Weekend Preview and Predictions

@0riginalfooty takes a look at the weekend fixtures for the 32nd round of Premier League football.

Saturday

Swansea vs Everton (12:45)
Both sides were victorious in their last outings and there is very little riding on this game besides pride and the financial benefit of being placed slightly higher in the league. For that reason, the two teams can play with a freedom that is not afforded to other sides in more precarious positions and this should be an entertaining game that could easily go either way. I think both teams will be pleased with another point and a couple of goals.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Everton

Southampton vs Hull (15:00)
The Saint’s top-four challenge all but came to an end last weekend with defeat against Everton but they have enjoyed a terrific season and there is still the possibility of a Europa League place to show for it. Hull, meanwhile, are in serious danger of being relegated. They have a horrible run of fixtures and are relying on teams around them not picking up points. This is a game that Steve Bruce’s team could really do with getting something out of, but I just don’t see it.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Hull

Sunderland vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
The Black Cats are another team hanging perilously above the relegation places who also have a tough run of fixtures but they produced the goods last weekend with a win over their rivals Newcastle. Palace, on the other hand, are in fantastic form and beat Manchester City on Monday night. They will fear nobody and Alan Pardew will have no qualms about taking all three points off his former Toon rivals.
Prediction: Sunderland 0-1 Crystal Palace

Spurs vs Aston Villa (15:00)
Tottenham Hotspur endured another disappointing weekend and their Champions League challenge looks over for yet another season. Villa were involved in possibly the most chaotic game of the season against relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers that ended in a 3-3 draw. They will have been disappointed not to emerge with all three points but they looked far more menacing in attack and should provide a threat to Spurs’ backline. Villa boss Tim Sherwood returns to his former club to add a nice subplot to this tail but Tottenham should have too much for them.
Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Aston Villa

West Brom vs Leicester (15:00)
What has happened to West Brom? They were thumped 4-1 by a revived QPR at home in their last match and are by no means completely away from danger just yet. The Foxes got their much-needed win against a West Ham team that is already on their summer holidays and have given themselves a chance at survival, albeit a small chance. The Baggies dare not lose this one and it could be a classic Tony Pulis stalemate.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Leicester

West Ham vs Stoke (15:00)
The Hammers have nothing to play for now and it’s showing in their performances. Sam Allardyce looks set to leave the club and there is a sense of uncertainty around the club at the moment. Stoke are plodding along nicely and should finish in the top half of the table which would represent a good season. This is a bit of a nothing game in the grand scheme of things but I think Stoke are good value for the win.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Stoke

Burnley vs Arsenal (17:30)
The Clarets improved their survival prospects with a good draw against Spurs and there is a genuine possibility that they will stay up this season due to the difficulty of the fixtures their relegation rivals have to play. Arsenal are in great form and could easily finish second in the table and win the FA Cup this season, which would represent great progress for Arsene Wenger’s team. Burnley will be tough to break down but The Gunners have the quality to find a way through.
Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Arsenal

Sunday

QPR vs Chelsea (13:30)
The R’s enjoyed an excellent week, picking up four points on the road against relegation rivals. Chelsea continue to impress while their rivals falter and it’s just a matter of time before they win the league. Any result other than a Chelsea win could have a very significant bearing on the table at the end of the season but it’s hard to see them slipping up in this one.
Prediction: QPR 1-2 Chelsea

Man United vs Man City (16:00)
This is a massive game for both clubs but particularly for Manchester City. United have stolen a march in the race for finishing in the automatic Champions League group stage qualifying spots and lead their rivals by one point. City’s season has been in a constant decline and is showing no sign of improving but they have been very good against their rivals in recent times. This could easily go either way but it should be an entertaining match and hopefully with plenty of goals.
Prediction: Man United 2-2 Man City

Monday

Liverpool vs Newcastle (20:00)
In a weekend where every fixture looks rather uncertain, this stands alone as the banker. Liverpool may not be in their most petrifying form of the season but Newcastle have been so poor recently that it seems very unlikely they will make a good fist of making this a close-fought contest. This should be a comfortable win for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle

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