With the Premier League season entering its business end, every point counts with teams fighting for the title, European places, and survival.
Grosvenor Sport ambassador Jamie O’Hara previews Sam Allardyce’s first game as Leeds manager with their trip to Manchester City, as well as Newcastle versus Arsenal and West Ham against Manchester United.
Manchester City v Leeds – Saturday 15:00
Score prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Leeds 8/1
Anytime goalscorer: Phil Foden 41/20
I think Manchester City are going to batter Leeds here, there won’t be a Big Sam revolution. They weren’t at their best against West Ham but just have too much quality for these type of sides, especially at home.
People say they’ve got a lot of fixture congestion but I actually think it helps them build momentum. Having in-form players play every three or four days can be good for the team spirit.
Leeds have a really difficult run between now and the end of the season and I really fear for them. There’s only so much Sam Allardyce can do in the space of a month – and especially when you look at their fixture list.
He’s been brought into shore Leeds up at the back but they’ve got the leakiest defence in the league and no matter what side Pep Guardiola puts out I can see City running away with this.
I’m going with 4-0 to City with Phil Foden getting a goal again. – City are fully in the groove and will have far too much for Leeds.
Newcastle v Arsenal – Sunday, 16:30
Score prediction: Newcastle 2-2 Arsenal 21/2
Anytime goalscorer: Martin Odegaard 21/5
This is going to be a thriller. Newcastle have certainly peaked at the right time and look a shoo-in for a top four finish, barring a complete collapse in their remaining games.
Their attack has improved so much since the start of the season and they now have two fantastic strikers that would get into most sides in the league. They’re going to be a real force in the next few seasons
Arsenal seemed to rediscover some of their attacking spark against Chelsea on Tuesday but Frank Lampard’s side were awful on the night and it realistically should have been a much bigger scoreline.
A trip to St James’ Park will be a better test of what the Gunners are made of and I think they’ll fall further behind City by the end of the weekend. Arsenal will throw it away as usual!
I reckon it will be score draw here, 2-2, with Martin Odegaard to score anytime.
West Ham v Manchester United – Sunday 19:00
Score prediction: West Ham 2-1 Manchester United 11/1
Anytime goalscorer: Michail Antonio 3/1
Manchester United’s current form isn’t great and they seem to be sleepwalking towards a top four finish. I know they have a few injuries but they need to click into gear with Liverpool breathing down their necks, especially away from home.
West Ham really need a win from their remaining games. I think just one more victory will do it for them, they just need to make sure they’re not all-in on the Conference League and manage the last few weeks of the season sensibly. I’d say they’re too good to go down but that doesn’t mean anything at this point of the season.
I’m actually backing a West Ham victory here – Man United’s away results haven’t been great recently. I’m going with 2-1 to the hosts with Michail Antonio to score.