Short Premiership Weekend Due to FA Cup Quarter Finals.
West Brom Vs Manchester Utd
Pepe Mel having 6 winless games going into today will be hoping that Man. Utd continues their bad season today. With West Brom winning the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, West Brom have gone to pieces.
Key Players in/out: West Brom: C.Brunt and J.Morrison (injured on international duty), N.Anelka (suspended), Sessognon (likely to be back), C. Yacob (doubtful) – Man. Utd: R. Van Persie (back from illness), J.Hernandez (knee), Jones (doubtful), Evans (calf), Nani (hamstring).
Prediction: Pepe Mel will be a 7 winless games, Man Utd to win comfortably.
Cardiff Vs Fulham
This is the relegation clash that may decide who will survive. Cardiff at home last lost 4-0 to Hull and are looking to change that form today.
Fulham are without several key players and will be unlikely to do anything today.
Key Players in/out: Cardiff: J.Mutch (doubtful) – Fulham: Mitroglou (unlikely), D.Duff (out), S. Parker(out), F. Amorebieta (out), W. Kvist (unlikely).
Prediction: Cardiff have the bigger chance since they are at home – narrow win Cardiff.
Norwich Vs Stoke
Norwich’s last weekend performance shows allot of defensive fragility can Stoke pounce on it.
Key Players in/out: Norwich: R.Van Wolfswinkel(likely back), Snodgrass (doubtful), J.Yobo(fit), M.Olsson(fit) – Stoke: Adam (suspended), P.Odemwingie (doubtful), Arnautovic(doubtful)
Prediction: Stoke easy win.
Crystal Palace Vs Southampton
Two teams doing well with their teams. Southampton seem to have the youth element of the England squad, so hopefully they all do well.
Key Players in/out: Crystal Palace: M.Chamakh (late fitness test), J.Ledley (doubtful), D.Delaney (calf), K.Dikgacoi (doubtful) – Southampton: D.Lovren(likely back), Ramirez (likely fully fit).
Prediction: A good score draw.
Chelsea Vs Tottenham
The last game of the Premiership is the biggest. Both are after as many points as they can get out of today.
If Chelsea win today they will enter a 9 point gap on Man City. Mourinho has said that even though they are top with Man City’s games in hand Man City would be.
Tottenham will also be going into this game with a chance 0f getting a champions league spot. Full on clash here we come.
Key Players in/out: Chelsea: E.Hazard(likely back), D.Luiz(doubtful), Cole (out) – Tottenham: Eriksen(back injury), K.Walker (under assessment), Y.Kaboul (doubtful), Z. Fryers (under assessment).
Prediction: Chelsea win at home.
FA Cup Quarter Finals
Arsenal Vs Everton
Are both teams aiming for silverware, probably but Arsenal’s main aim is probably the league. I expect Everton to field a full strength side barring injury but will Arsenal do the same, I am not sure.
Key Players in/out: Arsenal: Wilkshire (out for 8 weeks), Koscielny(doubtful), Ramsey(Out) – Everton: Jagielka(doubtful), Alcaraz(likely to be back)
Prediction: Everton might sneak it.
Sheffield Utd Vs Charlton
The lower league team tie will hopefully lead to one of these two reaching the final – doubtful but it could happen.
Key Players in/out: Sheff. Utd: (Assessments due on 4 players) Maguire, J.Murphy, J. Brayford, McGinn – Charlton: M.Morrisonn (doubtful), J.Cousins (likely to be back), S.Church (likely back)
Prediction: Sheff. Utd to win and wish them to face Hull or Sunderland in the next round.
Hull City Vs Sunderland
Sunderland after playing well against Man City in the Capital One Cup Final defeat. Hull are without their in form strikers so have to play differently.
Key Players in/out: Hull City: Jelavic and Long (cup tied), R.Brady(groin injury), P. McShane (undergoing surgery) – Sunderland: L.Bridcutt(available), K.Westwood(injured).
Prediction: Can Sunderland reach another final? maybe. With Hull’s two main strikers out I expect Sunderland to win. But I thought that last round of Hull so I am not sure with this one. 90 min Draw.
Manchester City Vs Wigan
With Manchester City facing a crucial match against Barcelona 3 days afterwards expect a changing of the team to rest a few key players.
Wigan with top scorer N.Powell just coming back from injury will be hopeful he plays some part.
Key Players in/out: Man. City: M.Nastasic(hamstring), S.Jovetic(knee), Aguero (back after playing 55 mins. for Argentina) – Wigan: N.Powell (doubtful maybe a sub),
Prediction: I can’t look past a Man City Win – chance of upset – unlikely.
What do you think of the predictions? What are your Predictions?
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