Premier League predictions

Leicester v Newcastle

The Foxes find themselves one point above the relegation zone having played one more match than 17th place Sunderland, but will fancy putting further daylight between themselves and the bottom three with a win over Newcastle, having won four of their last five matches. The Magpies are in the worst form of recent memory after losing each of their last seven matches and chances are it will be eight in eight come Saturday. Should results go against them this weekend, Newcastle can drop as low as 17 and in serious danger of going down. Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle

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Aston Villa v Everton

Despite their narrow defeat to Manchester City last time around, Aston Villa's resurgence under Tim Sherwood is undeniable and will pose a considerable threat to the visiting Toffees. Roberto Martinez's side seems to have finally turned the proverbial corner and are unbeaten in their last six Premier League fixtures, but there's every chance that run will come to an end at the FA Cup finalists who themselves can drop into the relegation zone with a defeat in this one. Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

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Liverpool v QPR

The proverbial wheels seem to have come off from the Reds' campaign in recent weeks and Tuesday defeat at Hull has brought an end to Liverpool's faint hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League. Irrespective of how poor they were against the Tigers in mid-week, Brendan Rodgers' side simply has too much class to be troubled at home by 19th-placed QPR, who seem destined to go down themselves this time around. Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 QPR

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Sunderland v Southampton

With just one victory in their last 10 – at home to Newcastle last month – the Black Cats are in desperate need of victory to move out of the bottom three. Southampton currently don't carry the same sort of threat as they did in the first half of the season, but Ronald Koeman's side remains difficult to beat, even though their goals seem to have dried up at St Mary’s. A victory over the Saints will constitute a shock, but the hosts should get something from this encounter. Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Southampton

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Swansea v Stoke

There is little to choose between these two sides that will both be satisfied with a top half finish. The Potters can actually go above their opponents on Saturday with a victory, but despite the absence of Bafetimbi Gomis from the Swansea side, such a result may just be out of reach for Mark Hughes' charges. Prediction: Swansea 1-1 Stoke

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West Ham v Burnley

Both sides have won just one of their last 10 matches and on current form there doesn't seem to be too much between them, but West Ham's home advantage and better pedigree will prove crucial here. Sean Dyche's side can't be faulted for effort this season but Burnley just don't score enough goals to stay up and their relegation will all but be confirmed with a defeat at Upton Park. Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Burnley

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Man Utd v West Brom

The Red Devils were thoroughly outclassed at Goodison Park last week but in all likelihood will prove far too strong for a West Brom outfit that seems destined to play Premier League football again next season. The Red Devils still have an outside chance of finishing as high as second and as such, Louis van Gaal's men will prove far too strong for a Baggies side that doesn't have too much to play for at this stage. Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 West Brom

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Chelsea v Crystal Palace

A victory for the hosts in this one will confirm Chelsea as Premier League champions and a result other than a comfortable home win will be something of an upset for the books, despite Palace's resurgence under Alan Pardew. Five wins in their last 10 means Palace are already confirmed as a Premier League team for next season and with a top half finish seemingly a bridge too far for the visitors, don't expect Pardew's men to be particularly motivated for this one. Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

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Tottenham v Man City

On paper this clash has the potential be a real high quality one, but since both sides have fallen short of their real ambition for the season, chances are this one will end up being a damp squib. The visitors will be eager to end the season on a high and finish in second place, but the same cannot be said for a Spurs side who’s best possible finish this season seems to be another fifth place. If the hosts are up for it they can pose some real questions of last season's winners, but the opposite is also true and seems the more likely outcome here. Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Man City

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Hull v Arsenal

The victory over Liverpool on Tuesday went some way in securing Hull's Premier League survival but Steve Bruce's charges will face a much more accomplished outfit in Arsenal on Monday night. The Gunners have been one of the form teams on the continent since the turn of the year and have every chance of finishing in second place, their highest finish in a decade. Hull are an organised team full of battlers, the sort of team Arsene Wenger's side has been prone to struggling against at times, but the visitors have too much momentum behind them this time around and should win comfortably. Prediction: Hull 1-3 Arsenal

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