Premier League Predictions: Liverpool revenge over Burnley, six-pointer between Hull and Swansea

It’s a quiet weekend in terms of Premier League action, with just the four games to savour over Saturday and Sunday as a result of FA Cup quarter-finals taking place. But that doesn’t mean the top-flight action will be any less important to the eight teams involved, particularly for Hull and Swansea who go head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool host Burnley in Sunday’s only game and will be looking for revenge over the Clarets from their shock early-season loss at Turf Moor back in August.

The other two fixtures come on Saturday as Everton host West Brom, while West Ham travel to Bournemouth. Read on for all of our Gameweek 28 predictions…

Everton 3-0 West Brom

Everton lost their first Premier League game of 2017 at Tottenham last Sunday and will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans after a surprisingly lacklustre performance. Ronald Koeman’s side sit one place above West Brom but are four points clear of the Baggies, who themselves look to be in a bit of limbo. They appear to be guaranteed a top-half finish but don’t seem to have much to play for. That was proven with last week’s 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis needs his players to turn up to stand a chance, but they look like they’re already on the proverbial beach so it could be a long afternoon on Merseyside…

Hull 1-1 Swansea

This is an absolute must-win game for Hull City. They are 19th in the table, four points from safety and need to win this to reignite their faint survival hopes. Marco Silva’s men looked to be on a resurgent run of form a month ago, but they’ve now taken one point from their last three games and are missing defensive leaders Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. Swansea have picked up since Paul Clement took over. They are now five points clear of the drop zone but must avoid defeat here to stay on the survival path ahead of winnable fixtures against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough next.

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Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham

This is a tough one to call because neither side is in any kind of good form and both look like they have very little to play for over the final 11 games. Bournemouth haven’t won in eight PL games and are sliding down the table at a rate of knots. They aren’t yet in major relegation trouble but will be if they can’t pick up. West Ham fell 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Monday night and have now gone three games without a win themselves. They are still a better side than Bournemouth though, and look much more likely to take all three points here.

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Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley back in August came as a real shock, especially considering Liverpool had beaten Arsenal 4-3 the weekend beforehand. Jurgen Klopp’s men have continued to struggle against the so-called ‘smaller’ sides in the league this season, while coming out on top against their top six rivals. They are a much better side at home though and look poised to get revenge over the Clarets, who have still not won an away game in the league this season. Sean Dyche’s men have been excellent at Turf Moor, with their home form the reason for their 12-placed position in the table. But they are the league’s worst away side and are unlikely to find any joy at a ground they haven’t won at since 1974.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to extend lead at the top, Bournemouth’s woes to continue

The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week break for European and FA Cup commitments for a number of top flight clubs. Others have had two full weeks to recover and will hope some warm-weather training will help inspire them to three points this weekend.

Sunday will also see Manchester United and Southampton go head-to-head at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final. Arsenal and Manchester City will not be in action, as a result of Sunday’s final, but read on for all of our Gameweek 26 predictions…

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea face a Swansea side who have dramatically improved since the appointment of Paul Clement. The reverse fixture was filled with controversy as Chelsea felt hard-done by to not come away with all three points. They’ll be looking to make amends here and extend their lead at the top with both Manchester United and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace in are in trouble. They need to get a positive result out of this one otherwise Middlesbrough will open the gap between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Sam Allardyce’s side could potentially take them up to 16th and could help to inspire them to get on a run. Middlesbrough know they have to avoid defeat to risk potentially being dragged into the relegation zone, so a draw looks likely.

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

Everton are on an eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’re still in the mix for a European placed finish so have to fight hard to cause the sides above them problems. Sunderland’s so-called revival looks more like a one-game wonder as they were thumped 4-0 having dished out their own four-goal haul the game week before. This looks like a foregone conclusion but you can’t rule Sunderland out of scoring with Jermain Defoe leading the line.

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Hull 2-2 Burnley

Hull City look capable of staying up this season but they have to make their home form count. Burnley cannot buy a win on their travels and despite their commanding position over their opponents here it looks like that unwanted run will continue. Hull have managed to pick up seven points from the last 15 on offer, so a draw here wouldn’t be the worst result.

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

West Brom are unbeaten in four and looking as solid as usual ahead of what looks a very winnable fixture against a Bournemouth team that are seemingly in freefall. The Cherries have lost three in a row and conceded six in their most recent away game at Everton. Eddie Howe’s men are out of form but will hope they are clear enough of the bottom three to be fully dragged into a relegation scrap.

