Midweek Premier League Preview

Published: Mar 24, 2014 15:31pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 24, 2014 @ 03:31pm EDT

 

After the high scoring weekend now in the books we have a quick turnaround for half of the teams over the next few days as five games are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. These teams are making up postponed games from earlier on in the season and will be a chance for some to strengthen their positions going into the final push for their individual targets in the Premier League.

 

 

TUESDAY (All Kick Offs 7:45 GMT/ 3:45 ET unless stated):

 

 

Arsenal v Swansea:

Hopefully the Arsenal boss will be much happier after his 1,001st game as manager of the Gunners and be looking for a reaction from his players after the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea. Kieran Gibbs is expected to have his red card overturned and be eligible for selection. Possibly they will also have Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain to choose from but that depends on how the FA panel see Saturdays incident.

Either way I think it should be a good three points for Arsenal against a side who have slipped off the pace they set last season. A defeat to Everton, Liverpool and West Brom in the last four games means their lone win against Cardiff City in the new managers first game in charge.

A defeat for the Swans will not see them drop any places but could certainly bunch them up with those bottom three, especially if Sunderland win on Wednesday.

Prediction: 3-1.

 

 

Man Utd v Man City:

Have Manchester United turned a corner in form? A win against rivals Manchester City tonight might make that question a little easier to answer but so far the wins against Olympiacos and West Ham were good building blocks but should be expected.

For City it is just as important they get a win here and not just for the local bragging rights. With Chelsea putting six goals past Arsenal at the weekend it is clear that the title is going to be tough and no one can really call it even now. Three points for Pellegrini’s men will see them slide up to second, at least for 24 hours, but more importantly than that, they will be three points behind leaders Chelsea with two games more to play.

Prediction: 2-2.

 

 

Newcastle v Everton:

Fifth position is still on the cards for the visitors here and that would certainly represent a good first season for Roberto Martinez. With Tottenham currently in that spot and having played two more games than Everton before this kick off who would bet against them.

Newcastle will not have their manager in the stadium again for this match but as far as Newcastle are concerned their season is essentially done. Nine points above tenth position and eight points below sixth means they have no chance of European football next season (with Pardews head butt I doubt they will top the Fair Play table).

Prediction: 1-2.

 

 

WEDNESDAY:

 

 

West Ham v Hull:

Three straight wins were followed by three straight defeats for West Ham, although two were against Manchester United and Everton. Now six points clear of the bottom three it will be vital with this game being at home, and against a side around them, that Big Sam gets the Hammers back in the points.

Hull City are eight points above the highest relegation zone position going into the game and, although I am sure Steve Bruce and his team are focused on this game, the FA Cup Semi Final may just be in the back of their minds for the next few games.

Prediction: 2-0.

 

 

Liverpool v Sunderland (Kick Off 8pm GMT/ 4pm ET):

Another title contender take on relegation candidates in the late kick off to finish off the midweek fixtures. Liverpool have had no European football to worry about and as a result are probably a little fresher than the other three title contenders. Luis Suarez is on fire and the only real question mark is at the back.

Their last six Premiership games have yielded six wins, eighteen points and twenty four goals. That means, on average, Liverpool score four goals per game.

Sunderland are in the relegation zone although they also have two games more to play than the three clubs directly above them. A defeat at the weekend against fellow strugglers Norwich City would not have done them any favors.

Getting out of Anfield with a point would certainly be a good result but in fairness there are more important, and winnable, fixtures coming up beginning next Monday when they welcome West Ham to the Stadium of Light.

Prediction: 3-0.


 

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