Predictions

Quiet PL Saturday

Due to FA Cup action, there are only three Premier League ties being played in the traditional 3pm slot. The biggest highlight is Everton vs West Bromwich Albion as both chase what could be the last Europa League spot.

 

Bournemouth vs West Ham United

 

Bournemouth come into this match off the back of an impressive performance at Manchester United last Saturday.  They however come up against a West Ham side that were outplayed by Chelsea on Monday night.

 

The Cherries are without the suspended Tyrone Mings and Andrew Surman. Slaven Bilic however welcomes Michael Antonio back into the Hammers squad after serving his suspension.

 

This tie has seen plenty of goals so expect another feisty battle because without Nathan Ake, Bournemouth’s defence has gone to pot. Luckily, West Ham haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six league games.

 

Victory will see Eddie Howe’s side move closer to safety and can see them getting the points here.

 

Prediction:Bournemouth 2-1 West Ham

Result: Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham

 

Everton vs West Brom

 

Nobody would of said back in June when the fixtures came out that this match could be key in the battle for seventh.

 

Everton could welcome Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to the starting eleven. Enner Valencia is however keen to start after netting at Tottenham on Sunday.

 

Tony Pulis will be without Matt Phillips as West Brom look to close the gap on the Toffees. He is the only baggy absent from this match as there are no other injury concerns.

 

Romelu Lukaku will be a true test of West Brom’s defence after netting in his last four home matches at Goodison Park. The former Baggy will be known to many players from his time at the Hawthorns so expect them to make life tough for him here.

 

Recent meetings have been tight and with a possible Europa League placing up for grabs depending on cup results, a draw here would be no surprise.

 

Prediction: Everton 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Result: Everton 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

 

Hull vs Swansea 

 

Swansea head to Hull knowing that victory would all but guarantee them safety. Hull however are hard to beat at home as seen on several occasions.

 

Hull City manager, Marco Silva will have Curtis Davies available after a hamstring injury. Swansea are expected to bring Angel Rangel in for the injured Kyle Naughton. Jefferson Monteiro and Ki Sung-yueng could make their returns after overcoming spells on the sidelines.

 

Since appointing their current managers just days apart in January, one has showed encouraging signs whilst the other has steered his team to near safety. Their first matches was here for the FA Cup third round with Hull emerging as 2-0 victors.

 

These sides have only met twice in the Premier League at the KCOM stadium. Both sides picked up a win each by a 1-0 score line. This time around, defensive records got Hull and Swansea as the poorest of all the top flight clubs, when it comes to preventing goals. Hull have let in 53 goals to the Swans’ 59 so expect a goalfest here.

 

A high scoring draw here is the most likely option because Hull have been strong in their last four home league games. Swansea might shift goals on a plate but they can score plenty under Paul Clement.

 

Prediction: Hull 2-2 Swansea

Result: Hull 2-1 Swansea

 

 

 

 

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