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

Both these sides have had two full weeks to prepare for what is a big game for both sets of players. Watford have only lost two of their last 11 at home and are a tough unit to break down, but West Ham have been playing with more belief of late and goals are to be expected in what should be an entertaining game.

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

This is a massive game for Tottenham after their disappointing midweek Europa League exit to Gent at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino knows his players need to bounce back straightaway, but the fact that his first-team played on Thursday night could play a major role in the outcome of the game. Stoke have been inconsistent all season but will fancy their chances after an extended break. They don’t do well in London though, having only won one of their last 20 trips to the capital…

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jose Mourinho loves playing cup finals at Wembley. He’s only lost one of 11 finals during his managerial career and has his United team firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s clash. It’s a huge game for the Saints, who have never won the League Cup in their history, but they are up against it and it’s tough to see any other outcome than a United win.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal  vs. Burnley

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, January 22 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 1/5 – Draw 11/2 – Burnley 12/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game which The Gunners will be expecting to win.

Arsene Wenger’s side are currently in fourth place, eight points off top spot. Wenger needs to get his side on a run of form to ensure they don’t drift too far out of the title race and maintain a game from the Manchester clubs chasing the top four.

This should be a relatively straightforward tie for Arsenal, but they will know they cannot afford to underestimate Burnley. If they can get an early goal and create a good atmosphere around the ground, they should get the job done.

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Burnley have been in good form of late. Sean Dyche’s side have picked up nine points from the last five games and are sitting 10th.

The Clarets come into this one having progressed in the FA Cup after their replay win against Sunderland. Their last Premier League outing was an impressive 1-0 win against Southampton.

Burnley have struggled on the road this season though. They have lost eight of their last nine on their travels and the games don’t come much tougher than this. If they can put on a defensive display like they did against Manchester United, they stand a good chance of a positive result.

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Team News

Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without up to seven players for this one as Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott and Per Mertesacker are all expected to remain out, while Olivier Giroud is a doubt. Mohammed Elneny is away on international duty with Eygpt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burnley have just the three injury concerns as Dean Marney, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield are all doubts.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Burnley’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last five games against Burnley in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal need to get this man tied down to a long-term contract as soon as possible. The Chilean has netted 14 times this campaign and is the Premier League’s joint top scorer. He will be expected to cause Burnley trouble here.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley – Arsenal to pick up a comfortable three points and continue their winning run against Burnley. The Gunners have struggled to keep clean sheets this campaign and Burnley are capable of causing problems, but this one will be a step too far for Dyche’s men.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Burnley  vs. Manchester City

Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, November 26 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 17/2 – Draw 17/4 – Manchester City 30/100

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Manchester City to Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime in a game that looks set to be far from straightforward for either side.

Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the manor they lost their last game. The 4-0 drubbing away at West Brom wasn’t a reflection on how they have performed since their return to the Premier League. It is a result they need to quickly get over and bounce back from to avoid it being the start of a dull run of form.

Other than that result, The Clarets have been in solid form of late, picking up seven points from 15 in their last five games. This is going to be a real test of their resolve, but we have already seen how frustrating Burnley can be to play against this season.

Burnley have reason to believe they can pick up a favourable result against City, given a number of their impressive home results this season. The main thing for them in this game is to avoid being caught out early on, otherwise they could be in for a long afternoon.

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Manchester City come into this game having won 2-1 in a cagey affair away at Palace. The return of Yaya Toure was welcomed as he netted both goals, which would have sent out a message of warning to the rest of the league, no club needs telling how dangerous the Ivorian powerhouse is.

Pep Guardiola will be pleased with the power his City side have been playing with and knows it’s only a matter of time before everything clicks into place. They’re creating well but just need to be more clinical in the final third.

City have to win this game, there are significant fixtures in the race for the title this weekend and they cannot afford to be off the pace at the start of December.

Guardiola’s side have been travelling well. They’ve won their last five away games in the Premier League and will expect to make it six on the bounce here. Worryingly for City they are leaking goals at the back, which will give Burnley hope heading into this one, but a win looks likely for The Citizens even if it is a tight affair.

