Keys and Gray: EPL predictions - Week 27

Sport360 staff 08:56 27/02/2016
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Gunning for success: Arsenal.

BeIN Sports’ Richard Keys and Andy Gray take a look ahead to all the week’s Premier League games, giving their predictions for each of the coming fixtures.

Can you beat the experts?

Manchester United v Arsenal

Andy Gray: The Arsenal players will be aware of their poor record at Old Trafford but if it was me it would be a reason to go there and do well and I think that is exactly what will happen. 1-2.

Richard Keys: How many of this United team would get into the Arsenal team? Certainly none of the outfield players and I doubt that even David De Gea would make it with Petr Cech playing so well. De Gea is probably United’s best player at the moment and because of that I can’t see Arsenal scoring too many goals but they will come away with three points. 0-1.

Tottenham v Swansea

AG: Tottenham’s bandwagon keeps rolling with another great result in Europe and they are moving into a critical part of the season when the pressure will increase significantly on all fronts. This game shouldn’t a problem for them, particularly as it is at home. 2-0.

RK: Swansea have rallied a little and are good enough to beat the teams that are around them in the league, but Spurs aren’t one of them. 2-0.

Leicester v Norwich

AG: Twelve months ago this would have been a tough game for Leicester and although circumstances have changed dramatically I don’t expect them to blow Norwich away. I think they might struggle to get as many goals as they have been doing as teams are now more wary and respectful of them out but they will still have enough to win this. 1-0.

RK: I think defeat to Arsenal last time out will have riled Leicester with the sending off of Danny Simpson because the first of his two yellow cards was ridiculous and it probably stopped Claudio Ranieri’s side getting something from that game. I expect them to come storming back. 3-0.

Southampton v Chelsea

AG: Southampton are back playing well and Chelsea look more solid so this is a tough one to predict. I can’t separate these two. 1-1.

RK: Saints keeper Fraser Forster will concede a goal soon after six clean sheets and I think it will come here. Both teams are playing much better now and both will score. 2-2.

Stoke v Aston Villa

AG: My old club Villa are lurching from crisis to crisis – it’s a crying shame. They will make Stoke work hard but I can’t see them coming away with anything. 2-0.

RK: A horrible game on the face of it. Villa will be dogged because they are desperate for points and Stoke have faded a bit but Mark Hughes’ side will find a goal from somewhere. 1-0.

Watford v Bournemouth

AG: Both of these teams have done pretty well in the Premier League and if it wasn’t for Leicester we would be talking a lot more about what they have achieved. Watford have all but secured their place in the league while Bournemouth have a bit to do. 2-1.

RK: As Andy says, you can only admire what these two teams have achieved and in a way I would like to see this finish 1-1. However, home advantage will be decisive here. 2-1.

West Brom v Crystal Palace

AG: There is a lot of unrest at West Brom, particularly after that defeat to Reading in the FA Cup, and Palace are nowhere near as good as they were at the beginning of the season. 2-2.

RK: An interesting game with Tony Pulis going back to his old club at a time when things aren’t great at the Baggies. I can see these teams cancelling each other out. 1-1.

West Ham v Sunderland

AG: There is a lot of confidence about West Ham at the moment and I think they will be too strong for Sunderland. I hope Sam Allardyce gets a good welcome at his old club where he did a great job but he won’t come away with anything other than applause. 3-0.

RK: If Sunderland dig in they could come away with a point but Slaven Bilic is doing a good job at the Hammers and in Dimitri Payet he has a game changer. 2-1.

Liverpool v Man City – League Cup final

AG: If City play to their full potential, and I can’t believe there will be any player that doesn’t want to win a cup final, then they will be too good for Liverpool. 1-2.

RK: I had no problem with Manuel Pellegrini putting a team of kids out against Chelsea in the FA Cup. It was fully justified and paid off in Kiev with a great performance in the Champions League. They should come into this final full of confidence and Liverpool won’t be able to cope. 0-2.

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