Premier League Preview and Prediction: Man Utd vs West Ham

Premier League: Manchester United vs West Ham

Old Trafford – Sunday, August 13 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Man Utd 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Ham 9/1

Man Utd vs West Ham: Preview

Manchester United open their Premier League season against West Ham on Sunday afternoon. The two sides have made some strong signings this summer and will be raring to go in the opening weekend’s final fixture.

Man Utd have spent big on bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic. Jose Mourinho knew he had to strengthen the squad after last year’s fifth-placed finish. The Red Devils did qualify for the Champions League as a result of their Europa League win.

But the aim will be the mount a serious title challenge this season. Mourinho has assembled a strong squad and knows his side need to get off to a winning start here.

United fell 2-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night. They put in a strong display, despite losing, and will be looking to hit the ground running against the Hammers on Sunday.

West Ham’s main summer signing will be a familiar face to the Old Trafford crowd. Former United striker Javier Hernandez has joined the Hammers for around £16m, in what is surely going to be one of the best deals of the window.

Slaven Bilic has also brought in Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Sead Haksabanovic. West Ham will surely improve on last season’s 11th-placed finish.

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The Hammers couldn’t have been handed a much tougher opening game. West Ham will have to wait a month until their first home game of the campaign, with away trips to Southampton and Newcastle to come following Sunday’s game at Old Trafford. That’s due to the ongoing athletics World Championships currently taking place at the London Stadium.

These two sides met three times last season. The pair drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford, before United won 4-1 in the League Cup three days later. The Red Devils then beat the Hammers 2-0 at London Stadium in January.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Team News

Manchester United have no new injury concerns heading into the new season. Jose Mourinho is expected to give debuts to Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. Though Victor Lindelof might have to start on the bench, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones available again after being suspended for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup game. Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are injured.

West Ham could welcome back Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini after recent injuries. But Slaven Bilic will be without Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio. Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez are expected to make their league debuts for the visitors.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Key Points

Man Utd’s preseason form: W/L/W/W/L

West Ham’s preseason form: W/L/D/D/L

Key Stat: Manchester United are unbeaten in their last nine home Premier League games against West Ham. Their last league defeat to the Hammers at Old Trafford came on the final day of the 2006/07 season.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United’s big summer signing loves playing against West Ham. The powerful striker has scored in nine of his last ten games against the Hammers in all competitions.

Man Utd vs West Ham: Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham – United struggled for goals against teams like West Ham throughout last season. However, the signing of Lukaku is meant to fix those problems. Things are unlikely to be perfect for either side in the opener, but the hosts look primed to get off to a winning start. West Ham are a stronger side than they were last term. But the hosts have spent big. Expectations are high and they need to prove they can kick on, starting on Sunday.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Premier League: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Emirates Stadium – Friday, August 11 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Leicester 11/2

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Preview

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will be feeling confident ahead of this one as they came from behind to win the Community Shield last weekend against Chelsea on penalties. This game will have more of a competitive edge than the usual curtain raiser, but we can expect Arsene Wenger’s side to be up for it.

The Gunners really need to mount a title challenge for the long haul this season. Wenger’s extended contract did not please every Arsenal fan, so there is added pressure to deliver.

There have been a number of changes to the Arsenal squad in the transfer window. The defensive addition of Sead Kolasinac looks to be a strong signing. While Alexandre Lacazette has come in to lead the line, he should add the killer instinct Arsenal fans have been calling for.

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Leicester City have had a busy transfer window so far, with Kelechi Iheanacho their biggest signing. He has proved to be a deadly finisher in his Premier League career, needing just a sniff of a chance.

Craig Shakespeare’s efforts to guide Leicester to stability last season earned him the job on a permanent basis. He will be looking to prove to the board he is the right man for the long term, but knows how big of a task this opener will be. The Foxes finished 12th last season and will be hoping to better that position once again.

They’ve spent big on some quality additions to the squad but are looking increasingly likely to lose Riyad Mahrez. Their key playmaker has made it clear he wants a new challenge but has been respectful of the club, so there shouldn’t be unrest in the squad.

Arsenal vs Leicester City

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Team News

Arsenal will be without some familiar faces for the opener. Alexis Sanchez is injured and his future with The Gunners remains up in the air. Santi Cazorla will also miss out, while Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista are all doubts. New boy Kolasinac is expected to make his debut.

Leicester City are expecting to be without new signing Vicente Iborra. While there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Islam Slimani, Robert Huth, Kelechi Iheanacho and Danny Drinkwater.

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Key Points

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last seven home games against Leicester in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexandre Lacazette – There is pressure on Arsenal’s marquee signing to score the goals to push them towards the title. He scored 129 times in 275 games for Lyon so has a big reputation.

Arsenal vs Leicester City: Prediction

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City – Goals in the opener. There is pressure on the Arsenal squad to prove they are title contenders this season, so they need to hit the ground running. Although they have key players absent, they should be able to pick up three points on Friday night. Leicester are going to cause teams trouble this season, but they are up against it here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact 
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Saturday, June 10 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal Impact 5/1

Match Preview

It’s the international break, but there is still an important MLS match to be played at Children’s Mercy Park as Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City welcome Montreal Impact.

