As Arsene Wenger has already pointed out, we have two more League games to play at home than on the road.
Our remaining league matches are:
Everton (h), QPR (a), West Ham (h), Newcastle (a), Liverpool (h), Burnley (a), Sunderland (h), Chelsea (h), Hull (a), Swansea (h), Manchester United (a), West Brom (h).
At first glance, our schedule is more than doable. We have three difficult matches at home and one very difficult trip to Old Trafford – where we haven’t won since 2006 – but we should still get a lot of points from the remaining games. Of course, we have to take our other obligations into account – we’ll play at least two more European games against AS Monaco and an FA Cup clash against Manchester United away – and that will make our job in the league even more complicated. A home game against the Swans may also turn out to be a disappointment as we haven’t beaten them at the Emirates in the last two league campaigns.
At the moment we are sitting in third place with a single point ahead of Manchester United, two over Southampton, five in front of Spurs and six ahead of Liverpool respectively. The Spuds have a game in hand however while Southampton and Liverpool play each other today.
Predicted points: Everton – 3, QPR – 1, West Ham – 3, Newcastle – 3, Liverpool – 1, Burnley – 3, Sunderland – 3, Chelsea – 1, Hull – 1, Swansea – 1, Manchester United – 1, West Brom – 3.
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Overall points: 72.
Manchester United will play Sunderland (h), Newcastle (a), Tottenham (h), Liverpool (a), Aston Villa (h), Manchester City (h), Chelsea (a), Everton (a), West Brom (h), Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (h) and Hull (a) respectively.
As you can see, United will have a very difficult schedule as they have back-to-back matches against rivals on two occasions. They do have an advantage over their rivals for the Champions League place however (except for Southampton) as they don’t play in Europe. Their performances are mostly crap and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fail to reach the Champions League again, but I have a feeling that we will see some referees decision going their way in order to qualify for the illustrious competition. It has already happened in matches against us and Liverpool respectively so…
Predicted points: Sunderland – 3, Newcastle – 3, Tottenham – 1, Liverpool – 1, Aston Villa – 3, Manchester City – 0, Chelsea – 0, Everton – 3, West Brom – 3, Crystal Palace – 3, Arsenal – 1, Hull – 3.
Overall points: 71.
Southampton are still there and it remains to be seen for how long they’ll pose a threat to other candidates for the most prestigious European competition.
After their home game against Liverpool, they’ll play West Brom (a), Crystal Palace (h), Chelsea (a), Burnley (h), Everton (a), Hull (h), Stoke (a), Tottenham (h), Sunderland (a), Leicester (a), Aston Villa (h) and Manchester City (a) respectively. Their schedule looks pretty decent as they’ll enter as the favourites in most of the matches. A crucial game for them might be the home match against the Spuds.
Predicted points: Liverpool – 1, West Brom – 1, Crystal Palace – 3, Chelsea – 0, Burnley – 3, Everton – 1, Hull – 1, Stoke – 1, Spuds – 1, Sunderland – 3, Leicester – 1, Aston Villa – 3, Manchester City – 0.
Overall points: 65.
Tottenham Hotspur are reliable only when it comes to choking – at some point, they’ll choke no matter how good their players are.
After the game against West Ham, they’ll play Swansea (h), QPR (a), Manchester United (a), Leicester (h), Burnley (a), Aston Villa (h), Newcastle (a), Southampton (a), Manchester City (h), Stoke (a), Hull (h) and Everton (a) respectively. They still play in the Europa League but I can see them losing all their chances for a decent place on the table after matches against Newcastle, Southampton and City consecutively.
Predicted points: West Ham – 1, Swansea – 3, QPR – 1, Manchester United – 1, Leicester – 3, Burnley – 1, Aston Villa – 3, Newcastle – 1, Southampton – 1, Manchester City – 0, Stoke – 0, Hull – 3, Everton – 1.
Overall points: 62.
Liverpool are the in-form team and Daniel Sturridge’s return from injury is a huge boost for them.
After they face Southampton, they’ll play Manchester City (h), Burnley (h), Swansea (a), Manchester United (h), Arsenal (a), Newcastle (h), Hull (a), West Brom (a), QPR (h), Chelsea (a), Crystal Palace (h) and Stoke (a) respectively. They are still alive in the FA Cup and Europa League which might make their task to get into Top Four for the second year in a row much more difficult. The crucial period might be when they’ll play Swansea, Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.
Predicted points: Southampton – 1, Manchester City – 1, Burnley – 3, Swansea – 3, Manchester United – 1, Arsenal – 1, Newcastle – 3, Hull – 3, West Brom – 1, QPR – 3, Chelsea – 0, Crystal Palace – 1, Stoke – 3.
Overall points: 66.
4.Manchester United 71,
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