Another international break is behind us and that means the Premier League can return to action this weekend with just eight games to go, as things are starting to heat up at both ends of the table.
Arsenal take on Liverpool in the biggest game of the weekend on Saturday to kick what should be another thrilling week of entertainment.
Last time out, Zack Walford correctly predicted six results without a perfect score in a solid effort. Now it’s time for Louis East to try and call the scores of all ten games this week.
Saturday, April 4 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal vs. Liverpool (12:45)
Arsenal entertain Liverpool in a decisive clash at the top of the Premier League with both sides looking to solidify their top four claims. The Gunners are on a good run at the moment, having won six on the bounce and know a win in this one will put them into second place for at least two days before City play. Liverpool lost to United last time out and need to respond in a tricky fixture. With both sides needing the points, a draw could be on the cards
Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
Everton vs. SouthamptonEmbed from Getty Images
Everton entertain top four chasing Southampton in a game that will further reinforce the fact that the Toffees have underachieved this season. Everton should be in the position the Saints are in but have not been good enough. They have won two on the bounce now though and will prove tough to beat.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Southampton
Leicester City vs. West Ham UnitedEmbed from Getty Images
Time is running out for Leicester at the bottom of the Premier League. They need points and fast but it looks like they are doomed. West Ham had a great start to the season but have not been as good since the turn of the year and might struggle to beat a Foxes side that are desperate.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 West Ham
Manchester United vs. Aston VillaEmbed from Getty Images
United are flying at the moment and will be in fine spirits following that win at Anfield last time out. They return to Old Trafford this week against a Villa side that are still just three points above the relegation zone. Tim Sherwood has turned things around but defeat to Swansea two weeks ago reinforced the fact that they’re not safe yet.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa
Swansea City vs. Hull CityEmbed from Getty Images
Hull are also in a relegation dogfight and despite a great effort against Chelsea last time out, they are still just three points above the drop. Swansea have little to play for but will not want to be beaten in front of their own supporters so this one could be an entertaining one.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Hull
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park RangersEmbed from Getty Images
West Brom are a team that have really turned things around under Tony Pulis and despite losing two of their last three, their home form has been solid. QPR are in trouble and are four points adrift of safety with just eight games to go. Time is running out and a trip to the Hawthorns won’t make things any better.
Prediction: West Brom 2-0 QPR
Chelsea vs. Stoke City (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
The late game on Saturday sees league leaders Chelsea welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge in a game they will expect to win. Jose Mourinho’s side can go nine points clear at the top with victory and should be too strong for a Stoke side that has lost two in a row.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke
Sunday, April 5
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur (13:30)Embed from Getty Images
This is a key clash for teams at either end of the table. Spurs need a victory to keep up with the race for Champions League places while Burnley need points to try and escape the bottom three. The Clarets are only a point off safety and will want to replicate the performance that saw them beat Manchester City at Turf Moor in their last home game. Spurs have been inconsistent but good against the lower sides and should be too strong.
Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Tottenham
Sunderland vs. Newcastle (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
The Tyne-Wear derby takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon as Sunderland look to pick up what would be three huge points against their rivals. Dick Advocaat watched his new team lose at West Ham in his first game and he will hope his first home game will be a special one. The Magpies have been poor of late and don’t need this as much as the Black Cats.
Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle
Monday, April 6
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City (20:00)Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City could be nine points behind Chelsea by the time they kick off at Selhurst Park and that could psychologically affect them. They have lost their last two away games and Alan Pardew has made Palace a real force since taking over. The Eagles will be up for this and should take more points away from last year’s champions.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Manchester City
What do you think will happen in the Premier League during Gameweek 31?