Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City?
Arsenal or Everton?
Sunderland, Cardiff, Fulham, Norwich or West Brom?
Things are really hotting up, in what looks to be one of the most exciting finishes to a Premier League season for years.
A few stats from the last six Gameweeks:
Gerrard – 6
Suarez – 6
Rooney – 5
Y Touré – 5
Rodriguez – 5
Dzeko – 4
Lukaku – 4
Lambert – 3
Mirallas – 3
Matic – 3
Eriksen – 3
Crouch – 2
Baines – 2
Torres – 2
Most Shots on Target:
Suárez – 15
Cissé – 12
Lukaku – 12
Bony – 10
Rooney – 9
Rodriguez – 9
Puncheon – 8
Most Chances Created:
Eriksen – 19
Hazard – 17
Lallana – 15
Lambert – 14
Rosicky – 13
Cazorla – 13
A Johnson – 13
Most Touches – Opponents Half:
Cazorla – 367
Suárez – 353
Rosicky – 334
Hazard – 318
Carroll – 309
Henderson – 303
Silva – 298
Most Successful Crosses:
Huddlestone – 19
Downing – 16
Elmohamady – 12
Albrighton – 11
Eriksen – 11
Baines – 9
Snodgrass – 9
City’s main men in the points against the Saints:
Saturday’s early kick off saw Man City ease to a 4-1 victory against Southampton. Yaya Toure grabbed the opening goal courtesy of a penalty, to make it 18 goals so far this season. Another penalty at the other end saw Rickie Lambert take his tally to 11 for the season. Then two goals in quick succession just before half time gave Manchester City some breathing space. Edin Dzeko scored the first from a superb Aleksandar Kolarov cross, to continue his recent impressive form. And Sami Nasri rounded of a great passing move to make it 3-1. Then later on in the match, Stevan Jovetic scored a tap-in to seal all three points for City.
Baggies bag crucial victory over the Canaries:
Morgan Amalfitano scored for the second consecutive Gameweek since returning from injury, as West Brom secured a vital away win at Norwich. The victory moved West Brom five points clear of the drop zone, and lifted them up to 16th place. However, things don’t look too good for Norwich, who are in 17th place, with games against Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the next five.
Cottagers grab vital away win at Villa:
Lewis Holtby and Ashkan Dejagah continued their recent run of form as Fulham came out on top at Villa Park. Kieran Richardson and Hugo Rodallega grabbed the goals in the 2-1 victory, whilst Holtby and Dejagah both supplied an assist apiece. Lewis Holtby has now scored and assisted twice in his last five games, whilst Dejagah has now delivered three goals and an assist in six appearances. Considering Fulham have three home games against Norwich, Hull, and Crystal Palace coming up in the final five fixtures, Holtby and Dejagah, who are both priced at below £4.0m, could be budget friendly differentials for the run-in.
Mata shows his class as Man United run riot at Newcastle:
After scoring his first goal for United last weekend, the former Chelsea man delivered again in the 4-0 thrashing at Newcastle. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie injured, Mata was fielded in ‘the hole’ just behind Javier Hernandez, and grabbed two goals and an assist in the victory at James’ Park. Although United don’t have a fixture in Gameweek 34, Mata may well be worth considering over the final few matches, with United playing Norwich, Hull and Sunderland at Old Trafford.
Palace triumph in Cardiff to dent the Bluebirds hopes of survival:
If you were asked half way through the season who you thought would be relegated, I am sure Crystal Palace would have been top of that list. However, Tony Pulis has done a great job at Palace and the 3-0 victory over Cardiff means Tony Pulis’ side have taken a major step towards safety. Jason Puncheon played a vital role in the 3-0 victory, grabbing two of the Eagles’ goals to take his tally to 5 for the season. Joe Ledley was again fielded in ‘the hole’ and grabbed a goal and assist, whilst at the back, Pulis’ side have now registered three clean sheets in their last four, highlighting their defensive resilience.
Chelsea cruise to 3-0 victory against the Potters:
With Chelsea facing PSG in midweek, Jose Mourinho benched Eden Hazard and Oscar for last night’s home clash against Stoke. Hazard was given just a 32-minute run-out and with Frank Lampard on the field the Belgian could only watch on as Lampard netted on the rebound after his initial penalty attempt was saved by Begovic. Mohamed Salah and Willian also played their part in the 3-0 triumph by grabbing a goal apiece.