Sporting Kansas City are on fire at home, winning each of their last six on their own turf and drawing their only other home game this season. To add to an already impressive run, they have only conceded twice in those seven games.

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Montreal on the other hand have been less than impressive away from home, only mustering six points from a possible 18. Their one win coming most recently in a 1-0 win over the struggling DC United.

To add more insult, Montreal haven’t won away at SKC since June 2013. A record they will be desperate to end on Saturday night. However, with three wins from their last four, things are on the way up for the Canadian franchise as they look to shorten the gap to the playoff places in the East.

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With a host of big names missing this clash due to the international break, the playing field may be more level than usual and unlikely match winners may have to come to the fore as a result.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City are missing several key players for Montreal’s’ visit, with Diego Rubin and Kevin Ellis both out through injury. Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, Tyler Pasher and Graham Zusi are away on international duty.

Montreal are missing Andres Romero and Matteo Mancosu through injury. Hernan Bernardello, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and Louis Beland-Goyette are all listed as doubtful. Patrice Bernier, Laurent Ciman, Maxime Crépeau, Blerim Dzemaili, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Wandrille Lefevre and Ambroise Oyongo are all away on international duty, so Montreal’s squad depth will be tested.

Key Points

Sporting KC’s last five: D/W/L/L/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have won their last six matches at home.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – Midfield maestro Feilhaber is an integral part of this SKC team and will need to produce a stellar display as many key players are away on international duty. He will feel he should be away with the USMNT and so a strong response to yet another snub can be expected.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Montreal Impact – With a lot of players missing for both sides we expect a lot of fringe players to prove a few points but ultimately SKC seem to be too good at home to drop points against an inconsistent Montreal side.

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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Premier League Predictions: Hull to take another step towards safety, Man Utd set for tricky Burnley test

The FA Cup semi-finals mean there are only six Premier League games this weekend but that doesn’t mean the action is any less important, with some crucial twists and turns at the bottom end of the table certain to take place.

Hull City host Watford on Saturday afternoon, while Swansea know they need to take three points from their home clash with Stoke City at the same time. Manchester United and Liverpool can keep their top four hopes alive on Sunday, with United visiting Burnley before Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield. Read on for all our Gameweek 34 predictions…

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth may have got beaten 4-0 at Spurs last weekend but they have won two of their last three at home – both to sides below them in the table. It’s been eight months since Middlesbrough won an away game and they can’t score goals either. They know they have to win this game to keep any kind of survival hope alive beyond the weekend, but it’s difficult to see them leaving the south coast with anything on Saturday.

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Hull 2-1 Watford

Hull have been making progress in their battle against the drop and are outside the bottom three. Watford have easily secured Premier League football for next season and have little to play for, so a home win is a likely result.  

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Swansea 3-2 Stoke

This really is a must-win game for Stoke. It is the same story every single week at the moment but with Hull also playing at home on Saturday afternoon, the Swans need to get a result. Stoke beat Hull 3-1 last weekend but have lost four of their last five away games in the Premier League and don’t need this as much as the hosts. There could be goals here, but the Swans must ensure they edge it to boost their survival hopes with a month to go.

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West Ham 1-2 Everton 

West Ham have a squad riddled with injury and suspensions but are comfortably sitting in mid-table. They’ve only won once in their last six and the visit of Everton this weekend is going to be a tough ask. Romelu Lukaku has made light work of just about any opposition defence this season and this should be a winnable game for the Toffees if he is on form. 

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Burnley 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United will guarantee a top four finish if they win each of their remaining league games. However, with a Europa League semi-final to prepare for and a mounting injury list at a crucial stage of the season, Jose Mourinho knows that the team’s priorities lie elsewhere.Burnley are still one of the league’s strongest sides at home and have actually won more points in front of their own fans that United have managed at Old Trafford this season. Score draw.

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Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Liverpool have to continue to grind out wins like last weekend to ensure they finish in the top four this season. Crystal Palace aren’t completely out of trouble yet but should be able to avoid being pulled into a relegation battle considering some of their recent results. Liverpool to win again with a clean sheet. 

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Premier League Predictions: Mourinho looking for Chelsea revenge, Arsenal looking to bounce back at Boro

The Premier League season is heading towards it’s finale but there is still plenty to play for. Manchester United welcome league leaders Chelsea to Old Trafford in the standout fixture of the weekend on Sunday, while the battle to avoid relegation intensifies.

Tottenham kick things off on Saturday lunchtime with the visit of Bournemouth, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all have tricky away trips to Southampton, West Brom and Middlesbrough respectively. Read on to find out all of our Gameweek 32 predictions…

Tottenham 3-0 Bournemouth

Spurs are still chasing Chelsea at the top of the league. Their 4-0 win over Watford last weekend furtherdemonstrated their intensity and classy finishing. Bournemouth cannot afford to let Tottenham in early otherwise they could be on the receiving end of another rout. The Cherries look like they’ll be safe from relegation this season, they’re seven points above the drop zone but know they’re in for a tricky afternoon here.

