Predictions

Six Pointer Wednesday

After an quiet Tuesday, there are six more fixtures affecting both ends of the table. Hopefully we will get more thrillers than the four games so far produced.

 

Highlights include Chelsea vs Manchester City and Arsenal vs West Ham. There is a huge clash at the bottom as Hull host Middlesbrough in a must win game.

 

Arsenal vs West Ham

 

Both managers are under pressure to win this fierce London derby.

 

Arsenal have struggled for consistency lately but a draw against Manchester City is sure to boost their confidence coming into this key game.

 

West Ham have been poor defensively since February so expect them to play a tight back line. With Diafra Sakho returning from injury, could he come back with a bang that sends Arsenal’s top four dreams exploding into tatters?

 

In their last meeting at the Emirates, the Hammers claimed a shock 2-0 victory in Slaven Bilic’s first Premier League match as manager. With the pressure mounting, a repeat win will surely bolster the away fans.

 

You would be a fool to predict a comfortable win here. Both teams will push each other all the way but Arsenal have that bit extra.

 

Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Result: Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

 

Chelsea vs Manchester City

 

Antonio Conte will want to see a swift response to Saturday’s shock home defeat by Crystal Palace. Man City however are looking to pull away to a safe top four finish from those just below them.

 

Victory will open the title race back up and a win for Tottenham will only place further pressure on the Blues.

 

With the title up for grab, a draw here isn’t the end of the world.

 

If Pep Guardiola fields a strong attacking side, expect an open match with tempers simmering away.  There has been four red cards in the last five clashes with the Citizens picking up three of them.

 

Should City take the lead, it will be tough for Chelsea to fight their way back into the match and another defeat will be damaging at this stage. As a result, a draw would be the interests of all concerned.

 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City

Result: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

 

Hull vs Middlesbrough

 

Six pointers don’t get more major than this because a loss will surely all but relegate Middlesbrough.

 

Hull come into this game on an unbeaten home run since Marco Silva took over in January. Another win here will surely place further pressure on those just above the drop zone and Silva hasn’t lost an home game in nearly three years to boot.

 

Middlesbrough come into this game in an optimistic mood after securing a draw away at Swansea on Sunday. They will however need to start scoring goals quickly if want to stay up, starting at Hull.

 

The result is either going to be a comfortable victory for the Tigers or a slender three points travelling up to Boro. With so much at stake, expect both teams to go gung ho, the longer the score stays goalless resulting in a late winner.

 

Prediction: Hull 0-1 Middlesbrough

Result: Hull 4-2 Middlesbrough

 

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

 

These sides are back to their best after shaky starts to 2017.

 

Liverpool are however without Sadio Mane, who has been key this season to their success. With him in the side, they have averaged 2.3 goals per game compared to just the one goal without him.

 

For those who still remember that epic thriller at Dean Court on Sunday 4th December, when the Cherries won 4-3, expect a tighter match this time round.

 

Bournemouth’s record at Anfield is poor with no victories in four visits to Merseyside. There is however hope because the Reds last six defeats have all come against sides in the bottom half, come kick off.

 

Jurgen Klopp however will be hoping that their impressive home record on a Wednesday night this decade continues. They have only suffered one defeat at Anfield on a Wednesday evening and that came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2010.

 

At the weekend, Liverpool breezed Everton aside whilst their visitors could only draw at Southampton. Mane’s absence will however serve to boost expectations of Eddie Howe and his players in getting a result here.

 

Prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth

 

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

 

Victory here will surely ensure that Crystal Palace are staying in the Premier League next season.

 

Southampton can afford a defeat here whereas the Eagles need their wings to fly again, after stealing a shock win at Chelsea on Saturday. Their run in is a nightmare so a win here is vital to easing the pressure as we near the season finale on 21st May.

 

The Saints can rely on a strong home record against Sam Allardyce’s side despite not scoring as many goals as they’re capable of. Palace are yet to get a Premier League win at St Marys so this will be a tough test of their improved form.

 

A draw here will be a decent result for both sides but fancy Southampton to finally hit a few into the net here.

 

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Result: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace

 

Swansea vs Tottenham Hotspur

 

Both sides need the points for very different reasons. Victory for Spurs could shut the gap to Chelsea from seven to four points. A win for Swansea will make life harder for Hull and Middlesbrough as they look to avoid the drop.

 

Mauricio Pochettino has an injury crisis so a draw here could well be useful if they win the remainder of their matches and Chelsea slip up.

 

Swansea are yet to emerge victorious in this fixture so expect another edgy match for Tottenham with everything at stake for both sides, should results go in either direction.

 

The Swans are stuttering after an impressive January and February. They won’t get anything here but if keep things tight, they could survive on goal difference come the final day.

 

Prediction: Swansea 0-1 Tottenham

Result: Swansea 1-3 Tottenham

 

 

 

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