It's been a minute since we last talked Premier League. Since the last Premier League post, there have been some changes to the Top 5, but for the most part, teams seemed to stick with the fashion they've been sporting all year. Here are a few recaps and thoughts...
It was only fitting that after the seasons that Liverpool and Everton have had so far that the latest Merseyside Derby would end in a 0-0 draw. A few days later during midweek play, Liverpool did manage a 3-2 win over Tottenham and Everton kept things close with league leading, Chelsea, only managing to lose 1-0, but overall the 0-0 final between the Toffees and the Reds summed up both sides' seasons perfectly.
The North London Derby:
The North London Derby on the other hand happened to be an exciting affair. It's somewhat safe to say that Tottenham was the slight underdog in this match, but they did manage to pull off a 2-1 win over the Gunners who had been looking a lot better as of late. Unfortunately for Spurs fans, the inconsistency that has plagued both North London sides continued a few days later when Tottenham dropped a game to Liverpool (as mentioned above) and Arsenal got one back against Leicester City. I still like both of these teams to be fighting for UEFA Champions League spots as we go on. Hopefully one or both can start stringing a few wins together.
Weird Week for Man City:
Man City had a couple strange matches since the last time we talked Premier League. Over week 24, they only managed a 1-1 draw against the Tigers from Hull City, but came back a few days later in Week 25 to beat Stoke City 4-1 without a problem. The draw with Hull City helped Chelsea keep a seven point lead at the top and might have opened the door slightly for teams below them. Their rivals, Manchester United have moved back into third place after all....
Alright now time for my three matches of the week, as always feel free to jump in with your predictions in the comments below.
Chelsea v. Burnley
This is a tasty matchup for Chelsea fans, especially since Man City will have to take on a feisty Newcastle Squad this week. Getting three points this week could mean a lot depending on the results from the City match.
My prediction: Chelsea 3 - 1 Burnley
Swansea City v. Manchester United
This is far from a walk in the park for the Red Devils, but they certainly have to look at week 26 as a huge opportunity to grow some deeper roots in the Top 3. They've had a streaky season so far, but have looked decent recently.
My prediction: Swansea 0 - 2 Manchester United
Man City v. Newcastle
As mentioned above, if Man City stumbles against a very game Newcastle side, it could end up very costly if Chelsea does what they're expected to do against Burnley. Personally I feel like this one is a tough one to predict, mostly due to Newcastle's odd habit of spoiling top of the table teams when you least expect it.
My prediction: Manchester City 2 - 2 Newcastle United