Week 22 Review
Six correct winners and one perfect score.
Sunday provided a 100% correct winner rate, albeit from only three games. Saturday provided some drama with Clement guiding Swansea past Liverpool at Anfield and a Spurs comeback had Pep on the edge. A great week for Chelsea and Arsenal at the top and yet another bad day at the office for Sunderland, Palace and Hull as they form the bottom three.
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Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Bournemouth sit ten points above new relegation candidates Palace but are struggling for form. I think Howe’s a good enough manager to keep them up and the same applies for the Eagles with Big Sam. They’ll end up in similar positions come May. 1-1.
Arsenal v Watford
Watford looked poor against Millwall and will hope new signings Zarate and Niang can bolster their attacking options. This should be easy enough for Arsenal though. 2-0.
Burnley v Leicester
Slimani and Mahrez scored four of Algeria’s five goals in the AFCON and will need to replicate that form going forward. I always fancy Burnley at home though. 1-0.
Middlesborough v West Brom
It’ll be interesting to see how Gestede and Bamford get on at Middlesborough and if either of them can displace Negredo as the main striker, especially as they’re the league’s lowest scorers. It’ll be tight. 1-1.
Sunderland v Tottenham
Sunderland will sit but once the deadlock is broken, and I’m sure it will be, Spurs could get as many as they like. 0-3.
Swansea v Southampton
Clement has made some decent signings and the win over Liverpool will give them confidence while Southampton will want to bounce back from a mauling by Arsenal. It could go either way. 1-1.
Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool have a good record against the big teams this season but are currently in bad form and Chelsea will want revenge for their loss earlier in the season. It could be a title decider but I think it’ll keep the race alive. 2-2.
West Ham v Man City
West Ham struggle against the big boys and recently lost 5-0 to Man City in the FA Cup. They did well to put three past Middlesborough away last time out but this will be a more difficult test. 1-2.
Man United v Hull
Mourinho won’t care about the cup defeat as they still made the final. This is the type of game they should win and need to in order to keep in touch with the top four. Hull have done awful business selling Snodgrass and Livermore and surely have to be odds on favourites to go down now. 3-0.
Stoke v Everton
Stoke have replaced Bojan (at least until June) with Berahino. They will hope he’s going to be fit and have the right attitude if they’re the press for a top half finish. Everton seem to be clicking like they did early in the season and would back themselves here after winning their last three league games. 0-2.