Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Player Of The Year - So Far


As we head into the busy Christmas period I have a quick look at a few early contenders to who have been my player of the year.

Jamie Vardy - Leicester City 

Is this really happening? Vardy form has been sensational, record breaking and to be truthful, unexpected. Vardy has shocked the world with his performances this season and it doesn't look like it will stop any time soon. I expect him to break 20 goals this season with ease and has to be on the plane to the Euro 2016.

Odion Ighalo - Watford

Scored 20 goals in the Championship last season and has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. He's scored 7 times this season and settled in to top flight life a lot easier then Deeney who I thought would excel. So it's so far so good for the Nigerian striker.

Dimitri Payet - West Ham United

Unfortunately he's out for 3 months but hopefully he can return to the form he left in. He plays the much loved 'West Ham Way' and has lit up the league especially when West Ham won at Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City.

Mesut Ozil - Arsenal 

11 assists so far in the league this season and probably one of Arsenal's most consistent attacking players. However he should score more he defiantly has the talent. Arsenal in the league have done very well and look like they could challenge they will need Ozil, just don't get injured. 

Harry Kane - Tottenham 

Not a one season wonder by the looks of it. Kane is looking like as a former Spurs manager would say, 'top top player' Again if he stays fit should break 20 league goals and head to the Euros as one of the young lions full of confidence.   

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A little Update

Just a quick fire look at how my pre season picks are going for the Premier League.

Arsenal have had the fast start so is a February crumble on the way?

Callum Wilson did make an impressive start to the season but his injury looks set to write off his season.

John Terry can't go week in week out and Eden Hazard seems to have gone missing.

Leicester getting very wrong.

Liverpool - Bang on.

Manchester City De Bruyne may have a bigger role to play this year with Aguero's dodgy hamstrings acting up.

Manchester United - not been great but they're 3rd.

Newcastle - Looking bleak at the minute.

The rest seem to be doing OK at the minute, Chelsea finishing 2nd may be a bit of a long shot now, Sunderland and Aston Villa struggling like I said. Follow my through the season on all things Football


@Sean_FootyMad 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Premier League 2015/16 Preview


Arsenal

The Gunners are now running out of excuses to mount a serious title challenge. They have money, they have spent it, they have brought in one of the best keepers in the Premier League (Cech) so now can Arsenal finally go the distance and challenge again? We have seen them start slow then once the pressure is off end the season strong. Or they start fast then come to February time and crumble. What will we get this year? I will say Arsenal will do a lot better this year and get a lot closer to the number one spot points wise. An impressive pre season topped with Community Shield success their looking good, however I have them finishing 3rd this year.

Key Man: Alexis Sanchez after what was an impressive first season in English football scoring 16 goals, Sanchez spent his summer guiding Chile to their first Copa America. I expect more of the same and for him to break the 20 goals barrier.

 

Aston Villa

They survived last year off the back of Benteke goals, Delph and Grealish carrying their midfield. Only Jack Grealish will be wearing the Villa shirt this season though, and a lot of pressure and hype surround the youngster. He can’t even enjoy a lad’s holiday no more. Tim Sherwood will believe he can take Villa to the top 8, in reality they won’t and I think they will likely struggle again this year.


Key Man I will go for Jordan Ayew who has spent his career in France and to be honest in the shadow of his brother Andre who has gone to Swansea. Villa also snapped up Rudy Gestede from Blackburn which could be a good deal.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth were a class above the rest in the Championship last season, Eddie Howe took his side up in style. Now he has a massive test on his hands. Clearly Bournemouth has the smallest budget and stadium in the league. Can they survive? The only way they can is making their home ground a fortress and a whole lot of luck.


Key Man: Callum Wilson scored goals in the lower leagues and now 'The Cherries' will be hoping he can go the way of Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Rickie Lambert scoring goals in the big time.

Chelsea

Lead from start to finish last year, had pretty much the team of the year they fully deserved to be crowned champions. The next step is retaining (which they did 2004/05–05/06) and improving the team. Going off the Community Shield performance without Costa Chelsea are not quite ‘Chelsea’. The champions have brought in Falcao on loan, along with Asmir Begovic who will challenge Courtois for the number one spot. Jose will have his team solid through the spine as ever, but can John Terry go another season week in week out in the Premier League?

Key Man:Eden Hazard, a bit of an easy pick really. A stand out season and with a summer tournament in 2016 this could be Hazards year to grab & mix in the world class category.

