The FA Cup semi-finals will doubtless be drawing plenty of attention this coming weekend, however let’s not forget that there are some cracking Premier League clashes taking place over the next couple of days. Who will be the winners and losers on Saturday and Sunday? Here’s what we think…
Saturday 22nd April
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Bournemouth have once again proven themselves worthy of a stay in the Premier League and with seven points separating the Cherries from the bottom three as things stand, things are looking pretty rosy for the south-coast club. Eddie Howe’s men have taken just two points from their last four games although there’s little reason to believe that they will slip-up against a Middlesbrough outfit which are truly dreadful both at home and away. Back a Cherries win-to-nil.
Hull City v Watford
Hull City sit above the relegation zone but just by two points. Can they secure for themselves a valuable win against a Hornets side which have far from impressed away from Vicarage Road this season? We believe so and the Tigers can open up a more comfortable gap between themselves and the bottom three in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Back Watford to find the net though.
Swansea City v Stoke City
Swansea City remain very much in the danger zone and should they fail to secure the three points on Saturday afternoon then they could be staring relegation squarely in the face. The Swans have been solid at home in recent weeks however and we believe that they will beat a Potters outfit which are pretty abysmal on the road this season.
West Ham United v Everton
West Ham have been far from impressive in front of their own fans since the start of the season and we see no reason to believe that this will end at this late stage of the campaign, especially against an Everton side which will be looking to European competition next season
Sunday 23rd April
Burnley v Manchester United
Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils remain very much in contention for a top-four finish this season and with Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, United can narrow the gap on their rivals to just a single point should they secure for themselves a win at Turf Moor on Sunday. Can they do it? Yes they can!
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Liverpool are flying high in the Premier League and will be looking to consolidate their third-placed position by brushing aside a much improved Crystal Palace on Sunday evening. The Reds should collect all three points and on-form Roberto Firmino should add to his season tally by finding the net at some point.