Premier League Predictions: Week Six – Man City to continue goal rush, Spurs travel to West Ham for London Derby

Premier League Predictions: Week Six – Another action-packed weekend of Premier League football is upon us. West Ham take on Tottenham in what should be an entertaining London Derby to kick things off. A whole host of fixtures on Saturday should provide plenty of goals. Man City welcome struggling Crystal Palace, while Man Utd travel to Southampton. Leicester then face Liverpool in the Saturday evening fixture, just a few days after their Carabao Cup win over the Reds.

There’s just one game on Sunday as the battle of the promoted sides takes place, Brighton welcome Newcastle. Monday evening sees the last instalment of week six’s action, as Arsenal host West Brom. We’re looking forward to seeing it all unfold so read on for our Premier League predictions: Week six should produce goals.

West Ham 1-3 Tottenham

West Ham are unbeaten in three in all competitions. They should be in good spirits having scored three to advance in the EFL Cup in midweek. Last weekend was a frustrating one for them, however a point away at West Brom is still a solid result. Spurs are still yet to pick up a win at Wembley in the Premier League. They should be taking three points in this fixture. If Harry Kane & Co. hit the ground running it could be a long game for the West Ham faithful.

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Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

It comes as a surprise to see these two sides enter week six in the bottom three, but poor starts have left both with work to do. Bournemouth finally got their season up and running with a win over Brighton last time out. But Everton were hammered 4-0 at Man Utd. Both picked up home wins in the Carabao Cup during the week and will be looking to build now. The Toffees will be glad to come into a game as favourites but need to make sure they don’t underestimate the Cherries.

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Southampton 1-4 Man Utd 

The Saints, like just about every other Premier League club, will be bracing themselves for the ominous visit of Jose Mourinho’s side. Man Utd are in free scoring form and they have looked unstoppable at times already this season. However, Southampton have to have looked at how Stoke performed against The Red Devils and feel they can get a result this weekend. Expect goals.

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Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Stoke have proven that they are set to be a real force at home once again this season from what we’ve seen so far. They beat Arsenal, then drew with Man Utd in their two home league games so far. Chelsea are next in store and will be hoping to continue their impressive form. The Blues haven’t lost since opening weekend but were frustrated by Arsenal last Sunday. An early Chelsea goal would force Stoke to come out, which won’t suit them. If anyone is going to edge it, it’s probably going to be the visitors.

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Burnley 1-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield travel to Burnley on Saturday afternoon having picked up a respectable point against The Foxes last time out. Burnley frustrated Liverpool last weekend and will feel they have a great chance of making it four points from two games with a win here. Given both of these sides have not been freely scoring so far this season, 1-1 looks a likely result.

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Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Things couldn’t be going much worse for Crystal Palace. We’re only six weeks into the season and they’ve yet to win a game. They’ve yet to score a league goal. And they’ve already changed their manager. By contrast, City are scoring goals for fun. They’ve bagged 11 in their last two league outings and will look to put Palace to the sword here. It’s difficult to see anything other than a City win in what has to be the banker of the weekend.

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Swansea 2-2 Watford

Swansea will be feeling buoyant after they came away from Wembley with a point against Spurs last weekend. The Swans are sitting 14th but should be aiming to break into the top half sooner rather than later. Watford were hit for six last time out at home against Man City. A pretty sorry performance but they, like others have already experienced this season, were simply outclassed by City. Don’t expect them to be thumped two weeks on the spin.

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Leicester 2-2 Liverpool

Leicester proved they can still compete with the league’s top sides as they knocked the Reds out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Liverpool created the majority of the chances but were punished on the break by a positive Leicester team. Both will make changes here but the Reds remain without Sadio Mane. They simply don’t look the same without him and so we see the Foxes frustrating Jurgen Klopp’s men once again here.

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Brighton 1-3 Newcastle

Sunday’s standalone fixture is a battle from two promoted sides. Both have been giving a good account of themselves however it is Newcastle who have the points to show for it. Brighton come into this one having lost back-to-back games against Bournemouth, the latter eliminating them from the EFL Cup. Newcastle won again last weekend and are in the top four. They will be hoping to make it four wins in a row here, don’t be surprised to see them do so.

