37th and penultimate round of English Premier League. In this post tips and reviews of Saturday matches.
SUNDERLAND - LEICESTER
Both teams were in troubles in the last month, but after collecting a good series of results they left relegation zone.
Sunderland is 3 points above Hull City, third to last in the league table, and has also 1 match more to play.
The problem is that the recovery match is against Arsenal and the last round is against Chelsea in Stamford Bridge and for these reasons Sunderland is forced to win against Leicester which is 3 points above Hull City, thanks to the 5 wins in the last 6 matches played.
This match will probably be poor of goals in the first half, where both teams will mainly think to avoid conceding goals, keeping an eye on what happens in White Hart Lane where Hull will face Tottenham.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon; Jones, Coates, Brown,
Van Aanholt; Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez; Wickham, Defoe, Graham.
LEICESTER: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Morgan, Huth; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Mahrez; Vardy, Ulloa.
QPR - NEWCASTLE
QPR is already sentenced to relegation.
Newcastle, instead, is motivated to avoid relegation, after 1 point collected in the previous 9 rounds of Premier League.
Newcastle showed awful performances in the last 2 months due to the change of coach and the several injuries occurred to their players.
Finally all their best players are back and considering the higher motivations, we expect the away win.
QPR: Green, Suk-Young, Caulker, Onuoha, Isla, Fer,
Barton, Henry, Phillips, Zamora, Austin.
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Gutiérrez, Dummett, Coloccini, Janmaat, Colback, Taylor, Cabella, Sissoko, Pérez.
2 (2.25, Sporting Bet)
TOTTENHAM - HULL CITY
Although the latest bad performances, Tottenham will surely play the next Europa League if they get 2 wins in the remaining 2 matches.
Tottenham is first in the OVER 2.5 table of Premier League (27 in 36 matches).
Hull needs points to stay in Premier League and for that we expect an open match where goals should not be missing.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Fazio, Dier,
Bentaleb, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane.
HULL CITY: Harper, McShane, Dawson, Chester, Brady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Aluko, N’Doye.
LIVERPOOL - CRYSTAL PALACE
The last appearance in Anfield Road for the captain Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool will be very motivated and there will be a particular atmosphere and hardly Crystal Palace will ruin it.
Away team has reached the safety zone and, as showed in the latest matches, they are already on holidays.
Liverpool has won 5 of the last 6 home matches and in 9 of the last 10 has scored at least 2 goals.
Gerrard, who signed for Los Angeles Galaxy, will give everything to score his 180th goal with the "reds" jersey.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Emre Can, Lovren, Skrtel,
Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souarè, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha, Murray.