Premier League Predictions: Super Sunday

Premier League Predictions: Super Sunday

Wolves 1-2 Liverpool

In the second most significant match of super Sunday, Liverpool must be on their game if they hope to keep their chances of winning their first Premier League title alive. Liverpool has had a truly incredible season that deserves at least one trophy. That may come in the form of the Champions League or the Premier League or they may leave for the summer empty-handed. The final possibility is improbable given the unrelenting quality of this unique squad that has spurred them to countless last-minute goals and inspiring comebacks. Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Salah to the lineup who will make up for any tired legs following the Reds remarkable comeback against Barcelona from last Tuesday. 

The Portuguese National team, sorry, Wolverhampton Wanderers, pose a tough final match. Wolves have an impressive record against the top 6, securing at least a draw or a win against every single side they have faced in the Premier League besides Liverpool – the club they knocked out of the FA Cup. Neves, Jota, Jimenez, Dendoncker, and Moutinho are all players of extremely high quality and fitness who will relish one final opportunity to stick it to the top six. Wolves have produced a remarkable campaign for their first season back in the Premier League and will be finishing this weekend as competitors in next year’s Europa League having officially secured 7th place. 

Once again, Liverpool’s quality will overcome their opponents. Don’t be surprised, however, when Wolves spring a surprising counter-attack through Neves and Jota that results in a goal. Even if they do find the net, Liverpool will score more. Nothing will stop this Liverpool side from finishing the season with a win and, quite possibly, a Premier League trophy.

Manchester City 3-0 Brighton

When Vincent Kompany scored a pile driver of a goal against Leicester last weekend, rumor has it that Manchester City fans could hear shouts of exasperation ringing out all the way from Liverpool. It will take a momentous effort to stop Pep’s robots from savagely hoisting their second straight Premier League trophy this weekend. Unfortunately, Brighton is the team standing in their way. 

Having recently secured safety in the League, Brighton has little more to play for than their pride which, if you weren’t aware, doesn’t run very high in the land of Brighton.

But, hey, nothing is impossible! Maybe Chris Hughton’s men can pull off the most stunning result of the season and scramble a draw from the City machine. Right? 

No. No, they cannot. 

Congratulations, Manchester City. Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present your 2018-2019 Premier League Champions. Ugh. 

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Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

By far the biggest match of the weekend, Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in what is set to be their biggest remaining test in the Premier League season. In recent years, Chelsea’s bus pulling into Anfield has been the most dreaded sight for Liverpool supporters. Chelsea’s most famous victory against the Reds came seasons ago when Demba Ba stole the ball off of a slipping Steven Gerrard to score in front of the Kop and sink the knife deep into the heart of Liverpool’s title charge. Earlier this season, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1, coming from behind thanks to Emerson Palmieri’s first Chelsea goal and Eden Hazard’s stunning solo run, perhaps his best of the season. 

This Sunday, however, Liverpool know what is at stake and will make sure they do not let Chelsea ruin their title hopes for a second time. Liverpool will be taking the pitch minutes after the Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace match at Selhurst Park. So, fate will play a massive role in the fixture as Liverpool will either be fighting to take back the top spot or to boost their lead to beyond the reach of Guardiola’s City. 

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 30

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 30

Saturday, March 9th

Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace kick off the weekend at Selhurst Park, hoping to continue the good form that has seen them lose only one of their last eight matches in all competitions and win three of their previous four. The Eagles’ most recent victory came against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend when they put three goals past Sean Dyche’s men. Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha found the scoresheet, proving their potential to become the most potent strike force in the wasteland of mid-table.

Brighton has not fared as well lately, picking up just a single point from their last six matches away from their home stadium. A trip to South London, therefore, presents a daunting task for the Seagulls.

Crystal Palace will gain confidence from Brighton’s abysmal record on the road. This advantage coupled with their recent performances that have exuded confidence and technicality suggests a Palace victory. Their match, however, will not be a stroll in the park as Brighton have scored in each of their last six away games and will inevitably continue scoring at Selhurst Park, a ground that has been uncharacteristically favorable to opposing sides this season.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 29

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 29

Long live St. Totteringham’s day. For Arsenal supporters that is.

The long-celebrated tradition has been brought out of retirement for the upcoming weeks as two consecutive Spurs losses have Arsenal drooling over the potential of beating their rivals for third place behind Liverpool and Manchester City. If Arsenal leaves Wembley with three points, they will only be a point behind Spurs, an incredible turnaround after just a week.

Following a shock loss at Turf Moor last weekend, Tottenham’s woes continued with an uninspired performance against Chelsea. For the first time ever under Pochettino’s management, Spurs failed to execute even a single shot on target. Kieran Trippier, however, showed his teammates what good finishing looked like, slotting a pass beyond Hugo Lloris and into his own net.

