Premier League Preview (March 15th and 16th)

Published: Mar 14, 2014 14:27pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 14, 2014 @ 02:27pm EDT

 

Putting the Champions League disappointment behind the English clubs for a while, the Premiership resumes a full calendar this weekend. Alan Pardew will be keeping his slippers on for his sides game being handed down punishment for the head butt two weeks ago.

 

Fulham, Cardiff and West Brom hope they can start putting more points on the board while Sunderland will just be glad to be back to Premiership action.

 

 

SATURDAY (ALL Kick Off Times 3pm BST/11am ET Unless stated):

 

 

Hull City v Manchester City (12:45 GMT/8:45 ET):

 

Another team glad to back to Premiership action would be Manchester City, who travel to Hull City in the early morning Premiership clash. In the past seven days manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has seen the possibility of a quadruple turn into a more realistic double. A win for the visitors will see City leap frog back above Liverpool and Arsenal, who play Manchester United and Tottenham respectively, on Sunday.

 

Hull are in need of three points also but they have only managed one point in their last three home League games. A win would, at the very least, keep the gap between them and the bottom three the same. A defeat though could see Steve Bruce’s side continue their slide into the danger zone.

 

Manchester City could be without Sergio Aguero, who came off at half time in the Champions League game with Barcelona. Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo will need to step it up if they are to put pressure on Chelsea, who play later in the day.

 

Prediction: 1-2.

 

 

Everton v Cardiff:

 

Disappointing result in the FA Cup against Arsenal saw Everton dumped out 4-1. Before that they had also lost three in the last five League games, although they were away to Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

 

You would expect it to be a different story at Goodison Park, against a struggling Cardiff City side. A win will be vital for Everton to move back above Manchester United, currently 6th, and close in on a slipping Tottenham Hotspur, both of whom play on Sunday.

 

For Cardiff it was a good result for them last weekend with the win against Fulham but should be under no illusions about this game. Anything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can get in this game should still be considered a bonus with more vital games against teams in and around the relegation zone following this one.

 

Prediction: 4-0.

 

 

Fulham v Newcastle:

 

Three managers later and we still have no signs that Fulham have got any fight in them to survive for another season in the Premier League. Dimitar Berbatov has left the club and the star man from a few seasons back, Clint Dempsey, has come and gone with little impact.

 

As far as Newcastle go, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I feel sorry for manager Alan Pardew for the backroom antics of the club this season I think has been less than helpful. There again his mouthing off at Manuel Pellegrini and head butt on an opposing player two weeks ago makes me possibly reconsider. Serving one of three Stadium bans in this game I think come seasons end he needs to take a step back from Newcastle and consider the affect on his health  in this job. As far as the game goes I actually think Fulham might surprise some people here and keep their relegation battle alive.

 

Prediction: 2-0

 

 

Southampton v Norwich:

 

I am pretty sure you can bet your mortgage on the fact that Southampton will finish in either 8th or 9th position. That said, they should still pick up full points in this game.

 

Norwich have been less than impressive this season and struggle badly away from home. The next few weeks are vital to the survival of the Canaries and, like Fulham, play the teams in and around them after this weekend. Anything City get from this game should be considered a bonus for Chris Hughton.

 

Prediction: 3-0.

 

 

Stoke v West Ham:

 

Both of these teams were in danger of getting sucked into the relegation battle over the Christmas period with West Ham probably favorites of the two to go down. Now they are both mid table on 31 points, West Ham above Stoke and with a game in hand.

 

I think both sides should be safe now, not because they have too many points but more that no team below them looks like getting a decent run together.

 

With that in mind it wouldn’t be a bad result for either team if the game ended in a draw.

 

Prediction: 0-0.

 

 

Sunderland v Crystal P:

 

Gus Poyet has given the Sunderland fans their day at Wembley and I am sure they enjoyed it. Now, out of the FA Cup, the focus is purely on Premier League survival. Due to the cup commitments they have three games in hand which will continue after this weekend. That is fine to have but I am sure the Black Cats manager would prefer to have the points in the bag at this stage.