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Team News

Burnley have no injury concerns heading into this game. The decision Dyche has to make is how to set up to prevent being picked apart by City. He will more than likely pack out the midfield and aim for Burnley to break the game up.

Manchester City are set to be without captain Vincent Kompany as he has picked up another injury, which begs the question, will he get any luck and a run in the side? Fabian Delph is City’s only other injury concern. Guardiola will be expecting an intensive performance from his players, they’ll be looking to starve Burnley of the ball and will need their midfield to be energetic in order to do so.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Manchester City’s last five: D/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: One for the road – Manchester City have won their last five Premier League away games.

Key Player: Tom Heaton – The Burnley ‘keeper has already thwarted one Manchester club this season with an astonishing performance, he will need to be at his best once again if his side are to take a positive result here. Expect him to be busy.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Manchester City – Burnley to fall short in a game they can be forgiven for doing so. Manchester City have so much firepower in their squad that a win looks the most likely outcome. Guardiola will be disappointed if his side are to concede once again, but the three points will be the most important thing for him and his squad.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – West Brom vs. Burnley

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, November 21 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – Burnley 7/2 

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Burnley to The Hawthorns for the Premier League’s Monday night clash as both sides return to action following the international break.

The Baggies most recent outing saw them pick up a 2-1 away win at last year’s champions, Leicester City – all the more impressive considering the Foxes hadn’t suffered a home league defeat for 20 games.

That win would have given West Brom a huge confidence boost following a run of five games without a win going into it.

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Tony Pulis will hope his side have now turned a corner and can make a real challenge to finish in the top half of the table this season – a win here would be the first time they’ve recorded consecutive victories this season.

Confidence will be equally high in the Burnley camp after a dramatic last minute winner from Ashley Barnes secured a 3-2 win at home to Crystal Palace last time out.

The Clarets are undefeated in their last three games (W2, D1) and a win here would lift them into ninth place, sending out a real statement to anyone who thought they’d be this year’s whipping boys.

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Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can improve on their poor away record however, as results have been hard to come by away from Turf Moor (D1, L3).

The last time these two sides played each other, it ended in a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor back in February 2015. The previous meeting at The Hawthorns saw West Brom run out comfortable 4-0 winners in September 2014.

Team News

West Brom could still be without both Saido Berahino (fitness) and Nacer Chadli (knee surgery), while striker Salomon Rondon should return to action following a hamstring injury.

Burnley defender Stephen Ward is a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the home win against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/D/L/L/W

Burnley’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Burnley haven’t won at The Hawthorns since 1969. They’ve played there on ten occasions since then in all competitions, drawing twice and losing the other eight.

Key Player: Matt Phillips – He scored the winner for the Baggies at Leicester and really impressed. He’ll be looking to build on that with another fine performance here.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Burnley – West Brom and Burnley will be confident from their previous results and a draw would probably be a reasonable outcome for both sides. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Burnley

Competition: Major League Soccer – Southampton vs. Burnley

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Southampton 4/11 – Draw 18/5 – Burnley 8/1

Match Preview

Southampton welcome Burnley to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to four in the Premier League.

The Saints drew 0-0 at Leicester before the international break but had won back-to-back games against Swansea and West Ham before that and look to be improving under Claude Puel.

They enter the weekend in 10th place but have a squad capable of challenging for European football once again. They need to be winning games like this one to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Southampton are unbeaten in eight Premier League home games coming into the match but have already had to settle for frustrating home draws against Watford and Sunderland this season, so they must be more clinical in front of their own supporters.

For Burnley, it’s a tough away game in which little is expected of them. Sean Dyche’s men have yet to score a goal away from home this season and are taking on a Saints team that hasn’t conceded in 540 minutes of league action.

Burnley were harshly beaten by Arsenal thanks to a controversial late Koscielny goal in their last game but they beat Watford 2-0 before that and need to continue fighting for each other if they are to stay up this year.

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They come into this week’s action in 14th place and need to try and stay out of the bottom three for as long as possible to keep pressure off the squad.

This will be just the third Premier League game between these two sides, with each team winning once when they met over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

Team News

Southampton will be without fullback’s Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares, who join Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Sofiane Boufal on the injury list. Charlie Austin is expected to lead the attack ahead of Shane Long once again.

