Midweek metamorphosis in the Premier League may have mighty consequences heading into the business end of the season where every point is at a premium which goes parallel to the performance, thus building and maintaining the morale in the side. The headliner is the London vs Manchester clash where troubled Tottenham collides with underneath United while two key fixtures at the bottom half that include the Potteries vs the Hornets and the Eagles vs the hammers will lay down the hammer on various creatures going forward. Let us get into Premier League preview and predictions for Round 25.
Swansea vs Arsenal
Tale of the Tape: Swansea breathed a sigh of relief last week much to our surprise that would provide them enough substance to believe. A win against Liverpool is the lead that can increase their limits to achieve liberty this season. Arsenal, on the other hand, has been up and down in recent weeks, they were polished against Palace breaking 3 games winless streak prior to the win, Aubameyang’s arrival would bring back ambitions for sure but acoustic still need authenticity to shape the Arsenal.
Prediction: It is tough to call this one considering both clubs are on a high, a scoring draw is desirable.
Player Focus: Alexandre Lacazette
West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Tale of the Tape: West Ham is on a hot streak under Moyes where they have finally found their mojo. Their last defeat came against Newcastle stretching back to matchday 19. Moyes has instilled steel in this side making them compact and resilient. Eagles, on the other hand, have been enlightened by the Gandalf figure of Hodgson but they have suffered on the road this season gathering only two away wins which is a worry.
Prediction: West Ham to win it by a margin of one goal.
Player Focus: Marko Arnautovic
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool
Tale of the Tape: Huddersfield last win came in round 18 last year which demonstrates their struggles that have suffocated their New Year’s resolution to survive, the fairy tale needs some firepower to finalize their fantasy. Liverpool after conquering City has cooled down rather shockingly.
Their exit in F.A cup from the hands of the baggies brings more baggage at the Kop. A response is the only respite for the Reds.
Prediction: A comfortable away win to revive the resurgence of the rioting Reds
Player Focus: Mo Salah
Everton vs Leicester City
Tale of the Tape: 2018 hasn’t been kind to Everton. They are on an 8 match winless streak in the premier league drawing and losing three fixtures respectively. Big Sam’s impact has now been neutralized cutting down the nostalgic act in the process. Leicester, on the other hand, has been lively in recent weeks with the likes of Mahrez and Vardy in sublime touch bringing vanity to the Vintage.
Prediction: I am expecting a positive response from Everton with a marginal victory.
Player Focus: Theo Walcott
Newcastle United vs Burnley
Tale of the Tape: Tenacity has been missing at Tyneside with the Toons winning just 2 games in the last 10 PL fixtures with Rafa asking for recycle once again. Burnley that was bluffing us into believability has also been bind by the relentlessness of the Premier League. The two struggling sides can either be sluggish or surreal depending on the intent.
Prediction: Burnley to win with a clean sheet
Player Focus: Ashley Barnes
Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Tale of the Tape: It has been dark ages since Saints last won in the Premier League, came in round 13 which questions the rational considering there is quality in that side. They just cannot buy a win which all the more lays stress on the importance of a proper goal scoring striker that unfortunately even with all that work ethic Shane Long is not. Brighton too is struggling and have failed to win in their last four fixtures but the performances have been promising especially against Chelsea where rub of the green didn’t go in their favor.
Prediction: Saints to finally find Sanity with a comfortable home win
Player Focus: Manolo Gabbiadini
Chelsea vs Bournemouth
Chelsea found comfort with the new collection upfront in the form of Batshuayi, Willian, and Hazard linking up majestically. Batshuayi has been making his case for a while now, exceptional display in the F.A cup was another example and Hazard found his hunger to dismiss hindrance. Bournemouth’s action-packed win against Arsenal is now in the past and they have to show more consistency and desire to mix remedy with relevancy.
Prediction: A Belligerent display at the Bridge with a comfortable win for Chelsea
Player Focus: Eden Hazard
Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion
Tale of the Tape: City has become all the more concrete after that slight hiccup at Anfield. They looked more than convincing against Newcastle in the league and Cardiff during the F.A cup tie that solidifies their claim for the silverware. West Brom would be oozing confidence after the Cup win against Liverpool in the weekend but the test ahead goes beyond dangerous territories.
Prediction: Death, taxes and watching City win live at home is certain this season.
Player Focus: Kevin De Bruyne
Stoke City vs Watford
Tale of the Tape: It will be the battle of two managers who’ll try to inject new energy and intent to their respective sides that have lacked leadership big time. Paul Lambert livened up the atmosphere last week but he’ll be required to string in good results on a consistent basis. Javi Garcia needs to be a Bullish figure at Watford that has surprisingly gone soft after that initial spark under Marco Silva.
Prediction: I’ll throw in a wild card going for a wonderful Watford win.
Player Focus: Troy Deeney
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Tale of the Tape: This brings us to the main event of the midweek ladies and gentleman where a defensively defiant United goes against inconsistent Spurs wandering in their home at Wembley. 5 Clean sheets for United had provided them solidarity while uncertain times are testing Pochettinho’s patience. A gamble on Lucas Moura who has the reputation to be fragile might be a sign of panic for Spurs.
Prediction: Spurs have had the better of this fixture after the Sir Alex era so a draw seems to be a fair result considering the current scenario
Player Focus: Alexis Sanchez (Rivalry resumed)