Premier League Week 29 Predictions: Players Who Will Shine in Upcoming Matches

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Juan Mata of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on February 9, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The title race looks like it will go to the wire as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal trade punches on a weekly basis.

Week 28 saw Jose Mourinho's team take a significant step toward championship glory when they defeated bottom-of-the-table Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

They now lie four points ahead of Brendan Rodgers' Merseyside giants, who are very much genuine contenders in second place, per BBC Sport.

Liverpool, Arsenal and City will not feature this week in a reduced programme due to FA Cup scheduling. Here is a list of predictions for Week 29 and three players who will shine for their clubs.

Premier League Week 29 Fixtures and Predictions
FixtureDateTime (GMT)Prediction
West Brom v Manchester UnitedMarch 812:45 p.m.1-2
Cardiff City v FulhamMarch 83 p.m.1-2
Crystal Palace v SouthamptonMarch 83 p.m.1-1
Norwich v Stoke CityMarch 83 p.m.2-0
Chelsea v Tottenham HotspurMarch 85:30 p.m.3-1


Juan Mata

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Juan Mata of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on February 9, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Being Manchester United's record signing would no doubt weigh heavily on any player's shoulders, but Juan Mata seems to have taken it all in stride and has settled quickly under David Moyes.

The 25-year-old has already assisted three times in his first five matches for the club, per, and he looks ready to recapture the form that made him so potent at Chelsea.

Mata travels to West Brom with United after an enforced rest, as he is ineligible in the Champions League. The little wizard should feature prominently in the game, and he will aim to inspire a United side who have looked more comfortable away from Old Trafford this season. 

United needed a player such as Mata to help them tick and take the load off both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, but the benefit of his capture may not be evident until next season.

Mata can unlock the door of a failing West Brom team and provide Moyes with a much-needed win. Moyes needs victories all the way to the end of the season, and the Spanish international recently blogged about this challenging period, via Twitter:

Mata can be the inspiration the Red Devils are currently searching for, and he will give a fresh approach to the team.

His personal motivations will no doubt be of benefit to Moyes as the manager searches to find a formula to harvest success. 


John Terry

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Hat trick scorer Andre Schurrle of Chelsea (R) is congratulated by John Terry after the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on March 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/
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Before Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, it looked certain that John Terry's career at the club was over. Off-the-pitch controversy mixed with poor form led his critics to single him out, and he deservedly lost his place in the starting line-up.

But this year has been Terry's rebirth. The captain has led his team back to the top of the Premier League and is once again Mourinho's sheriff. 

The Blues legend has played 90 minutes in all but two of Chelsea's league matches this season, per Squawka, and he is second to attacker Eden Hazard in the website's performance evaluation. 

It is a miraculous return to form by the player, who is basking in his own Indian summer. 

Chelsea will need to maintain their tightness at the back until the end of the year, and Terry is vital to this cause. His club play a dangerous Tottenham side at the weekend, and defeat would seriously hurt their title hopes.

However, Terry should lead his club onward and further Chelsea's advantage in the title race to seven points.


Kostas Mitroglou

Greek international Kostas Mitroglou was bought for one reason only: to save Fulham from relegation.

And that expectancy kicks into full effect when his new club travel to South Wales to face a shaky Cardiff City team.

Mitroglou's goalscoring record has been outstanding this season with his former club Olympiakos. The player netted a brilliant 16 times in 13 league and European games, per, making him one of the hottest strikers on the planet. 

However, it is questionable whether he can really help Fulham with their current form, even with the addition of veteran coach Felix Magath.

Mitroglou certainly has the firepower to get the goals the West London club have been short of in 2013-14, but their problems run deeper than that.

If Magath can discipline his side and get them playing constructively, Mitroglou will be the beneficiary.

Ultimately, Mitroglou will not want to be a Championship player come next season, so he needs to find his goalscoring boots as quickly as he can.