Burnley will be without star striker Andre Gray, who is serving the third of his four-game suspension this weekend. Ashley Barnes is Sean Dyche’s only injury worry.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: D/L/W/W/D

Burnley’s last five: L/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Southampton are unbeaten in their last eight home games in the Premier League and have beaten Burnley in each of the last three meetings at St Mary’s.

Key Player: Dusan Tadic – The Serbian playmaker has been in good form for club and country and helped his nation to victory by scoring in both games over the international break. He’ll be tasked with breaking down the Burnley backline on Sunday and should succeed in doing so, given his excellent vision.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-0 Burnley – The Saints have a great defensive run going and are unlikely to concede to a team that has yet to score an away goal in the league this term. There might not be many goals here, but the Saints are a stronger side and should have enough to seal all three points.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Burnley  vs. Arsenal

Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, October 2 – 16:30 BST (11:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 15/2 – Draw 19/5 – Arsenal 4/11

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor in the final game of the Premier League weekend in a tie that has the makings of a cracker.

Burnley will be full of confidence. They were given little hope by many ahead of their game against Watford last time out, but won 2-0 and picked up a valuable three points.

Sean Dyche’s side sit 13th, already four points ahead of the bottom three. They must make Turf Moor a difficult place to visit to ensure they pick up as many points as possible early in the season.

Burnley know they’re in for a tough one this weekend. They have lost their last four games against Arsenal, but they will be looking to frustrate their opposition here and come away with a positive result.

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Arsenal couldn’t be more confident heading into this tie. They destroyed Chelsea last weekend, ending a long winless run against their London rivals and will be looking to mount a title challenge off the back of that result.

Arsene Wenger will be pleased with how his side have performed over their last four league games, they have taken maximum points and scored 12 goals along the way.

Arsenal have to kick on and look to take all three points in games like this if they are to mount a successful title challenge this season.

The Gunners haven’t looked as dangerous and clinical in front of goal as they did last weekend for some time. If Burnley give them chances here they will be punished.

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Team News

Burnley have just the one injury concern as Ashley Barnes looks set to remain out.

Arsenal still have a whole host of injuries. Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin are all expected to miss this tie.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: W/L/D/L/W

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last four matches against Burnley.

Key Player: Theo Walcott – The Englishman has been in fine form. He is thriving having Wenger’s confidence instilled in him and looks dangerous every time he comes forward.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Arsenal – This one looks like it has the makings of being one step too far for Burnley. They have looked bright in games this season and certainly don’t look set for struggles in the coming weeks so long as the squad remains fresh and morale stays high. Arsenal have to take all three points in this one to keep pace at the top.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Burnley  vs. Watford

Venue: Turf Moor – Monday, September 26 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 19/10 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 6/4

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Watford to Turf Moor on Monday evening in a history making tie, the first ever top flight meeting between these sides.

The Clarets have had a mixed bag of results in their opening five games and are sitting 16th in the table, they will be looking to get as many points on the board as early as possible to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.

Sean Dyche will be demanding more from his players even at this early stage. Their one win was a surprise result and it is these sort of games at home where they have to be looking to pick up points.

Burnley come into this one off the back of their 3-0 loss to Leicester, their second 3-0 loss of the season, goal difference can mean a lot not only for the standings, but also confidence. They have to tighten up at the back.

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Watford will still be on cloud nine after their stunning 3-1 over United last weekend, they’ll be relishing this game and will feel like they can take on anyone at the moment.

However, it is important they’re not over-confident heading into this tie. It has been a good start to the season for Walter Mazzarri’s side but they have work to do to continue to build.

Watford have a poor record away at Burnley, they have not won in their last eight attempts, losing four and drawing four.

The Hornets have scored three or more goals in consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time. They now sit 9th and will be working towards remaining in the top ten for as long as possible.

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Team News

Burnley have just the one injury concern ahead of this tie as Ashley Barnes is expected to be out.

Watford are expecting to be without Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka, while there are some concerns over the fitness of Jerome Sinclair, Younes Kaboul and Jose Holebas.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: L/W/L/D/L

Watford’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: This is the first ever top flight meeting between these two sides.

Key Player: Etienne Capoue – The Watford midfielder is in spectacular form. He has already netted four goals, the joint third highest total in the early stages of the Premier League season and as many as Burnley have managed altogether.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 0-2 Watford – Burnley’s winless run to extend to four games. Although they have looked bright in stages this season they have scored just four goals in their five league games. Watford will be full of confidence and have too much firepower for Burnley.