There were goals galore this past week until Stoke frustrated Man City, with both Manchester teams failing to make up ground on those above them. There are bans for Ibrahimovic and Mings, while Arsenal fans will pray there’s no FA Cup giant killing after their losses against Liverpool and Bayern. Leicester and Swansea seem to be pulling away from the bottom three and the it’s time for the mid-table slump at the Hawthorns.
Bournemouth v West Ham
West Ham were outclassed by Chelsea’s counter-attacking front three last week and looked lacklustre. Bournemouth on the other hand looked resilient against United. This has the potential for goals and I see both teams scoring and sharing the spoils. 2-2.
Everton v West Brom
Everton nearly gave Spurs a late shock but their brilliant Brits saw them through again. West Brom’s fortress was breached by the unlikeliest of adversaries, losing to Palace. They have a tough run-in and could yet slide a couple of places. Everton look good but don’t quite have enough about them to secure European football. 2-1.
Hull v Swansea
The Swans will want revenge for their FA Cup exit against Hull in January and now look strong enough to do so. The Tigers’ loss against Leicester was a big blow and Swansea showed great strength to overcome Bournemouth when decisions weren’t going their way. Both managers can be proud of the job they’re doing at their respective clubs. 0-1.
Liverpool v Burnley
Liverpool once against produced the goods against top six opposition. They lost 2-0 at Turf Moor back in August but I can’t see the same happening again, despite their form against teams below them. Heaton and Keane keep Burnley in matches too often and they lack real firepower up top. It has been a good first season for them though. 3-1.