Salah can end Messi and Ronaldo dominance

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  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)


Mohamed Salah was deservedly named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year at a lavish ceremony in London last week.

That award may be the first of many on the European stage for the Egyptian, who must have a great chance of landing the Ballon d’Or to deprive Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi of the title for the first time in 11 years.

Salah is in pole position to be top goalscorer in the Premier League and is leading the way in the European Golden Boot awards.

With super Salah playing at the top of his game and a number of underrated players alongside him, it will also be no surprise if Egypt prove the surprise package of this summer’s World Cup. They may even have a chance of topping group A above hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.

11am kick-offs unless stated

Tomorrow

Liverpool v Stoke City, 8.30am

Liverpool are the only team in the Premier League yet to lose at home this season. Jurgen Klopp will presumably take the opportunity to rest a number of key players ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma, but his side should still have enough to edge past Stoke, who could be relegated this weekend if they fail to pick up any points and other results go against them. Prediction: 1-0

Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion

Barring a miraculous run of results, Burnley will qualify for next season’s Europa League, a remarkable achievement considering they have scored the fewest home goals in the league this season — just 15 in 16 matches. Brighton have all but secured their place in the Premier League next season and may hang on for a draw in a dull encounter. Prediction: 0-0

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Roy Hodgson will see this match as the perfect opportunity to secure his side’s Premier League status. Expect a fast start, an early goal from the home team and vociferous Selhurst Park support to get the Eagles over the line. Prediction: 2-1

Huddersfield Town v Everton

Huddersfield picked up a big win against Watford in their last match and will fancy their chances of taking a big step towards survival against a team who have won just once in their last eight away games under a negative Sam Allardyce. However, they may have to settle for a point Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle United v

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom’s relegation will be confirmed with defeat here. Rafa Benítez has done a superb job to avoid relegation with an average Newcastle team and can pick up another three points here. Prediction: 2-1

Southampton v AFC Bournemouth

A huge South Coast derby, which the home team must win if they are to keep their hopes of staying in the division alive. Mark Hughes will surely go on the offensive and his side can pick up their first win in the league for two months. Prediction: 2-0

Swansea City v Chelsea, 1.30pm

Swansea are in a poor run at just the wrong time of the season, having failed to register a win in their last five matches and may be unfortunate to come up against a team who seem to have found goalscoring form recently. Prediction: 0-2

Sunday

West Ham United v Manchester City, 10.15am

West Ham are not quite safe yet and have a tough final few games to negotiate. David Moyes will look to keep things tight but it’s not hard to envision Adrián, who will replace the ineligible Joe Hart in goal, picking the ball out of his net on a few occasions. Prediction: 0-3

Manchester United v Arsenal

The departing Arsène Wenger has won just two of 18 matches in all competitions against teams managed by José Mourinho. That statistic will not be improved upon as Wenger rests players ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg against Atlético Madrid. Prediction: 2-0

Monday

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford, 4pm

This Spurs team have gone another season without winning a trophy their talent deserves and manager Mauricio Pochettino’s eye may be wandering towards bigger clubs as he wonders if he has taken this side as far as he can. His team will surely steamroller Watford, who will inevitably make yet another managerial change in the summer. Prediction: 4-0

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Published Apr 27, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm)

Salah can end Messi and Ronaldo dominance

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