Mark Young predicts the scores of some of the key matches in the Premier League and FA Cup this weekend.
Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester City go to Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime with a chance to bridge the gap between themselves and the top three.
The Citizens won 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium against Aston Villa last week and it could be a similar result this week, despite Manuel Pellegrini’s side having a relatively poor away record.
Norwich are struggling to keep their heads above water and with Sergio Aguero back in stellar goalscoring form, I reckon it will be another long afternoon for Canaries boss Alex Neil.
Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham
After Tottenham were thrashed 3-0 by Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, they should be thanking their lucky stars that they face the doomed Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Villa were lucky to keep City to just four last weekend and have been poor for the majority of the season, resigning them to the Championship next term.
I expect the North London side to bounce back from their European failure as they look to put league leaders Leicester under more pressure on Sunday afternoon.
Leicester City 2-1 Newcastle United
Leicester have to wait until Monday night to face off against Newcastle United and I predict they’ll be looking to regain their five-point lead at the top of the table.
Riyad Mahrez’s sensational strike at Watford gave the Foxes the three points at Vicarage Road last Saturday evening on a day in which this weekend’s opponents were booed off after a 3-1 defeat at home by Bournemouth.
Rafa Benitez is rumoured to be in line to replace under-fire Steve McClaren and while I think Magpies will put up a huge fight against the Foxes, I reckon Claudio Ranieri’s men will edge the this one – and possibly McClaren out of a job.
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham
Manchester United face a tricky clash with West Ham in the FA Cup after their poor performance in the Europa League saw them lose 2-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool.
Hammers came from two goals down to beat Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, which sent them two points clear of the Red Devils in the Premier League. This should be a competitive game, with both teams looking for Champions League football next season.
But Slaven Bilic’s men have defensive injury issues, with only one recognised defender starting last week. I reckon it will be Louis van Gaal leading his team out at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final after a moment of brilliance separates the sides.
Everton 3-2 Chelsea
Chelsea go to Goodison Park in the cup in a bid to try and save their season on Saturday evening after being dumped out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.
To add to the Blues’ defensive injuries, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both went off on Wednesday and then their heads understandably dropped when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal went in midway through the second half.
Romelu Lukaku is in good form and although the Toffees are struggling to keep a clean sheet at present, I predict the big Belgian will drag his side to Wembley – and end Chelsea’s season in March.
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