Solskjaer forced to rotate his squad

May 11, 2021

Ten games down and five to go in this extended round of the English Premier League. There have been some upsets – Newcastle over Leicester and Chelsea beating Man City were tipped by 2% and 7% of the Superbru community – sprinkled with a couple of predictables.

Liverpool’s win over Southampton has been the most popular of those predicted, with 94% of the Superbru community getting the result right, while 84% correctly called Manchester United to beat Aston Villa. 

The round continues tonight with Man United back in action, this time against Leicester, who are now looking over their shoulders with regards to Champions League action next year. Chelsea continued their rise and moved above them with that upset over Man City at the weekend.

Man United 2 Leicester 2: A “cup final” feel to this for Leicester ahead of their FA Cup final on Saturday! Defeat to United will leave them in serious danger of missing out on the top 4 in the League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he might be resting players, but is he bluffing? Either way, I’m going for an entertaining draw. 

Southampton 1 Crystal Palace 1: Their reverse fixture was on the opening day and Palace won 1-0, but here this match has the feeling of a dead-rubber and both teams might also be looking at resting some players. If I were to go for a winner it would be Palace, but much will depend how motivated they are.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1: Both teams won at the weekend and Chelsea will have one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester, so Thomas Tuchel is going to be forced to rotate his squad. Ordinarily, given their run of form, one would expect Chelsea to win this one comfortably, but changes in their squad could work in Arsenal’s favour.

Aston Villa 2 Everton 1: These two met only on May 1st for the first time in the League this season and it was Villa who went to Goodison Park and came away 2-1 winners. Less than two weeks later they have the chance to do the double and given the closeness of the games, they might have the mental edge here.

Man United 1 Liverpool 2: Fatigue is sure to play a part for United, given they are playing two League games in 48 hours. Again, much depends on the team they sent out against Leicester in calling this game. If Ole put out his “A” team against Leicester then I’m sticking to Liverpool to win here, but if he did things the other way round then I’ll make this game a draw.

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