Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Football

The fun and games of the Premier League returns over the Easter weekend I start my look at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal can end Liverpool’s top 4 hopes once and for all. Most of the attention at Anfield is on Raheem Sterling and his non contract talks. He wants trophies not money, Rodgers says he expects him to stay in the summer. I'm sure he said the same about Suarez too. If Sterling does stay it will be down to if Liverpool can pick up the FA Cup. That would mean a trophy which is what he wants. So let's see what happens in the summer. But for the match I pick Arsenal talking all 3 points.

Everton face the 'surprise' team of the year Southampton. Everyone's favourites to go down Ronald Koeman has proved what a good manager he is & squad he put together. The Saints are still in with a chance of European football that will be the aim to end a successful season on a high and I think they will win at Goodison Park.

Leicester rock bottom of the league face West Ham who seems to be on the beaches already. Leicester have been down on their luck of most of the season and I think this will end in a draw. Manchester United are back, well sort of. Wins over Tottenham and Liverpool have made their chances of a top 4 finish look a lot better. A win here over Aston Villa is all I can see. Hull have a tricky trip to South Wales and face Swansea. Hull are not in the drop zone however their run in is shocking now they could survive on the fact the 3 in the bottom at the minute bomb, however if one of them picks up some form Hull are bang in trouble. They will be in trouble come Saturday evening as I'm going for a Swansea victory.

West Brom only have to turn up to beat QPR more off the field distractions than on the pitch action for Rangers they look doomed. Would it be different if they sacked Redknapp sooner and got Pulis in? Chelsea with one hand on the title can tighten their grip Saturday evening as the face Stoke. I think Jose will try to see the title run-in in style for the title and try to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season. I can only see a win for Chelsea here.

Tottenham, well Harry Kane face Burnley who look the most likely out of the bottom 3 to stay up. They beat Manchester City at Turf Moor so they will be more then confident & I think they will get a point. Sunderland face the game of games Sunday as they play local rivals Newcastle, a win for them will be massive they seem to have Newcastle number recently with 4 derby wins in a row. Last time they played Adam Johnson got a late winner, what the Mackems would do for a repeat of that. Likewise Newcastle will be desperate to hit their rivals where it hurts with a win. I think though the Sunderland run will continue here. By the time Manchester City kick off against Crystal Palace they could be in fourth! This is where the Liverpool's bubble burst last year now City are not top but it could well be very damaging if they slip up here, which I think will happen, Pardew has his team playing well and under the lights if the Palace fans turn up it could be a banana skin City don't need.

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