Kevin Doyle on Tottenham v Arsenal, Wolves v Everton and more
Tottenham v Arsenal, Sunday 16:30
I have been against Arsenal all season. I thought it would take until next season until Mikel Arteta made his mark but they have come out of lockdown with more confidence, a good style of play, and some good wins under their belt.
Spurs are the opposite. They’re always surrounded in controversy. They had a good win against Everton on Monday but then they drew 0-0 with Bournemouth on Thursday night.
I see Jose Mourinho was moaning again about referee decisions. There is always negativity coming from them and there is always an excuse as to why they didn’t win the game.
Some of their excuses are valid, some aren’t, but since being at Man United, Mourinho just comes out of every game moaning. It’s someone else’s fault and to me he’s like a broken record.
When he does have a legitimate excuse, you don’t listen anymore because you’re so sick of hearing it every other time. There’s a chip on his shoulder, he thinks the whole world is against him and it is affecting his ability to manage.
I know his odds on getting the sack shortened, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I think they will give him until next season at least.
He’s only there a short while so he needs time. He hasn’t got a chance to sign players yet. Plus, I don’t think they would have the money to sack him after he signed a big contract.
Strangely enough, there is much more positivity around Arsenal and there hasn’t been for a long time. I think a win here for Arsenal would be a great way for them to end the season and to really perk them up for next season.
Prediction: 2-0 Arsenal
Bournemouth v Leicester, Sunday 19:00
I think Bournemouth’s time is up and it’s time for a change there. They have under-performed for about 18 months. I can’t see them turning their relegation fate around.
I think the current bottom three will stay as is between now and the end of the season. I thought they might come out of lockdown with more fight and life but it hasn’t been the case.
I have said from day one of the restart that Leicester are the team under the most pressure to stay in the top four and will struggle.
I think at this stage it will be Man United and Chelsea taking the last two spots now. If they don’t win this though it’ll certainly spell the end of their Champions League hopes.
Overall Leicester have had a good season and should win this. Bournemouth have more to fight for but they have no confidence, so the football won’t be great.
If anyone is going to score goals, it’ll be Leicester and they will win this game. Jamie Vardy rediscovered his form last time out.
He just keeps going and you have to admire his longevity and his thirst for scoring goals. You keep thinking these fantastic few years he’s had will come to an end but he just keeps going.
Prediction: 3-1 Leicester
Wolves v Everton, Sunday 12:00
I think Wolves are an impressive outfit and I really like their manager, Nuno Espírito Santo. They are a club that spend a lot of money but don’t give off that aura.
They seem like a great team with young, hungry players. Their manager is so impressive in how he deals with things and how he has them playing.
Everton are very hot and cold and while I like their manager as well, I don’t think he’s had a chance to create the squad he wants.
Wolves have more to play for with a chance for the top four still alive so I fancy them to win this.
Prediction: Wolves win