Manchester United vs. Arsenal
Well, the title could be decided before most of the Premier League’s teams kick a ball this weekend, as this blockbuster early kick off gives United the chance to win the title at home to old foes Arsenal, and boy they’d love to take it. I reckon fergie will go with a near full strength side at least here, really go at Arsenal who’ve gone to pieces since they were put out of the Champions League by the Old trafford club. I think United will win this, and then do Hull a favour next weekn, fielding the kids to rest up the stars for the Champions League.
Bolton Wanderers vs. Hull City
Bolton hit the forty point mark last week with a draw at Sunderland, but in a way they’ve been taking their foot of the gas for a while now. However, Hull have been really porr of late, and so there’s no saying they’ll be able to take advantage of Bolton’s end of season wind down. They desperately need points now, after finally dropping into the bottom three, maybe that’ll be the motivation they need to rediscover the determined attitude that served them so well before Christmas.
Everton vs. West Ham United
West Ham were outplayed by Liverpool last week and you have to think that maybe their injuries and the long season has caught up with them a little. Everton started slowly against Spurs but in the end were unfortunate not to pick up the three points, and with this being their last home game of the season, they’ll want to head towards they FA Cup final with some momentum. Excusing the hefty long-term injury list, Everton should be mostly injury free too, and I think they’ll have too much for West Ham today.
Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa
Middlesbrough suffered a big blow in their fight against relegation with defeat to Newcastle last week, and they really need a miracle now to survive. At home to Villa though, they could secure some important points because Villa have been a bit up and down lately, and were given a sound beating at Fulham last week. If ‘Boro can show some spirit, they can get something from this, but I don’t know if it’ll be enough.
Newcastle United vs. Fulham
Fulham performed brilliantly last week to beat Villa soundly, and they’ve really come on this season, and will be looking to keep that going at the expense of Newcastle. The Magpies got a precious three points from ‘Boro and had the luxury of spending the week above the dotted line, but they need to keep them coming in. The home crowd will be essential, and they’ll have to try and stop Fulham playing. If they do, they’ll have a shot, but I think this will probably be a draw.
Stoke City vs. Wigan Athletic
Stoke’s last game of the season will be played in front of a typically rapturous crowd, but this time it won’t be such a nervous atmosphere. They’ve secured their safety and so meet Wigan in the ‘nothing to play for league’ that is mid-table. I reckon the home fans will probably roar their side to victory too, because although Wigan put on a good show against United, they’re lacking much threat in front of goal, so Stoke should sneak it.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
Tottenham are playing well and pushing hard for Europe, a great achievement given their start to the season. They also just don’t seem to concede goals at home, while City’s away form has been poor all season. There’s not too much pressure on them now though, and I reckon they’ll come out and play with confidence, and given that these are both teams that play good, open football, it could be a great game.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool (Sun)
By the time this match kicks off Liverpool could have nothing to play for, or a huge incentive to keep winning if United slip up against Arsenal. West Brom have found some form, and it’s probably too little too late, but they’d love to finish the season with a historic win over Liverpool. At the end of the day though, whatever happens at Old Trafford, I think Liverpool, because they have no other distractions, will be too strong for West Brom.
Chelsea vs. Blackburn Rovers (Sun)
Chelsea’s season now hangs, for the most part, on their FA Cup Final against Everton, but with two games with little pressure before that tie, Hiddink will want to keep his team fresh and in good form. They got a great win over Arsenal last week, which will have been some consolation for the Champions League disappointment. Rovers are another side at the forty point mark, and so are pretty much safe. Allardyce will keep his team fighting to the end, but at Stamford Bridge, I think Chelsea will win with ease.
Portsmouth vs. Sunderland Athletic (Mon)
Sunderland are on the brink now, one more win would probably guarantee them survival, and Sbragia will know that they have a great chance to achieve that against a Pompey side that is all but safe too. By the time this is played, the Black Cats could have perfect motivation to get the win, depending on what their relegation rivals do, and I think if they really take the game to Pompey, they can get all three points.