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Barclays Premier League Weekend Fixtures Part Two: Team News. Manager Comments. Predictions. An FA Cup Final Rehearsal?

Barclays Premier League Weekend Review – Part Two

By Marc Gingell

Down in the basement, Newcastle and Southampton are battling for survival whilst for Manchester City and Watford they could be meeting at Wembley in May.

 

09.03. 15:00 St. James’ Park REF: L Mason Newcastle vs Everton
09.03. 15:00 St. Mary’s Stadium REF: K Friend Southampton vs Tottenham
09.03. 17:30 Etihad Stadium REF: P Tierney Man City vs Watford

Newcastle vs Everton

Everton have lost six of their last ten games, won three, and drawn one. Their wins came at Cardiff and Huddersfield and at home to Bournemouth. Newcastle have a bit more about them than those three teams although the 0-0 draw with Liverpool might have a positive impact on their season. Newcastle have won four of their last five home games which included a 2-1 against Manchester City.

Newcastle Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Robert Elliot back injury. Ciaran Clark knock. Sean Longstaff knee injury.

Everton Team News

  • Expected Back 17 Mar: Leighton Baines Back injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Phil Jagielka knock.

Prediction

Newcastle to take this one with maybe a goal for record signing Miguel Almirón

Newcastle 2  Everton 0

 

 

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have lost their last two away league games at Burnley and Chelsea and they have only lost three on the road in a row under Mauricio Pochettino once. At Manchester United, Arsenal, and Leicester in October/November 2017. Southampton, as they did against Manchester United, keep dropping points from winning positions. Twenty this season which puts them up the top of that particular table.

Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs boss, who admitted when he left Southampton to join Spurs he shed a few tears, will be in the stands for this one as a result of a two-game ban for his on-pitch confrontation with referee Mike Dean at Burnley. He intends to appeal.

Southampton Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Mario Lemina abdominal injury. Michael Obafemi hamstring injury.
  • Expected Back 30 March: Danny Ings hamstring injury

Tottenham Hotspur Team News

  • 25% Chance of Playing: Kieran Trippier muscle injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Dele Alli hamstring injury. Harry Winks groin Injury.

Prediction

Against Manchester United, Southampton showed now fear and they need to try and replicate that today.

Southampton 2  Tottenham Hotspur 1

 

Manchester City (1) vs Watford (8)

Watford are clear in 8th and contesting 7th place with Wolves. This is a potential FA Cup Final rehearsal and Watford need to prove themselves again after their recent 5-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Manchester City Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Claudio Bravo achilles injury. Kevin De Bruyne hamstring injury.
  • Expected Back 30 March: Fernandinho muscle injury.
  • 25% Chance of Playing: John Stones knock.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Aymeric LaPorte muscle injury

Watford Team News

Watford have no injuries or suspensions.

Prediction

Manchester City have struggled in their last two Premier League games winning 1-0 at home to West Ham and 1-0 away to Bournemouth. They enjoyed their usual possession but the goals didn’t flow. Watford should provide more of a challenge and City, without Fernandinho, could find their style hard to contain.

Manchester City 2  Watford 3

 

 

 

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