Tottenham should be nervous at the possibility of Manchester United, Arsenal, or even Chelsea knocking them out of the Champions League positions in the final ten matches of the Premier League season.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 28

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 28

Two teams enter this competition that are suffering shocking defeats after periods of optimism. Spurs, who many considered actual title contenders before the weekend, slipped against Burnley, suffering a 2-1 loss. Even with Harry Kane back in the lineup, Spurs were unable to secure even a point at Turf Moor. Pochettino will be demanding a response at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who many expected to be severed in half by Pep’s men, put up a valiant fight against Manchester City for an entire 118 minutes in Sunday’s Cup Final. However, a sideline row between Kepa and Sarri, the likes of which football has never seen, along with a heartbreaking loss in the penalties that followed, left Chelsea with few positives to take away from the match.

Playing at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will hope to repeat their 2-1 victory against Spurs from the League Cup semi-final. Also, after losing their first match of the season by three goals against Tottenham in December, Chelsea will hope to regain their dropped points in a revenge match against their London rivals.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Though Manchester United will feel the need to deliver at home against their massive rivals, Liverpool bears the pressure in this match. That is why, if Liverpool comes away with a point this weekend, they will see that as a decent result. Not necessarily because Manchester United pose a massive challenge, but because – now that the pendulum has swung and Liverpool are finding goals slightly harder to come by – Liverpool know how valuable this match will be.

Ultimately, this match will be decided by the more clinical side. If Liverpool finishes the way they did against Bayern Munich, missing golden opportunities to go ahead, Manchester United will make them pay. Due to each side’s respective form and the benefit of Manchester United playing at Old Trafford, the reds of Manchester will take this won – slightly.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 26

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 26

In Pep Guardiola’s time in England, Manchester City’s performances in the league against Chelsea have defined each of his three seasons. In ‘16/’17, a 3-1 loss at the Etihad sent Chelsea flying into a thirteen game win streak in which they went top of the league and never looked back. Last year, Manchester City became instant title favorites following a 1-0 thumping of Antonio Conte’s men at Stamford Bridge. This season was no different. On December 8th, Chelsea delivered Manchester City their first loss in the form of a 2-0 victory at the bridge. Following that match, Liverpool became the only undefeated side in the league, a reputation they utilized to send them into first place a week later. 

When Chelsea take on Manchester City at the Etihad Sunday, the implications will be no less significant. 

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Sunderland 'Til I Die: A Show Worth Shouting About

Sunderland 'Til I Die: A Show Worth Shouting About

Emotion and entertainment cross paths on rarer occasion that the promoted content on Twitter, Youtube, and Netflix lead us to believe.

How often do shows make us empathize with what we are watching? The days of shouting at the TV screen are over. Instead, we set our undead gaze on our phones and laptops. As the screens shrink, so does our investment in digital entertainment.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die, however, is worth shouting about.

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Premier League Predictions: Matchday 23

Premier League Predictions: Matchday 23

Chelsea will take the bus across London to face Arsenal at the Emirates this Saturday in the marquee matchup of the weekend. Chelsea enters the match as favorites having extended their 4th place cushion above 5th place Arsenal to 6 points following a 2-1 win against Newcastle. Also, the Blues are coming off of their first week without a midweek game since November.

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Zinedine Zidane’s Manchester United: A Tactical Review

Zinedine Zidane’s Manchester United: A Tactical Review

Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United to replace caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and bring back glory to the historic club. 

It comes as no surprise that his name has been mentioned so frequently in connection with the club – few managers have been as successful in such a short period of time. During his time at Real Madrid, the Frenchman averaged a trophy every 97 days. The most significant of these were his three consecutive Champions League victories. An absurdly difficult feat made even more impressive considering he won them in his first three years of top tier management. These accolades don’t even include his achievements as a player. A player who won the World Cup, the European Championship, the Champions League, and, in 1998, the Ballon d’Or.  

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An American Soccer Fan in London

An American Soccer Fan in London

The next day, Manchester City would pull of a thrilling 2-1 win over league leaders Liverpool. That game would have incredible goals, consequential decisions, and Jurgen Klopp committing adultery with a water bottle. It was a spectacular game that highlighted the Premier League at its best, not at its most average. Its most average was on display for 90 minutes on a cold, dreary, Tuesday night in London. 

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Graded: Every Top 6 Transfer of the 2018 Summer Window (Part 2)

Graded: Every Top 6 Transfer of the 2018 Summer Window (Part 2)

Arsenal

Lucas Torreira – $ 34 Million – A +

Though his most dominating performances have come from a position on the bench, Torreira has been dominant for Arsenal all season. Representing another midfielder who fits the modern game – Torreira is a short, pacy, dynamic holding midfielder whose ability to chase down the ball and win back possession sets him apart.

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Graded: Every Top 6 Transfer of the 2018 Summer Window (Part 1)

Graded: Every Top 6 Transfer of the 2018 Summer Window (Part 1)

At the midpoint of the second international break, the Why Always Mou team sat down to grade every significant transfer of the Premier League’s big six. The teams had their players graded individually and have been listed in the order they appear in the table. Disclaimer: To all Bournemouth and Watford fans, we are legally obligated to include Manchester United in the Top 6 due to our site's namesake being the manager in charge of the dumpster fire that currently holds 8th place in the league.

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