Two correct winners and two perfect scores.
I’m starting to think Arsene Wenger’s coveted Fourth Place Trophy is actually real. The only team in the top six to win were Pep’s City, while four others picked up a solitary point and Arsenal lost. Meanwhile the middle of the table is formulating nicely and the bottom four picked up eleven points between them, with none of them tasting defeat, making life very uncomfortable for Leicester.
Chelsea v Arsenal
Chelsea have been inconsistent in the big games, but are second in the top six mini-league, with Arsenal bottom (but they have played two games fewer). Arsenal have an abysmal record at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea will play it coy to hold their position. 2-2.
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Allardyce relishes these games and I think his team will have enough to keep Moyes’ men bottom. Zaha is back and the acquisitions of Van Aanholt, Schlupp and Sahko will be enough to them stay up. A win could propel them to 15th and their goal difference helps when in the thick of things at the bottom. 2-0.
Everton v Bournemouth
Undefeated in their last six Everton are one of the league’s in form teams and Bournemouth had a bad transfer windown and are lucky that this week I’m predicting losses for Boro, Leicester and Swansea as well or they would be in serious trouble. 1-0.
Hull v Liverpool
What a time to play Liverpool. Or is it? I see Klopp’s men taking their cup frustrations out on Hull and this week not even Jankupovic can save them. 1-3.
Southampton v West Ham
These two teams mirror one another on many levels. Mid-table teams with world class youth academies and failing Europa League dreams. Both are inconsistent and lacking a spark. 1-1
Watford v Burnley
Watford have far too big a turnover in staff each season in every area but their on-field business may be enough to save them again this year (but not next year). Burnley seem to win at home and lose away but they look strong and I’ll back them for a point. 1-1.
West Brom v Stoke
A win for either side would all but confirm a top half finish in all likeliness. Similar records in their last six games make them difficult to separate and I’m sure Berahino would love a goal but I see his old side edging it. 1-0.
Tottenham v Middlesborough
Spurs should have capitalised in the week and I fancy them to make up for that on Saturday. Boro did well to address their main area of weakness last month and it could be just enough to keep them up. 2-1.
Manchester City v Swansea
Swansea have won three of their last four, which is more than City can say. Gabriel Jesus looks hungry but it could be any of their superstars that put the Swans to the sword. 3-1.
Leicester v Manchester United
Leicester lost 4-1 at Old Trafford and it could be more of the same come Sunday. They’ll hope Slimani is fit but I don’t think it’ll be enough. The champions could be dragged into a relegation battle. 1-2.