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Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

Arsenal have been impressive through the first three weeks of September after a terrible start to the season. Arsene Wenger’s men have won all four of their home games this term in all competitions and should be too strong for the Baggies on Monday. Tony Pulis will set his side up to frustrate the hosts, but ultimately Arsenal have too many attacking threats that can cause problems. West Brom haven’t won in four in all competitions so now is a good time for Arsenal to be playing them.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 5 – Spurs to get Wembley win, Chelsea to pile misery on Arsenal

Premier League Predictions: Week 5 – The fifth weekend of action is set to be a good one. It might be early in the season but some real six-pointers are set to be played out over the weekend. All the action begins on Friday night as Bournemouth – who are still looking for their first points of the season – host Brighton.

Then Crystal Palace start life under Roy Hodgson at home to Southampton in the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday. The Eagles are desperate for points after a dreadful start to the campaign. Spurs will hope to finally get their first Premier League win at Wembley when they face Swansea in the evening fixture. Tottenham have impressed on the road but have dropped five points in two games at Wembley already.

Then all eyes will be on Sunday’s mouth-watering double-header. Chelsea host Arsenal in what should be another thrilling game, before Manchester United welcome Everton to Goodison Park.

Read on below for all this weekend’s Premier League predictions: Week 5 should be a good one…

Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton

The home side are yet to pick up a point so far this season. That said, they have had some difficult fixtures to contend with. Eddie Howe’s side have no reason to panic, but they do need to get off the mark sooner rather than later to avoid a losing streak dragging on. Brighton have given a good account of themselves in their opening four games. Their four points sees them sitting mid-table and they will feel they have a good chance of getting a positive result this weekend.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Roy Hodgson makes his Premier League return on Saturday as he takes charge of his first game since being appointed Crystal Palace manager. Frank De Boer’s reign lasted just 77 days, as the Eagles have failed to score a goal – let alone pick up any points – so far. They look to be in trouble and although Hodgson will steady the ship, they are unlikely to spark into life this soon. Southampton have been underwhelming themselves and have failed to score in three of their four games. All signs point to a dull draw.

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Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester

Huddersfield’s unbeaten start came to an end on Monday evening and now they face the tough challenge of bouncing back. The Premier League can be cruel to newly promoted sides, but a good opening three games for Huddersfield has silenced many of their doubters. Leicester City were unlucky not to pick up a point against the champions last weekend and they’ll be expecting to get at least a point here.

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Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Burnley have already stunned Chelsea and Spurs in their two away games so far. They will arrive at Anfield looking to take points off Liverpool here too. They are set up to frustrate teams and will make it hard for the Reds to get in behind. Jurgen Klopp’s men have the added problem of being without Sadio Mane. It is unclear whether Philippe Coutinho will be brought back into the side at this stage, though Liverpool should still find enough to edge this one, with or without the Brazilian. Wednesday’s draw with Sevilla was disappointing but the Reds should be able to narrowly get past a Burnley side that will miss Tom Heaton.

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Newcastle 2-2 Stoke

The Toon Army have had a lift with back-to-back wins and now they need to capitalise on their recent form. They’ve not conceded in their last two but Stoke are going to cause any side problems defensively this season. The mood around St James Park will be as buoyant as ever ahead of this one. Stoke’s dramatic comeback against Man Utd along with their win over Arsenal shows they’re not to be reckoned with. Score draw.

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Watford 1-3 Man City

Watford have impressed under new boss Marco Silva so far this season. They sit fourth coming into the weekend, just two points behind joint-leaders Man City. They showed great spirit to earn a 3-3 home draw with Liverpool on the opening weekend and will be hoping for a similar result here. However, City look like they’re starting to find their feet. They annihilated a ten-man Liverpool team last weekend and have an incredible array of attacking options to choose from. Watford will try and make it difficult, though the visitors should prove too strong.

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West Brom 1-1 West Ham

West Brom have surprised many with their positive and attacking start to the new campaign. They’re sitting 9th having lost just one of their four games but anything other than a win will more than likely see them drop into the bottom half. West Ham have finally got off the mark and they must now climb the table. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either side but it’s one that doesn’t do a lot for them.

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Spurs 3-0 Swansea

If Spurs weren’t at Wembley this season, there’s a good chance they’d be coming into this game at the top of the table. They have won away at Newcastle and Everton without conceding a goal. But they’ve dropped five points in two games at Wembley against Chelsea and Burnley. Mauricio Pochettino is adamant Wembley isn’t to blame for their stuttering start to the campaign. And their impressive showing against Dortmund did show they can play there. But the longer they go without winning at home in the league, the more of a problem it will be. Swansea don’t look set to upset the hosts here though. They have only scored two goals this season and lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle last weekend. Spurs should prove too strong here.

