Premier League mid-week predictions

Aston Villa v West Brom – Tuesday

Villa are still winless in the Premier League under new boss Tim Sherwood and go into the match against the Baggies in particularly wretched form. The Birmingam side have lost their last seven matches and have only two points to show for the last 10 matches – their last win being the 2-1 victory over Leicester. The Baggies go to Villa Park high on confidence after beating Southampton on Saturday and will in all likelihood prove too tough a nut to crack for the toothless Villans.
PREDICTION: Aston Villa 0-1 WBA
 

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Hull v Sunderland – Tuesday

There is very little to choose between these two sides with just one point separating Hull in 15th and Sunderland in 16th. Both sides lost at the weekend – to Stoke and Manchester United respectively – but Hull are arguably in the better form having won back-to-back matches prior to Saturday's loss at the Britannia Stadium. Sunderland seem to struggle to score goals away from home, which suggests a narrow Hull win in this one.
PREDICTION: Hull 1-0 Sunderland
 

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Southampton v Crystal Palace – Tuesday

After making a remarkable start to the season, Ronald Koeman has seen his side's season threaten to unravel in the final stages, having won just once in their last five. Palace are in indifferent form but will be buoyed by their surprise 3-1 victory at Upton Park at the weekend. If Southampton are going to continue pushing for a place in a European competition these are the kinds of matches they should be winning and despite their blip in form, they should do just that.
PREDICTION: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

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Man City v Leicester  – Wednesday
Following Sunday's defeat at Anfield, which leaves them five points behind leaders Chelsea having played a match more, City's Premier League title defense seems to be in tatters. Standing in their way on Wednesday is the side currently bottom of the table with only one win this year. Whilst Liverpool were able to press the Citizens into mistakes with their high-tempo game, Leicester are unlikely to be able to do the same and could be in for a pasting against Manuel Pellegrini's wounded warriors.
PREDICTION: Man City 4-0 Leicester

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Newcastle v Man United – Wednesday
Having all but secured their Premier League survival already, Newcastle are unlikely to put up much of a fight against a Manchester United side desperate for points to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
PREDICTION: Newcastle 0-2 Man United

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QPR v Arsenal – Wednesday

Rangers spent most of the season at the foot of the table but after beating Sunderland a fortnight ago, find themselves in 17th place ahead of Burnley and Aston Villa on goal difference. In Arsenal, they face one of the form teams in the league – Arsene Wenger's side have won eight of their last 10 matches – and the Gunners' quality in attacking positions should be far too much for their London rivals.
PREDICTION: QPR 1-3 Arsenal

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Stoke v Everton – Wednesday

Stoke are on a tidy run of form, with six wins and two draws in their last 10 games, and find themselves with a decent chance of finishing in the top half – an achievement in itself considering the stature of the club. With just one win in their last 10 matches, Everton could well be dragged into the relegation battle. Nevertheless, expect them to come out fighting on Wednesday night and leave Stoke-on-Trent with a point.
PREDICTION: Stoke 0-0 Everton

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Tottenham v Swansea – Wednesday

Even though they lost in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, this has been something of a watershed season for Spurs. Under Mauricio Pochettino this season, work-rate and drive has been added to a side often judged as a bit of a soft touch. Swansea themselves are playing reasonably well in the post-Wilfried Bony era after scoring back-to-back victories over Man United and Burnley respectively. A potentially mouthwatering fixture, although home advantage could prove pivotal for the Londoners.
PREDICTION: Tottenham 2-1 Swansea

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West Ham v Chelsea – Wednesday

The Hammers were largely rubbish against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it's hard to imagine that Sam Allardyce hasn't called for a response from his players. It would have to be quite a response if they are to surprise a high-flying Chelsea side who have just won the first trophy of Jose Mourinho's second era in charge at Stamford Bridge.
PREDICTION: West Ham 1-2 Chelsea

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Liverpool v Burnley – Wednesday

So impressive were Liverpool against Man City on Sunday that anything other than a convincing victory over Burnley would be something of a shock. Over-confidence is arguably Liverpool's biggest concern against a side that have only one away win to their name all season.
PREDICTION: Liverpool 3-0 Burnley.

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