 

Palace are three points ahead of their hosts and their recovery has somewhat stalled in recent weeks. Tony Pulis will probably look to this game as a could win, but certainly a must not lose. I think both sides will survive this season but not because they go on an amazing run, rather that there are three worse sides there right now.

 

Prediction: 1-1.

 

 

Swansea v West Brom:

 

The home side will be looking to get another three points at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and that will certainly get them a lot closer to securing their position in next years Premier League season.

 

West Brom rushed to change their manager earlier in the season and it has not had the desired effect. Currently they are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference and, like those below them, do not show any real signs of a fight. Nicolas Anelka is banned for five games and right now they need some quality, consistent goal scorers.

 

Prediction: 2-0.

 

 

Aston Villa v Chelsea (5:30 GMT/ 1:30 ET):

 

It is very unlikely that Aston Villa will end up higher than tenth in the League come seasons end. Relegation seems to be closer than it actually is with the fact that no teams in the relegation zone are in danger of putting a decent run together.

 

Any points Aston Villa can get against Chelsea will be a bonus to the Midlands club, and a welcome bonus to Arsenal, Liverpool and especially Manchester City.

 

At the beginning of the season I thought that Chelsea were favorites, just because of the Mourinho factor. The fact that Manchester City had a manager new to the Premier League I thought would be the difference. The League is still up for grabs though with four sides currently able to get 89 points plus.

 

If Chelsea were to win this game then they will move ten points above Liverpool and Arsenal before they kick of twenty four hours later.

 

Prediction: 0-2.

 

 

SUNDAY:

 

Manchester United v Liverpool (1:30 GMT/ 9:30 ET):

 

If David Moyes thought the fans were hostile and wanted him out before, try losing this game. The two sides with most League titles means a big game for both and United fans will be desperate to put a dent in Liverpool’s current title aspirations.

 

The danger is that if the Liverpool attack is on form the speed of the attack will no doubt overwhelm the United defense.

 

Old Trafford has always been a tough place to go and get anything, usually not for Manchester United though. I still stand by my theory that the fans have a part to play and their failure, collectively, to get behind the side during the tough times in games I think has made the home side nervous and prone to mistakes.

 

It will be interesting to see what happens in this game if Liverpool take the lead. The fans have been their own worst enemy at certain points of the season as its only been ten months since their last major trophy (seven since the Community Shield). Imagine being the fans across the City from three seasons ago!

 

Prediction: 1-3.

 

 

Tottenham v Arsenal (4pm GMT/ 12pm ET)

 

Tim Sherwood is starting to feel the pressure of the job right now. After the Chelsea game he publicly questioned his sides commitment. Thursday they lost 3-1 at home to Benfica and got into some handbags with the opposing coach.

 

There is a perfect storm brewing for this game and I think the wheels are in danger of coming off the Spurs train. Adebayor is a great player, when things are going his way. The last three games though he has played the last three matches in their entirety but hasn’t scored. The last round of the Europa League was the last time he scored a goal and hasn’t scored in a League game for over a month. Add to that his dislike of Arsenal and the fans dislike for him and I just feel it will be a miracle if he keeps his head for the whole game.

 

Prediction: 0-3.


 

Comments (0)



Jason Bardwell
Sports Writer

 

Avg. Readership (monthly)
7,547

 

Followers (writers)
4

 

Last Active
90+ days ago

 

 

 

 

Other Features

Greg Gianforte: Exploding Prairie Dogs, Assault, & Early Voters


Pokemon Go Wants Your Data, But Not Your Personal Data


Is E3 A Joke?

 


Take a Tour   ·   Contact Us   ·   Privacy statement Konsume Media LLC 2016. All rights reserved.

Generated in 0.202 seconds in which 0.184 seconds were spent on a total of 49 queries. Zlib compression enabled.