EPL Week 35 – Top Picks and Predictions
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Mourinho lacks Respect – Wenger

Jose Mourinho lacks respect for his fellow managers, according to Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal fans chanted “boring boring Chelsea” after last week’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, which prompted Mourinho to say the Gunner’s 11-year-old wait for an EPL title was “boring”.

Wenger was asked about the comments and revealed he wasn’t too impressed with the Portuguese coach’s behavior.

“The biggest thing for a manager is to respect other managers. Some people have to improve on that,” he said.

This is not the first time Mourinho and Wenger have fallen out with one another. Last year Mourinho called Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’, while in October Wenger pushed his counterpart during a touchline quarrel.

Wenger and Mourinho very rarely see eye to eye. (Getty Images)

Wenger and Mourinho very rarely see eye to eye. (Getty Images)

Wenger said: “You can have incidents with other managers sometimes.

“It gets a bit heated when you fight directly with them, but in the end I believe time heals and the important thing is to respect each other as much as you can.”

 

Pearson apologizes for rant

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has apologized for a strange rant he made during a post-match news conference.

Pearson called Ian Baker of the Wardle Whittell Agency an “ostrich”, “stupid” and “daft” after Leicester’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea.

“I apologise for last night, Ian. I wanted to do it straight away in front of the cameras,” said Pearson at a news conference on Thursday.

“I was not happy about losing.”

Pearson’s bizarre reaction occurred after he was asked to elaborate on a comment he made about “the amount of criticism and negativity” his side has faced this season.

Pearson is well known for his cantankerous nature. (Getty Images)

Pearson is well known for his cantankerous nature. (Getty Images)

Speaking in the build-up to Saturday’s home game with Newcastle, Pearson added: “I react. Is it pressure? Might be.”

“It’s emotion more than anything. I’m not afraid of showing my emotions.”

“I get labeled with certain titles which is people’s prerogative and I also accept when I’ve stepped out of line so it is only right to apologize.”

“I’m not trying to win any popularity contest and don’t think I will be in the running for any of that.”

Leicester currently sits just outside the relegation zone in 17th  place one-point above Sunderland, who have one game in hand.

 

Predictions

Last Week’s predictions

SATURDAY Results My Pred
Southampton v Tottenham 2-2 2-1
Burnley v Leicester 0-1 1-2
Crystal Palace v Hull 0-2 2-1
Newcastle v Swansea 2-3 1-1
QPR v West Ham 0-0 2-0
Stoke v Sunderland 1-1 2-0
West Brom v Liverpool 0-0 1-2
Man City v Aston Villa 3-2 2-1
SUNDAY
Everton v Man Utd 3-0 1-2
Arsenal v Chelsea 0-0 2-0

Last Week I got THREE correct results and ZERO perfect scores to give be humble total of THREE points. However, I’m feeling extra confident this week and hopeful of getting a season high score.

Do you think you beat three-points? If so, feel free to leave your predictions below.

 

Week 35’s Predictions

SATURDAY MyPreds
Leicester v Newcastle 2-1
Aston Villa v Everton 2-0
Liverpool v QPR 1-1
Sunderland v Southampton 1-1
Swansea v Stoke 2-1
West Ham v Burnley 2-1
Man Utd v West Brom 3-0
SUNDAY
Chelsea v Crystal Palace 3-0
Tottenham v Man City 2-2
MONDAY
Hull v Arsenal 1-2

Previews

Manchester United v West Brom

Man United lost for the second successive game last week losing 3-0 to Everton away. The Red Devils were caught cold early in the game and never recovered. Manager Luis van Gaal said he felt his side didn’t look interested during the warm-up and that certainly was the case during the game, as most of their eleven played in a lackluster lackadaisical manner.

West Brom drew at home to Liverpool to help steady the ship after a torrid few weeks in the EPL. The Baggies suffered three straight defeats in the league, but have now recorded four-points from their last two games.

Rooney is struggling with a slight injury..(Getty Images)

Rooney is struggling with a slight injury..(Getty Images)

Manchester United assess Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, who have missed their last two games. Wayne Rooney is fit to play despite a knee problem, meaning Robin van Persie will probably have to wait for his first start since February.

