Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks: Time for the underdogs to shine
Week 34 of the Premier League has arrived and it is time to throw out some predictions for the 10 PL matches taking place this weekend.
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I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…
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Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
Stoke got a lot of belief from that win over Saints last weekend and are gunning for Swansea in eighth spot. I think Sunderland’s confidence is at rock bottom. Expect them to plunge deeper into the relegation mire this weekend. Home win.
Crystal Palace 3-1 Hull City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
The same could be said for Hull who haven’t won in seven games and Palace will be fired up after failing to break down West Brom last week and conceding from two set piece situations. They deserved at least a point but Pardew’s boys must take their chances. Murray, Zaha and Bolasie won’t be as wasteful this week...
Queens Park Rangers 2-0 West Ham United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
Well, QPR’s season pretty much comes down to this game. If they win at home against the Hammers they will breath new life into their campaign and could climb as high as 16th if other results go their way. West Ham’s players seem to have their flip flops on already as Big Sam’s boys were shocking at Man City last week. A big home win.
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League Extratime)
I think Rodgers’ side will keep churning in decent performances until the end of the season and the pace of Raheem Sterling will probably prove too much for WBA’s defense. Tony Pulis’ side will sit back to soak up the pressure but the Reds have too much quality up top to not take advantage of the time they will be given.
Manchester City 3-1 Aston Villa - (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
This game will be open and Villa has nothing to lose by going for it. City will want to get as many wins on the board as possible to seal a top four spot before the final few matches of the season. The Citizens are on grind mode at the moment and little Aguero will pop up with a couple.
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Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur - (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Expect a feisty atmosphere down at St Mary’s as Pochettino returns with Spurs for the first time since leaving Saints. The added firepower he possesses (I’m looking at you, Harry Kane) will be the difference in this one. Narrow away win, as has often been the case for Spurs this season.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea - (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
It will be another tight, oppressive performance from Chelsea and I think they will do a job on Arsenal. If the Blues can win the midfield, with Matic dominating in front of the back four, then they should edge it and be one victory away from the title. Saying that, Arsenal will probably have the majority of the play and chances. But can they take their opportunities?
Everton 2-2 Manchester United - (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
A lot has changed in 12 months at United. In this match last year David Moyes’ side were embarrassed and outplayed in a 2-0 win for the Toffees and that was the final straw for Moyes. Now they can solidify a top four spot with a win but I think Everton (unbeaten in five) will come out swinging in this one.
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Newcastle United 2-1 Swansea City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
This is it. This is the weekend Newcastle wins again. After losing six on the spin, the Magpies fans will finally have something to cheer about. Swansea aren’t the same without Wilfried Bony and his replacement Bafetimbi Gomis going down hasn’t helped matters.
Burnley 2-1 Leicester City - (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
It’s been over six hours since Burnley scored a PL goal, but I think they will get two and grab a huge win to potential climb out of the bottom three with four games to go. Leicester is on a tear with three wins from three. Now, this is what you call a relegation six-pointer. Wowza.