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MARSHY’S CORNER – ROUND 20 IS A TOUGH ONE

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BRIGHTON V BOURMEMOUTH
Brighton are in a mini slump with no wins in their last four Premier League games which has dragged them into a relegation battle. Their home form isn’t fantastic either with no wins in their last three. Bournemouth, who are also in a relegation scrap, have Callum Wilson back and are starting to find something after a really dismal run. 50/50 call here but I am going for a Bournemouth win.
Brighton 0, Bournemouth 1

NEWCASTLE V EVERTON
Newcastle will be smarting after the bloody nose that Man United gave them but the good news for Magpies fans is that they are playing at St James Park which has been a bit of a fortress for them this season – losing only one game there. Everton have that feel good factor back with a big name manager in Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout. Players will be looking to impress but he won’t be able to turn it around completely overnight. A draw would be a fair result.
Newcastle 1, Everton 1

SOUTHAMPTON V CRYSTAL PALACE
The Saints are on a good run with back-to-back away wins over Villa and Chelsea but the problem for them is that for some reason they struggle to get it done at home. They have the worst home record in the EPL. Palace are a very tough team under Roy Hodgson – he really has created something out of nothing here – and for that reason I see these two teams cancelling each other out.
Southampton 1, Palace 1

WATFORD V ASTON VILLA
Despite scraping to a 1-0 home win over Norwich in their last game Villa could be in trouble. Their away form is the worst in the league having only picked up 4 points on their travels. Watford seem to have an extra spring in their step under new manager Nigel Pearson and looked very sharp in their recent home win over Man United. For that reason, I see the Hornets taking this one.
Watford 2, Villa 0

NORWICH V SPURS
Norwich have to be one of the most entertaining teams in the league going full steam ahead but leaving massive gaps at the back. As entertaining as that may be, it is not a recipe for success in an unforgiving Premier League. I am not convinced about Spurs under Jose Mourinho but they should have enough to open up Norwich’s leaky defence with ease.
Norwich 1, Spurs 4

WEST HAM V LEICESTER
West Ham are in real trouble as things stand and word on the street is that they have already started to look for Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement. Leicester are completely out of the title race now and although their confidence will have been dented by some heavy defeats, they need to put that in perspective – after all, those losses came to Man City and Liverpool. West Ham will have to go for the win here which will leave them exposed at the back. Perfect counter attacking opportunities for Leicester and Jamie Vardy.
West Ham 1, Leicester 2

BURNLEY V MAN UNITED
Man United are so unpredictable at the moment. One thing is that they have been a different team away from home. Old Trafford seems to inspire them. That said, if they reproduce anything like the quality that they showed vs Newcastle in their last game, they should have enough quality to get past Burnley. Burnley are solid but they struggle against quality. Man United need to get Paul Pogba on the pitch as well as Mason Greenwood.
Burnley 0, Man United 2

ARSENAL V CHELSEA
Arsenal have been a soft touch for a while now but Mikel Arteta will install some fight in them. At home they are a stronger outfit than on the road and although you never know what to expect from Chelsea these days, this should be a very entertaining game. I see a hard fought draw here.
Arsenal 1, Chelsea 1

LIVERPOOL V WOLVES
Liverpool are unstoppable at the moment. Yes, Wolves had a fantastic 3-2 win over Man City, albeit against 10 men, to complete a rare season double over the champions. But Liverpool is a different beast at Anfield and Wolves will be tired after their thrilling fight back. This is your banker home win.
Liverpool 2, Wolves 0

MAN CITY V SHEFF UNITED
It will be interesting to see how Pep gets his players fired up for Premier League games now that they are out of the race. Perhaps their focus will switch to the Champions League? I doubt it though as Pep is such a competitive character that he will be making sure his team finishes second this season. The Blades, incredibly are on a 9-game unbeaten away run. Yes, you read that right. It will end this weekend though as there is no way they will be able to contain the might of an angry Man City team at home.
Man City 4, Sheff United 1

Written by johnnyrocket

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