Everton vs. Arsenal
The race for fourth place could really take a turn on Sunday, as the in-form Everton come up against an Arsenal side who are enduring a poor run of late. A win for the Toffees would put them just one point adrift of Arsenal with a game in hand.
Everton, in Roberto Martinez’s first season as manager, have won their last five consecutive Premier League games. They’ve lost just once at home all season— boasting a better home record than their weekend opponents.
Arsenal are vulnerable of late. Injuries to key personnel has played havoc with their form in 2014, and Wenger’s side have won just three games from their last 10 in the Premier League. Their away form has been horrendous— with one win, one draw and three defeats from their last five on their travels. Everton will certainly fancy their chances this weekend.
Match Prediction: Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace
The race for Premier League survival really hots up as Cardiff host a Crystal Palace side daring to dream after their miraculous 1-0 win at home to Chelsea.
Cardiff, currently 19th, are in trouble this season. They may have gotten a last-minute equaliser to fellow strugglers West Brom, but they are three points adrift of the aforementioned Midlands side, who also have a game in hand on them.
Palace, now 16th, ended their run of poor form with the 1-0 win over Chelsea and now look destined for survival— five points clear of the drop zone. Their away form remains a worry, however, with no away victory in 2014.
Match prediction: Cardiff 0-0 Crystal Palace
Norwich vs. West Brom
Another relegation six-pointer as both managers are fighting to not only save their respective clubs’ Premier League status, but their own jobs as well. ‘El Sackico’ is the name jokingly coined for Premier League matches between two under-pressure bosses— adapted from Barcelona vs. Real Madrid’s ‘El Clasico’.
Norwich are solid at home but woeful away. West Brom are simply drawing too many games. The 3-3 against Cardiff last weekend was their 14th of the season. Victory for either side will see their survival hopes given a huge boost, while defeat would put them right back into the relegation dogfight.
Match prediction: Norwich 1-1 West Brom