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Premier League Predictions: Round 34

Round 33 of the Premier League wasn't great for most of the Superbru community or myself as I managed the average of 3/6 correct picks and no exact scores. Burnley and Palace both pulled off impressive away wins while Everton's victory over Arsenal wasn't entirely unexpected given the Gunners' away form, it's still a little surprising to see Silva's Toffees have managed to string three wins together, though. That said, I'm backing them to make it four this week!

In Round 34 we have 11 games with Brighton and Cardiff the two sides playing twice. The action begins this evening with Leicester vs. Newcastle so make sure you get your picks saved as soon as you've finished reading through mine and telling me which I've got wrong!

Leicester vs. Newcastle

After Newcastle let me down last week despite their good recent home form, there's no chance I'm picking them here given Leicester's current run of wins. The Foxes have plenty to play for and look good now that Jamie Vardy is back firing. They now look favourites for that seventh spot which would give Rodgers a European campaign to enjoy in his first full season, provided Manchester City win the FA Cup. Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle

Tottenham vs. Huddersfield

Harry Kane being out is obviously a blow but Spurs got by a couple of months ago without him and they certainly should here against a very weak Huddersfield side. There's not much to say here as all signs point towards Tottenham. Gauging the margin isn't easy but I don't expect a thrashing with such a big Champions League game coming up at the Etihad next week. Son has returned to form in style in the new stadium but will Pochettino rest him for Wednesday? Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield

Brighton vs. Bournemouth

Tricky one as neither team are in great form. Bournemouth have really disappointed me this year after such a good start. Of course they've been punching above their weight since arriving in the Premier League, but they now have a lot of money behind them and should be higher in the table than they are with the squad they have in my opinion. The only team the Cherries have beaten away from home in 2019 is Huddersfield and I feel Brighton can nick this. In our 11-a-side fantasy game, it's certainly worth picking one of their defenders with two shots at a clean sheet this week. Prediction: Brighton 1-0 Bournemouth

Burnley vs. Cardiff

I think there may actually be more goals in this game than you’d perhaps expect as Cardiff are going to have to start really going for games and Burnley have been scoring quite regularly of late. The Clarets can essentially confirm safety with a win here and I expect them do so at Turf Moor. They won 2-1 away at Cardiff earlier in the season and I can see an additional late goal for them in this match. As with all Burnley goals, it's probably 50/50 as to whether it will be Barnes or Wood who scores them. Prediction: Burnley 3-1 Cardiff

Fulham vs. Everton

Much like Huddersfield, it appears very difficult to pick Fulham to win a game for the remainder of this season. I have to start trusting Everton a little more now that they have three wins and clean sheets on the bounce - anything other than a win here would erase a lot of that good work towards 7th place. Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Everton

Southampton vs. Wolves

Southampton’s good form shouldn’t be too affected by that loss against Liverpool in my opinion as they put in a good performance and I think they can win this match. It’s really difficult to judge how Wolves will come out and play after such a disappointing FA Cup semi-final loss but I expect them to be competitive at the very least here, even though I make Saints slight favourites. I just question whether Southampton will really go for it and aim for the win they need if this game is level late on given that they still have some very winnable games left. The gap between themselves and Cardiff is large so do they need to risk losing? Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Wolves

Manchester United vs. West Ham

West Ham looked poor against Everton and again vs. Chelsea so I'm looking at a United win here even though the game is sandwiched by their Champions League tie. West Ham will fancy their chances of scoring with both Luke Shaw and Ashley Young suspended (though Young's absence could be a blessing in disguise given his recent performances), but I still see the hosts coming out on top. Their team selection will be interesting but I expect Lukaku to lead the line and this is his kind of game. Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 West Ham

Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City

As I have mentioned for a few weeks now, Palace's home form has been surprisingly poor this season so it's unlikely they can complete what would be an astonishing league double over City. The Eagles are reliant on penalties for goals at the minute, Luka Milivojevic has scored 10 of them in this campaign! Should City manage to avoid giving away a spot kick and turn the large amount of possession they will have into at least one goal, they should be fine here. Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

Liverpool vs. Chelsea

The monster game of the weekend. The 2014 clash between these two with the title race in a very similar position is one of the most memorable games of the Premier League era, however, this is a very different kind of Chelsea. The Blues recent record at Anfield is very strong and I think it will be Liverpool that are the far more nervous side heading into this game but can Sarri's team put in a display that is as resilient as the one Jose Mourinho's did five years ago? Unlike that season, Liverpool have been winning games without necessarily playing well and this is another match I think they can narrowly gain three points from. The atmosphere will be very strong indeed, with added emotion provided by the respects that will be paid for the 30th anniversary of Hillsborough. Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

Watford vs. Arsenal

This is probably the game I'm having the toughest time with this week. Watford will be bouncing but hangovers from such a big result often occur, while Arsenal have been woeful away from home, haven't got Sokratis but do have Torreira back and have won four of their last five at Vicarage Road. What to do in such a situation? Sit on the fence. The Gunners have by far the better XI on paper but Watford have been good this season and under the lights on a Monday evening (eight days after that FA Cup semi), I think they can get a result. Prediction: Watford 1-1 Arsenal

Brighton vs. Cardiff

I'll be especially confident that Brighton will win this match if they get a result against Bournemouth but I'd expect them to get three points regardless against Cardiff. I won't be making my pick until Tuesday evening but I think the Seagulls will have the better of a fairly dull affair that will go under the radar anyway due to the Champions League action taking place on the same night.

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