Manchester United managed to go 6 points clear at the top of the table, winning the crucial match in hand against Wigan… Now, the title’s all but wrapped up, with the Champions needing just 1 point off the next two games to bag the trophy. The only way Liverpool can win it is if they win both their remaining games, and United loose both theirs. With Manchester United facing a tough home match against Arsenal, Liverpool have it easy against bottom of the table West Brom. This battle should be interesting to follow!
At the other extreme for the table, West Brom and Middlesbrough are almost certainly relegated, while Hull, Newcastle and Sunderland battle it out for top flight survival.
Manchester United vs Arsenal: Saturday 16th May, 12.45 PM
Prediction: With a commanding 6 point lead over title rivals Liverpool with just 2 games to go, United will look to wrap up the Barclay’s Premier League in front of their home fans this Saturday. Considering the form both teams have been in, and the result of both the legs of the Champions League semi finals, it really shouldn’t be too tough for the Red Devils, but you never know! Arsenal will be hoping that their star striker Andrei Arshavin is fit to play. But I believe we’re looking at a United victory, and a third consecutive title for the defending champions!!
Robin van Persie (Arsenal): With 9 goals and 9 assists this season, he’s been one of Arsenal’s top players. He’ll try his best to leave his mark on this all important clash!
Carlos Tevez (Manchester United): The prolific Argentinean has been an intermittent part of the United first team this season. But despite the uncertainties over his future, he’s been a consistent performer. Expect him to fire!
Bolton Wanderers vs Hull City: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: Bolton are safely clear of the relegation zone, while Hull are in desperate need for some points. Normally, one would predict a comfortably home victory for Bolton, but if someone is fighting for survival, you never know what might happen! Watch out for a charged up Hull!
Matthew Taylor (Bolton): With 10 goals this season, Taylor has been the mainstay of Bolton’s midfield. He’s also the top scoring fantasy player for the club. Watch out for him!
Deiberson Geovanni (Hull): He has been Hull’s most prolific player this season, and he’ll try his best to inspire his team to ensure survival in the Premier League.
Everton vs West Ham United: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: One of the best contests of the weekend! Everton will try to overhaul Aston Villa to rise to 5th spot, while West Ham will try their best to ensure qualification for the Europa League (for which Everton have already qualified). This one should be as close as it gets!!
Tim Cahill (Everton): The aggressive Australian midfielder has been impressive this season, and will look to add to his tally of goals and assists in the last couple of games..
David Di Michele (West Ham): Faced with an injury crisis of sorts, West Ham turn to their player on loan to guide them to victory.
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: Aston Villa look to gain some momentum towards the end of the season, after losing their way and letting go of an excellent start. Middlesbrough are almost certainly going to be relegated, and the only chance of survival they have is winning both the remaining matches… No predictions here!
Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough): The only way Middlesbrough are going to survive in the league is by scoring…and the veteran Turk is one of their only hopes of doing that.
James Milner (Aston Villa): Going by recent form, he has been one of Villa’s most effective players.
Newcastle United vs Fulham: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: Both teams have something to fight for. Fulham look to secure their place in the Europa Cup, while Newcastle are fighting for their very survival in the league. This one should be a closely fought contest, with both teams putting in their all.
Steven Taylor (Newcastle): Truthfully speaking, not even one of the Newcastle players has really been performing this season. They desperately need points to survive, and for that it’s imperative that they don’t concede. That’s where the defender comes in.
Bobby Zamora (Fulham): He is one of the most cost effective players in Fantasy Football, and with Andrew Johnson doubtful, the responsibility on his shoulders increases.
Stoke City vs Wigan Athletic: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: Both teams are tied at 42 points with Wigan ahead on goal difference. There’s nothing else to play from apart from league position. This should be an interesting contest..
Matthew Etherington (Stoke): Partnering Delap in the midfield, Etherington has also been very cost effective this season. Having him on your team is a pretty good idea!
Lee Cattermole (Wigan): With an impressive assist against Manchester United last weekend, he has been in impressive form. Expect him to do well…
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City: Saturday 16th May, 3 PM
Prediction: Another match with something at stake. The Spurs and City are 2 of 4 teams fighting for two Europa Cup spots… Both teams have been pretty consistent as per recent form, and are within one point of each other. This one should be a cracker!!
Luka Modric (Tottenham): The young Croat has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent players this season, and his recent form is pretty good too! His role will be more important than normal considering the injury problems facing Tottenham.
Robinho (Manchester City): The first of City’s high profile signings since their new owners took over, he is also their highest placed Fantasy striker. Recent form suggests he’ll have an impact on this game!
West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool: Sunday 17th May, 1.30 PM
Prediction: This match represents the two extremes of the premier league spectrum. But still, they have something in common. Both teams need a miracle… Liverpool to win the league, and West Brom to survive in it. No doubts about the results of this one though..
Chris Brunt (West Brom): The midfielder is West Brom’s highest ranked Fantasy player this season, and his recent form has been pretty impressive too. If West Brom are to score, he may very well have a part to play in it.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool): The Liverpool captain has been inspirational this season, and is presently ranked 3rd in this year’s overall Fantasy list. He’s as likely to score as anybody else!
Chelsea vs Blackburn Rovers: Sunday 17th May, 4 PM
Prediction: Chelsea are still smarting under their Champions League semi final loss to Barcelona, and look to prove their mettle by winning all their matches. No doubts about the results of this one…the only thing we don’t know yet are the number of goals!
Frank Lampard (Chelsea): The English midfielder is this season’s highest ranked Fantasy player. He’s been on top form, and is likely to perform well this weekend too!
Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn): With Roberts and Santa Cruz injured, the responsibility on his shoulders increases further. If Blackburn do score, he’s likely to do it!
Portsmouth vs Sunderland: Monday 18th May, 8 PM
Prediction: Technically speaking, both teams can still be relegated. Sunderland are in more direct danger, and will look to secure some points to ensure their survival. This will, again, be a closely fought match!
Peter Crouch (Portsmouth): Crouch is Portsmouth’s highest ranked Fantasy player this season, and has been pretty consistent with 10 goals and 5 assists. He’s likely to do well!
Djibril Cisse (Sunderland): He is another player who’s been pretty consistent this season, with 10 goals. Expect him to do well.
I really love the end of the season time… No results are certain, anything may happen. And the relegation battle is pretty intense too!
Hope this was useful to you, enjoy your football this weekend! Happy Fantasy! As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.