoke vs Tottenham (13:30)
Tottenham here have a chance to propel themselves into the top 4, at the expense of bitter rivals Arsenal who have a tough game against a struggling Wigan side on Tuesday. Stoke are safe from relegation so might not have much intensity about their performance, so despite their great run of 7 points from their last 3 games, I expect Tottenham to get a convincing win.
Everton vs West Ham (15:00)
This will be Everton’s first game after hearing that their current manager David Moyes will be taking over as Man Utd boss at the end of the season. It will be interesting to see how the players will react in their last 2 games, where 2 points will guarantee them 6th, and where 6 points and results going their way will give them 5th. West Ham’s away from is abysmal and Everton have lost only one game at home, so it is pretty clear who the favourites are here.
Fulham vs Liverpool (15:00)
It is very unlikely Liverpool will place anywhere other than 7th this season but they will still aim to finish on a positive note. The away side will be ruing not converting any of their 4 draws in their last 5 games into wins, but will have to forget about this now. Fulham have the potential to cause Liverpool problems but their home form this season has been far from solid and this coupled with 4 losses in a row gives Liverpool a rather large edge in this game.
Norwich vs West Brom (15:00)
Norwich are one win away from safety and will be targeting this home game as the one to give them Premier League survival. Both teams have won and followed it up with 2 losses in a row in their last 3 games, so any points will probably be well received. Norwich have a solid home form that based on games lost at home would put them in the top half, and West Brom’s losses away would put them in the bottom half. Despite this I expect West Brom to come out victorious.
QPR vs Newcastle (15:00)
The only thing QPR can aim for is to not finish bottom of the league and a home game against the team in 17th looks like the perfect fixture to pick up an elusive 3 points. QPR usually only pick up points at home via draws and Newcastle have the second most draws away from home all season, so a draw looks the most likely.
Sunderland vs Southampton (15:00)
15th vs 14th respectively here in a game that will see the winner safe from relegation. Sunderland have picked up 7 points from their last 4 games, compared to Southampton’s 2, so the home team are definitely the most inform of the two. Based on goals scored at Sunderland this game should finish 1-1, but I don’t believe Southampton have enough in them to score at all.
Man Utd vs Swansea (16:00)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s penultimate Premier League game in charge of Man Utd, and his last at Old Trafford. I believe Man Utd will give the fans and Sir Alex a massive performance to allow him to go out with a real bang. Swansea have won only one of their last 8 games, which for the team in 9th is pretty poor, but a win here against the odds could see them rise up to 8th.
Tuesday 14th May 2013
Arsenal vs Wigan (19:45)
Wigan really need to get a point at least out of this game, otherwise staying up is going to rely on a lot of factors and results. Arsenal have 7 wins in their last 10 games and are in a massive 3 way battle to finish in two top 4 places. This should on paper be a relatively easy game for Arsenal, but Wigan will definitely not just roll over for the home side, and I expect this to be a hard-fought encounter.
Reading vs Man City (20:00)
One more point for Man City guarantees them 2nd place, and Reading definitely won’t deny them that. Reading’s main aim in this game will be trying to limit the number of goals Man City score. Reading have managed a draw and a win in their last two games, but that will be the only highlight to the end of their season as they prepare to face life back in the Championship.