Brighton v Arsenal (Prediction 1-2)
Brighton have picked up form that has seen them climb to 12th place in the Premier League as they fight to avoid relegation in what is a wide-open battle. They’ve managed to go unbeaten in their last four league games, with two wins and two draws.
It’s safe to assume Brighton are going into this game full of confidence, whereas their opponents not and that’s being kind. Arsenal approach this away day having lost 3-0 twice consecutively against leaders Manchester City, being made to look barely good enough to ply their trade in the Championship, let alone a cup final.
Having also won just the three games on their travels in the league all season, it’s outrageous. Losing to Stoke, Watford, Bournemouth, Swansea among others when playing away from the Emirates. Will Brighton add to the misery? I’m not so sure.
The Gunners did manage to beat Brighton 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in October and I think they should be wise enough to win this game, providing a small boost ahead of the trip to San Siro, where they face AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.
I’ll suggest that a winner in the last ten minutes or so of the game will get them over the line.
Manchester City v Chelsea (Prediction 4-2)
A wild one. I really don’t see anything other than a City win here, which means it’ll be a draw with my luck.
I wouldn’t complain being a United supporter. The only team to take anything from Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this season was Everton, that’s going all the way back to their very first home game in August.
The top four is running away from Chelsea now and I do have to question why Conte appeared to settle for a draw at Old Trafford last week, before losing. There was no logic to this decision with the very next game being away to the runaway leaders.
No matter what Chelsea fans will try to tell you, they replaced a defensive manager in Jose Mourinho with another in Antonio Conte. That’s not a bad thing, they won a Premier League title, in the short term he has been a good appointment.
Long term? He’s heading out the door just like Jose did. There’s no sense of stability at the club and at this level of football, it’s difficult to envisage there ever being so.
I think the Blues do have it in them to pose a threat to City’s unbeaten home record tomorrow and thus see this being a very competitive and goal filled game, unlike the 1-0 (City won) at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
Though City will just have too much, as has been the case for pretty much all their opponents this season.
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