Manchester City reclaimed their position at the top of the division after beating West Ham United in one of their games in hand on Wednesday. Erling Haaland scored again which broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a single season. City still has five matches to play so the Norwegian has time to take his tally to an even more impressive number.
It is not all about goalscoring records of course as Pep Guardiola‘s side still has a title to win. If they win this weekend then they will stay above Arsenal and still have a game in hand. They face a Leeds United side who are battling relegation, so it should be a straightforward home victory for City.
This match will be Leeds’ first with new manager Sam Allardyce in charge. Allardyce is a survival specialist who has kept Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton in the division. However, in his last job at West Bromwich Albion, he was relegated from the Premier League for the first time.
Allardyce said when taking the job that he was on the same level as Guardiola. This a comment that might come back to haunt him sooner than expected if they suffer defeat at the Etihad this weekend. Allardyce is at least showing confidence which the Leeds players have lacked recently. They will be hoping for a new manager bounce but a victory against City would be a miracle.
Score prediction: Man City 3-0 Leeds United
Newcastle vs Arsenal, Sunday May 7, kick-off 16:30
Arsenal’s win over Chelsea this week was their first victory in four games. However, they will do well to make it back-to-back victories with a difficult fixture against Newcastle this weekend. Mikel Arteta‘s side will need to win all their remaining games and hope that Man City slip up if they are to have any hope of winning the title this year.
Martin Odegaard scored twice against the Blues and he now has 14 goals and eight assists this season. The Arsenal captain has been one of their best players. They will need his leadership for the remainder of this season, with the likely scenario that the Gunners will miss out on winning the league this year.
Newcastle are 3rd in the league and will be looking to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Being in European football’s premier competition will only help strengthen Eddie Howe‘s already very dangerous side. Missing out on silverware this season by losing to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final was a disappointment but they still have a chance to finish this season on a high by finishing in the top four.
Since they were defeated by Aston Villa, Newcastle have won their last three games and scored 13 goals. Callum Wilson has scored five of them which has taken his tally for the season up to 15. Arsenal need to be wary of this free-scoring Newcastle side this weekend.
Score prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Newcastle
West Ham vs Man United, Sunday, May 7, kick-off 19:00
Manchester United lost 1-0 to Brighton this week which was not a good result as Eric ten Hag‘s side looks to secure their place in the Champions League for next season. United beat the Seagulls on penalties in the semi-finals of the FA Cup but Roberto De Zerbi‘s side got their revenge when Alexis Mac Allister converted his spot-kick to keep his side’s dreams of European qualification alive.
The Red Devils need to regroup fast to make sure that they finish in the top four. They are still 4th but Liverpool is just four points behind them so ten Hag’s team cannot afford any more slip-ups. United face a West Ham United side this weekend who are not safe from relegation yet.
West Ham lost 3-0 to Manchester City this week but their performances of late have been much improved. Since David Moyes‘ side drew with Arsenal, they have beaten Bournemouth, were unlucky not to get a point against Liverpool and were edged out 4-3 by Crystal Palace last week. Their latest result at the Etihad was not great but they did manage to keep it goalless in the first half.
The Hammers also have the first leg of their Europa Conference League tie with AZ Alkmaar next week. Moyes will have an eye on that fixture but they also need to make sure they get the points needed to stay in the Premier League.
Score prediction: West Ham 0-2 Man United
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