This weekend’s Premier League round will be lost due to the FA Cup semi-final postponements of Brighton’s clash with Manchester City and Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United. Even so, there is undoubtedly plenty to look forward to in Round 31.
Newcastle vs. Tottenham
A straightforward battle for the Top 4, which Tottenham especially need to win. Spurs are three points behind their opponent from the fifth place, Magpies have an extra match to play. Both teams lost in the last round, letting Manchester United drop to third.
Newcastle will be favourites at home. They are twice as good in front of their own fans than away, the whole club is fascinated by the sight of the cups. The defence is going well, apart from the last round against Aston Villa, and Alexander Isak is doing well in attack.
Tottenham even after the change of coach are not at ease, they simply do not act as a team. The only win in the last four rounds is clear evidence of that. The saving grace may be the returning form of Heung Min Son.
Brentfod vs. Aston Villa
Two months back, the home side would have been the clear favourite, but now it’s the visitors who are knocking on the door of the European Cup. Brentford, on the other hand, have lost touch with the Top 7 through poor results and simply have to beat the Villans.
Bees have not won for five long rounds and they are already six points behind the seventh place. They rely basically only on Ivan Toney, the rest of the team lacks the necessary productivity. It won’t be for cups anymore, Brentford would have to start a long winning streak against Villans.
And that will be very difficult. Seven wins from the last eight rounds combined with Ollie Watkins’ form is frightening, in the last three weeks he has beaten Chelsea, Leicester, Nottingham and Neewcastle with an overall score of 9-1.
Bournemouth vs. West Ham
The winner of this duel will be left with a reprieve for at least a couple of rounds. Bournemouth have hit the ground running after a winter strengthening, managing nine points in the last four rounds. And they’re already six points clear of relegation.
The Hammers are two points worse off, but have a game in hand. Plus, the quality of their squad plus experience means they don’t belong in the final third. He’s scoring at Bournemouth, he should definitely want to win.
Source: Premier League
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