Crystal Palace

Palace finished mid table last season with ease, things were looking bad for a while but Alan Pardew showed when given the right tools he can get a team to click. Under Pards’ the likes of Bolasie and Puncheon excelled. Also its clear players want to play for him as he managed to get Yohan Cabaye to sign for Palace.

Key Man:I expect Yannick Bolasie to have a good season and find the net more. The skillful winger left full backs for dead many a time last year.

Everton

No European football this time round so it could work in their favour. Everton do have a talented first 11 but after that it gets weak. Their pros are the full backs Baines and Coleman who bomb forward and for fantasy football fans their good for goals and assists.

Key Man: Romelu Lukaku I think he now needs to justify that big price tag. He has it all so expect a big season from the big Belgium forward.

Leicester City

At one point last season the Foxes looked dead and buried, then Nigel Pearson and his team found title winning form and finished 6 points off the drop zone. All things were great, until they went on a post season trip to Thailand. If you don’t know what happened I’m sure twitter can help you find the video. Pearson has also left the club and we have the return of the tinker man! Claudio Ranieri I won’t use the joke thrown at Chelsea fans he was the man in charge before you started supporting them. But they will struggle with this joker in charge.

Key Man:Andrej Kramaric, didn’t set the world alight last season but I think he will have a much better year. Now settled into the English football ways he could be quite a handful.

Liverpool

Come on we all laughed at them last season didn’t we? Rodgers was the man who said if you spend around £100m you should be challenging for the title. They were only 27 points off the winners. Loads of new faces in but Liverpool have a very tricky start, trips to Stoke, Arsenal, Manchester United & Everton Rodgers could be under serious pressure very soon. He needs a fast start or it could be over especially with Jurgen Klopp out of work.

Key Man: You can’t trust Daniel Sturridge to be fit so scoring goals is key especially with Sterling gone to. So Danny Ings? No not really. They need Christian Benteke to find the net quickly.

Manchester City

Big money spenders are flexing their muscles this summer it seems to be though if you’re English they will try and buy you. They got their man in Raheem Sterling the most expensive transfer so far this summer. Fabian Delph, one of the more controversial deals. However their defence is weak, Kompany looks half the player he was. The likes of Demichelis & Mangala are not serious top four defenders. With City still looking to spend anyone could end up at the Etihad Stadium.

Key Man: Sergio Aguero the best striker in the Premier League hard working, pace power and strength for a little man. His partnership with Sterling and Silva will be vital to their success.

Manchester United

After 2 years of not really being ‘Manchester United’ I think the Red Devils will come roaring back to the top this season. Now OK they still need a centre half, another striker and a replacement for Di Maria. Along with a replacement for David De Gea if he departs. I just think with the midfielders Van Gaal has brought in has been great. A winner in Bastian Schweinsteiger will bring leadership and a strong mentality to a young midfield. Morgan Schneiderlin & Memphis Depay are two classy bits of business.

Key Man: Daley Blind, now we know LVG loves to chop and change his formation for fun. The Dutchman can play defence, wing back or holding midfielder so his versatility will be vital to however United line up. He’s good for a goal to.

Newcastle United

Alan Pardew left the Newcastle fans rejoiced, they also nearly went down and needed a last day win to secure their Premier League status. Now with a new face in the dug-out Steve McClaren who couldn’t get Derby promoted after many chances. Newcastle shouldn’t be on any trouble really again this year as there will be a lot of weaker sides near the bottom of the table.

Key Man: The Geordies desperately need a striker to cheer for Aleksander Mitrovic could well be that man.

Norwich City


The Play-off winners have the most recent Premier League history out of the promoted clubs, will that help? They have a positive young Scottish manager in Alex Neil who I think must try to attack more than Chris Hughton did. A hard working midfield has been improved with the signing of Youssouf Mulumbu which went a little under the radar.

Key Man: Nathan Redmond will be dangerous and should score much more than his last appearance in the league where he only scored once.



Southampton

The Saints were team of the year last year when everyone had them to go down. Koeman guided them to 7th place I expect a repeat of that finish or near about. Juggling European football will be a test, but he does have a big squad to pick from.

Key Man:Sadio Mane the 23 year-old Senegal international knocked in 10 goals last season the attacking midfielder is defiantly one to keep an eye one this year.

Stoke City

Through gritted teeth Mark Hughes is actually a good manager. Stoke finish 9th this would never ever been thought of a few years ago. The rugby tag is disappearing they play intense football but have flair players mixed in with the more hard working players.