West Brom welcome back Youssouf Mulumbu after suspension, while Andre Wisdom is also available again after being ineligible to play against his parent club last week.

West Brom won at Old Trafford last year for the first time in 21 league meetings, and are aiming for consecutive victories at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since 1958 and 1959, when they won three consecutive games there.

Manchester United have lost their last two EPL games, but they have been terrific at Old Trafford this season scoring 40 goals—the highest in the Premier League—and have scored at least three times in seven of their last nine home league games.

Prediction: 3-0

 

SUNDAY

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

EPL leaders Chelsea moved to within one win of being crowned champions with a convincing 3-1 win away to Leicester City.

The Blues have not been playing particularly well, but they have found a way to grind out points when it matters and along with Arsenal and Everton have the best form in the EPL over the last six games (W5 D1).

Chelsea could be crowned champions this week. (Getty Images)

Chelsea could be crowned champions this week. (Getty Images)

Crystal Palace were in terrific form a month ago, but the wheels seem to have come off in recent weeks and the Eagles have now lost three of their last four games.

A win will bring Chelsea their fourth EPL title and Mourinho his third, and I have no doubt the Blues will do everything they can to make sure they win it on home turf in front of their fans. However, Crystal Palace are no pushovers and are already safe of relegation, meaning they can play with freedom.

Nevertheless, I cannot see them upsetting the party and I thoroughly expect Chelsea to wrap up the league and be crowned champions in style.

Prediction: 3-0

 

Tottenham v Manchester City

Tottenham just about kept their dreams of finishing in a Champions League spot alive by rescuing a draw away to Southampton.

The north Londoners twice came from a goal behind against the Saints and now sit level on points with fifth place, Liverpool, and seven points behind fourth place, Manchester United.

Aguero has been by far City's best player this season. (Getty images)

Aguero has been by far City’s best player this season. (Getty images)

Manchester City all but secured a place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. City were far from convincing and quite easily could have lost the game, when Benteke was taken out in the box by keeper Joe hart when clean through on goal. However, the Belgian was wrongly adjudged to be offside, denying Villa a penalty and sparing City and Joe Hart a red card.

Tottenham defender Ben Davis is out for the season after injuring his shoulder against Southampton, while fellow left-back Danny Rose is a doubt, meaning Vlad Chiriches is likely to fill in.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and forward Stevan Jovetic remain out with injuries, while Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are all doubtfull.

Spurs have a terrible recent record against City losing seven of the last eight EPL matches against the Sky Blues, who have won the three most recent meetings by 6-0, 5-1 and 4-1. However, last year’s EPL champions are not playing well and look particularly vulnerable in defense, though Spurs do not look too good in that department either.

Prediction: 2-2

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Anthony Ta is a writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, specializing in Premier League, Champions League and the Euros.
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3 Responses to EPL Week 35 – Top Picks and Predictions
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  1. Jimmy says:

    SATURDAY MyPreds
    Leicester v Newcastle 3-1
    Aston Villa v Everton 2-2
    Liverpool v QPR 3-1
    Sunderland v Southampton 1-2
    Swansea v Stoke 3-0
    West Ham v Burnley 1-0
    Man Utd v West Brom 2-0
    SUNDAY
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace 4-0
    Tottenham v Man City 1-3
    MONDAY
    Hull v Arsenal 2-2

  2. Neil says:

    SATURDAY
    Leicester v Newcastle 2-0
    Aston Villa v Everton 1-2
    Liverpool v QPR 2-1
    Sunderland v Southampton 1-2
    Swansea v Stoke 2-0
    West Ham v Burnley 1-2
    Man Utd v West Brom 3-1
    SUNDAY
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace 3-1
    Tottenham v Man City 3-1
    MONDAY
    Hull v Arsenal 1-2

  3. Luke says:

    SATURDAY MyPreds
    Leicester v Newcastle 2-2
    Aston Villa v Everton 1-2
    Liverpool v QPR 1-0
    Sunderland v Southampton 0-2
    Swansea v Stoke 2-2
    West Ham v Burnley 2-0
    Man Utd v West Brom 3-0
    SUNDAY
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace 2-0
    Tottenham v Man City 1-2
    MONDAY
    Hull v Arsenal 1-1

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