@0riginalfooty takes a look at the fixtures for the 15th 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?
Newcastle vs Chelsea (12:45)
Newcastle’s good run of form has come to an end but they are still a team that will cause problems for most other sides in the division. Chelsea, however, are not most sides. Mourinho’s men tore Spurs apart in midweek and have Diego Costa returning to the side. Newcastle will make it tough but Chelsea will come away with three points.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea
Hull vs West Brom (15:00)
Hull have been falling down the league for weeks and desperately need to stop the rot. They have been handed a kind home fixture against another side in free-fall. Both teams will be happy with a draw in this one.
Prediction: Hull 1-1 West Brom
Liverpool vs Sunderland (15:00)
Liverpool earned a good win against bottom side Leicester in midweek but Sunderland should prove a tougher test. The Black Cats were ultimately blown away by Man City but gave a good account of themselves early on. They may fancy their chances against The Reds but they will probably come up short.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland
QPR vs Burnley (15:00)
Both these teams have had drastic upturns in form recently and both will be desperate for a win. Burnley have made themselves very difficult to beat while QPR look strong at home. This should be a close and well-contested fixture but the home team will fancy their chances.
Prediction: QPR 2-1 Burnley
Stoke vs Arsenal (15:00)
Stoke are hanging precariously above the relegation zone considering their good position a few weeks ago and questions have been raised about the playing style Mark Hughes is trying to adopt. Arsenal haven’t been firing on all cylinders for most of the season but have produced some good results in the past week. Stoke will throw everything at this game but Arsenal should come out on top.
Prediction: Stoke 2-3 Arsenal
Spurs vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Spurs were taken apart against Chelsea but had shown improvement against Everton last week. Palace, meanwhile, had been on a great run of form and threw everything at Aston Villa in midweek but couldn’t get a result. Spurs need to keep their fans on side and will record victory here.
Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Crystal Palace
Man City vs Everton (17:30)
Sergio Aguero is in the form of his life and will really fancy his chances against this Everton defence. Roberto Martinez’s team are eight points worse off than this time last season and need to become better defensively quickly. City look too strong at the moment, however, and they should win comfortably.
Prediction: Man City 2-0 Everton
West Ham vs Swansea (13:30)
The Hammers secured an excellent midweek victory away against The Baggies and Sam Allardyce must has great depth in the attacking options in his squad. Swansea have been magnificent this season and Wilfried Bony is one of the top strikers in the league on current form. Both teams will go for victory but a draw will prove a fair result.
Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Swansea
Aston Villa vs Leicester
Villa finally stopped the rot with a hard-fought win against Palace on Tuesday and the return of Christian Benteke will be a huge relief to Paul Lambert. Leicester are struggling at the moment and seem to save their best performances for the top sides but they will need to perform well against their relegation rivals if they want to remain in the division. Villa are now unbeaten in four and should have enough to record back-to-back victories against the Foxes.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester
Southampton vs Man United
Southampton may have lost two on the spin but they were against Man City and Arsenal – it’s too early for them to panic. United seem to be approaching top form under van Gaal but are without creative forces Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney. This should be an open and entertaining game and Southampton will be pleased to end their losing run here.
Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Man United