The Premier League is fast approaching its conclusion and the action continues with some thrilling mid-week clashes. Will Chelsea slip-up against Southampton tonight? Can Tottenham Hotspur pile the pressure on the league leaders by winning at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening? Will Manchester United leapfrog arch-rivals Manchester City with a win at the Etihad Stadium in Thursday’s Manchester derby match? Here’s what we think…..
Tuesday 25th April
Chelsea v Southampton
The Blues are closing in on the Premier League title and a win tonight at home to Southampton would extend their lead over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur to some seven points, albeit for only 24 hours perhaps. The Saints have been something of a mixed bag in the past four weeks with wins over Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion being followed by a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City. Will another thrashing be on the cards for the Saints tonight? We believe that it will and we’ll be backing star-player Diego Costa to inflict some of the pain on the visitors.
Wednesday 26th April
Arsenal v Leicester City
Can Arsenal manage back-to-back wins in the top-flight for the first time in over three months when they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening? The Gunners look to have breathed new life into their stumbling campaign and whilst they aren’t realistically in with a chance of reaching the Champions League berths, they can collect all three points against a Leicester City side which are winless in their last four games in all competitions.
Middlesbrough v Sunderland
This is a very hard one to call given that both of these sides are struggling at the bottom of the Premier League. Middlesbrough are running out of time as regards their future in the top flight while Sunderland look set to go down without a fight. The hosts have been far from impressive of late but they don’t really need to be when they face a Black Cats side which look to have given up hope. A thriller this won’t be but the hosts should just about have the edge over their local rivals.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur are fast running out of options on the silverware front this season. An exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea last weekend was certainly a huge disappointment and it puts them at a psychological disadvantage to the Blues in the race for the title. Nevertheless the Premier League remains the only hope for Spurs although should Chelsea win tonight then Pochettino’s men will have a massive mountain to climb. They should start by securing the points at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening however.
Thursday 27th April
Manchester City v Manchester United
This derby match is no stranger to excitement over the years and this clash is a must-win affair for both sides. Just a single point separates the Citizens and the Red Devils with Guardiola’s men enjoying the advantage, however Manchester United are on a roll at the moment and will be confident of collecting all three points against a City side which will be in low spirits following their weekend exit from the FA Cup. Can United steal a march on their arch-rivals by securing the win or will City extend their lead to four points? We think it will be neither and our money will be going on a draw at the Etihad Stadium.