Weekend football predictions

West Ham v Crystal Palace – Saturday

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will still be livid with the manner in which his side threw away a victory at Spurs last week and will have gone out of his way to ensure they don't follow suit this time around. At times, Palace gave a good impression of themselves against Arsenal but ultimately the Upton Park outfit should have enough quality to get past their London rivals.
PREDICTION: West Ham 2-0 Crystal Palace

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Man United v Sunderland – Saturday

Louis van Gaal's side go into this match under some pressure after last week's shock loss to Swansea, but playing at home, against a side struggling to score goals to the extent Sunderland are, an easy three points are on the cards for the hosts. Nevertheless, United's play has slowed down significantly from the fast, attacking play in the Ferguson era and if the Wearsiders can get men behind the ball, they may be tough to break down for a side lacking in pace. That's a big if, though.
PREDICTION: Man United 3-0 Sunderland

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Stoke v Hull City – Saturday

After coming through a difficult period earlier in the season, Hull are on a decent run of form and will be a tough nut to crack for Mark Hughes's side. Whilst Stoke are no longer the physical side they were under Tony Pulis, they are well established in mid-table and won't give anything away without a fight on their own patch. Expect an evenly contested encounter although home advance may prove pivotal here.
PREDICTION: Stoke 1-0 Hull

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Burnley v Swansea – Saturday

Both sides achieved unexpected results last week – the Clarets drew at Stamford Bridge and Swansea beat Man United, as mentioned above – and will go into the match in a reasonably confident mood. Burnley might be just a little bit more motivated for the clash with Premier League survival still on the cards, while Swansea are already all but guaranteed a top-half finish.
PREDICTION: Burnley 2-1 Swansea

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Newcastle v Aston Villa – Saturday
A match-up of two sides not playing particularly well. The difference, though, is that Villa have recently appointed a new manager and may actually improve, while Newcastle's long-standing manager left for greener pastures. Villa are another side fighting for survival and Newcastle have absolutely nothing left to play for, which suggests an away win is on the cards.
PREDICTION: Newcastle 0-1 Aston Villa

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West Brom v Southampton – Saturday

The Baggies have become a tough nut to crack under Tony Pulis but in Southampton they face a side desperate for a victory to keep their Champions League and European ambitions alive. Last week's loss at home to Liverpool would have been a bitter pill to swallow for Ronald Koeman's side and everything points to a victory for Saints, even though they may not have it all their own way throughout.
PREDICTION: West Brom 1-2 Southampton

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Liverpool v Man City – Sunday

Both sides lost in Europe in midweek but are in fine form domestically. They are arguably the most attractive sides to watch going forward in the league but neither are particularly adept at defending. That suggests a goal-fest is on the cards, like the 3-2 Liverpool win in last year's fixture, but fatigue following their European adventures may come into play, particularly for Liverpool who will have two days less to prepare.
PREDICTION: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

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Arsenal v Everton – Sunday

The Gunners may have lost to Monaco on Wednesday night but remain one of the form sides domestically, particularly at home. Everton, on the other hand, have qualified for the last 16 in the Europa League following a 7-2 aggregate victory over Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday. The Toffees are the only British side remainin the competition but have struggled to replicate their form in the Premier League so far this season. A match between two sides who generally prefer to keep the ball on the deck, the hosts are big favourites to win this one.
PREDICTION: Arsenal 3-1 Everton

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Chelsea v Tottenham – Sunday 

Chelsea go into the match without their midfield general Nemanja Matic after his red card against Burnley, but still have a plethora of stars to choose from to start the Capital One Cup final. Spurs won the most recent encounter between the two teams – 5-3 at Stamford Bridge on New Years Day – and beat the Blues in the final of the same competition in 2008. Nevertheless, only the most ardent Tottenham fan would suggest they aren't underdogs this time around.
PREDICTION: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

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