Key Man: Bojan was cruelly injured so we didn’t get to see much of him last year; the little we saw was exciting hopefully he hits the ground running.

Sunderland

Dick Advocaat used all those years of experience to drag the black cats to safety last season. He did promise his wife that this would be his last job but an emotional draw at Arsenal seemed to sway the Dutchman into signing on for another year. Sunderland need stability which he can bring, but the squad needs an injection of talent and fast. Yann M'Villa is a very good capture.

Key Man: Jermain Defoe after his semi retirement to the MLS Defoe returned to the Premier League as he was getting 'homesick'. He stamped himself in Sunderland's history books with a unforgettable derby winner. His experience and ease of scoring will be vital.



Swansea City

Gary Monk lead Swansea to their highest ever league finish and points haul so what's the next step? Qualification for Europe may be the aim and it's a step in the right direction with Andre Ayew coming in they might have found a gem. Remember Michu & Bony took to English football like ducks to water.

Key Man:Gylfi Sigurdsson the classy Icelandic midfielder showed his quality last year scoring, assisting and being involved in a lot of what Swansea done well. At the age of 25 another big season a top 4 team could come sniffing.

Tottenham

Last year was Harry Kane, everything about Spurs was him. He netted over 30 goals in all competitions, won PFA young player of the year and scored on his England debut. The question is now if he can follow it up? Tottenham will be lurking around the top 6 but I don't think they will break the top four. Pochettino will again give faith in the youth.

Key Man: Harry Kane, Spurs will be hoping for the same from him.

Watford

New manager, new players they have thrown a lot of cash at this Watford could be make or break. Either they will all click and finish mid table, or go very wrong. Watford board love to change their manager too.

Key Man: Troy Deeney has scored 20 plus goals in the last 3 seasons can he do it in the top flight of English football? I think he can.

West Brom

I think West Brom will be steady this season, like any Pulis side they were good at the back with 14 clean sheets during the 2014/15 campaign. It’s the other end where they have problems if Sadio Berahino leaves there’s a serious lack of goals.

Key Man: Rickie Lambert, maybe a point to prove? For me he was not good enough to play for a club the size of Liverpool. West Brom far more his size and could do very well.

West Ham

The last year at Upton Park (or if your proper east end the Boleyn Ground), it will be quite strange to see West Ham play elsewhere, but could letting Big Sam go be a major mistake? At least this means Kevin Nolan may not get as much pitch time. The fans wanted him out they got their way, they want a proper West Ham man in, Slaven Bilic is that. His hot temper will be entertaining on the touch-line but if the pressure mounts can he deal with it?

Key Man: Cheikhou Kouyate dominated in the middle of the park, chipped in with a few goals and fans favourite.


My Picks

1. Manchester United
2. Chelsea
3. Arsenal
4. Manchester City 
5. Tottenham 
6. Southampton
7. Liverpool

Relegation 

The three that came up I expect to struggle, however Sunderland and Aston Villa to struggle too. So my three for now.

Norwich 
Bournemouth 
Leicester 

FA Cup - Chelsea
League Cup - Manchester City
Champions League - Real Madrid 

Follow me for more Football chat this season @Sean_FootyMad

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Football League Predictions

My picks for the 2015/16 Football League

Championship 

Wolves
Derby
Middlesbrough 

Relegation
Fulham
Rotherham
Birmingham City

League One 

Peterborough United
Shrewsbury
Doncaster

Relegation 
Port Vale
Blackpool
Wigan
Coventry City

League Two 


Luton
Barnet
Leyton Orient
Cambridge United

Relegation 
Newport
Crawley

Friday, 31 July 2015

Chelsea v Arsenal Community Shield Preview



The curtain-raiser to the new season is with us on Sunday as the Premier League Champions Chelsea face Arsenal the FA Cup winners in the Community Shield. Can Arsenal take their impressive pre season form into this and see their title credentials this season?

Arsenal fans have been top of the world this summer after winning back to back FA Cups the Gunners signed Petr Cech from Chelsea. Many Arsenal fans said at the time 'Chelsea have just handed us the title'. Well it’s a good signing but we will have to wait and see about the league champion’s part.

After winning the Premier League Asia Trophy and the Emirates Cup a true test against Chelsea comes this weekend, it’s the same for the blues. They do have another pre season game against Fiorentina midweek so how serious they take the Community Shield with the league opener to Swansea on the horizon, we have to wait and see.

