The Barclay’s Premier League may be in its final stretch, but what an exciting final few games we have lined up for us! The top of the league is as close as ever, and with seven games remaining, the bottom three is still being decided. Who will win the league? Who will get relegated? Well, we here at The Game Bolt decided that Fifa 16 should tell us. As the whole world is caught up in the excitement of the Premier League, you will find every week our official predictions using Fifa 16, with who’ll score, red cards and penalties. If you’re really “smart” you could even use our predictions for betting purposes! (Side-effects may include a serious loss of money and street cred).
Without further ado, here are the predictions for Gameweek 32 of the Premier League according to Fifa 16:
Saturday, 2nd of April:
Will Aston Villa fans finally have something to cheer about? Their first game without Garde in charge will see them win an exciting game against the champions. Jordan Ayew’s going to have a field day, netting two goals, with Gil and Veretout notching in goals of their own for Villa. Chelsea’s three goals will largely go against the run of play, gifted to them by goalkeeping errors from Guzan – Fabregas, Pedro and Mikel the beneficiaries of Villa’s woeful defending.
Arsenal need all the help they can get if they want to win the league, as catching Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur is no easy task. Luckily, they will be let off the hook against a Watford side who will miss two glorious chances. Arsenal’s shaky defence is almost the death of them, however, gifting Deeney a penalty goal and allowing Capoue far too much room from a corner kick, scoring a towering header. Arsenal’s quality going forward will prove too much in the end, spearheaded by Ozil, Sanchez and Welbeck – all of whom get on the scoresheet, Sanchez scoring a penalty of his own.
Bournemouth are one of the surprise packages of the season, and they will continue to be a surprise, picking up a hard-earned point against Manchester City despite going down to ten men. Fernandinho will score twice for City, springing into life after Cook picks up a red card. Despite the red card, deserved goals from Surman and Gradel will ensure that Manchester City will once again fail to gain any ground on the teams above them.
West Ham are set to inflict more misery on a Crystal Palace side that is teetering dangerously close to the relegation zone. Despite the scoreline, this will be a torrid, dull affair with almost no quality on display until the 80th minute, where Emenike will score after some pressure from the Hammers. Zaha’s equaliser will not be enough for Palace, as Payet will prove to be West Ham’s talisman yet again with a last minute winner.
A relegation six-pointer, with Norwich edging a close, tense game full of crushing challenges and dominated by solid defence. Mitrovic will score for Newcastle, but a red card for Sissoko and the introduction of Naismith and Hoolahan (both of whom bag a goal) change the game in the favour of Norwich – just – piling more pressure on Newcastle.
Swansea once looked like they were heading for the drop, but this win at Stoke will all but secure their safety in the Premier League. Stoke will deservedly take the lead through a fantastic chipped finish from Arnautovich, but a red card early in the second half for Cameron will swing things the way of Swansea – Routledge and Ki Sung Yueng grabbing the goals. Stoke will feel hard done by, but they will rue missed chances in the first half.
Despite a quick start from Sunderland, the impressive Foster will save everything thrown at him within the first half, giving West Brom more impetus to improve in the second. Sunderland will hold firm, through an impressive performance by Kirchhoff in defensive midfield, but ultimately, a draw might not be enough for Sunderland to stay up.
With Spurs aiming to close Leicester’s five point lead at the top of the league, a win away at Anfield could act as a springboard for success, as Spurs usually don’t get much out of Liverpool. A tight, scrappy game will succumb to two pieces of individual quality from Eriksen and Dier. Liverpool will be left frustrated as, against a team without Lloris in goal, they might have got something.
Sunday, 3rd of April:
The high-flying Foxes will be stopped in their tracks somewhat against a stubborn Southampton side who will score on the break with Mané. Leicester’s usual suspects of Vardy, Mahrez and Kanté will falter, but Drinkwater will have an influential game after winning his first England cap, his goal will only stop Southampton winning a game they might have won however.
Everton will be left annoyed after a great opening 60 minutes away at Old Trafford, with Baines netting a penalty kick. After Martial scores, Manchester United will grow in confidence, almost netting a winner that would have seemed unlikely after Everton’s early dominance.
How the Premier League table would look if these predictions came true:
Toby Saunders is sometimes opinionated, and you’ll find him posting garbage about games, films and his beloved Spurs and Bath City FC on Twitter.