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Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

The Champions have silenced any talk of a repeat of their dismal title defence of just one year ago. They have won three on the spin in the league and have found their goalscoring touch. Arsenal’s problems have been well documented, however they do have a habit of picking up a result to get them going again when things have been tough. A win at the Bridge would be a huge result for Arsene Wenger & co, but Antonio Conte will have his side as well-drilled as ever. Expect a narrow victory for Chelsea.

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Man Utd 3-0 Everton

Everton couldn’t have been handed a tougher start to the season. They’ve already faced Man City, Chelsea and Spurs and now have a trip to Old Trafford to deal with. Add on the fact that Man Utd will have had two extra days to prepare for the game, and it’s difficult to see anything other than a home win. Jose Mourinho’s men have looked solid. They will have been disappointed with the 2-2 draw at Stoke last week, but they have the players to bounce back here. Everton struggled badly against Spurs and look set for another long afternoon on Sunday.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 3 – Liverpool and Arsenal to produce goals, while Spurs can finally end Wembley hoodoo

Premier League Predictions: Week 3 – The third weekend of action is upon us. The 2017/18 Premier League campaign is off to a flyer, with only three sides able to pick up maximum points through the opening two games. Manchester United are the early pace-setters but Huddersfield and West Brom have also won both games, without conceding a single goal.

The season’s first international break will come into effect after this weekend’s matches, so it’s important for teams to try and head into the break off the back of a positive result. There is also the small matter of transfer deadline day looming. Results this weekend could yet decide which clubs are forced to dip into the market before the window slams shut next Thursday.

The standout fixture this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool welcome Arsenal in what should be a great contest. That is one of four games on Sunday, with six taking place on Saturday. Bournemouth and Manchester City get the weekend up and running on Saturday lunchtime.

Read on for predicted scores in all ten of Week 3’s Premier League fixtures below…

Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City

Many expected Manchester City to come out firing this season. Their 2-0 win at Brighton was comfortable. But their home opener against Everton was anything but. Pep Guardiola’s team looking stronger on paper, but must ensure they put games to bed, considering the number of chances they create. Bournemouth have started the campaign with back-to-back defeats. They have yet to score a Premier League goal and you’d expect Jermain Defoe to come into the starting lineup on Saturday. Regardless of if he does, City should bounce back with a win here.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea

Crystal Palace haven’t started the season well. They have lost both of their opening games and are sitting 19th. They did however put in a strong performance last weekend, narrowly losing to Liverpool. Swansea are another side looking for their first win of the new season. They have one point on the board, but come into this one having suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United. Low-scoring draw looks likely.

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Huddersfield 2-1 Southampton

Huddersfield have surprised everyone with the way they’ve started life in the Premier League. They’ve won both games without conceding a goal and look comfortable in the top flight. Southampton will arguably give them their toughest test yet, but there’s no reason why the Terriers can’t stay unbeaten heading into the international break. Southampton have looked far from convincing under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. A 0-0 draw at Swansea was followed by a nervous 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham last week. A 2-0 home loss to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night proved their vulnerabilities. Huddersfield could well make it three wins from three…

Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

The Toon Army have returned to the Premier League in unfavourable form. They have lost their first two and the problems for Rafa Benitez’s side are there for all to see. West Ham prop up the table having conceded a league-high seven goals. We expect both sides to pick up their first points of the season here and given that neither look capable of defending at this stage, expect goals.

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Watford 2-1 Brighton

Brighton have struggled in their opening two games, losing both matches 2-0 to Manchester City and Leicester. The trip to Watford offers them their best chance of picking up their first points of the campaign. However, the Hornets look good under new manager Marco Silva. They played Bournemouth off the park last Saturday. If they can play like that here, Brighton are unlikely to get up and running.

Manchester United 4-0 Leicester

It may look a bold prediction on paper, but why not? Manchester United have been in free goal-scoring form in their opening two. Jose Mourinho’s side look incredibly ruthless and morale is high in the camp. Leicester City have started brightly, but Old Trafford is going to be a fortress this season and United may well steamroll for their third 4-0 win in a row.

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Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Chelsea bounced back from their opening weekend loss to Burnley in impressive fashion. They defended well against Spurs and took their two chances well. It’s hard to know which Chelsea will turn up on Sunday, but Everton will be no pushovers. They impressed in their 1-1 draw at Man City on Monday. Ronald Koeman’s men look like a strong unit and will be desperate to break into the top six this season. A strong showing at the reigning champions would reaffirm those hopes.