Chelsea at the minute most high profile transfer in is Radamel Falcao, who was simple awful last year at Manchester United. Can Jose get him to find his way again this year? He did destroy Chelsea in a Super Cup if that player returns Chelsea will be laughing.

The saga of Diego Costa and his ‘hamstring injury’ will play on again this season to. He’s likely to start in this though. I’m going for a Chelsea victory on Sunday for a few reasons.

One Arsenal have no solid Defensive Midfielder, Chelsea will let them have the ball let all their attacking midfielders flood forward and then catch them on the counter. Two, it would be classic Arsenal to hit a bump just before the season starts and the fans to flip again, ‘we need a top striker, defender, midfielder…’ (Delete where appropriate)

Three, Eden Hazard. Jose Mourinho has bigged up his man in recent weeks, not as good as Messi but better then Ronaldo. I'm not quite sure he is (yet). Arsenal are without Alexis Sanchez who is still on his holidays after Copa America success, Hazard will be the best player on the pitch.

The mind games have started with Wenger and Mourinho, this time Jose calling him out on his money spending. This is funny as Jose has splashed the cash at every club he’s been at. Where as Wenger use to be criticised for not spending enough.

I expect goals and fireworks in this one. Cech playing against Chelsea for the first time, Cesc Fabregas winning his first league title with the blues would have hurt the Arsenal fans so the bitterness is still there. I will go for Jose to win the mind games in this first battle and Chelsea come out 3-1 winners. 


By Sean Simara @Sean_FootyMad 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Summer Window

My quick fire look at the transfer window so far.

Raheem Sterling

I don't see what he's done wrong. He has no ties to Liverpool FC, he was not a fan as a young boy. He did not grow up in Liverpool he was just poached by Liverpool from QPR as a 15 year old. He wants to win things and play in the Champions League both I don't think he will do at Anfield. A good move for him, and QPR pocketing nearly £10m is a added bonus.

Manchester United

Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin all through the door so far. One of United's weakness was the middle of the park that has been strengthen greatly now. This I guess would mean Rooney plays in his natural position up front. The keeper situation still needs to be sorted, will De Gea go to Real Madrid. Hugo Lloris has a has broken wrist who I think would have ended up at United. I don't think De Gea will go to Madrid unless Man United get Sergio Ramos.

Petr Cech going to Arsenal, finally they have a safe pair of hands in the net again.

Liverpool

Ings, Milner, Bogdan, Clyne & Frimino all through the door so far. Make or break for Brendan this year.

Yohan Cabaye going to Crystal Palace great bit of business by them.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Season Review 2014/15

Here's my look back at the 2014/15 season. Chelsea won the Premier League with ease in the end. They were on top all the season and never looked like they would mess it up at any point. They cleaned up on the team of the year, individual awards as Eden Hazard seemed to pick up everything and Jose Mourinho got manager of the year. (He didn't win one manager of the month award though)

The race for top four has the usual faces again as Louis van Gaal has took Manchester United back into it at the expense of Liverpool. Manchester City would expect a much, much better season then they have had next year (Champions League mainly) and with a new manager probably in the hot seat. Arsenal do as they do consistent but never look like will win the Premier League again with Arsene Wenger in charge.

Liverpool’s season will go down as a disappointing one, a forgettable Champions League run, some of the players that Rodgers brought in there's some big question marks about still. They have a Sterling issue to deal with too now. Steven Gerrard also bowed out it's a massive summer & big season for the reds next year. Even Tottenham finished above them, well Harry Kane did.

Surprise pack of the season has to be Southampton many peoples favourites to go down but they have been fantastic this year. West Ham also had a great start to the season but their form from the turn of the year has been pretty poor which has seen the end of Big Sam at Upton Park.

At the bottom the three that went down:

QPR – A pretty shocking season the only real shining light was Charlie Austin who deserves Premier League football. Rangers finished bottom, embarrassed themselves away from home for most of the season a forgettable campaign. Blame Harry :)    


Burnley – Did they even take the Premier League seriously? Danny Ings was good though.

Hull – Finally we have the Rugby League team out the league. I’m being a little harsh but Hull won’t be missed.

I also have to hand it to Leicester who I said were done and dusted, very wrong.

So looking back at my picks from January.

The top four was spot on. Relegation 2/3 not too bad.

