Monday, February 9, 2015

EPL 2014/15 - Week 25

Chelsea distanced themselves from City last week-end and 7 points looks cushion-proof enough for them to lead all the way to the title. At the end of the season, City will be able to reflect on lost opportunities such as not being able to beat the likes of Stoke, Burnley and Hull at home. Unlike Chelsea suffer a monumental collapse, which is hard to fathom at this point, the 7 current points difference should be insurmountable. Actually, it would not be surprising if the gap were more in the end.

Arsenal v/s Leicester. This should be 3 points for Arsenal. Sanchez is back for this encounter and brings the Gunners to a whole new level. Leicester are a club in turmoil with rumours of manager Pearson being sacked. Whether the speculation is true or false should not matter for this match; Arsenal need the 3 points to re-position themselves for a UCL spot and they should get them. Home win.

Hull v/s Aston Villa. My mind is oscillating between a home win or a draw. Hull have more upside as they have more potential to score than the sorry Villains. Home win.

Sunderland v/s QPR. I cannot see anything other than a home win here. New arrival Jermaine Defoe is the main man for Gus Poyet and he's bagged 2 league goals in 3 matches. QPR were bad on the road with Redknapp; without him I don't know how they can expect to be better. Home win.

Liverpool v/s Tottenham. Spurs have had nightmare results against Liverpool of late and it will be interesting if in-form striker Harry Kane can change things in this fixture. The Tottenham striker has to get an England call-up surely. Liverpool are getting their mojo back and since they've enjoyed playing Spurs in recent matches, I think they will go for the jugular again here, particularly if Sturridge gets to join the confident cast of Sterling, Coutinho and Gerrard. Home win.

Chelsea v/s Everton. I cannot see Everton win this, particularly that they are not in sparkling form. Chelsea can crush the league this week and the Toffees will be lucky to escape this match with a point. Home win.

Man Utd v/s Burnley. Much is being said of the non-exciting football of Van Gaal's men although they have only tasted defeat once in their last 17 matches. I think once Falcao gets a good run of matches, the goals will start flowing for him and the rest. He's a goal-scoring machine at his peak. Although the match between these 2 sides ended in a score-less draw early in the season, this one could very well be a high-scoring affair; Burnley have a porous defence which will definitely be put to the test by the likes of Di Maria, Falcao and RVP. Home win.

Southampton v/s West Ham. I think Southampton have a live chance for a 5th place finish and they need to maximize their points at home. West Ham cannot be under-estimated in any way but they are one or two notches behind Koeman's men, so I think a home win beckons here. Home win.

Stoke v/s Man City. The visitors are finding life hard without Yaya Toure and are certainly going to endure an arduous trip here against a team that shockingly won at the Etihaad a few months back. Aguero has gone close lately and this could be the match that opens the flood gates for him. I see City just edging this match. Away win.

Crystal Palace v/s Newcastle. It's Pardew against his old Newcastle team. Newcastle are in good form and can snatch a point here. Draw.

WBA v/s Swansea. I see the Baggies just edging this as I still think Swansea are lacking in the scoring department without Bony. Home win.

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