West Brom 2-0 Stoke

West Brom are early season high-flyers. They have won both their games 1-0 and are one of only three who have not conceded. Stoke picked up a classy win over Arsenal last weekend but know this is going to be a tough game against a side brimming with confidence. We expect West Brom to continue their good run of form and remain difficult to breakdown at the back.

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Tottenham 2-0 Burnley

Tottenham’s Wembley woes continued with that 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend. Although Mauricio Pochettino was quick to dismiss claims the stadium is the problem. Spurs played well but must take their chances to prove that they can handle playing at their temporary home. Burnley have already enjoyed a trip to London this season. They stunned Chelsea on opening weekend but proved their vulnerable as they fell 1-0 to West Brom last week. This could be closer than many expect but ultimately Spurs should prevail.

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

The standout fixture of the weekend. Liverpool come into it having overcome Crystal Palace. They remain unbeaten but have conceded three in two. Arsenal have looked troubled in defence. While they have picked up three points they have shown similar weaknesses that Arsene Wenger desperately needs to address before the window closes. Expect goals in an entertaining game from two sides who need to improve.

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Matic to Man Utd: Should Chelsea be selling him?

Matic to Man Utd: The Serbian midfielder is close to a reunion with Jose Mourinho, but are Chelsea making the right decision to sell him to Premier League title rivals?

Matic to Man Utd: Pro’s for Chelsea

The reported fee for Matic to Man Utd is £40m. A similar amount to what Chelsea have paid for Tiemoue Bakayoko, meaning the Blues would break even in terms of transfer spend.

Antonio Conte is stamping his mark on his squad for the new season. He is signing the players he wants and allowing those he doesn’t want to leave the club. So if he is able to do so while balancing the books, he’ll be even happier.

Matic to Man Utd: Con’s for Chelsea

Chelsea are losing an established midfielder. At 28 Matic is in his prime with plenty still to offer. He’s also won two Premier League titles with Chelsea over the past three seasons.

Matic’s replacement is unproven in the Premier League. Bakayoko may need time to adapt to his new surroundings and has far less experience.

Chelsea’s squad depth will be tested unless they sign more midfielders. Conte has already allowed Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah to depart the club. With the demand of more games this season compared to last, Chelsea are going to need to ensure their squad can handle the busy schedule.

Matic to Man Utd: Pro’s & Con’s for United

Signing Matic will work for United. He is a grafter and will free up the likes of Paul Pogba to have more of an impact on the game in the final third.

Matic registered seven assists for Chelsea in the Premier League last season, more than any other Manchester United player. This shows his creative edge even though his main job is to provide extra cover for the defence. Plus, Mourinho knows Matic well. The Serbian has played a total of 90 games under the Portuguese head coach in the past.

However, another midfielder gives Mourinho a selection dilemma. He has at least four players who can play in a similar role. So adding Matic to the squad could lead to some discontent among those vying for a place in the starting lineup.

Photos of Matic in Man Utd training wear have appeared online over the weekend, suggesting a deal is all but done. Although the legitimacy of these is yet to be stated, it certainly looks like Matic has played his final game for Chelsea.

Coutinho to Barca? Three reasons why Liverpool need to stand firm

Philippe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool has been cast into doubt as Barcelona are ready to splash the cash on the Brazilian. The La Liga giants have already had a £72 million bid rejected, but they’ll do whatever they can to bring Coutinho to Barca this summer.

An improved £80 million bid is being lined up, according to the Daily Mirror, so this could well be a transfer saga that lasts for the remainder of the window.

Barcelona have long been admirers of Coutinho. Many feel he is the perfect man to replace Andres Iniesta at the Nou Camp. But it’s Neymar’s potential world-record move to PSG that has accelerated the chase for the Liverpool playmaker.

Paris Saint-Germain are seemingly set to trigger Neymar’s £196m release clause, shattering the transfer record by £107m. That would leave Barcelona with a big void to fill in their squad, but a lot of money to fill it with.

But no matter what, Liverpool won’t want to lose their star attacker. Here are three reasons Liverpool need to hold on to Coutinho this summer:

1. ‘Not a selling club’

The club have insisted they are “not a selling club” and won’t be forced to sell. Jurgen Klopp made that very clear after news of the initial bid surfaced. He spoke directly to Coutinho about the issue during the team’s preseason tour at the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, and he believes the Reds have no reason to part ways with the Brazilian.

It’s now crucial for Liverpool to stand by that statement. Their fans will be concerned with interest from a club as big as Barca. But if Liverpool want to continue improving, as they have made clear, they must stand by their word.

