Matchday 26 of the Premier League is almost upon us and there are some great fixtures to look forward to. Here are four bold predictions for all the action.
The Premier League has entered it’s final third of fixtures for the season and this weekend there’s a smaller card of games due to the first ever mid-winter break in the English top flight.
The Premier League have acknowledged that the amount of games played by clubs in the winter period is almost unmanageable and brought in a short break in order to help clubs get some much-need recovery time.
That means there are only four matches this weekend with a further six following next weekend.
This round of fixtures kicks off in Liverpool, when Everton host Crystal Palace in the early kick-off on Saturday. Later on in the day, Watford travel to Brighton in a bottom of the table clash.
Bournemouth, who are also struggling at the bottom, face a difficult trip to Sheffield United on Sunday whilst Manchester City host relegation-threatened West Ham later in the day. Here are four bold predictions for all the action:
4. Wilfried Zaha scores only goal as Crystal Palace win at Everton
The first game of the Premier League weekend sees Crystal Palace travel to Goodison Park to face off against Everton. Last weekend the Toffees snatched a late win over Watford in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road whilst Crystal Palace slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United.
The Eagles’ season started quite well but has gone downhill in the last 6 weeks. Roy Hodgson’s side last won on the 28th of December and since then they’ve been knocked out of the FA Cup and only taken four points from a possible 15 in the league.
Carlo Ancelotti has done a good job since taking over at Goodison Park with his side only losing out to Liverpool and Manchester City so far. They produced an incredibly spirited performance last weekend to beat Watford in a match where they were two goals down and played the final twenty minutes with ten men.
Ancelotti will be hoping for the same desire this weekend against a resilient Crystal Palace side who have only conceded 16 goals in 12 away matches this season. The Eagles will come to frustrate and look to take chances on the counter.
Everton have not been clinical under Ancelotti and Palace’s defensive front could leave the Italian manager with some questions on how to break them down. If the Eagles can get their defensive side right then they’ll have a very good chance of taking something from this match.
This will not be a classic or one for the neutrals as it has draw written all over it. Palace will win this one with a single goal coming from their talisman, Wilfried Zaha, after a swift counter-attacking move.