Liverpool return to the summit:
Once again, Steven Gerrard kept his cool from the spot two times to fire his side back to the top of the Premier League. This was Gerrard’s 13th goal of the season and the Liverpool captain also managed to escape a yellow card which means he will be available for the crucial showdown with Man City this weekend. Luis Suarez put in yet another brilliant performance, hitting the bar twice but he was unlucky to only come away from the game with a single assist. However, Daniel Sturridge blanked for the second game in a row which now means he has scored just twice in the last six games.
Everton triumph against out of form Arsenal:
A 3-0 defeat at Everton saw Arsenal lose yet another three points to their rivals in the race for fourth, meaning next season’s Champions League place is now looking at serious risk. The Gunners are in a shocking patch of form at the moment and have won just two of their last nine games. However, the upcoming fixtures for Arsene Wenger’s team are against West Ham, Hull, Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich and with Aaron Ramsey now back from his recovery, he could be worth considering for the run-in. Romelu Lukaku put in another impressive performance which included a goal and an assist. This takes his tally to four goals and two assists in his last six games since recovering from an ankle injury and means he is well worth considering for the double gameweek captaincy.
Saturday 12th April:
15:07 – Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
Crystal Palace will be on a high after two consecutive wins against Chelsea and Cardiff. Villa won’t be on a high however after their shocking defeat at home to Fulham. Villa are also without Benteke for the visit to Palace which will make it even harder for them to break down the Eagles back line. I can only see a home win here.
One to watch – Jason Puncheon
15:07 – Fulham vs Norwich
A crucial game for both clubs. A draw is not good enough for either club so they will both need to come out and attack this one. Norwich are dreadful away from home, and have youth team coach Neil Adams in charge for the first time. Fulham have been playing a bit better recently, so I can see them just scraping through with the victory.
One to watch – Lewis Holtby
15:07 – Southampton vs Cardiff City
Southampton don’t have much to play for, but will want to finish the season on a high. They have lost just one of their last six at home, and Cardiff are dreadful away from home and can’t stop conceding so I can see this being a comfortable victory for the Saints.
One to watch – Adam Lallana
15:07 – Stoke City vs Newcastle
Newcastle have really struggled after the loss of Yohan Cabaye, and with other key players missing, I don’t see them getting anything out of this one, especially considering Stoke are in a good patch of form at the moment, with four wins in six.
One to watch – Peter Odemwingie
15:07 – Sunderland vs Everton
Everton are flying at the moment, with 6 wins in a row. Sunderland however, are desperate for points and are in a shocking patch of form, with 4 defeats in as many matches. I can see this one being a comfortable victory for the Toffees.
One to watch – Romelu Lukaku
15:07 – West Brom vs Tottenham
West Brom have drawn 5 out of the last six at home and just can’t seem to find the all-important winning goal. They will be on a high after their crucial away win at Norwich, but so will Tottenham after their 5-1 demolition of Sunderland. I expect this game to be a close one with Tottenham just edging it.
One to watch – Emmanuel Adebayor
Sunday 13th April:
13:37 – Liverpool vs Man City
What a game this is going to be! I think whoever wins this game will more than likely go on to win the title as I can’t see Chelsea winning the league after their damaging defeats against Villa and Palace. Liverpool are the form team at the moment with 9 consecutive wins, but Man City are in form as well and will be boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero. This will be an extremely close game with lots of goals, but I can see Liverpool just edging it.
One to watch – Luis Suarez
16:07 – Swansea vs Chelsea
Chelsea need to win to keep their title hopes alive. They have lost their last two away games against teams in the bottom half of the table so Swansea will fancy their chances, but I think Chelsea will be too strong for the Swans.
One to watch – Andre Schürrle
Tuesday 15th April:
19:45 – Arsenal vs West Ham
A must win game for Arsenal to keep their hopes of champions league football next season alive. West Ham are pretty much safe now and aren’t desperate for points so I think Arsenal will bounce back from their defeat at Goodison last weekend and take all three points.
One to watch – Aaron Ramsey
Wednesday 16th April:
19:45 – Everton vs Crystal Palace
Everton are in brilliant form at the moment with 6 consecutive victories. Crystal Palace will make it hard for Everton to break them down but I think Everton will pull through with a narrow victory.
One to watch – Romelu Lukaku
19:45 – Man City vs Sunderland
Sunderland need a ‘miracle’ to stay up as stated by Gus Poyet in his post-match news conference after the 5-1 thrashing at White Hart Lane and that ‘miracle’ isn’t going to happen at the Etihad. Man City are excellent at home and this could be embarrassing for Sunderland.
One to watch – Sergio Aguero
Thank You for taking the time to read, and best of luck for the rest if the season.
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