After a particularly engaging round of fixtures last weekend, where Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United came from behind to beat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, Premier League’s Matchday 29 promises to be even more exciting and enthrall fans across the world. Ahead of Gameweek 29 fixtures, we shall look at the Premier League prediction for the weekend.
With as many as eight games scheduled for Saturday (March 3), Sunday will see Gameweek 29’s marquee clash between Manchester City and Chelsea. Southampton will also host Stoke City in a relegation six-pointer, with both teams vying for survival and a place among the elite next season.
Prediction for Premier League Gameweek 29
1. Burnley vs Everton
After enjoying a spectacular first half of the season, Sean Dyche’s Burnley have suffered a severe dip in form after the turn of year and are on an 11-game winless run in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Everton this weekend. The Clarets will no doubt be desperate to put an end to this negative trend. Sam Allardyce’s Everton, being as good as they are at home under him, are equally woeful on their travels. The Toffees have lost their last four away games in a row now. Considering everything, we predict a narrow win for Burnley in this game.
Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Everton
2. Swansea City vs West Ham United
Having regained their lost vigour under new manager Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss against Brighton in their last game, which also brought an end to their ten game unbeaten run. David Moyes’ West Ham side also faced a similar 4-1 drubbing at Liverpool and will be eager to bounce back at the Liberty Stadium in Wales on Saturday. 2 out of the last 4 meetings between these two sides have resulted in a 4-1 win for the either side and the upcoming Matchday 29 fixture is also likely to produce some goals, given the fact that both teams are desperate to ensure safety and beat the drop this season.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 West Ham
3. Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town
Tottenham claimed an important victory against Crystal Palace in the mini London derby in their last outing in the league. Mauricio Pochettino once again had talisman Harry Kane to thank, as the Englishman headed in a late winner in the match and secured all three points for Spurs. Coach David Wagner’s Huddersfield side produced a spirited display against West Brom last weekend and emerged 2-1 winners on the day. Beating Tottenham away from home is likely to be an uphill task for the Terriers and we predict a straight-forward win for Pochettino’s side in this fixture.
Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Huddersfield
4. Leicester City vs Bournemouth
After sharing the spoils with Stoke City on Matchday 28, Leicester City will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Bournemouth at their King Power Stadium. The Foxes missed a number of clear-cut chances in their draw against the Potters and were left to rue them in the end. Bournemouth, on the other hand, came from two goals down to claim a credible 2-2 draw against Newcastle, but are likely to face a much more difficult challenge against Claude Puel’s side on Saturday. While Eddie Howe’s Cherries will give it a real go, a win for Leicester is the most likely outcome in this match.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-0 Bournemouth
5. Watford vs West Bromwich Albion
While Watford will head into their Matchday 29 fixture against West Brom full of confidence and enthusiasm, Alan Pardew’s visiting side will know that anything less than a win will push them further down the barrel and closer to the impending relegation from the top-tier of English football. Having beaten Everton 1-0 in their last league outing, coach Javi Gracia’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win at home and considering how they outclassed Chelsea in front of home fans earlier in February, we predict that the Hornets are going to give fans their yet another reason to celebrate this weekend.
Prediction: Watford 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
6. Southampton vs Stoke City
In what can really be termed as a relegation six-pointer, Southampton will host Stoke City at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Trailing 1-0, coach Mauricio Pellegrino’s showed plenty of character to score an equalizer and take a point from their last game against a tough Burnley side. Stoke, on the other hand, were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss at Leicester City last weekend and come out with a 1-1 draw. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and a close encounter might be on the horizon in this game.
Prediction: Southampton 0-0 Stoke
7. Liverpool vs Newcastle United
The high-flying Liverpool are all set to welcome their Champions League winning manager Rafa Benitez at Anfield on Matchday 29. Jurgen Klopp’s side produced a scintillating display of attacking football against West Ham in their last league encounter and hammered the Hammers 4-1. After claiming a morale-boosting win over Manchester United during Gameweek 27, Newcastle wasted a 2-0 lead against Bournemouth and had to settle for a point last weekend. These two teams played out a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park in January, but a different result is likely to emerge this weekend.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
8. Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal
Manager Chris Hughton’s Brighton side continues to impress in the Premier League this season. The newcomers recorded a brilliant 4-1 win over Swansea City last weekend, with the team moving one step closer to securing yet another season in the top-most echelons of English football. Arsenal, their opponents for the Matchday 29 fixture, are looking increasingly likely to miss out on Champions League football yet again and will have to treat their remaining games as must-wins if they are secure elite European football at the Emirates stadium next season.
Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Arsenal
9. Manchester City vs Chelsea
Matchday 29’s marquee fixture will see the reigning champions Chelsea traveling to probable champions Manchester City on Sunday. All eyes will certainly be on the Etihad stadium when modern master Pep Guardiola goes head to head with the tactical brilliance of Antonio Conte in this game. The Citizens recently won their first trophy under Pep Guardiola, with the team rolling over Arsenal in the League Cup final at the Wembley Stadium last weekend. Chelsea suffered a damaging 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford in their last outing in the league and will aim to climb up the Premier League standings and into Champions League berths in this game. Easier said than done though!
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea
10. Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side will host an uplifted Manchester United side in a late kick-off on Monday to complete Matchday 20 proceedings. Palace were on the verge of holding Tottenham to a goalless draw at their Selhurst Park at the weekend, but Spurs eventually scored a late winner and picked up all three points from the match. Jose Mourinho’s United, on the other hand. secured a famous comeback win against arch-rivals Chelsea and will head into this match at the Selhurst Park as heavy favourites. Romelu Lukaku has found his best form in recent weeks and all eyes will be on the Belgian attacker when he walks out on the pitch in London on Matchday 29.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United