There’s plenty of football to come before the weekend programme begins, with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday packed full of exciting fixtures. We’ve taken a look at the games in store and given our thoughts on what could happen.
Wednesday Night Football
There are four fixtures in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, and for us, the results are clear cut. Arsenal faces a Norwich side who are all but down, and as bad as the Gunners can be; they will send the Canaries flying home empty-handed. Bournemouth, another struggling team, take on Newcastle who are doing okay. Steve Bruce’s men won’t lose, and we can’t see the Cherries winning either.
More EPL Action
Everton play host to Leicester, in what will be the closest run fixture of the evening. We think they’ll cancel each other out. The final game of the night takes place at the London Stadium. West Ham is a team in trouble, and visitors Chelsea will add to their woes.
Thursday Night Football
There are two more fixtures in the Premier League on Thursday, and they promise excitement and thrills at every turn. Sheffield United host Spurs at Bramall Lane to kick off the action. In the league, Chris Wilder’s side have been out of sorts. And although they lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup last time out, they looked more like their former selves. Spurs will provide a tough test in all areas of the pitch. But nothing is stopping the Blades grabbing a share of the spoils.
Manchester City VS Liverpool
Man City vs Liverpool is undoubtedly the game of the day, with the former champions hosting the team who stole their title away. City will give Liverpool a guard of honour. However, they’ll be out to gain revenge, by attempting to inflict only a second defeat of the season on their rivals. Jurgen Klopp and his team may have been celebrating their achievements, but we think they’ll come away with a point at least from the Etihad.
Friday Night Football
There is no Premier League action on Friday, but there are several significant games in the football league. In the Championship, Charlton, who have taken seven points from nine, face London rivals Millwall who are out of sorts. Credit to Lee Bowyer and his team for rising to the challenge in their battle against relegation. And, we don’t think they’ll be on the wrong side of the result Friday, as they have the fight and desire to beat most teams right now.
Also on Friday, we see the League One Playoff semi-finals begin. Portsmouth host Oxford United at teatime, in a game we expect them to win. And then Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town face off against Wycombe. It’s a game which could go either way, but we fancy Wycombe to pinch an advantage to take into the home leg. However, as we saw with the League Two playoffs, anything can happen in the return fixtures.