2. A worrying trend following big sales

Liverpool’s three biggest sales in club history are Fernando Torres, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez. All three were sold over the past seven seasons, but the Reds have tended to struggle after losing key men.

In Torres’s final season at Anfield, Liverpool finished 6th. The following season, they finish 8th. In Luis Suarez’s final season at the club, Liverpool hand one hand on the 2013/14 Premier League title before a late collapse saw them finish runners-up. After he left for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Liverpool went on to finish 6th. That was in Raheem Sterling’s final season. Then, after he departed for Man City Liverpool ended up finishing 8th in the first season without him.

The trend is that Liverpool have worse seasons after losing star players. Yes, that will be the case for most clubs. Yes, it’s difficult to build once a star man has left. But some clubs cope, Liverpool have so far proven they cannot. Losing Coutinho to Barca would be potentially disastrous for what Klopp is building.

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3. Irreplaceable

The reason the Coutinho to Barca rumours have picked up so much pace is because there are arguably very few, if any suitable replacements for Neymar at the Nou Camp. Coutinho is excellent on the ball. He is highly versatile. He has the ability to beat a man with ease. And he is as good at finding the back of the net as he is a teammate. Barcelona know that he would be well suited to replacing the goals and assists Neymar provides.

So if Liverpool were to sell, there is no obvious answer as to who they’d bring in as his replacement. Yes, they’d have a big stack of cash to spend. But given the inflated prices during the current transfer window, Liverpool would likely have to settle for someone a lot less talented that Coutinho if they needed to replace him.

Diego Costa staying? Chelsea’s striker crisis could be solved

Chelsea have shown little intent in the summer transfer window so far. The main talk has been about the future of their controversial striker. Antonio Conte has been looking to offload him, but is Diego Costa staying?

The Blues have struggled so far to bring in a replacement for Costa. They have seemingly missed out on bringing Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge. With the Belgian closing in on a move to Manchester United, so Chelsea are running out of options.

It is reported that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be set for a U-turn on his decision to sell the Spaniard. If Diego Costa’s staying, Chelsea’s striker crisis could be solved. Chelsea’s preseason is days away and a solution before then would be ideal.

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Diego Costa staying: Positives

Costa is a two-time Premier League champion, he has proven his worth. His goalscoring record speaks for itself, with 58 in 210 appearances meaning he averages just under a goal every other game.

Chelsea’s number 19 has a great relationship with his teammates and the fans. Although no players have crossed Conte’s decision, they have spoken of their fondness of Costa.

With the possibility of Diego Costa staying, Chelsea do not have to spend money on a new striker. This means they can spend money elsewhere in the team and try to sign other players they need. And if he does stay for the rest of his contract, Chelsea won’t need to sign a striker until 2019.

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Diego Costa enjoying his holiday. Via: @diego.costa on Instagram

Diego Costa staying: Negatives

Costa and Antonio Conte already have a rocky relationship. It will be difficult for them to see eye to eye and problems will more than likely happen again. If the pair clash midseason it would be impossible to see anything positive come from Diego Costa staying.

The Spaniard has already asked to leave Chelsea more than once since signing in 2014. He clearly feels he has unfinished business at Atletico. Once their transfer ban is over, Costa will probably look to force a move again. So this might leave Chelsea with the same problem of needing to sign a new striker in January.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea set to win title before Spurs play final game at White Hart Lane

The penultimate weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season is upon us but there are still a number of vital outcomes yet to be decided. Chelsea have one hand on the league title but need to win at West Brom on Friday night to win a fifth PL title with two games to spare, while Everton play their final home game of the year on Friday night too, as they welcome Watford to Goodison Park.

Manchester City will look to keep their top four chances intact when they host Leicester in Saturday’s early kickoff before Arsenal travel to Stoke in the late game, hoping to keep the pressure on Liverpool and City in the race for Champions League football next term. Swansea travel to Sunderland on Saturday as they look to stay ahead of Hull in the race for survival, who face a tricky test at Crystal Palace in a crucial clash on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Liverpool travel to West Ham before Spurs battle Manchester United in the final game ever to be played at White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s new stadium is completed over the next 12 months. Read on for all our predictions this weekend…

Everton 2-0 Watford

Everton already have their place in next season’s Europa League confirmed and can’t finish any lower than seventh place. That said, they’ll still be expecting to end the season on a high and will want to win their final home game of the campaign. Watford have lost three on the spin without scoring a goal. They only need a point to be mathematically safe from the drop, although relegation doesn’t look likely now anyway. Everton should have enough to win this one.

