By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- Liverpool and Chelsea meet in Game of the Week at Anfield, as the Reds look to keep pace with Manchester City
- The Citizens travel to south London earlier on Sunday to play Crystal Palace
- Burnley and Cardiff City go head to head with their Premier League status on the line at Turf Moor
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – With just over a month remaining of the 2018/19 season, old foes Liverpool and Chelsea clash at Anfield in game of the week
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Game of the Week: Liverpool vs Chelsea (Sunday, 16:30)
Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea
They face a side who continue to pay the role of Jekkyl and Hyde this campaign, and having beaten West Ham last Monday night and grabbing a away goal in Prague in the Europa League, now set fair to end a difficult season in good fettle.
Hazard’s late term form has been indirectly responsible for that and the Belgian’s sensational solo goal against the Irons, stamped his mark on the game at Stamford Bridge. Hazard will be keen on putting a spanner in the works this weekend.
This could indeed be a battle of Salah and Hazard, but both defences will be tested. It also be a game won in the full-back areas and this for me is where Liverpool will have enough to get would could yet be a massive win – with Manchester City having played in the capital earlier this afternoon.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
Niall’s One to Watch: Burnley vs Cardiff City (Saturday, 15:00)
Burnley versus Cardiff City might not be the marquee game of the weekend, but it is one of the most important and impactful matches of the gameweek. Cardiff are in real danger of heading back down to the Championship, and if results do not go their way here then they could end up eight points off safety and that will likely see the end of the Welsh club’s Premier League tenure.
Conversely, Burnley could all but seal their Premier League status for another season if they win on Saturday. The Clarets were excellent when they beat AFC Bournemouth last week, and their overall form since the turn of the year has improved after a poor first half of the season.
Both sides play direct football, but the chances of seeing a open game are quite likely with the stakes so high. It will be a gritty and hard-hitting clash as both sides try to unlock the opposition defence. Burnley are in the better form and have more quality in their side than Cardiff, so I am picking the Clarets to seal their survival for another season with a win here.
Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Cardiff City
Neil’s One to Watch: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 14:05)
With Liverpool locking horns with Chelsea also on Sunday, it feels like this weekend could be a big moment in the title race. City fell rather short against Spurs in the UEFA Champions League in midweek and with another trip to London here, could we see further consternation for Pep Guardiola‘s men in the space of a few days?
Crystal Palace are once again in hugely inconsistent form having lost to Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst taking the scalp of both Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United in recent weeks. What is sure however, has been the boost the arrival of Michy Batshuayi have given the Eagles in attack and both he and Wilfried Zaha could give the Citizens a big headache here.
For City it feels a little like the gas tanks are running low, but the visitors are for the most part doing the bare minimum to get the job done right now. Selhurst Park proved to be the end of Liverpool’s title challenge five years ago, and I wonder if the same could become of City, after what has been a relatively poor week for them.
Indeed, City have struggled for wins in recent season here but I have the sense that the likes of Kun Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne will ensure the victory. It would appear the title race could be going down to the wire.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
Premier League Game of the Week sees Liverpool entertain Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday
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