Predictions – Tottenham to edge Chelsea in Capital One final, Manchester City to win in Liverpool and Manchester United to get back on track

By Mark Young.

This weekend sees a broken Premier League programme as the Capital One Cup Final takes centre stage – Tottenham take on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. But fear not Premier League fans; we’ll still be predicting the outcomes of four games, including a mouth-watering contest between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.

Everton travel to the Emirates after both clubs played in Europe in mid week, Sunderland go to a troubled Old Trafford and Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa go to an equally deflated Newcastle United on Saturday. This week Mark is up against Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams.

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Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham

Chelsea and Tottenham take a break from Premier League action as they compete in the Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea edged Liverpool to get to the final whereas Tottenham beat League One ‘cup specialists’ Sheffield United.

The two teams met in one of the games of the season so far as a Harry Kane inspired Tottenham beat the league leaders 5-3. Kane really came of age against Mourinho’s men and will be looking to make the same impact once again.

Spurs have a midweek Europa League game against Fiorentina to contend with whilst the Blues have eight days rest – but are still top billing in all news bulletins.

Nemanja Matic will miss out after his controversial red card and he will be a huge miss for Mourinho’s team with Ramires or John Obi Mikel set to replace the Serbian.

Chelsea have struggled in recent weeks to score goals but Tottenham struggle with clean sheets. This writer just has a certain feeling that Spurs are going to edge this in a final that could go down as a classic.

Ian Abrahams prediction

Chelsea 3-2 Tottenham

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Liverpool 1-2 Manchester City

Liverpool have been in incredible form in recent weeks as they lock horns with a bruised Manchester City.

City were outclassed by Barcelona on Tuesday night but Joe Hart’s last minute save from a Lionel Messi penalty in the dying moments could give them a new found belief.

Yaya Toure will be back after missing the Barcelona tie through suspension and should provide a huge lift for his teammates as will the possibility of a first start for Wilfried Bony.

Liverpool are one of the form teams in the race for the top four but after a trip to Turkey to face Besiktas on Thursday night, the Reds could find it tough going.

Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge have all scored goals recently while Philippe Coutinho was the best player on the pitch at Southampton. Simon Mignolet has also been terrific in recent weeks but the City attack may bring Liverpool’s recent form to an abrupt end.

Ian Abrahams prediction

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

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Arsenal 1-1 Everton

Everton and Arsenal face off at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon just as Chelsea and Spurs kick off across town.

Arsenal played in the Champions League on Wednesday against Monaco whilst Everton played in the Europa League on Thursday.

Everton’s full strength side struggled against Leicester last weekend with a last minute own goal saving them from a defeat against the league’s bottom club.

Arsenal have been looking solid with most pundits tipping them as guaranteed top four finishers but the Goodison Park club will provide a stern test for a tired Gunners and a draw could be the result for the second season in a row.

Ian Abrahams prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

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Newcastle 2-1 Aston Villa

Newcastle United host Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa on Saturday in what could be a six pointer at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sherwood’s first game in charge saw his new side go ahead through Scott Sinclair but they eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City.

Newcastle were humbled by Manchester City as they laboured to a 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday but can turn it around against Villa this weekend.

Sherwood’s tactics were scrutinised by many and their relegation battle could come down to whether or not the former Spurs boss can get a tune out of Christian Benteke. However, it could take longer than expected and Newcastle could be celebrating a home victory this weekend plunging Villa into a deeper crisis.

Ian Abrahams prediction

Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

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Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland

Manchester United lost for the second time in 20 games last weekend as Swansea completed the double over them in a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium.

Louis van Gaal has come in for plenty of criticism in recent weeks as he struggles to discover his best team or his tactics.

Robin van Persie will miss this weekend and James Wilson was injured during an under-21 match on Monday night. Therefore it looks likely Wayne Rooney will start up front with his partner possibly being Radamel Falcao, who was dropped last weekend.

Sunderland have been in dire form and have been struggling to score goals, with Gus Poyet also coming under pressure as his excuses become louder with every bad result.

Sunderland’s victory at Old Trafford last season helped save them from relegation but this game could ease some pressure on Van Gaal and put some more on Poyet as United should come out of this game comfortably with another three points added towards the club’s top four ambition.

Ian Abraham’s prediction

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland

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