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West Brom 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea to win their 5th Premier League title on Friday evening. On the basis of their performances this season it will be deserved. West Brom look like a side who know they’ve achieved their maximum this season and they have been good value for their place in the top half of the table. Antonio Conte will want his side to get the job done early in this one so they can enjoy some celebrations before their attentions can turn to the FA Cup final at the end of the season.

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Man City 3-1 Leicester

Manchester City need to do what they did to Crystal Palace last week and blow Leicester away to all but guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League. City can pile the pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool with a win in Saturday’s early kickoff, and even though Leicester would love to complete the double of Guardiola’s men, they are unlikely to beat them given the fact they’ve only won one of their last four away games in the league.

Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley

A score draw looks a likely result for this one. Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten in three, scoring seven goals along the way. Burnley have surely now done enough to avoid a late scare of relegation, but with one win in five it seems unlikely they will pick up three points this weekend.

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Middlesbrough 1-1 Southampton

Middlesbrough are already relegated but will want to reward their fans for their support by winning their last home game of the season now the pressure has eased on them. Southampton have been coasting for weeks, winning none of their last five and are unlikely to spring into life now. With little to play for, this has draw written all over it.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Sunderland fans must have been in further despair last weekend as they saw their side pick up an unlikely 2-0 win away at Hull City, leaving many wondering why they hadn’t been able to do that before their relegation was confirmed. Swansea are still right in the middle of the relegation dogfight and this is going to be a huge game. They cannot afford to lose and the nerves will surely set in.

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Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

Arsenal have found their traditional late-season form at last. They have won back-to-back games over the past week and are still in with a chance of securing a top four place, depending on Liverpool and Man City’s results over the final week of the campaign. Stoke would love to win their home finale, but Arsenal need this more.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull

Another huge game in the battle to avoid the drop. Crystal Palace were on the receiving end of a classy City performance last weekend, losing 5-0 and that result has left them in trouble. It’s three losses on the spin for Big Sam’s Palace and they cannot afford to lose this weekend. Hull will be even more desperate to get a positive result after that defeat to Sunderland. A draw doesn’t do either side many favours but still keeps their fight alive.

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool visit West Ham as they continue to battle to keep their place in the top four. If results go against them they could find themselves back in 5th which would be a disastrous end to the season. Jurgen Klopp will not let his side make any mistakes this weekend but considering how West Ham performed against Spurs in a game that had little meaning to their season this could be another difficult visit for the away side.

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Spurs 2-0 Manchester United

Chelsea might have secured the Premier League title way before Spurs kick off against Man Utd on Sunday but it’s a massive occasion for Tottenham as they play their final game at White Hart Lane in what will be an emotional afternoon. Manchester United would love to spoil the party but they had a tough game on Thursday night, in which they secured their place in the Europa League Final. That might have left them tired and so Spurs should be able to break them down and get a win in their final game at the Lane.

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Premier League Predictions: Spurs can cut the gap to one point before Arsenal welcome Man United on Sunday

Another huge week of Premier League action is upon us. Tottenham could close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just one point as they visit West Ham on Friday before Antonio Conte’s blues welcome relegation-threatened Middlesbrough to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Manchester City kick things off on Saturday against Crystal Palace and there are some key games in the battle to avoid relegation as Hull welcome already doomed Sunderland.

Sunday sees two huge games in the race for the top four as Liverpool host Southampton, while the standout fixture of the weekend takes place at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Read on for all our Gameweek 36 predictions in the Premier League…

West Ham 1-2 Tottenham

Spurs will be looking to apply the pressure on Chelsea as they open gameweek 36’s fixtures on Friday night. Mauricio Pochettino’s sides remarkable run continued last weekend as they won the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he wants to put relegation beyond all doubt on Friday evening, so Spurs could be in for a tough one.

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City’s underwhelming season was somewhat summed up in their 2-2 draw away at Middlesbrough last weekend, a game that they could have easily lost with Boro left seething at what they thought was a dive for the penalty. Palace aren’t completely out of trouble yet and have caused upsets this season, but an away win would be a big ask for Big Sam’s side.

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Bournemouth 1-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth sealed Sunderland’s fate with a late win against the Black Cats last weekend and will want to pick up another positive result here after reaching that important 40-point mark. Stoke played out one of the less eventful games of the season against West Ham last time out and another draw looks likely, only this time with a bit of action.

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Hull City 1-0 Sunderland

Hull to take another huge step towards securing Premier League safety at home against relegated Sunderland. David Moyes was left devastated at what has been on the cards for some time now for Sunderland and more misery will surely be heaped upon the North East club in their final four games before they drop out of the top flight.

