Chelsea dominated Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to remain atop the table and deal Arsenal a crushing blow to their title hopes.
Not to be outdone, Manchester City beat Fulham 5-0 to keep their pace ahead of Chelsea. The Blues have 69 points from their 31 games, while the Citizens have 63 points from their 28 games.
Manchester City will have to be on top of their game to maintain their winning ways this week. The Citizens must travel to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, which sets up for an important and fun matchup.
|14||West Ham United||30||8||7||15||-8||31|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||30||5||13||12||-12||28|
|Saturday, March 29|
|Manchester United vs. Aston Villa||2-0||Aston Villa|
|Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea||0-2||Chelsea|
|Southampton vs. Newcastle United||1-0||Newcastle United|
|Stoke City vs. Hull City||1-1||Hull City|
|Swansea City vs. Norwich City||2-1||Norwich City|
|West Brom vs. Cardiff City||2-0||Cardiff City|
|Arsenal vs. Manchester City||2-1||Manchester City|
|Sunday, March 30|
|Fulham vs. Everton||0-1||Everton|
|Liverpool vs. Tottenham||2-0||Tottenham|
|Monday, March 31|
|Home Team||Prediction||Away Team|
|Sunderland vs. West Ham United||1-1||West Ham United|
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City
The Gunners' humbling setback against Chelsea was a giant blow to their title hopes. Arsenal have played one fewer game than Chelsea, but they trail the Blues by seven points.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini knows the Gunners are still in it. In a quote passed along by Daily Star's Rhys Turrell, Pellegrini had this to say on the title chase:
I don’t think it’s just between City and Chelsea–we must see what Liverpool are doing every week. Maybe Arsenal had a bad game today but they’re still only seven points behind Chelsea–I think all four teams have the same chance to win the title.
The Gunners will benefit from getting this match on their home pitch, which will help a slumping attack. The Gunners have mustered just two goals in their past three matches across all competitions, but those were all on the road. In their last two home matches, Arsenal have won both and scored four in each.
Meanwhile, the Citizens' potent offense has not been as fierce on the road as it has been at home. Their last time on the pitch as an away team, the Citizens posted a 2-0 victory over Hull, but the Gunners will bring a stronger defense than Hull.
Arsenal will frustrate Manchester City and pull out three points with a late goal.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea will continue their strong recent play into next week against a floundering Crystal Palace side. Palace haven't won a match since Feb. 8, which also happens to be the last time they scored more than a single goal in a match.
They aren't going to end that skid against table leaders Chelsea, as the Blues have allowed more than a goal in a match just once since Dec. 17.
Chelsea haven't battled this far only to lose to Crystal Palace. In other words, Palace can't pin their hopes on Chelsea having a letdown to secure a victory.
The Blues have an upcoming Champions League match on April 2, but Jose Mourinho is not going to let his side drop their standing in the EPL.
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
The Reds are just four points back of Chelsea and have played one fewer game than the Blues. They are also coming on strong. As winners of four straight, the Reds have outscored their opponents 12-3 in their last three league matches, and all three of those came on the road.
Piers Morgan, by way of bringing down Arsenal, highlights the wonderful job Brendan Rodgers has done for Liverpool:
The fools who say 'nobody can do better than Wenger' at Arsenal should note what Rodgers is doing at Liverpool. WITH THE SAME MONEY. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 23, 2014
Obviously, none of this bodes well for Tottenham.
Sitting in fifth place in the table, Spurs have dropped two of their last three league matches. Now they must head to Anfield to try to slow down Liverpool's red-hot offense.
The Reds do have a date on Wednesday with Sunderland while Tottenham will be idle until the match. Still, that won't weaken the Reds enough to keep them from victory.