Premier League Predictions

Southampton v Aston Villa

With just one point from their last four matches and only three wins from their last 10, Southampton's season is unravelling at an alarming rate. Despite their recent drop-off in form of late, a Europa League spot remains a distinct possibility for Ronald Koeman's team and after Saints were decimated in the transfer window 12 months ago, that in itself would be a massive achievement. Their opponents this week are one of the best teams of the division in recent weeks with three wins in four, so the form book suggests this might be a difficult one for the hosts. Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

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Burnley v Stoke

Burnley's relegation to the Championship has already been confirmed but the feeling around Turf Moor is one of satisfaction after Sean Dyche's side played some impressive football at times during the season. Stoke have already surpassed their highest total in the Premier League this season and remain on track for a top half finish. With both sides eager to impress, there may be plenty of goals in this one. Prediction: Burnley 2-2 Stoke

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QPR v Newcastle

A fixture between the two worst sides in the league in 2015. Newcastle brought an end to a run of eight consecutive defeats with a 1-1 draw against West Brom and will be hopeful of gaining at least another point at Loftus Road this time around. QPR face similar problems from defense to attack but in what is their last home match in the Premier League for a bit, Rangers may give their home fans something to shout about one last time. Prediction: QPR 1-1 Newcastle

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Sunderland v Leicester

Both sides seemed odds on for relegation a month ago but have shown remarkable resolve in recent weeks. Leicester have won six of their last seven matches while Sunderland have gained 10 points from their last five matches. Neither side are guaranteed their Premier League status for next season yet, so expect this one to be a feisty affair. The Black Cats arguably need points more than their opponents on Saturday, and with their vociferous home support behind them, they may get the win they so desperately need. Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Leicester

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Tottenham v Hull

After being right in the mix for a Champions League spot two months ago, Tottenham's recent run of results must have been particularly disappointing for Mauricip Pochettino – they have won four and lost four of their last 10 matches. After last week's defeat to Burnley, Hull are the favourites to join QPR and Dyche's side in the Championship next season, although a victory at White Hart Lane would set up an intriguing final day. Steve Bruce side is something of a conundrum – they are capable of playing rather well, as illustrated by their victory over Liverpool last month, but can also be rather terrible, as shown in their home loss to Arsenal a fortnight ago. Prediction: Tottenham 0-1 Hull

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West Ham v Everton

A top half finish and a possible Europa League spot via the Fair Play League beckons for the winner of this match. For Everton, it would be something of an achievement considering they were near the relegation zone at the half way stage of the season. How keen West Ham would be for the extra fixtures that comes with a Europa League campaign remains to be scene, but don't expect this one to be jam-packed with goal-mouth action. Prediction: 1-1

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Liverpool v Crystal Palace

In what will be Steven Gerrard's final home game as a Liverpool player, all the eyes will undoubtedly be on the Reds skipper. Brendan Rodgers' side will dearly love to send one of the club's greatest players away with a victory, and the feeling around Anfield suggests that the home crowd will be at their boisterous best. With nothing to play for this season any more, Crystal Palace have lost their last four matches and chances are it will be five in five come Saturday. Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace

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Swansea v Manchester City

The form of Garry Monk's side following the departure of star striker Wilfried Bony to their opponents on Sunday is nothing short of remarkable – they've won five of their last seven matches and are making a late run for Europa League qualification. For City, their four consecutive victories in the last month have seen them all but confirm second place, particularly after Swans beat Arsenal last time out. Recent form suggests this one will be quite a watchable affair, particular since both sides like to play a slick passing game. Prediction: Swansea 1-2 Man City

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Man United v Arsenal

For nearly two decades this was the biggest fixture on the Premier League fixture list and pitted the Premier League's two most successful clubs against each other for first and second place. While that is no longer the case with the rise of Chelsea and Man City, Man United taking on Arsenal – albeit for third and fourth place – remains a massive fixture. Prior to their defeat to Swansea on Monday, the Gunners won eight of their nine previous matches and having already won at Old Trafford in the FA Cup two months ago, the Gunners will be confident of a repeat result. The Red Devils need just a point to confirm their participation in next season's Champions League, so a draw here seems to suit both sides. Prediction: 1-1

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West Brom v Chelsea

With West Brom securing their survival against Newcastle last week and Chelsea already crowned the new Premier League champions, neither side have much to play for in this one. Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Chelsea

 

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