Paul Parker's Premier League picks - Manchester United to draw with Liverpool, Arsenal to lose
Paul Parker has cast his eye over this weekend's Premier League action and made his predictions for four of the games. He believes Manchester City will cruise at Crystal Palace, Chelsea will beat Fulham, Newcastle United will beat Arsenal, and Liverpool and Manchester United will play out a draw at Old Trafford.
Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (C) vies for the ball against Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes
Eurosport’s own Paul Parker has cast his eye over the upcoming Premier League fixtures once again and made his predictions for what should be another fascinating weekend of action in England’s top division.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City - Saturday, 12:30
With their involvement in the Champions League in the balance and the Premier League almost certainly sewn up, I think that Pep Guardiola will be a manager who can afford to rest his players. Sergio Aguero might be able to start as he will need to get some minutes in, and Raheem Sterling might be given the nod.
I’m looking at Manchester City to win, as Palace already have what they need to stay up. For most clubs at that point you’ll often see the rest of the season drop off, so I think it’s an easy City win.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City.
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Chelsea vs. Fulham - Saturday, 17:30
Fulham never seemed to win at Chelsea when I was with them, nor did QPR, and they’ve rarely done well at Stamford Bridge. I think their recent form has bursts, and a defeat here could be the one that resigns them mentally to another relegation. The fact of not taking opportunities up front, and giving silly goals away at the back. The damage was largely self-inflicted, and I think Chelsea will win without conceding, even if they bring Kurt Zouma back.
Newcastle’s recent form, I think, makes them favourite. The players seem to rouse themselves for games against the more famous sides in the league, and after their display against Spurs I think they will be expecting more from Steve Bruce’s side. They earned the right to perform after coming away with that result against Tottenham.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal
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Manchester United vs. Liverpool - Sunday, 16:30
People say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to rest his players against Liverpool because he has the second leg against Roma to worry about, but you can’t be sure that’s going to happen. Other people will argue - me included - that you have to build belief and confidence, and you can’t squander that advantage. On the other side, Liverpool need to win this game and try to rattle the cage of United. Even though Liverpool are struggling to score goals, I think it’s going to be a score draw.