After the last Gameweek’s huge amount of matches, Gameweek 35 might feel more empty with only seven matches being played thanks to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals. Despite this, there is still plenty to be played for, even in the last few weeks of the Barclay’s Premier League. We have the top two at it again, and the relegation battle is still going strong. So strap yourselves in for another week of the Premier League according to Fifa 16.
Last week, we managed to get two results bang-on, so our credentials at accurately predicting results are improving. But what about this Gameweek? Read on to find out. But first, we’ll have a look at the upcoming FA Cup Semi-Finals.
FA Cup Semi-Finals:
Saturday, 23rd April:
Barkley will score the only goal in a tight match, going through to the final of the FA Cup at United’s expense. Robles in goal for Everton will make a succession of easy saves, but Rashford and Rooney will not really get into the game for Manchester United – Everton will deserve the win and place in the final.
Predicted Result: Everton 1 – Manchester United 0. Actual Result: Everton 1 – Manchester United 2.
Sunday, 24th April:
Deeney will open the scoring for Watford, and largely dominate the match, but Crystal Palace will come back from behind through Delaney and win with a last-gasp strike from Bolasie. Palace won’t necessarily deserve the win, but hey, that’s the magic of the FA Cup.
Predicted Result: Crystal Palace 2 – Watford 1. Actual Result: Crystal Palace 2 – Watford 1.
Saturday, 23rd April:
Manchester City will strengthen their grip on a top-four finish in a quality match against Stoke. Aguero, Delph and Fernandinho will score for Manchester City, whilst Diouf and Wollscheid will get two back for Stoke. This will be exciting, and with plenty of sick tricks on display from both teams.
Predicted Result: Manchester City 3 – Stoke 2. Actual Result: Manchester City 4 – Stoke 0.
The relegated Aston Villa are now playing for pride, something for their fans to cheer about. Sorry to tell you, Villa fans, but there will be no pride to take from your match against Southampton. Villa will start incredibly slowly, and Pelle will pounce, scoring twice. Westwood will get sent off for Villa, but after that they will show a bit of bite – substitute Traore scoring a consolation goal late on.
Predicted Result: Aston Villa 1 – Southampton 2. Actual Result: Aston Villa 2 – Southampton 4.
Bournemouth’s fight for a top-half finish will not quite come together against Chelsea – despite being the better team for long periods of the match. Costa will power a shot in, and that goal will be the difference in a highly competitive game.
Predicted Result: Bournemouth 0 – Chelsea 1. Actual Result: Bournemouth 1 – Chelsea 4.
Liverpool’s rampant form will continue against a Newcastle team that’s starting to show signs of life. Milner, Sturridge and substitute Origi will score for Liverpool, and Townsend will grab one back entirely against the run of play. In fact, Liverpool will be so in charge here, that only three goals will seem too little.
Predicted Result: Liverpool 3 – Newcastle 1. Actual Result: Liverpool 2 – Newcastle 2.
Sunday, 24th April:
Sunderland, where did this result come from? A match to savour for Sunderland fans, as Defoe, Kirchoff and Borini will pile the pressure on Arsenal and Wenger. Arsenal will score twice themselves through Ozil and Sánchez, but Sunderland will walk away the victors.
Predicted Result: Sunderland 3 – Arsenal 2. Actual Result: Sunderland 0 – Arsenal 0.
Swansea will make the title race even closer, picking up an unlikely win away at Leicester. They will come behind after a Huth rocket through Paloschi and a Sigurdsson penalty. Leicester will miss a penalty, perhaps rueing that missed penalty come the end of the season.
Predicted Result: Leicester City 1 – Swansea City 2. Actual Result: Leicester City 4 – Swansea 0.
Monday, 25th April:
Spurs will continue their charge to the top with a convincing home win against a limp West Brom. Dembélé and Kane will score for Tottenham, after a huge amount of pressure. West Brom’s defence will be tough for Spurs to crack, but they will, and the scoreline will ultimately flatter West Brom. Eriksen will pick up an injury though, and whilst injured, will glitch just before scoring a goal.
Predicted Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – West Brom 0. Actual Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1 -West Brom 1.
The Premier League Table according to Fifa 16:
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