After a break in proceedings last weekend, the Premier League will be back to enthrall football fans across the globe this weekend. Manchester United v Chelsea will headline the Matchday 28 fixtures list, with the managers of both teams taking repeated jibes at the each other over the course of this Premier League season. Can’t help but make prediction about the gameweek 28, have a look.
Elsewhere, there are a number of other crucial matches to take place over the course of the weekend, including some vital ones in the fight for Premier League survival. After facing them in the League Cup final on Sunday, Arsenal will also host Manchester City next week in what is expected to be another marquee Matchday 28 clash between the two Premier League heavyweights.
Predictions for Premier League Matchday 28 –
1. Leicester City vs Stoke City (February 24)
Claude Puel’s Leicester side suffered a 5-1 loss against Manchester City in their last league outing and will be looking to bounce back against a struggling Stoke side at home on Saturday. While their away form has been particularly patchy this season, the Foxes are a tough nut to crack at home and have a good chance of securing an easy win against Paul Lambert’s men this weekend. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw when they met each other in November earlier this season.
2. West Bromwich Albion vs Huddersfield Town (February 24)
With West Brom down at the bottom of the table in 20th place and Huddersfield in 17th, this game is bound to have big implications for both teams and can be seen as a virtual relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns. Thanks to their 4-1 win over Bournemouth last time out, Huddersfield were successful in putting an end to their five-game losing streak and build some much needed confidence as they prepare themselves for a relegation battle in the coming weeks. However, considering that the Baggies are tough to beat at home, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in this game.
3. Bournemouth vs Newcastle United (February 24)
Following two back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Stoke City which gave Eddie Howe the Manager of the Month award, Bournemouth suffered a damaging 4-1 loss in their last Premier League game against a struggling Huddersfield side. The Cherries remained in the top half of the Premier League standings, but they are only six points clear of bottom three ahead of Matchday 28. On the other hand, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United were in inspired form and beat Manchester United 1-0 at home last weekend. Given the Toons’ determination to stay in the Premier League, we predict a draw in this game.
4. Liverpool vs West Ham United (February 24)
After beating Southampton 2-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium last weekend, Liverpool will return to Anfield to take on David Moyes’ West Ham side on Saturday. The Reds were rather unfortunate in only securing a point against Spurs in their last home game and will go all guns blazing at West Ham on Matchday 28. In between, they also handed out a 5-0 European thrashing to FC Porto in Portugal. The Hammers also recorded a credible 2-0 win against Watford in their previous Premier League outing but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in this game.
5. Brighton vs Swansea City (February 24)
Brighton will host a rejuvenated Swansea side at their American Express Community Stadium on Saturday. With the two teams occupying the 14th and the 16th places in the table respectively, this is another six-pointer and can possibly have a major implication in the relegation battle at the end of the season. Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans are unbeaten in their last ten matches in all competitions and will go into this game as slight favourites. But considering the fact that Brighton are playing at home, we predict a draw in this match.
Prediction: Brighton 2-2 Swansea
6. Burnley vs Southampton (February 24)
After enjoying a sensational first half of the season where they were even in the Top 4 places for a brief period of time, Sean Dyche’s Burnley continue to spiral down in the new year and suffered a 1-0 loss away to Swansea City in their last time out in the Premier League. The Clarets are yet to win a Premier League game in 2018 and have seen their winless streak extend to 10 matches now. Southampton, their opponents for Saturday, have had a particularly poor season so far and their top flight status is in real danger now. A close encounter could be on the cards at the Turf Moor stadium and we predict a tightly contested draw in this game.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Southampton
7. Watford vs Everton (February 24)
Sam Allardyce’s Everton side will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium in the upcoming Saturday’s last fixture. A fact that is bound to concern the Toffees faithful is that they are on a three-game losing streak away from home in the Premier League right now, with the team conceding 11 goals in those matches. As a result, the game against the Hornets will be anything but a walk in the park for Everton and they are likely to be happy with a point from the game. Watford outclassed Chelsea (4-1) in their last home game and will starts as favourites in this fixture.
Prediction: Watford 2-1 Everton
8. Crystal Palace vs Tottenham (February 25)
Crystal Palace and Tottenham are two teams playing with polarising ambitions in the Premier League right now – one vying for survival, the other aiming to secure a Champions League place in the next season. In what can be termed as a mini London derby, these two teams will meet each other on Sunday. After an upward shift in their fortunes during the initial period of Roy Hodgson’s tenure, the Eagles are on a four-game winless run in the Premier League at present. They will also have a certain Harry Kane to contend with at Selhurst Park on Sunday and are likely to find the going tough in this Matchday 28 fixture.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-3 Tottenham
9. Manchester United vs Chelsea (February 25)
In what is bound to be the most high-profile clash of Premier League’s Matchday 28, Jose Mourinho will welcome his former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ever since Mourinho and Conte traded verbal blows earlier in the season, plenty have been looking ahead to this fixture with a massive sense of anticipation. While United suffered a damaging 1-0 loss away at Newcastle, Chelsea delivered a solid 3-0 win at home over West Brom in their last league outing. Irrespective of recent form and results, this is one match that is expected to be played on a clean slate and might be decided by a moment of magic by either side.
10. Arsenal vs Manchester City (March 1)
While the other 18 top flight sides will complete their Premier League assignments this weekend, Arsenal and Manchester City will be busy playing each other in the League Cup final on Sunday evening in the hope of securing their first silverware of the season. In a repeat of the final, Arsene Wenger’s troops will welcome Pep Guardiola’s high-flying side at the Emirates Stadium in a late start on March 1 to play out their Matchday 28 Premier League fixture. While the Gunners have blown hot and cold this season, City have been the team to beat and are looking increasingly likely to secure the title in May this year. We predict a entertaining 3-1 win for Manchester City in this game.