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Burnley 2-2 West Brom

Sean Dyche’s Burnley have battled their way to what looks likely to be Premier League survival as they’re now up to 14th. Their home form has been impressive all season and played a large part in their battle against the drop. West Brom have seen their season slump into second gear, which may be frustrating for Baggies fans but they’ve made progress this season and should finish in the top half.

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Leicester City 2-0 Watford 

These sides come into the weekend level on 40 points with Premier League safety guaranteed. Leciester have been excellent at home in recent weeks, winning four league games in a row at the King Power Stadium.Watford have lost three of their last four and look like they might already be on the beach. It’s tough to see anything but a home win here.

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Swansea 2-2 Everton

This is a crucial game for Swansea City, who will already know the outcome of Hull’s clash with Sunderland before they kickoff on Saturday evening. The Swans have to match Hull’s result – or better it – if they are to stay in the survival picture. Everton haven’t got much left to play for. They have secured Europa League football next season and can’t finish any lower than tenth. They’ll still be looking to end the season on a high and could stop Swansea from taking three vital points here.

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Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

Liverpool know this is another potential banana skin as they try to secure Champions League football. They come into the weekend four points clear of Man Utd in fifth, but their rivals have a game in hand. The Reds edged past Watford on Monday thanks to Emre Can’s incredible bicycle kick, and they look poised to get a similar result here against a Saints side that hasn’t won in three.

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Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

This is undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend, with both clubs fighting for a place in the top four. Realistically, only one of these has a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, while it’s also a distinct possibility that both miss out. Arsenal have to bounce back from last week’s loss at Spurs, while United are going to be tested after flying back from their Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo on Thursday evening. Mourinho will likely set up for a draw, and that usually works as they look to keep their long-standing unbeaten league run going.

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Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough 

Chelsea could be just one point ahead of Spurs coming into Monday’s clash but they’ve responded to the pressure in this title race whenever it has come, and Middlesbrough are unlikely to threaten the Blues charge to a second title in three years. Boro showed fight against Man City in last week’s 2-2 draw, but ultimately they are set to be relegated and that could well be confirmed with defeat on Monday.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea face tough trip to Everton before pivotal North London Derby

Another huge Premier League weekend is in store, with decisive battles taking place at both ends of the table with just three weeks left in the 2016/17 season. League leaders Chelsea play away at Everton before Spurs host Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday, while Hull will look to take another step towards safety with a win at Southampton on Saturday.

The battle for the top four continues with Manchester City and Manchester United both in action on Sunday. United host Swansea before City travel to Middlesbrough. Liverpool have to wait until Monday to play again when they travel to Watford. Read on for all our Gameweek 35 predictions in the Premier League…

Southampton 2-2 Hull

This is a huge game for Hull. They are two points above the bottom three and know they have a real chance of pulling off a remarkable escape from the jaws of relegation. But their key form has been at home, they haven’t won away under Marco Silva but will take confidence from the fact that Southampton have lost two on the bounce.

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Stoke 2-0 West Ham

Out of form Stoke welcome West Ham to the Britannia on Saturday afternoon in a mid-table clash. The Potters have lost five of their last six and look like a side ready for the season to end. West Ham are just two points behind Stoke ahead of this one and have a squad plagued with injury. They’ve won just once in ten attempts on the road and have lost seven games in a row in all competitions against Stoke.

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Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

Sunderland’s defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday all but sealed their long anticipated relegation. They haven’t been good enough and will have to prepare for life in the Championship. Bournemouth have had a successful season but haven’t won away in 2017. Tough to see either side winning this.

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West Brom 1-1 Leicester

West Brom’s season has fizzled out somewhat, they’re sitting comfortably in 8th and should easily finish the season in the top ten. Leicester’s return to form has seen them climb the table to 15th and they should now avoid relegation. Their away form has been dismal, winning just once in 19 in the Premier League. Score draw.

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Burnley

This is a big game for both sides on Saturday evening. A win for either side would surely seal their safety. Palace are seven points clear of the bottom three, with Burnley just five points above. Palace have put together a great run of form lately, while Burnley have still not won away all season, so the hosts should prevail here to secure their safety.

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Manchester United 2-0 Swansea

Manchester United picked up a point in the Manchester Derby on Thursday and now need to kick on to keep their pursuit of a top four finish going. Swansea remain in the bottom three and look likely to be dragged back down to the Championship unless they can get on a run of form. United to continue their unbeaten run and keep a clean sheet.

