The FA Cup take centre stage this weekend, but there is still Premier League action taking place, so here is The Big Kick Off’s latest Premier League match predictions for matchweek 33.
There’s a big gap in the fixture list this weekend with Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Crystal Palace all competing in the FA Cup semi-finals. This means we have just the six fixtures, rather than the usual ten
There are more matches midweek, which we look at after the weekend fixtures.
Across Saturday and Sunday four of the sides chasing fourth place are in action, So even without the two title rivals playing, it still promises to be an exciting weekend’s action.
Spurs were the big winners last week. Their impressive 4-0 win away at Aston Villa saw them go 3 points ahead of Arsenal, albeit, having played one match more. The Gunners suffered a shock loss at home to Brighton last Saturday, while fellow fourth place rivals, Man Utd and West Ham also lost.
All of this has seen Spurs go to 2/9 favourites to finish in the top 4. For the record, Arsenal are 11/5, Man Utd 22/1, and West Ham are 100/1.
In the betting to win the Premier League, it’s pretty much as you were after Man City and Liverpool played out an entertaining 2-2 draw last Sunday. City are still the favourites at 2/5, while Klopp’s Liverpool are 15/8. If you fancy wasting a quid, Chelsea are 500/1.
Right, onto this weekend’s Premier League match predictions, and we start with Brighton’s visit to in-form Spurs.
Spurs v Brighton – Saturday 12.30pm
Despite Harry Kane not scoring last week (yes, he’s in my Fantasy Dream Team), his link-up play with Son Heung-min was exceptional. The two of them simply tore Villa to shreds and looked unplayable at times.
Brighton somehow managed to win 2-1 away at Arsenal, and in doing so, ended a run of seven matches without a win. Quite where that performance came from, I have no idea. But with an away trip to Spurs followed by a trip to the Etihad in midweek, it was certainly a much needed win for Graham Potter.
In the Premier League these days, Brighton are on the sort of run that can see manager’s sacked, and I don’t think that would be a sensible move for Brighton. Those 3 points were vital.
Sadly for Seagulls fans, I don’t see it helping them on Saturday. They play in a style that should suit Totttenham, and I can only see Spurs picking up another 3 points. I also think the way Spurs are playing, that over 2.5 goals at 4/5 looks a fairly decent bet.
- Verdict – TOTTENHAM WIN
Man Utd v Norwich – Saturday 3pm
I’ve got to admit to being very impressed with the attitude of Norwich in recent weeks. They’re still going for it, and they still believe they have a chance of staying up. This despite the rest of us already accepting they’re relegated.
I didn’t see them beating Burnley last weekend, but that’s exactly what they did.
But, even allowing for how awful Man Utd have been this season, and their inconsistency, I can still only predict a win for the Red Devils here.
- Verdict – MAN UTD WIN
Southampton v Arsenal – Saturday 3pm
This match has the look of one of those any one of three results is possible here. The Saints have been on an awful run of late. They’ve lost four of their last five in the league, and they saved their worst performance for last Saturday – the 6-0 home defeat to Chelsea.
Arsenal has also not been great lately. They’ve lost three of their last four, and also arguably saved their worst performance for last Saturday – the 2-1 home defeat to Brighton.
I’m a bit torn between draw and away win here, I think a Saints win is the least likely of the three outcomes. In the betting, Arsenal are even money, and the draw is 13/5. I don’t believe Arsenal are an even money bet, so I’m going for the draw.
- Verdict – DRAW
Watford v Brentford – Saturday 3pm
Another week, and another home defeat for Watford, this time 3-0 at the hands of Leeds United. Watford have only picked up 4 points from the last 28 available, and that stinks of relegation form.
They come against a resurgent Brentford. The Bees have won four of their last five, and can now plan for a second successive season in the Premier League. Will Christian Eriksen still be there next season?; is the only question now!
This prediction comes with a warning; As I’ve mentioned plenty of times before, I can’t predict Brentford results. So probably best to get your money on Watford or the Draw.
- Verdict – BRENTFORD WIN
Newcastle v Leicester – Sunday 2.15pm
Eddie Howe’s team got back to winning ways last weekend with a Friday night 1-0 win over Wolves. The 3 points stopped the rot after three successive losses, and by the end of the match week, Newcastle were 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
With the exception of the 5-1 loss at Spurs, Newcastle did okay in the other two defeats.
As for Leicester, they’ve picked up 7 points from their last three Premier League matches, and they’ve also won and drawn their previous two Europa Conference matches.
They’re now five matches unbeaten, and in good form. The two Premier League wins were over in-form Brentford and Crystal Palace, and they should have beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford (it finished 1-1).
I’m going to stick my neck out on this one and go for another Leicester win. They look like they’re finishing the season strongly.
- Verdict – LEICESTER WIN
West Ham v Burnley – Sunday 2.15pm
Unlike the so-called top tipsters such as Mark Lawrenson of the BBC and Jones Knows Best of Sky Sports, we’re making our Burnley prediction in the knowledge that Sean Dyche has been sacked!
It appears that the Claret’s hierarchy decided relegation was a certainty under Dyche, and have thrown caution to the wind in a last ditch effort to stay up.
As for West Ham, they really are the happy Hammers at the moment. They’ve just qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League with a brilliant 3-0 win away at Lyon, and they’re in with a great chance of winning the competition.
I’m a bit torn on this one. Will Burnley’s sacking of Dyche have an effect? And will West Ham’s Europa League affect their Premier League form in a negative or positive way?
I can’t really decide either way, so I’m going against the grain a bit here and calling this match a draw.
- Verdict – DRAW