Two absolutely mouthwatering games in store this coming Sunday, as Premier League leaders Chelsea entertain Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s men will be looking to increase their advantage at the top and take a step closer to the Premier League title, but the Saints cannot be underestimated as they have taken a number of big scalps this season.
In the latter game, Tottenham travel to Manchester United, with the battle for a top four position showing no signs of letting up. Utd currently have a few points over their North London rivals, but a victory for Spurs would see things blown wide open. See the Premier League predictions bellow.
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea have been nothing short of spectacular at times this season, and with their first trophy already in the back following last weekend’s win in the League Cup final over Tottenham, Jose Mourinho’s side are in a very healthy position indeed.
The Blues now have a five point advantage and a game in hand over nearest rivals Manchester City, and although they could only manage a 1-1 draw at the Bridge against Burnley last month, it is very unusual for Chelsea to drop points on home soil.
Southampton have been a revelation under Ronald Koeman, but just recently, they have been beginning to show signs that a very intense campaign is catching up with them. Whatever happens from now until the end of the season.
Koeman and his troops can take a lot of pride from what they have achieved, but finishing in the top four with Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all going great guns is going to be a very tough ask. I can’t really see Southampton managing to get anything here, and Chelsea HT/FT looks the best bet for me, available at odds of 5/4 the bookmakers.
Man Utd v Tottenham
A huge game in terms of the Champions League places here, as Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side entertain an in-form Tottenham Hotspur. While Van Gaal has not been exactly convincing thus far as Man Utd boss, if his team end up in the top four come the end of the campaign, not many fans will be complaining.
Having spent a small fortune this season, Utd are still lacking in certain areas, but Louis van Gaal has got his men in the habit of producing results consistently, even when not playing particularly well. Much better at home than on the road, Utd are understandably the bookies favourites here at a best price of 4/5, but Spurs should not be taken lightly.
Tottenham quickly put their Capital One Cup disappointment behind them with back to back victories in the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now right back in the mix for a top four position. With Manchester City probably just about out of reach, it now appears to be four or possibly five teams if you include Southampton, fighting for the remaining two all important Champions League places.
A positive result for either side would be huge here, but I fancy them to cancel each other out, and produce a repeat of the draw they played out at White Hart Lane over the Christmas period.