Friday, March 31, 2017

EPL 2016/17 - Week 31

Liverpool v/s Everton - Away win
Burnley v/s Tottenham - Home win
Chelsea v/s Crystal Palace - Home win
Hull v/s West Ham - Home win
Leicester v/s Stoke - Home win
Man Utd v/s West Brom - Home win
Watford v/s Sunderland - Home win
Southampton v/s Bournemouth - Home win
Swansea v/s Middlesbrough - Home win
Arsenal v/s Man City - Draw

Everton hasn't won a derby match at Liverpool for ages and I wonder if this is the year they finally crack their hoodoo. With Koeman at the helm and the team being in fine form, this is possible. Add to this a Liverpool team with recent see-saw results and Brazilian duo Coutinho and Firmino being probably short physically after being rushed from Brazil, I believe a surprise result could very well be in the cards. One thing that strikes out when looking at the managerial history of Ronald Koeman is that he often gets great results with his under-dog team in big matches. He has the knack of making his team deliver on the big occasion and it doesn't get any bigger than the Merseyside derby for the Evertonians. Liverpool are on their tip-toes at the moment and they will be missing Lallana through injury. With Lukaku in fine form, I see the Toffees with some chance of making the difference at Anfield.

Chelsea should reinforce their grip on the title by winning again this week-end and seeing their closest pursuers lose ground. I see Spurs losing points at Burnley; Arsenal and Man City are bound to share spoils. Man Utd should bag full points against West Brom as they try to ascertain the final 4th UCL spot.

Win: Everton, Chelsea, Man Utd

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