EPL Predictions: Picks, Top Players for Week 32 Premier League Fixtures

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on March 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a match that could have significant implications for the Premier League title race.

The Reds host the Lilywhites at Anfield, a day after Manchester City travel to Fulham with the aim of reclaiming top spot in the table. 

Manchester United will look to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out when they welcome Watford to Old Trafford, while Chelsea face Cardiff City in the Welsh capital.

On Monday, Arsenal take on Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

Here's the full schedule, including predictions for each match, and a look at who could be key for their side in Week 32:


Saturday, March 30

12:30 p.m. GMT/8:30 a.m. ET: Fulham vs. Manchester City (1-3)

3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Southampton (2-2)

3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0)

3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield Town (2-0)

3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Bournemouth (3-1)

3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Watford (2-0)

5:30 p.m. GMT/1:30 p.m. ET: West Ham United vs. Everton (1-2)


Sunday, March 31

2:05 p.m. BST/9:05 a.m. ET: Cardiff City vs. Chelsea (1-3)

4:30 p.m. BST/11:30 a.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur (2-1)


Monday, April 1

8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Newcastle United (2-0)


Sadio Mane, Liverpool

With City likely to have collected three points against relegation-threatened Fulham the day before, Liverpool's clash with Spurs will be an enormous game in the title race.

Given his recent form, Sadio Mane will be the player the Reds turn to on Sunday.

The 26-year-old found the net in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Fulham last time out to take his tally to 11 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions.

As sports scientist and coach Simon Brundish observed, the Senegal winger has been much more clinical than usual of late:

SimonBrundish @SimonBrundish

1st 19 games of the season Mané converted 17.5% of his chances

His form as come at an ideal time, with Mohamed Salah struggling on just one goal in his last 10 matches.

The Egypt international's presence in the team is perhaps helping Mane shine, as sports journalist Kristian Walsh suggested:

Kristian Walsh @Kristian_Walsh

You could argue Mane is having his best-ever season because the opposition are so preoccupied with Salah, a lot of their focus falls upon Liverpool’s right-hand side, therefore giving Mane more time and space. This is not a scientific hypothesis.

A timely return to form for Salah would be most useful for the Reds, but Mane's pace, comfort using both feet and increasing ruthlessness make him a significant threat in the final third—he'll have a big impact on the Reds' chances here.


Gonzalo Higuain, Chelsea

Chelsea's trip to Cardiff could be an important match for Gonzalo Higuain after his performance in the 2-0 defeat at Everton.

ESPN FC's Liam Twomey and The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke observed his struggles:

Jack Pitt-Brooke @JackPittBrooke

@liam_twomey Astonishing that Chelsea have managed to find the one striker in world football slower than Giroud.

The Argentinian has retained the faith of manager Maurizio Sarri so far, starting all seven of Chelsea's Premier League games since his arrival.

However, it will be difficult for Sarri to justify Higuain's continued selection if he struggles again on Saturday against the Bluebirds, who sit 18th in the table.

That is particularly the case when Olivier Giroud is enjoying a rich vein of form in the UEFA Europa League, having scored five goals and laid on two assists in his last four matches.

The Frenchman netted a hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev in his last start:

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

.@ChelseaFCinUSA made it look easy tonight in route to the #UEL quarterfinals 🔵 https://t.co/1gD9F7HfXf

BT Sport @btsport

1️⃣ Left foot 2️⃣ Right foot 3️⃣ Header Olivier Giroud with a perfect hat-trick for Cheslea tonight 🙌 https://t.co/iewkllXpWX

With Giroud doing his utmost to earn more game time on the domestic front, Higuain needs to put down a marker in the Premier League with a strong performance.

Chelsea start the weekend three points outside the top four, and they can ill afford to drop any over the coming weeks, so they need Higuain to step up.