Although not mathematically certain, this week we’re likely to start saying goodbye to some dreams. Leicester will likely go out to Simeone’s Atletico Madrid after a 1-0 first leg defeat, while on home soil Sunderland and Middlesborough could lose yet again and all but confirm their places in the Championship next year, especially if Hull and Swansea can get positive results.
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Spurs have been brilliant in Kane’s absence and you suspect it’s likely to be another win here. Bournemouth were outclassed by Chelsea last week and Pochettino’s men will likely do the same. 3-0.
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Palace got a great result last time out, while Leicester are feeling the effects of their congested fixture list. The Eagles hold the advantage here as they’re flying high right now. 2-1.
Everton v Burnley
Koeman keeps talking of 5th and 6th but the teams above them have two games in hand. All they can do is keep winning and applying pressure as they’re likely to here. They’re vulnerable defensively but can outscore anyone as they showed against Leicester last week. Burnley proved me wrong and couldn’t get their first away win against Boro. 2-1.
Stoke v Hull
Marco Silva has done a great job at Hull, make no mistake about it. Their away form is terrible but they’ve started to believe and Stoke don’t have anything to play for. 1-1.
Sunderland v West Ham
This could be dire. Larsson and Noble are suspended, so the midfield will be scrappy and lacking in quality. Both teams are out of form and managers under pressure. 1-1.
Watford v Swansea
Save the swansong. Swansea are in bad form but Watford are bland and inconsistent. Clement desperately needs to get his men going again but this might be an ideal fixture for it. Ten points away isn’t bad and they’ll be hoping to add to that. 1-2.
Southampton v Manchester City
Southampton don’t have anything to play for and they’re the kind of team you want to be against right now. It’s been another decent season for them with the EFL Cup final and a likely to half finish. City need to keep winning to be certain of Champions League football next year. 0-2.
West Brom v Liverpool
A difficult one to predict. Liverpool are missing Lallana, Henderson and top scorer Mane. West Brom have been good this season but starting to slow down. It’s an important one for the Reds to prove they can get up for your average league game but they’ll find it tough here. 1-1.
Manchester United v Chelsea
Jose said he was prioritising the Europa League but did not field Bailly, Herrera or De Gea. Their unbeaten run is misleading but proves they’re difficult to beat, as the case will be here. They’ll set out to frustrate so there’s no repeat of the 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. 1-1.
Middlesborough v Arsenal
Boro haven’t won since before Christmas, only taking six points from fourteen games. Arsenal may well be on a bad run but they’ve got the quality to win this one, especially without the pressure of being at home. They’ll need to grind it out at times to secure a possible European place. 0-2.