Midweek In The Premier League - Squeaky Bum Time!

Published: May 06, 2014 06:28am EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated May 06, 2014 @ 06:28am EDT

 

With Liverpool and Chelsea dropping points over the weekend the title race is now firmly been placed in Manchester City’s hands. Midweek we will see all the games in hand played so that on the final day of the season everyone goes into their matches on equal games played.
The kick off times for all three games over the two games are at 7:45pm local time and 2:45 Eastern Time.

 

TUESDAY: 

Manchester United v Hull City:

When Ryan Giggs took charge of the side two games ago everyone said he could turn everything around. Against Norwich they were lethargic going forward until a soft penalty turned it around and then the following game against Sunderland saw them defeated, and scoring no goals. 
It is clear that the problems at United are more than just having David Moyes as your manager and whoever takes over in the summer will still have a massive job on their hands.
To overtake Tottenham and secure a top six finish they will have to be perfect, not just for this game, but for the final day away to Southampton, and hope Tottenham lose when they welcome Villa to White Hart Lane.

Hull City are safe from relegation and could now have their minds focused on finishing the season injury free so they can face Arsenal in the FA Cup, fully fit. I would expect Manchester United to secure the victory in the only game on Tuesday, but it will not be enough to get them out of seventh.

Prediction: 2-0 

 

WEDNESDAY:

Manchester City v Aston Villa:

Manuel Pellegrini could almost not have dreamed for this weekend to go any better for his side. They got the three points away to Everton while Chelsea were held at home with Norwich and Liverpool let a 3-0 lead slip and come away from Selhurst Park with the single point. 

It will be important that the Citizens keep their focus though and do not slip up.
Over the course of history, games between the two have overwhelmingly resulted in a Manchester City win. When City are the home team they have won more than half with 43 victories, scoring 150 goals in the process.

If Aston Villa needed a win to secure themselves of Premiership survival then I would be a bit more nervous of a Villa fight. Don’t get me wrong, I do not think Villa will go to the Etihad and roll over but they have already given their home fans a good farewell to the season so I don’t think they will run for every ball, make that stretching last ditch tackle and such with the World Cup just in the horizon. 

Prediction: 3-0.  

 

Sunderland v West Brom:

Well it would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago but, if Sunderland win this game, they will not only have secured their Premiership survival and condemned Norwich to the SkyBet Championship, but could see themselves lift all the way up to fourteenth. That depends on the other result from the night and assuming also that Manchester United had taken care of Hull 24 hours earlier. 

Either way it represents one of the great escapes and, if not for Tony Pulis at Palace, may have been the manager of the year from the lower half of the table. West Brom will be no pushovers though but I do think that their efforts will be kept for the final home game on Sunday. A win for the Baggies though would also represent a move to fourteenth but I think Sunderland has the momentum and the motivation and would expect the Stadium of Light to be rocking come the final whistle.

Prediction: 3-1.    


 

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