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Sunderland 0-1 West Ham

Sunderland really are in the last-chance saloon. They are in huge trouble at the bottom of the Premier League table and haven’t scored a goal in over two months. West Ham’s season has been inconsistent throughout but they got a much-needed win against Swansea last weekend and should be able to follow that up with another narrow win against a team that looks destined for the drop.

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Stoke City 2-2 Hull City

Stoke’s season has become a little stale. They face relegation threatened Hull this weekend who have hit some form as they continue their fight against the drop. Mark Hughes will be expecting his side to win here and edge closer to that 40-point mark. Hull will be hoping results go their way to ensure they don’t drop back into the bottom three.

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Leicester City

Crystal Palace have turned their season on its head in recent weeks as Sam Allardyce has worked his magic once again. They have won five of their last six and could overtake Leicester with a win on Saturday. The Foxes have also turned their season around since a managerial change but they have a Champions League quarter-final to focus on and that distraction could see Palace take full advantage in this one.

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Everton 2-1 Burnley

Everton stunned Leicester with an impressive attacking display last weekend but still showed their defensive issues. Romelu Lukaku is the Premier League’s top scorer and he will be looking forward to causing the Burnley defence problems here. Sean Dyche’s side have conceded 44 goals this season but look comfortable in mid-table.

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Watford 1-2 Swansea City

If Swansea stand any chance of staying in the Premier League they need to win games like this. A loss at Watford on Saturday would leave them in huge trouble, but Paul Clement has a team good enough to get the job done. Watford got battered at Spurs last week and look like a side that’s season is already over. They’re effectively safe from relegation and don’t need this as much as Swansea.

Southampton 1-3 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s side face a tricky away trip to Southampton on Saturday evening. The Saints will be looking to take a positive result here as they continue to apply pressure to West Brom above them in 8th. Manchester City cannot afford to drop points, they will potentially let Arsenal and Manchester United back into the race for the top four and miss the chance to go ahead of Liverpool by winning their game in hand.

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West Brom 1-1 Liverpool 

These are the sort of games Liverpool have struggled to win this season and they can expect another tricky test at the Hawthorns. They might have produced a comeback at Stoke last week but the Baggies are a tougher unit to break down and proved their threat with that 3-1 win over Arsenal a few weeks ago. Liverpool can’t really afford to drop any more points if they are to secure a top four spot, but they might have to settle for one point on Sunday.

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho welcomes league leading Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. He has faced his former employers twice already this season, losing both games. Antonio Conte’s side cannot afford to get complacent at this stage of the season as they are pushing for the title. United are on a 21-game unbeaten run and a draw looks a likely result this weekend.

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Middlesbrough 0-1 Arsenal

To call this the biggest game of Arsenal’s season might seem a bit farfetched, but a defeat at Middlesbrough could see their top four hopes all but ended, depending on results over the weekend. Boro are in trouble themselves and look set for relegation. They have struggled to find goals all season but will be giving it their all against the Gunners on Monday night. Arsenal have the quality to stroll past Middlesbrough but it depends which side shows up. If it’s the one that lost 3-0 at Palace last week, then they’ll be in big trouble.

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Three reasons Man Utd suffered most in the PL this weekend

Saturday saw Manchester United held to their third 0-0 draw at home in the Premier League this season, as West Brom became the eighth team to leave Old Trafford with a point to further damage the Red Devils’ top four hopes.

Jose Mourinho’s side have only managed to win 40% of their home games in the top flight this season and wins for Spurs and Liverpool on Saturday mean that the challenge of securing a top four spot just got a whole lot tougher.

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Yes, Chelsea lost at home to Crystal Palace. That was a shock result and one that many will say was worse – on paper at least – than United’s home draw with the Baggies. But the difference is that the Blues had a 10-point cushion at the top of the table. They can afford to drop a few points and still lift the title. United can’t if they want to beat rivals to a Champions League spot.

Here are three reasons Manchester United were this weekend’s biggest losers:

1. Widening gap to top four

The biggest problem for United this weekend is that the gap to the top four widened by a point, following Liverpool’s Merseyside Derby win over Everton earlier in the day. Mourinho’s side were four points off Liverpool with two games in hand heading into the weekend, but not sit 5 points off Manchester City in 4th, who have only played one game more than United.

2. Easiest fixture of the month?

Man Utd will have played a staggering nine times before the end of April, with an average of a game every three days in the Premier League and Europa League leaving Mourinho with the most frantic period of his season. He will have to rotate his squad more than ever over the next four weeks but he’d had the entire international break to plan a victory over West Brom. He couldn’t do that and will now only have a couple of days to spend on preparations for each upcoming game in April.

3. Short rest time

As mentioned above, United’s hectic schedule means Mourinho will need to manage his players extremely well if they’re to emerge out of this month in good shape. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available again for Tuesday’s home clash with Everton after serving his suspension but the 0-0 draw to the Baggies on Saturday meant the United boss had to leave his best players on the pitch for 90 minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the only played substituted but still had to get through 75 minutes first. The fact that Mourinho was unable to bring players off to save them for Tuesday might cost them when Everton come to town tomorrow evening.

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