Fulham vs. Manchester United
It’s starting to get into must win territory for Fulham now. Seven points adrift of safety with 13 games to play, they’re running out of time. Somehow they’ve got to put together a little run of results and they’ll need to play like they did against Spurs a couple of weeks back if they’re going to get anything from this one.
But the way United are playing at the moment I think it’s going to be so tough. Solskjaer’s not only got them scoring regularly but also defensively sound. They were very resilient in that one nil win at Leicester last Sunday and I can see them picking up another clean sheet victory here.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham
I was very impressed with West Ham against Liverpool on Monday night and thought they were actually unlucky not to win the game. But that must be the real frustration for Hammers fans because they don’t alway play that well. The week before they were awful at Wolves and got well beat.
Palace are similar too, on their day they can beat anyone, like they did at Man City earlier in the season. But the reason they’re still down towards the bottom is that they’re not consistent enough. So two unpredictable sides and I’m sitting on the fence. A score draw for me.
Huddersfield vs. Arsenal
You’d back most teams to score against this Arsenal defence at the moment. They look ever so shaky. Obviously missing a few important men in there but those that have come in don’t look confident they can keep the opposition out. Very different to my early days at the club when our success was built on having such a strong back line.
Fortunately for Arsenal they’re playing against a side that has only managed to score 13 goals this season and while I think they might sneak one here, the Gunners should outscore them. I think everyone knows Huddersfield are doomed but you know the character of the club, they’ll keep fighting til the last.
Liverpool vs. Bournemouth
It’s got a little rocky for Liverpool in the last couple of weeks and now they’re coming into this one after being knocked off the top of the table. Listen, I don’t think the wheels have come off by any means and I still think they’re in a fantastic position to go on and win the title but they’ll want to get some confidence back and I think Bournemouth are the perfect opposition for them at Anfield to do just that.
Away from home the Cherries can be a bit exposed, especially because they’ll always have that mentality of wanting to play a bit. And I think Liverpool could exploit that and get back to winning ways.
Southampton vs. Cardiff City
Big game down the bottom end, especially for Cardiff. I think Neil Warnock will look at this one and think if they can nick a point it would be a good result.
Southampton though have turned the corner a bit and I can see them getting another win here to open up that gap between themselves and Cardiff.
Watford vs. Everton
There are a lot of unhappy Everton fans around at the moment. Yes nobody really expected them to get a result against City in the week but it’s been their performances in other matches that will be causing concern. I’ve never seen a side make so many mistakes, especially from set pieces.
Watford is not an easy game for them and Marco Silva will have to have his side up for this one. He rested Sigurdsson and Richarlison against City and if they come back in and play well then Everton can get a point.
Brighton vs. Burnley
Important game for Brighton as they’ll see this as a good chance to really pull away from that bottom three. I don’t see them being in any trouble this season but they’ll still want to get points on the board at this stage to avoid any concerns.
Burnley have picked up in recent weeks themselves and won’t be easy opponents but I’ll back Brighton at home to win.
Tottenham vs. Leicester City
What’s really impressed me about Spurs in the last couple of matches is that they’ve found a way to win without playing particularly well. Scoring a lot of late goals and that shows real character. They’re still hanging on in there in the title race and I think they’ll pick up another win here.
Leicester have been playing some good football of late and I can see them scoring at Wembley in what should be an entertaining game.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Another big game for City to end a massive week. If they can make it three wins out of three and come out top of the table going into this FA Cup break, Pep will be delighted.
City were excellent in long spells against Arsenal at the Ethiad and I can see them having a bit too much for Chelsea as well. The Blues will be dangerous for sure with Hazard and Higuain so I’d fancy them to score.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle
Wolves have really impressed me this season. They had a little rocky spell after a great start but they’ve come back into form and to be seventh as a promoted side is fantastic.
Newcastle still need a few wins before they can start to breath a bit down the bottom but I don’t think they’ll get one on Monday night.