Welcome back to the 17th round of the most popular soccer league in the world. It brings us several exciting fixtures which will definitely affect the positions on the table. Liverpool are set to host Watford in what should be an easy win for them. Leicester are facing Norwich as they are also expected to win yet another match. However, the most exciting fixtures, will happen on Sunday. Manchester United will host Everton while Wolves will play against Mourinho’s Spurs. Last but not least, we have the match of the round between Arsenal and Manchester City. More about all of this below, in our weekly Premier League predictions for the upcoming matchweek.
Manchester United vs Everton >> click here for live odds
The Red Devils are finally on track as they are playing some of their best football in years. After defeating Tottenham, United traveled to Etihad and faced their city rivals. It was highly unlikely but Ole’s men went home with all 3 points against a City side that was expected to walk over them. Facing Everton means United are playing against a top side 3 weeks in a row even though Everton are struggling at the moment. Last year, United won this fixture with a narrow 2:1 win; however it might be harder this time around. Everton are trying to return to the top part of the table and they will play with all their heart to get a positive result on Sunday.
The Toffees are playing one of their worst seasons in years. The Merseyside derby defeat saw them drop to the relegation zone which got coach Silva sacked. However, things might be going in an upward direction for Everton as their performance against Chelsea in the last round was amazing. They got a 3:1 victory which seemed easy at moments as Everton’s players were running after every ball on the field. If they get a positive result against United, the Toffees could move even further up the table. Their fans will surely expect something similar to the performance in London last week.
Manchester United are the better team at the moment which is why they are considered favorites. However, Everton definitely have the squad quality to match with United. They haven’t been up to their standards lately but if they can bring a performance similar to the one against Chelsea, the Red Devils will find themselves in a lot of trouble. That’s why we are backing a Both Teams to Score outcome.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham >> click here for live odds
The Wolves are playing better with every passing match. As a matter of fact, they haven’t lost in the Premier League since they lost to Chelsea back in September. Nuno’s side is playing attractive football in all their fixtures and they are also strong defensively. In the 17th round, they need to face Tottenham who are right below them on the table. Whoever wins could claim the 5th position if other results go in their favor. Last year, the Spurs won this fixture; however it was a tight affair. Wolves are one of those teams that always takes points from the strongest sides in the Premier League. Their fans will be hoping for a win and if they play collectively as they usually do, Wolves could surprise Tottenham.
The last couple of weeks have shown that Mourinho has rejuvenated this team. They still have a lot of stuff to work out, especially in defense, but the Spurs are definitely much better than they were just a few weeks ago. After losing narrowly to United, The Spurs destroyed Brighton 5:0 in the previous matchweek. They faced Bayern in the CL with a rotated squad and lost; however, several of their young players should a lot of promise. Mourinho can use that to his advantage as he is trying to find the best Tottenham line-up. Wolves could be too big of a bite for them right now, but the Spurs surely have the quality to win on Sunday.
Both teams are performing very good at the moment. Tottenham have the superior squad but Wolves have this perfect cohesion and on a good day, they can beat any team in the world. However, right now, we believe that the Spurs needs the points much more and they will try their best to win on Sunday. For that reason, we are backing an Away Side Victory outcome.
Arsenal vs Manchester City >> click here for live odds
The Gooners finally got a win after playing 9 awful matches. Although, they were trailing for most of the match against West Ham, their attack scored 3 quick goals and gave Arsenal their first win in weeks. However, it seems luck is not on their side because they now have to face Manchester City. The holding champions are on a bad run as well as they have won just 2 out of the last 5 games in the Premier League. Arsenal could move to the TOP 6 if they win and other results go in their favor. However, they haven’t defeated City in the PL since 2015. The Gooners need to pick themselves up and play a full match in the way they played the last 15 minutes against West Ham.
The Citizens were expected to fight for the title as they are defending Champions. However, several key injuries at the start of the season led to a couple of unfortunate events. Then, things kind of unraveled and City are now 14 points behind table leaders Liverpool. Still, nothing is over until the last round of the Premier League. City have shown that before, including last year when they trailed 8 points at one point in the season. Their young players had a fantastic match against Dinamo midweek in the Champions League. If Guardiola can utilize those players to fill the positions where key players are injured, City could be back to their usual best. They have been beating Arsenal a lot during the last couple of years and their fans won’t be happy with anything but a win.
Both sides are desperate for points at the moment. Arsenal might have finally gotten a win; however, that won’t be enough to win against a side like Manchester City. We are expecting a high-scoring affair which will ultimately go City’s favor. That’s why we are backing an Over 3.5 Goals outcome.
Full Premier League Round 17 Predictions >> click here for all PL Live Odds
Above, we made predictions about the most exciting matches of the 17th Premier League round. However, we have to mention the rest of the games as well. Below, you can see our predictions for the rest of the fixtures.
- Liverpool vs Watford – Home Side Over 2.5 Goals
- Burnley vs Newcastle United – Draw
- Sheffield United vs Aston Villa – Home Side Victory
- Leicester City vs Norwich – Home Side Over 1.5 Goals
- Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Both Teams to Score
- Southampton vs West Ham – X2 Double Chance
- Crystal Palace vs Brighton – Both Teams to Score
For more Premier League Predictions, tune in with us next week!