The Championship, I had Watford, Ipswich & Middlesbrough so still awaiting on Boro' for that. FA Cup I picked Arsenal. League Cup I had Tottenham. Champions League I had Barcelona and Europa League I had Roma. So not to bad. No major summer tournament though now booooo. However I think the transfers this summer will go crazy, enjoy.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

QPR - Crap From Top to Bottom


A pretty disgraceful season for QPR, in fact a debacle of a season QPR had so much promise but what was left was utter comedy on and off the pitch. Here are a few of my highlights of the season and where it went wrong and who is to blame. 

Transfers - Poor. The best Jordon Mutch brought for £6m in the summer, sold to Palace for under £5m in January. Classic Stuff.   


No replacement for Remy. Everyone in football knew he would leave before the window closed, apart from it seems Harry Redknapp & Fernandes.

Pre season, Ireland with around 12-16 players depending on who you believe.

3-5-2 that lasted 3 games, it made a few comebacks but shockingly didn’t work.

We were good at home, wins over Aston Villa, Leicester, Burnley, WBA & a draw over Man City.

Away form was a disgrace, 11 defeats in a row. Upton Park was the lowest point for me. Why didn’t they get rid of Redknapp then? A fun win at Sunderland but then normality resumed with more defeats. Man City 6-0 was a performance of a team that had well and truly given up and didn’t care for the club. Leicester will also beat us on the last day.

Remember that good home form? It disappeared the last win at Loftus Road was in December 2014. 6 defeats in the Premier League at home in a row a new record. QPR have not scored 2 goals or more in a game at home since December.

Hary Redknapp……

Tony Fernandes – ‘Dream Manager’ that worked. The Football world is full of sharks, it’s not F1 or the Airline business. He needs to wise up.

In the press battles, Harry v Adel ‘Too fat to play’ was a joke the way the entire world saw that play out.

The January transfer window Harry Redknapp basically screwed over the club.

We missed out on Pardew, Pulis and Sherwood. I believe all would have done better than Chris Ramsey.

Chris Ramsey, a ‘yes man’, right place right time. Lucky to get the job will be the luckiest man in football if he keeps it. I doubt the players respect him; these egos won’t listen to man who was in charge of the youth teams a few months ago. I don’t think he can bring in players who would want to play for him, to be honest who would want to play for QPR next season. A good coach not a manager for me.

Leroy Fer disappointing.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jnr Hoilett, Kranjcar banter all season. Sandro probably the worst Brazilian to play in the Premier League. Zarate? Also imagine a world where Barton just didn’t speak.

Green, Dunne, Henry, Phillips & Austin the only players to come out this season with a bit of dignity.

How good is Charlie Austin, what a legend hope he goes on to better things.

Late goals- Liverpool H & A, Swansea H, Southampton H, Hull A &Chelsea H all so costly. A clear lack of focus and concentration all season.

Cup competitions – What are they?

In all it’s been a forgettable season. I think next year will either be QPR get promoted at the first attempt again. Somehow someway we do. Or option 2 we fall to League 1, QPR don’t have boring mid table seasons.

Agree or Disagree?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A Chelsea Free Team of the Season - Just for fun

A 'non' Chelsea Premier League team of the season:

Goalkeeper:
David De Gea

Defenders:
Nathaniel Clyne
Laurent Koscielny 
Jose Fonte
Ryan Bertrand

Midfielders:
Alexis Sanchez
Jordan Henderson
Philippe Coutinho


Strikers:
Harry Kane
Charlie Austin
Raheem Sterling 

Team Of The Season 2014/15

My Premier League team of the season:

Goalkeeper:
David De Gea

Defenders:
Nathaniel Clyne
John Terry
Jose Fonte
Ryan Bertrand

Midfielders:
Alexis Sanchez
Cesc Fabregas 
Nemanja Matic
Eden Hazard 

Strikers:
Harry Kane
Diego Costa

Subs:
Thibaut Courtois
Branislav Ivanovic
Laurent Koscielny
Philippe Coutinho
Christian Eriksen
Charlie Austin
Sergio Aguero 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Football

The fun and games of the Premier League returns over the Easter weekend I start my look at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal can end Liverpool’s top 4 hopes once and for all. Most of the attention at Anfield is on Raheem Sterling and his non contract talks. He wants trophies not money, Rodgers says he expects him to stay in the summer. I'm sure he said the same about Suarez too. If Sterling does stay it will be down to if Liverpool can pick up the FA Cup. That would mean a trophy which is what he wants. So let's see what happens in the summer. But for the match I pick Arsenal talking all 3 points.

