EPL Weekend Picks – Week 35


With just a few games left in the Premier League campaign, things are starting to take shape and will continue to do so with this weekend’s round of matches. There is no Friday night fixture this week, but instead we have a big card of games on Saturday with three coming on Sunday and one on Monday evening, with games every day next week except for Thursday as matches in hand are played. Man City taking on Tottenham in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff looks to be the biggest game of the weekend, but there are plenty of games in store to keep us guessing. Bournemouth host relegated Fulham hoping to build on their impressive 5-0 win at Brighton last weekend, while Newcastle host Southampton in Saturday’s late game. Let’s go for a 4-3-3 here!

GK – Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)
Begovic has had a relatively poor season, with Bournemouth having struggled in parts of the campaign. They host Fulham this weekend, and while the Cottagers average just under one goal scored per game the Cherries will be confident after their big win in Brighton.

DF – Kyle Walker (Man City)
This weekend sees Walker going up against former employers Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium, and the England defender will need to be on his toes if he is to help keep Spurs at bay and allow City to hold on to their grasp of the Premier League title’s destiny.

DF – Kurt Zouma (Everton)
Everton were disappointing in losing to Fulham last weekend, but this weekend’s hosting of Man Utd could go one of two ways – it could prove a fantastic way to bounce back, or could shatter confidence further. Zouma will need to up his game and if he can, the Toffees can test Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

DF – Paul Dummett (Newcastle)
Newcastle have a tricky home game against Southampton in Saturday’s late kickoff, and with just two points separating the two (and Saints having a game in hand) Newcastle need a result here just to keep the end-of-season trouble at arm’s length.

DF – David Luiz (Chelsea)
Brazilian defender David Luiz will be hoping to help Chelsea secure the three points and keep a clean sheet in the process when they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

MF – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Tottenham’s trip to Man City early on Saturday will be one of the toughest games of their season of course, and they will need the likes of Eriksen on peak form if they want to keep hold of their place in the top four.

MF – Raheem Sterling (Man City)
Much like Eriksen, City will need Sterling to continue his (ahem) sterling workrate so far this season and help fire the Citizens closer to retaining the Premier League title by May.

MF – Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)
The Eagles are at Arsenal on Sunday and while that should prove to be a home win for the Gunners Palace are more than capable of springing a surprise or two, and there could be scope for Milivojevic to provide an assist or even get on the scoresheet himself.

ST – Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)
Deulofeu has gone through some lovely spells this season, and the trip to Huddersfield Town represents another chance for him to bag a couple of goals. Huddersfield have been struggling all season, and Deulofeu will want to exploit that as long as he can pass a late fitness test and feature.

ST – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah makes this list once again as Liverpool’s trip to Cardiff sees Salah clashing with defenders who have looked out of their depth for much of the season. Cardiff are still alive and kicking in the relegation scrap of course, but Liverpool have too much to lose to afford a slip up here.

ST – Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
Jimenez will be looking to add to his 58 points this season when Wolves take on Brighton at Molineux on Saturday. Brighton’s recent heavy loss at home against Bournemouth will be weighing heavily on their minds, and Jimenez could pounce.

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