As the title race, fight for the top four and battle to avoid the drop heats up, the Magic Man gives us his tips for the weekend’s games. The action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when relegation-threatened Fulham take on in-form Manchester United at Craven Cottage. The live action keeps on coming on Super Sunday as third-placed Tottenham face Leicester at Wembley, before champions Manchester City and Champions League-chasing Chelsea go head to head at the Etihad. We conclude proceedings with a Monday Night Football offering from Molineux as high-flying Wolves host struggling Newcastle.
Fulham Vs Manchester United (Saturday 1:30am)
I can’t see anything other than a United win, they will have too much for Fulham. I think Fulham will score, but it is at the back that they look all over the place. There will be goals in the game, but it will be another three points for United.
Liverpool Vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 4pm)
Bournemouth are poor away from home and I see Liverpool winning this game, but it is also a dangerous game for them the way the visitors play.
They are a little bit like Crystal Palace, they will hit you on the break and are quick, and Liverpool struggle with that. And with all the nerves that are going on now, the first 20 minutes will be very, very important. So, a big game…
Crystal Palace Vs West Ham United (Saturday, 4pm)
You never know what you are going to get from West Ham, this is not a massive game. You watched them against Liverpool on MNF and think, ‘How can this team get beaten and concede four to Wimbledon?’ You really have to ask some serious questions about what is going on there, they were a completely different team.
No disrespect to Wimbledon, but you should not be letting in four goals against a side bottom of League One. And then you play against a team like Liverpool with their front three and they never really looked like scoring.
Huddersfield Town Vs Arsenal (Saturday, 4pm)
I’m going to go for Arsenal, but I would not be shocked if they did not win because defensively, Arsenal are just not good enough. And sooner or later, something has got to happen at Huddersfield, they have to have an all out go now, it is pointless coming away from this game with a draw.
Before the game, a draw would be a good result…. But actually, it would not be. They now need to win football matches, so they may as well go out and have a go. You may as well go out and if they get beat five…
Southampton Vs Cardiff City (Saturday, 4pm)
Cardiff will make it hard for Southampton, that was a massive result for them last week winning at Bournemouth, and that has now brought Brighton into it. I do not see Southampton going down and I see them edging this one.
Watford Vs Everton (Saturday, 4pm)
I fancy Watford here, I do not see Everton winning this game, I think there is trouble there at the moment. Everton conceded from a set play against Man City again on Wednesday night and Watford are a big team, so I see them being too strong here.
Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Burley (Saturday, 6.30pm)
This is a big game for Brighton, who rested a lot of players in the FA Cup against West Brom in midweek – 11 changes and then Glenn Murray comes on and scores, so they have another game now.
And you think, ‘why did you not just play your best team from the start then, as you would not have to have played two-and-a-half games to get through?’ Burnley, meanwhile, look back to the old Burnley, hard to beat and play against…
Tottenham Vs Leicester (Sunday 2:30pm)
This will be a hard game for Spurs as Leicester have been competing and doing well against the big teams – those sides have a go at them and they can counterattack with the pace of Jamie Vardy, while you also have James Maddison and Demarai Gray in support. However, despite this being a tough test, I do still see Spurs falling over the line again… they keep on winning, which is the main thing for them – you do not get any extra points for winning 6-0.
Manchester City Vs Chelsea (Sunday 5pm)
I think City will win this as I just do not see how Chelsea defensively can keep them quiet on their ground and the way they pass and move it. Marcos Alonso plays as a No 10 and will be bombing forward, while David Luiz will either be a 9/10, or a 3/10! I would be shocked if Chelsea got anything from this game. However, despite being top of the league, City are still vulnerable, they are not like they were last season. You could see that against Arsenal last weekend as when they equalised, they were comfortable and looked the better team, but they just did not have enough.
Chelsea have got more than Arsenal and it will be a hard game for City, but I just think that defensively, Chelsea can’t be relied upon. They let in four at Bournemouth recently and if they fall behind, I just do not see them coming back, they do not have that in them.
Wolves Vs Newcastle (Monday 9pm)
Rafa Benitez is tactically very good, he goes under the radar, but tactically he is probably the best in the Premier League. He gets results against Man City, so they will be hard to beat. Wolves, though, struggle against teams that do not come out against them and they get frustrated – they lost at home at a canter to the bottom club, Huddersfield, so this could be a difficult game for them.
Benitez will have seen that and will not open up against them – if this turned into a ‘you have a shot, we have a shot’ match, I would dread to think what the score would be. They will be five at the back, will not move and they will wait for a set play from Matt Ritchie, who is good at them, a little bit of guile, and I could see them getting something from this game.
Manchester United to launch a £100 million bid for wonderkid
Manchester United are lining up a sensational summer swoop for Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix. The Portuguese midfielder has impressed Old Trafford scouts who have watched him on a number of occasions this season.The 19-year-old was also watched the weekend before last, and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received glowing reports.
And the Red Devils are now looking to launch a bid for Felix in the next transfer window as they continue to add youth to their ranks. It is understood Benfica would be willing to sell the youngster, but would want around £100m for his signature. An Old Trafford source said: “The club went to see Felix in action and it was all positive. He is seen as a real talent.“He is definitely someone who is increasingly of interest. He is a clever playmaker and in a similar vein to Portugal legend Deco. “The scouts saw him during the derby against Sporting Lisbon and he scored. There looks like there is going to be moves for him.”
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also shown an interest in Felix, who is also being watched by other European giants.Benfica want to hand him a huge new deal and boost his modest wages while inserting a mammoth release clause to fight-off suitors.
United made moves in the Portuguese transfer market last summer with the £20m capture of Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. The Red Devils also have a track record of bringing through young talent from that country, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Emery tells Arsenal fans why Europa League loss at BATE Borisov is not a shock
Arsenal’s European ambitions are hanging by a thread after a humiliating defeat in Belarus that ended with Alexandre Lacazette being shown a straight red card for elbowing a BATE Borisov player in the face with miuntes left in the game. Lacazette’s dismissal marked the lowest point of one of the worst nights of Unai Emery’s spell at Arsenal, with the head coach unable to change the game after his side fell behind to a first-half goal.
But Emery insisted later that he was not shocked by the defeat, saying that his team deserved more from the match and adding that he had full faith in his players to turn the tie around at the Emirates next week. But the Spaniard will have to mastermind a comeback without the suspended Lacazette, with the £50 million striker arguably being Arsenal’s most consistent attacker since the turn of the year. “I did not see the action but we need to control the frustration,” said Emery.
The Arsenal boss added: “We play another 90 minutes next week and I am sure it is going to be different. The first half was a good performance, we had chances to score. I am happy with the players’ effort. Defensively when they were 1-0 up they were organised and competitive. Our big opportunity is next week at home. I trust in our players and in our stadium with our supporters. We can win or lose but I trust in our work and preparations to make a different result.”
Emery again faced questions about the absence of Mesut Ozil, who was left at home in London despite returning to full training following a recent illness. Arsenal again lacked creativity in central areas, but Emery said the players that he selected had deserved to win the match. “Those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that,” Emery said. “Last week we won and we played with the same players. We deserved to win but did not get the result. They were very organised. We can win with every player and lose with the same players.”
The night was made worse for Arsenal when Aleksei Baga, the BATE head coach, later said he was not surprised by how poor the visiting side had been. “It was not a surprise for us,” said Baga. “We were preparing hard tactically and there was no surprise at all to see such a game from Arsenal.”
Do you agree with Emery? What did the Arsenal coach get wrong against BATE?
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