2018-19 Premier League: Week 34 – Saturday

With the run-in continuing to heat up, the top four and relegation battles head up the latest round of Saturday’s Premier League action. 

Wolves and Everton meanwhile could take huge steps towards seventh after Leicester lost to Newcastle United on Friday night. 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town (12:30pm)

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After losing Harry Kane to injury in a hard fought tie against Manchester City in midweek, Tottenham will certainly be glad to be facing Huddersfield rather than a tougher club. 

Normally most teams would be slowly adjusting to playing in their new stadiums but Spurs have seemingly transitioned in well judging by results, which is a real positive as they continue to push for a top four finish. 

I therefore am going for another home win here because the Terriers won’t provide much of a threat, unless they sit on the counter which is unlikely because their fans will surely will want one away win over a top club before they go back down. 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Jake predicts: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Huddersfield Town

 

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Bournemouth

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This is a tough game to call because both teams are incredibly inconsistent so I am expecting a scrappy game. 

Bournemouth however have key players like David Brooks and Callum Wilson back and back to their usual form, which is a huge positive for them and could well be important here to unlocking a difficult Brighton defence. 

Saying that, the Seagulls did a brilliant job in attacking Manchester City last weekend in the FA Cup, although the final touch was missing on a few occasions but confidence will of been gained from that performance. 

A part of me therefore feels that this might finish goalless but I fancy a smash and grab winner here from Brighton if can find their finishing touch. 

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Bournemouth 

Jake predicts: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Bournemouth 

Result: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-5 Bournemouth

 

Burnley vs Cardiff City

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This is an absolute must win for Cardiff because if lose here then I don’t see them escaping the drop. 

Burnley meanwhile have been playing some decent football lately with Dwight McNeil a notable highlight, so if he continues to cause trouble with his pace then I really can’t see Cardiff’s defence holding on beyond the first half at best. 

One positive for Neil Warnock’s men though is that they have had ten days to prepare and if have worked on their finishing and defending, there might just be some hope. 

I however cannot see past Burnley in what should be a decent match as they are finding their best form now. 

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Cardiff City

Jake predicts: Burnley 1-0 Cardiff City

Result: Burnley 2-0 Cardiff City

 

Fulham vs Everton

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With relegation now confirmed, Fulham really need to play for some pride now and not finishing bottom of the table would be a good result. 

Everton meanwhile have found a new level in recent weeks and if they bring their last away performance into this game, it will be an easy three points because Fulham’s defence is shambolic despite recent home improvements. 

Even those improvements haven’t been enough to prevent defeats and with the Toffees’ attack in fine tune, expect a thrashing here. 

Prediction: Fulham 0-3 Everton

Jake predicts: Fulham 1-2 Everton 

Result: Fulham 2-0 Everton

 

Southampton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolves will surely be disappointed to had crashed out of the FA Cup from two goals up last weekend, but this is a good chance to swiftly reset themselves and reclaim seventh. 

Southampton however have become a tricky side to beat at home, with only Liverpool managing to find a way past them in recent games at St Marys. 

Defending however is going to be critical to the result because if Wolves get control of this game, I do not see them repeating last weekend’s error and instead will keep pressing hard. 

Southampton however have their pace hidden in midfield and if they can break then finish swiftly, a draw would be a good result here. 

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Jake predicts: Southampton 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Result: Southampton 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

Manchester United vs West Ham United (5:30pm)

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Both teams seem to have hit a rut with Manchester United winless in four of their last five games across all competitions, whilst West Ham are winless in four of their last five away trips. 

I therefore am not expecting a particularly entertaining game but United did well to lose by a single goal to Barcelona in midweek, although it clouds judgement over what sort of side to expect here if they choose to rest key players in hope of another European comeback on Tuesday. 

West Ham’s main issue though is that they seem to have taken their eyes off the ball now safety is all but assured, which is concerning when seventh could still be possible if had kept focus under a manager like Manuel Pellegrini. 

A draw therefore wouldn’t be surprising but Man U have the desire needed because three points here could be huge not only for their top four hopes, but also for momentum going into Tuesday’s game. 

Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United

Jake predicts: Manchester United 2-0 West Ham United

Result: Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United

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