Match week 23 is upon us, and with it comes a full schedule of six matches and hopefully a flood of goals. Here are my predictions for each of the games with the expected score-lines:
Match 1: Chelsea Vs Blackburn
Head to head: Chelsea enjoy a 12-2 lead over Blackburn in 20 league games played between the sides over the last 10 years.
Current form: In their last 10 games, this season, the Blues have won just 2, with 4 draws and 4 losses. Blackburn have won 5 of their last 10 games, while drawing one and losing the rest.
Last performance: Chelsea lost 1-0 to Wolves away at Molineux; Blackburn beat Liverpool 3-1 at home.
Predicted Result: Chelsea to win; Predicted Score: 2-0
Match 2: Man City Vs Wolves
Head to head: In 13 league games between the sides, Wolves have registered a 7-4 lead over Man City.
Current form: In their last 10 games, this season, Mancini’s men have won 6, while losing just once. Wolves have won 4 and lost 6 of their City have won 6 of their last 10 games, in the Premiership.
Last performance: Wolves beat Chelsea 1-0 at home; Man City drew 0-0 away at Arsenal.
Predicted Result: Man City to win; Predicted Score: 3-0
Match 3: Stoke Vs Bolton
Head to head: Bolton have won 3 of their last 5 games against Stoke while losing one and drawing the remaining.
Current form: Stoke have won 5, and lost 3 of their last 10 league games, while drawing the remaining 2. Bolton have won and lost 4 each of their last 10, while drawing the rest.
Last performance: Stoke lost 2-1 away to Manchester United; Bolton drew Wigan 1-1 at home.
Predicted Result: Stoke to win; Predicted Score: 2-1
Match 4: West Brom Vs Blackpool
Head to head: West Brom enjoy a 4-1 advantage over Blackpool in 5 league games played between the sides.
Current form: In their last 10 games, West Brom have won 2, while losing 7 and drawing the rest. Blackpool have won 4 of their last 10 games while drawing 3 and losing the remainder.
Last performance: Albion lost 3-0 away to Fulham, Blackpool lost 2-1 at home to Birmingham.
Predicted Result: Blackpool to win; Predicted Score: 2-0
Match 5: Wigan Vs Fulham
Head to head: In the last 11 league matches played between the sides, Fulham have established a 4-2 lead over Wigan.
Current form: Wigan have won 2 of their last 10 league games while losing 3 and drawing the rest. Fulham have lost 5 of their last 10, while drawing 3 and winning 2
Last performance: Wigan drew 1-1 away at Bolton; Fulham beat West Brom 3-0 at home.
Predicted Result: Draw; Predicted Score: 1-1
Match 6: West Ham Vs Arsenal
Head to head: Arsenal have had a dominant 11-4 lead in the last 20 league games between the squads.
Current form: In their last league games, West Ham have won 3, while drawing 3 and losing 4. Arsenal have won 6 of their last 10, while losing and drawing 2 each.
Last performance: West Ham lost 5-0 away at Newcastle; Arsenal drew 0-0 at home with Man City.
Predicted Result: Arsenal to win; Predicted Score: 2-0
Match 7: Birmingham Vs Aston Villa
Head to head: Villans have established a 6-4 lead over the Blues in the last 13 games between the sides.
Current form: Birmingham have won 3 of 10 games hosted while drawing 5 and losing the remaining 2. Aston Villa, entrenched in the relegation zone, in 18th position, have won just one of their 10 games on the road, while losing 7 and drawing 2.
Last performance: Birmingham won 2-1 away at Blackpool; Villa lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland.
Predicted Result: Birmingham to win; Predicted Score: 2-1
Source by Suresh Iyer