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Hindsight's Premier League Predictions

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LEAGUE LEADERS Leicester City can claim the Premier League title this weekend if they take all three points against Manchester United. After City’s 4-0 thrashing of Swansea on April 24 and second-placed Tottenham’s failure to beat West Brom the following day means that Claudio Ranieri’s surprise package can breast the PL tape at Old Trafford on Sunday.

However, the Foxes should be wary of an ever improving United who have the exciting talents of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in their ranks.

Hindsight’s Premier League Predictions is in association with Sky Sports.

All matches at 15.00 unless otherwise stated

Saturday, April 30

Everton – Bournemouth.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has once again found himself under pressure having failed to progress towards the FA Cup final. The talent he has at his disposal is far too talented to be meandering in mid-table. Bournemouth were unable to do the double over Chelsea last time out, but the Cherries will be in hot pursuit of returning to winning ways on their travels this weekend. Tough game to call but Everton should do enough to win.

Newcastle – Crystal Palace
The precipitous appointment of Rafa Benitez is belatedly starting to work for Newcastle. The relegation threatened side have started to put points on the board, but time is running out. Palace, however, have banished fears of an improbable relegation. A barren run of form in the second half of the season has been Palace’s undoing but reaching the FA Cup final has helped revive their season. Newcastle can’t afford to lose this game and for that reason I reckon they will just edge this contest.

Stoke – Sunderland
The Stoke City players are at that point in the season where they would rather be on a beach as opposed to potentially having a match with a team involved in a relegation dogfight. Stoke are yet to win a league game since the end of March. Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was handed the rescue mission from hell upon his arrival but recently the players have seemed galvanised – and their latest draw against Arsenal hauled the Black Cats out of the bottom three. Away win.

Watford – Aston Villa
Quique Sanchez Flores’ future at Watford has been a matter of conjecture and there is a strong possibility he will be jettisoned this summer when the team’s performance is reviewed. This hardly augurs well with the Vicarage Road faithful, but recent results have not been good enough. Similarly, the Premier League’s laughing stock Aston Villa, currently marooned to the base of the league only have Championship fictures to look forward to next term. It looks inevitable that they will be subjected to another league defeat come Saturday.

West Brom – West Ham
West Brom is another one of those teams looking for the finish line. Their form has tailed off over recent weeks but their point at White Hart Lane on Monday night destroyed Tottenham’s title dreams. A Europa League spot now seems feasible for the Hammers. In many respects it is something the club’s hierarchy would have desired especially with the Olympic Stadium awaiting them next term. I expect this to be a win on the road for Slaven Bilic’s men.

Arsenal – Norwich 17:30
Arsenal are level on points with Man City in third but there is a growing sense that it might be the Gunners who struggle to qualify for a top four berth. Since becoming a fading force in the title race, the north London side have been unconvincing over the past few weeks. As for Norwich, this will be the first time in two weeks that they will have played a competitive fixture. The Canaries have not resigned themselves to the drop but they will be up against it on Saturday evening. Home win.

Sunday, May 1.

Swansea – Liverpool 12:00
Swansea City are another side who have very little to play for which was telling in their emphatic 4-0 defeat at Leicester. The Swans have been bereft of a proven goalscorer this term, so that will be an area which they need to strengthen in the summer. Liverpool, however, have found their mojo again especially with Daniel Sturridge returning to form in front of goal. But goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has often been error-prone at times and could be ousted from the line-up. Draw.

Man United – Leicester City 14:05
Man United pledged to stick by under-fire manager Louis van Gaal and so far they have been vindicated by their decision to do so. The emergence of youth has brought a feel good factor back to Old Trafford, as they aim to overhaul Arsenal for a top four spot. This could be the toughest assignment in Leicester’s run-in for the title. They only need three points from their remaining fixtures to clinch the title and it looks likely that they will be able to do so. Away win.

Southampton – Man City 16:30
Shane Long caught the eye when the Saints cruised to victory against Aston Villa. A top six finish is still attainable for the Saints and barring Saturday’s encounter with Man City it is hard to see an obvious bear-trap for Ronald Koeman’s side. City’s season has been pockmarked with setback after setback, so Sergio Aguero inexorably driving them towards the finish line is rather fitting as the season comes to a close. The Saints will be in for a tough afternoon, so a comfortable win for City.

Monday, May 2

Chelsea – Tottenham 20:00
The Chelsea players have suggested that they don’t want to see Spurs winning the Premier League title, so they will do whatever it takes to halt their title bid on Monday. But Spurs will not surrender meekly in their pursuit of Leicester. The north London side have been the best team to watch this term, but could just fall short at Stamford Bridge in the hope of sustaining their title push. Expect this hard-fought game to end in a draw.

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