Everton face the 'surprise' team of the year Southampton. Everyone's favourites to go down Ronald Koeman has proved what a good manager he is & squad he put together. The Saints are still in with a chance of European football that will be the aim to end a successful season on a high and I think they will win at Goodison Park.

Leicester rock bottom of the league face West Ham who seems to be on the beaches already. Leicester have been down on their luck of most of the season and I think this will end in a draw. Manchester United are back, well sort of. Wins over Tottenham and Liverpool have made their chances of a top 4 finish look a lot better. A win here over Aston Villa is all I can see. Hull have a tricky trip to South Wales and face Swansea. Hull are not in the drop zone however their run in is shocking now they could survive on the fact the 3 in the bottom at the minute bomb, however if one of them picks up some form Hull are bang in trouble. They will be in trouble come Saturday evening as I'm going for a Swansea victory.

West Brom only have to turn up to beat QPR more off the field distractions than on the pitch action for Rangers they look doomed. Would it be different if they sacked Redknapp sooner and got Pulis in? Chelsea with one hand on the title can tighten their grip Saturday evening as the face Stoke. I think Jose will try to see the title run-in in style for the title and try to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season. I can only see a win for Chelsea here.


Tottenham, well Harry Kane face Burnley who look the most likely out of the bottom 3 to stay up. They beat Manchester City at Turf Moor so they will be more then confident & I think they will get a point. Sunderland face the game of games Sunday as they play local rivals Newcastle, a win for them will be massive they seem to have Newcastle number recently with 4 derby wins in a row. Last time they played Adam Johnson got a late winner, what the Mackems would do for a repeat of that. Likewise Newcastle will be desperate to hit their rivals where it hurts with a win. I think though the Sunderland run will continue here. By the time Manchester City kick off against Crystal Palace they could be in fourth! This is where the Liverpool's bubble burst last year now City are not top but it could well be very damaging if they slip up here, which I think will happen, Pardew has his team playing well and under the lights if the Palace fans turn up it could be a banana skin City don't need.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Premier League


Action in the Premier League on Saturday the focus is centred around the bottom of the table. First up QPR travel to London rivals Crystal Palace. QPR were getting away with murder at the beginning of the season winning at home but losing away, it couldn't continue it didn't. What happened is QPR got found out at home, won one away game (at Sunderland) then carried on losing away.

They have 10 games left and realistically need to find at least 5 wins to survive, there in a position though where a win wouldn't take them out of the drop zone it's looking bleak but there not cut away completely yet. I predict this one to end in a draw.

Elsewhere on Saturday Leicester City face Hull City, the Foxes are rock bottom and relegation is staring them straight in the face, a win is a must for them. However I think Bruce's boy will win this one and hit one more nail into their coffin.

Sunderland in 16th face Aston Villa who are in 17th. Tim Sherwood is taking 'his' side to the FA Cup Semi Final will it prove a distraction? Both side are still in trouble know 3 points here could be vital come May, but with so much on the line a draw is the likely outcome at the Stadium of Light.

West Brom can make themselves pretty much safe with a home win over Stoke. Tony Pulis looks like he has done wonders again dragging a team who looked like they were in trouble to safety. A WBA win for me.

Burnley take on Manchester City which has banana skin written all over it for the Champions. They drew 2-2 when they last played and City have been very up and down this season. Barcelona await during the week in the Champions League and rumours of a rift between Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, along with the added pressure on Manuel Pellegrini who knows a trophy-less season could mean the chop for him. I will say City sneak this one 3-2.

Elsewhere on Saturday Arsenal fresh off the back of their win at Old Trafford on Monday night take on a West Ham side who have not won a game since January. An easy win for Arsenal as they zone in again on top 4.

On Sunday Chelsea face Southampton who have been the surprise of the season, after being knocked out of the Champions League to PSG could there be a hangover at the Bridge? The whole of Europe seemed to be happy PSG got past Chelsea after the antics of some of their fans on the train. Jose rarely lets his team suffer back to back blows so I would expect Chelsea to get 3 points here.

Everton who are still looking over their shoulder in the table face Newcastle United. There win in the Europa League should be followed with a win here. Manchester United play Tottenham what will LVG have in store this time as finishing in the top four is a must for United. He has a problem with Falcao who is bang out of form no matter what van Gaal says. A win for Spurs will put them on level points as United and they also have the inform striker Harry Kane. It's hard to predict but I am going for United to win this 2-1.

To end the weekend Swansea face Liverpool who are still chasing a top four place. Liverpool are hitting form at the right time and looking for their 5th win in the league here which I think they will do.