There are some big matches ahead this weekend, with the fixture list bringing us a top of the table clash between Manchester City and Chelsea and a relegation scrap between Southampton and West Brom that could define the final standings when the season draws to a close. Check out our weekend Premier League predictions!
Burnley vs Everton, away win
Both teams have been riddled with inconsistency in recent weeks, with Burnley recording three draws and no wins in their last five appearances and Everton having won two and lost two of their last five.
Burnley’s will be depending on their defence to deliver a result for them this weekend, with five of their top seven point scorers being either a defender or a goalkeeper, whilst Everton will be hoping Rooney (37 points) or Sigurdsson (20 points) can make the difference for them.
It will be tight, but the form guide suggests that the Toffees are the more likely of the two to edge it.
Leicester City vs AFC Bournemouth, home win
Both of these teams have had excellent seasons thus far this season, in spite of slow starts, and it is a credit to both Puel and Howe that their teams sit in eighth and tenth positions respectively.
Whilst the visitors come into the tie in marginally better form, the Foxes will know that Vardy and Mahrez, who have a combined 109 points and 21 goals, can cause huge issues for a defence that does like to take risks.
For that reason, we believe we could see a home win here.
Southampton vs Stoke City, draw
A game that could be critical come the final standings, the hosts will be calling upon the likes of Tadic and Ward-Prowse, 25 and 23 points each respectively, to be the difference makers whilst the Potters will know that the likes of Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting are always capable of making a difference.
Both sides have drawn three of their last five so it seems hard to argue that this will go a different way.
Swansea City vs West Ham United, home win
The Swans have undergone a renaissance under Carlos Carvalhal, who has inspired a run of form that has hauled them up to a position where they can realistically fight for safety from.
Whilst the Hammers have also been inspired by their new manager David Moyes, this could be a tough battle for them and their star performer Marco Arnautovic, who has seven goals and three assists in 18 appearances this campaign, will have to be at his dazzling best if they are to return from South Wales with points in hand.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town, home win
The hosts enter the tie in a real hot run of form, boasting three wins and two draws from their last five fixtures.
Kane, with 24 goals and 96 points will likely dominate the proceedings whilst the Terriers will be hoping that their Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, who has four goals four assists, can inspire an unlikely result.
Spurs form has been exceptional at Wembley, by and large and anything other than a home victory would represent a real shock.
Watford vs West Bromwich Albion, home win
Watford’s form under the tutorage of Javi Garcia has been patchy for the large part but they remain on course for a solid season, currently sitting 10th in the table.
The Hornets have largely shared the points across the squad over 2017/18, with Doucouré being the only real standout on 39 points and seven goals.
With the visiting Baggies having won just three games all campaign, a team in disarray and issues in the boardroom, it seems pretty inconceivable that the side rooted to the foot of the table will be leaving Vicarage Road with three points to their name.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United, home win
Liverpool are yet to lose a league game at Anfield this season and host a Newcastle United squad that have won just seven games all campaign.
Expect the likes of Mo Salah, 23 goals and 128 points, and Roberto Firmino, 13 goals and 85 points, to prove too much for the backline of the visitors.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal, away win
The Gunners will come into this tie off the back of a bruising couple of matches against a peerless Manchester City and could well be desperate to secure a result with both the players and manager under significant scrutiny.
The likes of Ramsey, 52 points, Ozil and Mkhitaryan, both on 38 points, will be critical for the visitors as they cling vaguely to the hope of a top four finish.
Arsenal’s away form has been less than impressive this season – something that will give the Seagulls hope – but there is a sense that they may still have too much fire power for their hosts to handle.
Manchester City vs Chelsea, home win
With home advantage and a front line led by Sergio Aguero who has secured 99 points thanks in the most part to his 21 goals scored this season, City will be raring to extend their excellent form this campaign.
Chelsea’s woeful form means that Manchester City are the clear favourites and another loss could spell serious trouble for their Champions League ambitions.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, away win
The United back line, led by the exploits of David de Gea who has 91 points from 15 clean sheets in 28 appearance, has conceded just 20 goals this campaign and will prove a formidable force Palace to take in – on site of them having lost two of their last three games.
The Eagles proved against Tottenham that they can give the big sides a game but expect a Man United win.
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