Man City Vs Aston Villa, Today 7:30pm,
My prediction: City...1 Villa.... 1
Manchester City is a team I no longer recognise. They beat West Ham last weekend but that isn’t much to write home about.
Consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Crystal Palace made us all believe the Blue side of Manchester was disappearing down the table; but they managed to halt that against the Hammers.
Aston Villa won’t be so easy to do away with though. Tim Sherwood is on an upward trend at Villa Park and following their confidence boosting performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, they will be travelling to the Etihad knowing teams have snatched points from the defending champions there this term. Anything is possible with Sherwood.
He has revived the hopes of Villa players and fans alike and Manuel Pellegrini had better watch out! Christian Benteke seems to have found his lost form and is firing straight into the net now.
This won’t be easy for a City side that has had it’s confidence dented in recent weeks. It won’t be easy for a City side that appears to be blaming all their troubles on one Yaya Toure.
Without Toure at his best, this club isn’t going to achieve much between now and the end of the season.
Everton Vs Man United, Tomorrow 3:30pm,
My Prediction: Toffees... 2 Red Devils...2
I still remember how Manchester United’s 2011/12 season began to crumble after the Red Devils, who looked like they were on course to win the title, drew 4-4 against Everton at Old Trafford.
That game changed their season that year and saw their noisy neighbours pip them to the title on the final day of the season. And in their last five meetings, since that 4-4 draw, Everton have beaten United three times while the Red Devils have won twice.
In the reverse fixture this season, however, United got one over the Toffees beating them 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Everton have generally suffered this season and find themselves 12th on the log. But the last month or so has seen somewhat of a revival having won four of their last five games, a 1-1 all draw with Swansea spoiling what would have been five our of five.
Roberto Martinez is a good manager but he needs to find a way to reach his squad mentally to try and get results in this game; at least a draw.
Arsenal Vs Chelsea, tomorrow 6pm,
My Prediction: Gunners...2 Blues...0
I admire the way Chelsea players and fans are so confident of getting the three points here despite the fact that the Blues have not been playing at their best of late.
I never believe the “best team loses a game” because the goal is simple to score a goal. And he who scores more, wins the game.
It’s not about who he possesses more. So as much as Manchester United dominated proceedings at Stamford Bridge last weekend, the best team got the goal.
But it should sound as a warning to Jose Mourinho that it was a slim win and Arsenal won’t be so kind at Emirates Stadium tomorrow. Chelsea have a solid defence led by the ageing but effective John Terry.
Eden Hazard is in fine form but Arsenal too are looking pretty decent. Per Mertesacker needs to step up here to control the Blues attack, but our midfield and striking force is pretty strong and on point right now.
This will be a mental contest and I have confidence in the Gunners. In fact, I’m not afraid of Chelsea at all this weekend.
There’s a Blues fan on The Score facebook group who has been playing mind games with Arsenal fans all week and it’s a clear reflection that the Chelsea confidence right now is fake.
They have already won the league because they had a superb first half to the season and everyone else didn’t but this is one game that they won’t be smiling about at the end of 90 minutes.
Hull Vs Liverpool, Monday 10pm,
My Prediction: Hull... 1 Reds....3
Hull is so useless right now that this won’t even be a contest. They’ve won two games in their last 10 and sit just above the relegation zone.
They enter this game following consecutive losses to Chelsea, Swansea and Southampton. The Reds had begun to recover from the Man United, Arsenal onslaught that dented their hopes of a Champions League spot next season by beating Newcastle in the league two weeks ago.
However, their performance against Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend confused us all.
Everyone thought Liverpool had that game in the bag but alas; over-confidence was their undoing. Even with their star players back from suspension, they were unable to stay on course to give Steven Gerrard the send off he really wanted —FA Cup silverware.
This weekend, they should underestimate Hull at their own peril. It should be an easy game for them on paper but mentally they must turn up.
Seven points behind Man City isn’t where they want to be and they need to win this or forget about even a Europa spot as Spurs are right behind them; equal on points and Southampton just a point behind.
But I really believe that Brendan Rodgers has got this one.