Premier League Week 28 Picks: Projecting This Weekend's Match Winners

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his second goal against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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The Premier League's top four sides all furthered their claims to be called this year's champions over the weekend, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all victorious. 

Week 28 sees a reduced programme as the League Cup final between City and Sunderland affects the running order. 

However, City's cup exploits will give their rivals opportunity to steal a march on them. By the end of the weekend the blue half of Manchester could be down to fourth place behind a rampant Liverpool.

Here is a list of fixtures and predicted scorelines for Week 28, as well as a look at the men most likely to play a crucial role for their team:

Premier League Week 28 Fixtures and Predictions
FixtureDateTime (GMT)Prediction
Everton v West HamMar. 13 p.m.0-0
Fulham v ChelseaMar. 13 p.m.1-2
Hull City v NewcastleMar. 13 p.m.2-1
Stoke City v ArsenalMar. 13 p.m.1-3
Southampton v LiverpoolMar. 15: 30 p.m.2-3
Aston Villa v NorwichMar. 24:30 p.m.1-1
Swansea City v Crystal PalaceMar. 24:30 p.m.2-0
Tottenham v CardiffMar. 24:30 p.m.2-0


Eden Hazard

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No one has contributed more to Chelsea's cause than the diminutive Belgian since the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

The little wizard has scored 12 times in 27 appearances this season, creating 70 chances, per Squawka.

His vision and quickness of feet have seen him become a firm favourite in the blue shirt of his club, with Juan Mata just a memory in many supporters' minds already.

His interchanging with Willian and Oscar has afforded his club a flexibility demanded by Mourinho, and it is because of this that Chelsea lead the title race despite housing a set of misfiring strikers. 

The West London derby with Fulham is always a well-contested match and, with Fulham fighting for their lives, the game takes on a different significance as Chelsea travel to Craven Cottage. 

You can expect Hazard to run the show as he has for most of this season. If Chelsea are to win the title it will be largely down to the Belgium international. 

The Blues manage games better than anybody and should edge their way past their neighbours as they have done many an opponent this season, sneaking the victory to take back on their short journey home.

Prediction: Chelsea away win 2-1.


Olivier Giroud 

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Arsene Wenger will need his primary striker firing if Arsenal are finally going to land some silverware this season.

Despite looking jaded at times over Christmas, French international Olivier Giroud has a good record this season, scoring 14 goals in 31 appearances this year, also assisting an impressive eight times, per

BBC's Match of the Day Twitter account highlights Giroud's return to form:

His record shows he is currently very important to Arsenal, especially in these final months of the season.

The Gunners face a tricky trip to Stoke on Saturday and will have to be at their best to get past Mark Hughes' belligerent machine. 

Giroud set up the recent win over Sunderland, and his contribution is even more vital with the continued absence of regular goal providers Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott.

The poor form of Mesut Ozil will also worry Wenger, and a cold afternoon at the Britannia is probably not what the German international needs right now.

However, Giroud will see his team through. A tough match is expected but Arsenal should edge this battle of wills and style. 

Prediction: Arsenal away win 3-1


Daniel Sturridge

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He has always been the boy with the big reputation and the sizable ego, but now Daniel Sturridge is showing everyone what the fuss has been about for all these years.

As Luis Suarez suffers his own little goal drought, Sturridge has moved through the gears, scoring goals in his last eight Premier League matches. 

Sturridge's Premier League figures are astonishing.

He has scored 18 times in 19 matches, per Squawka. It is a fantastic tally when you consider that he missed a whole calendar month of football through injury. 

Despite Liverpool conceding goals like the way it rains in the North West, they are still on-course for their first title in a generation, and that is because of Sturridge and his supporting cast.

The biggest compliment one could pay to him is that he is outshining the brilliance of Suarez currently.

Liverpool face Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday in the evening kickoff, and a victory will see them leap into third place.

If both Chelsea and Arsenal shockingly lose on Saturday before their match on the south coast, the Anfield club could be as short as one point from the top of the Premier League.

Sturridge and company have a fantastic incentive to keep up their wonderful form, and if they can capture the title on this attempt, they will ensure their status as club legends forever. 

Prediction: Liverpool away win 3-2