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Manchester City

Middlesbrough beat Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday to keep their faint survival hopes alive. But they are still the league’s lowest goalscorers and are miles away from Man City, even given the visitors inconsistencies this term. City need to bounce back to keep their top four hopes intact and should get a win without too much trouble.

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Everton 1-1 Chelsea

This is Chelsea’s hardest ask in their remaining games as they chase down a 5th Premier League title. Everton away has been a difficult fixture for them in recent years and the Toffees have a point to prove after their humiliating defeat in the reverse fixture. Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a Chelsea return in the summer so will want to show the club once again why letting him go was a bad decision. Score draw and a huge result which gives Spurs the chance to reduce the gap to just one point.

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Spurs 3-1 Arsenal

To call this the biggest North London Derby of the Premier League era might seem over extravagant but Spurs can guarantee finishing above their rivals for the first time in 22 years with victory here. Tottenham are the league’s best home team and have won eight league games in a row. Arsenal have picked up their form but have still lost five of their last seven away games and remain five points outside the top four. If Spurs play as they have done at White Hart Lane all season, they should prove too strong for the Gunners.

Watford 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool could find themselves out of the top four if results go against them in the coming weeks with their opponents playing catch up. Watford reached that 40 point tally and are comfortably in mid-table, so their focus will be on finishing the season in good form in a bid to potentially attract some fresh faces during the summer transfer window. A must win for Liverpool and one they will get.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea and Spurs resume title race before huge Manchester derby

There are five Premier League fixtures in midweek as ten teams are playing catch up after the weekend’s FA Cup action. Chelsea return to Premier League action against Southampton on Tuesday evening, while Tottenham travel to the in-form Crystal Palace the following day. Wednesday night also sees Arsenal take on Leicester and Sunderland visit Middlesbrough as the bottom two sides fight for a glimmer of survival hope at the bottom of the table.

The Manchester Derby takes place on Thursday night in a huge game in the race for a spot in the top four, so read on for all of our Gameweek 35 predictions…

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea seem to have got over their dip in form with their weekend FA Cup semifinal victory over Tottenham. The Blues now have a real shot at the double but there is still work for them to do in the league. Playing a day earlier than Spurs may not be what Antonio Conte wanted but he will be delighted if his side open up a seven point gap again and apply even more pressure to their rivals. Southampton were on the receiving end of a 3-0 loss to Man City last time out and this tie is one they know will be difficult. Chelsea know what they need to do and should pick up another three points at home on Tuesday evening.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham

This is a huge game for Spurs, who know they need to take three points from Selhurst Park regardless of Chelsea’s result against Southampton 24 hours earlier. Mauricio Pochettino’s side must put Saturday’s FA Cup disappointment behind them if they are to topple a Crystal Palace side that has won six of their last eight league games, including Sunday’s 2-1 win at Anfield. However, Sam Allardyce has warned that he might need to rest players with such a quick turnaround for this game and that could see Spurs just edge it to keep the title race alive.

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Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Arsenal’s season has been a difficult one for the fans to take but their progression into the final of the FA Cup at the weekend has lifted some of the tension. Arsene Wenger’s side are seven points outside the top four but could potentially force their way back into contention if they get on a run and win their games in hand. Leicester have been hit by an injury blow ahead of this tie as Morgan and Slimani are out but their squad should be fresher than Arsenal’s for Wednesday’s game. The Gunners should be heading into this one expecting nothing less than three points, but their inconsistency has been there for all to see this season.

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Middlesbrough 2-3 Sunderland

This could have been an absolutely pivotal game in the race for survival but the truth is that both sides look destined for the drop. Sunderland have six games to try and close a gap of 12 points if they are to survive. They haven’t won in eight and will surely be relegated, regardless of their result on Teesside. Boro have the joint-worst home record in the division this season, along with Sunderland, but know they have to win this match to have any kind of hope remaining themselves. A draw doesn’t suit either side but Sunderland look the more likely to take three points, just based on the experience in the side.

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Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United

This is a huge Manchester Derby. The two clubs are battling for a place in the top four and United can overtake their city rivals with a win. Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge has been an uncomfortable one and is surely now going to be a trophyless one too after they crashed out to Arsenal in the semifinal on Sunday. Realistically City have to finish in the top four for this season to not be labelled a huge disaster, but with potentially five clubs battling for two remaining spaces their task is far from easy. Expect a cagey affair lacking that killer instinct both these clubs have missed this season. A draw would be an awful result for either side, but it seems a likely outcome.

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