@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 14th round of Premier League football. Last weekend we got six out of ten predictions right and one correct score. Will we do better this week?
Burnley vs Newcastle (19:45)
Burnley are on a three-match unbeaten streak and fought hard against Aston Villa to maintain that record. Newcastle’s wonderful run of form came to an end against West Ham at the weekend and they will look to get back to winning ways quickly. Burnley are proving a tough nut to crack at the moment and will hope to get another result here.
Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Newcastle
Leicester vs Liverpool (19:45)
Leicester have slipped to the bottom of the table after a thrilling defeat against relegation rivals QPR. Liverpool managed to end their poor run of form with a win against Stoke but they are still far from their fluent best. Leicester have put in their best performances against the bigger names in the league and they might just snatch a point here.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Leicester
Man United vs Stoke (19:45)
United are starting to look like a force against van Gaal and put in their best performance of the season to sweep Hull aside. Stoke, meanwhile, are sliding ominously back towards the bottom of the league and are not performing at the level that Mark Hughes will require. This should be a comfortable victory for the Red Devils
Prediction: Man United 4-0 Stoke
Swansea vs QPR (19:45)
Swansea were disappointed to drop points against Crystal Palace but they now face a QPR side who are looking more like a Premier League outfit. QPR battled to a 3-2 victory over relegation rivals Leicester and will hope to kick-on. This should be a closer encounter than many may expect but Swansea should still prevail.
Prediction: Swansea 2-1 QPR
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa (20:00)
Palace fought well to draw 1-1 with Swansea at the weekend and are starting to offer better performances under Neil Warnock. Villa, conversely, let another lead slip after dominating Burnley for the majority of the match and in the end were fortunate not to lose. Villa fans are growing increasingly impatient and a win is needed sooner rather than later. It seems unlikely to come here, though.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa
West Brom vs West Ham (20:00)
The Baggies are another team in free-fall and now hang perilously above the relegation zone. West Ham secured an excellent victory against the in-form Newcastle but I think a draw would be a decent away result for them here.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 West Ham
Arsenal vs Southampton (19:45)
The Gunners have enjoyed a good week so far and a win over Southampton would cap it off. The Saints suffered a loss to Manchester City and will hope to avoid defeat here in order to keep their six-point lead over Arsenal intact. The Gunners are catching Southampton at a good time and should get the win.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Southampton
Chelsea vs Spurs (19:45)
Chelsea were unable to break down a resilient Sunderland side and almost lost their unbeaten record. Spurs finally gave a strong performance at home and pulled themselves to within two points of Man United. Jose Mourinho’s teams always perform in the big games and it’s hard to see Pochettino’s men getting close to them.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Spurs
Everton vs Hull (19:45)
Everton didn’t match Spurs’ intensity for large periods of the game on Sunday but they have been handed a kind fixture against one of the poorest teams in the division at the moment. Steve Bruce’s Hull didn’t turn up against Man United and it’s hard to see them challenging The Toffees here.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Hull
Sunderland vs Man City (19:45)
Sunderland took a good point off Chelsea but still remain three points above the relegation zone. Man City’s season seems to have been turned around in this last week and Sergio Aguero is at his menacing best. The Black Cats will be tough to break down but City have the players to find a way through.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Man City